Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Watch Us Wednesday with Tracy MacDonald: Gift Bag from Envelope Tutorial

It's tutorial time at The Kraft Journal and this week I'd like to share with you how to make a cute little gift bag out of an envelope.  One of our players for challenge #42 had a link in her post for a video tutorial on how to make this cute little bag and I just had to try it.

All you need for the bag is one envelope.  I've used a Standard A2 Lunch Bag Kraft envelope from Kraft Outlet.

Seal the envelope flap and using your scoring board, score your envelope at 1/2" on the two 5 3/4" inch sides and one of the 4 3/8" sides.

Burnish your score lines and use a decorative punch or scissors to trim off the unscored 4 3/8" side of the envelope.

Open your envelope and push the outside edge inward as shown in the picture.  You'll have to work with the little triangle section at the bottom to get it evenly shaped.

Fold the triangle inward on the bottom of the bag and secure with adhesive.  I cut a piece of Buff Ivory cardstock slightly smaller than the bottom of the bag to cover the folds and give the bottom of the bag a flat surface to sit on.

I decorated the front of the bag with a cute little Cuddly Buddly Snowman digi image colored with Distress inks.  He's matted on Brown Kraft Cover Weight cardstock and more Buff Ivory and Bazzill.  I ran some Hang Tag string through the deco punch holes at the top of the bag and added a bow made from 7 Gypsies Gypsy Market seam binding.

This little bag is the perfect size for a gift card or jewelry item.  Hope you'll give this a try.  If you'd like to watch the short video tutorial here's the link.


  1. What a great tutorial, Tracy! I love the bag and that snowman is adorable!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is SO fabulous! LOVE this idea, and love the design. That snowman is just so sweet!


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