Friday, February 3, 2012

Valentine Gift Bag

On one of our play days together my friend Julie Imsland was inspired by a gift bag sample she saw on the web.  Right before my eyes in a very, very short amount of time Julie transformed a white paper sack into this darling Valentine gift/treat bag! 

Julies Gift Bag Front

Below  are her directions.  Note, the tab of the package opens at the back.


Small lunch sack with base of approx. 3” x 5”, I used a recycled white sack

Solid cardstock to match focal image

Focal image by SwingShift Designs: Valentine Hearts 3

Patterned Papers, two to match focal image

¼” O’so Sticky Tape

Gold Opaque Micro beads

Paper adhesive of choice (I used ATG tape)

Foam tape

Self adhesive Velcro circles


  1. Open sack completely, and then fold flat, creasing the base in the middle so the front and back of the sack base meet. See photo. (Instead of folding the sack base to one side as usual.)  
  2. Julies Gift Bag Side

  3. Measure the width of the sack front (mine was about 5 ⅛”) and cut 2 pieces of solid cardstock that width x 3 ½”. Adhere these pieces to the front and back of the sack, aligning with the bottom edge.
  4. Cut down the top of the paper sack with decorative scissors next to the edge of the cardstock.
  5. Cut patterned paper for the top portion of the front, ¼” smaller than the width of the solid piece x 2 ¼” high. Cut second patterned paper for the bottom portion the same width as the top x 1” high. Adhere these two papers to the solid cardstock.
  6. Place a piece of ¼” O’so sticky tape along the edge where the patterned papers meet. Peel off the red liner & press tape into a dish of gold micro beads. Press beads down firmly with fingers.
  7. Cut one piece of patterned paper ¼” smaller than the back cardstock. Center and adhere to cardstock.
  8. Tab is a 3” x 1” strip of solid cardstock with a piece of patterned paper ¼” smaller centered and adhered. Fold tab in half and adhere one half of tab at top of the package front.
  9. Cut out focal image and adhere to package front tab with foam tape.
  10. Apply an adhesive Velcro dot to the other end of tab to close package at the back.

Julies Gift Bag Front

Wouldn’t these make fun party favors?

Hugs, Suzanne


  1. Oo, this is darling and so creative and clever! Great project, Julie! Thank you for sharing it, Suzanne!

  2. What a great ..and cute...project, Julie! This is something I should try!


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