These days I use patterned paper to make striking gift bags very quickly with a simple formula.
With a blunt pen and ruler score a vertical line from top to bottom about 1/4” in from right side of the sheet. Then fold the rest (in this case 11 3/4”) into four long, equal panels (for me a shade under 3”). Unfold your sheet.
Rotate the paper round 90 degrees and score a line a few inches from the new top to bottom (for me, about 2 1/2”) from the right side, this will be the bottom of the pouch. Turn the paper back to the start orientation.
Get your scissors out. Cut up the four folds from the bottom to the last score you made. Snip out the tiny piece on the bottom right hand side. Put scissors away.
Get glue or tape out. Glue the 1/4” panel to the opposite side of the sheet to make a tube. When dry, lightly finger press the other score lines so you have a rough box shape. Turn the four bottom flaps inside in turn and stick closed the bottom of your pouch.
Stuff gift inside, pad with shredded or tissue paper. To close you can staple, peg or stick the top from east to west. I have also hole punched and threaded ribbon or yarn to tie things up.
This gives you a box bottom for stability and a flat front for labelling or sticking a card to.
If your gift is weighty make sure the glue is strong and maybe add a piece of cardboard inside the bottom just before packing.
I cut tag shapes (with the scan n cut) from scraps of card and tried to use up embellishments as part of a ‘Use What You Have’ drive. This was so successful that I have batched and bagged sets to give away.
I bought a bundle of brown food bags from the catering supplies shop for Christmas and duly stuck on panels and greetings in red, green and gold. But eighteen months on I still have plenty left, so have decorated a few simply ready to pop gifts in.
I used a stencil panel which fitted the bag front perfectly so used all the patterns rather than re aligning one of them.
I dabbed some distress ink- evergreen bough- on to a craft sheet and rubbed the ink through the stencil with a piece of cheap bathroom ‘sponge’. The back was also stencilled the same way.
The gift card and flower were cut from craft card with the scan n cut, the same distress ink rubbed on the edges of the flower and stamped on the tag. The message is ‘a gift for you’ stamped repeatedly on the diagonal, so it can be used for many occasions.
Distress ink or sepia browns work brilliantly on craft and for more masculine versions I am using rosettes rather than flowers.
Inside is a sheet of tissue paper ready to wrap a goody from the present drawer. Even so this will store almost flat until needed.
I love this papermania owl folk paper kit and used a sheet to wrap some beauty treats using the pouch method.
place double sided tape along the west side of a rectangle of paper. (Plain side facing up . Roll the east side over so that you form a tube with the pattern side sticking to the tape. Burnish the taped seam so it sticks well
flatten the tube lightly with the seam roughly mid way along the back and tape inside the southern (bottom) edge to make an open top packet. Pop in your goodies leaving plenty of space at the open top.
Now push the east and west sides together and staple or hole punch them together to form a wedge shaped pouch.
I added a flap of contrast paper which I trimmed with decorative edged scissors and hole punched then laced some ribbon through. A tag from the kit was added and then a brush of ‘wink of Stella ‘ for sparkle and some liquid pearls finished it off.