Gift box-in-a-bag

I originally saw a "box-in-a-bag" on THIS blog and absolutely loved it! I also love to do tutorials. So after making my own version of this bag and tweaking a couple things for my own personal tastes, I present to you a "Bag-in-a-box tutorial"! Let me know what you think!

4 1/2" x 4 1/2" cardstock (for box base, I used Bazzill brown)
11" x 5 1/2" cardstock (for bag, I used Reece by TAC)
5" x 2 1/2" cardstock (for handles, I used Reece)
11" x 1" scalloped border (I used Reece)
4 brads or eyelets
Flower blossoms or other embellishment for front of bag
1" circle punch
Corner Rounder (for scalloped edging if needed)
Coluzzle Nested Circle template, knife, cutting mat


1. Place the 4 1/2" square cardstock in the upper left corner of the Scor-Pal and score at 1" and 3 1/2". Turn it 1/4 turn and score again at 1" and 3 1/2". There should be a 1" border all the way around.

2. Turn cardstock over. On the left side of the square, cut on each horizontal score line in to the vertical score line. Do the same thing on the right side.

3. Fold the four sides up, placing the tabs on the inside.

4. Ahere the tabs to the inside.

5. On the back side of the 11" x 5 1/2" cardstock, use a ruler and pencil to draw a light line at the center. Use this as a guide to add your embellishments to the front - like poking holes here for your brads or eyelets if you use them. Add those embellishments to the front now. Be sure to leave a little more than 1" at the bottom for your scalloped border. If you're just using adhesive to add embellishments to the front, you can wait til the end if you want.

6. Use the 1" circle punch to punch a 1/2" circle/notch at the top. Use your pencil guideline for placement. We'll punch another 1/2 circle later.

7. Adhere the cardstock around the sides of the box. Start by lining up the front center pencil line in the center of a box side, then fold around the corners, and overlap in the back.

8. You will NOT fold at the corners all the way up to the top of the bag though! Only at the box so it's adhered nicely around the corners there.

9. Here's a picture showing how I made my scalloped border using my EK Success corner rounder. Bazzill also makes Border Strips that are already shaped. TAC sells these as well but I didn't have any to match this paper.

10. Adhere the scalloped border around the bottom.

11. Adhere the overlapping bag edges together up to the top. Now you can also punch your other 1/2 circle at the top.

12. Using the Nested Circle Coluzzle template, cut two circles from the 5" x 2 1/2" cardstock. You will cut on the center and the 3rd-from-center grooves. The inner circles will not be used here.

13. Adhere the handles in place lining them up over the 1/2 circle notches at the top. Also add a brad or eyelet on each side for extra reinforcement.

14. Tie handles together with ribbon.

There are so many possibilities for using this as a gift - money, gift cards, candy, stamping supplies or embellishments (*wink*), purse size lotions, candle, etc.

Here's another one I made using the Cha Cha collection by TAC:

Thanks for stopping by, hope you were inspired! Tootles!


Ethel Amutan said...

This is so cool, Vicki! TFS!

Patti said...

So pretty! Another awesome tutorial!!

BarbL said...

You come up with some fantastic tutorials! Love your take on the box in a bag.

Kim said...

Another great tutorial! Thats for sharing with us!!!

Shazza said...

another fab tutorial and I adore the two you have made. Will copy it down and have a go when I get time
thanks Vicki

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the tutorial. These are fabulous gift bags. So pretty!

Anonymous said...

A great tutorial and a fantastic creation. rita w

Just Me said...

Thank you for this!!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Vicki,
I love your version using the coluzzle template for the handles. I made a couple last week and they are posted here

I used the McGill punches for the handles, but I'm looking your circles--makes the bags look much more chic.

Thanks for sharing.

Dianette Seda said...

Love this project, Just found it too small for what I wanted when I did it. Thanks for sharing.

Deborah March said...

These are GREAT! Thanks for the tutorial!

Debra Hensley said...

Thanks for sharing Vicki! Love the design and the color combo. I am going to give this a try! YGG!

Bridgett Owens said...

This is so funny! I just found this tutorial on another website and printed it out about an hour ago! Then I come here and see you have one, too!

Yours is amazing, too!!! Great job and I like the colors you selected!!!


Leanne said...

I saw this on another site and lost the link. Thanks a bunch for sharing your awesome take on this!

Mrs. Nancy G said...

Absolutely the best! I love it!!!

Thanks so much!!!


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