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Tutorial 01: How to make a gift bag

8th November 2008

I’m doing a couple of craft sales running up to the festive period and was trying to think of an easy and nice way to wrap my goods without having to buy packaging…so looked around the house for stuff to recycle and settled on magazines.

I wanted something that was easy to make, didn’t involve gluing or the use of sticky tape and was also adaptable so that I could make different sizes to accommodate different products.

I settled on the use of origami and after a quick search found something perfect. So here’s my tutorial on how to make one of these:

Magazine Gift Bag - A Tutorial from Milomade

Magazine Gift Bag - A Tutorial from Milomade

Magazine Gift Bag - A Tutorial from Milomade

Magazine Gift Bag - A Tutorial from Milomade

Video tutorial below…

I’ve chosen to use pages from a magazine, as I prefer to recycle what I have than buy ‘new’ – with the next lot I make, I might use some old wrapping paper I saved from birthday presents, as that way I can determine the size, as I need to make some bigger bags.

You could easily use fancy or plain wrapping paper. If you’re making small gift bags, there’s also origami paper that you can get which has a pattern on one side and a solid colour on the other – this would give a really nice effect.

I’ve also posted this as a tutorial on the Cut Out + Keep website…


7 comments on “Tutorial 01: How to make a gift bag

  1. Pat Law

    hee hee – great! looking forward to the book which I’m sure will follow!

  2. Denise

    I love the tutorial – just ripping a page out of the old man’s bike mag to have a go! You are inspirational x

  3. milomade

    Glad you love it! Let me know how you get on.

  4. Margaret

    This is lovely – so simple to do. it is very kind and generous of you to share your ideas. Thank you.

  5. Suki

    This is so neat!

    I will definitely try it – you could use old calendar pages too if not to thick, I guess?

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Sx

  6. Kate

    Thank you! You are really clever, and it’s very generous of you to share your ideas. 🙂

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