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« on: May 06, 2010 03:08:34 PM »

Make little gift bags using book page sized paper - vintage childrens books are the best! but you can also use magazines or any other rectangular piece of paper. Make sure your folds are crisp by pressing down with the flat side of a butter knife (or any other hard flat thingie:) )


Joint both short ends together with a little overlap. Tape or glue the entire length (more overlap needed if using glue)

Fold over a 1.5 inch tab - this will be the bottom of the bag

Open the tab and fold both edges to form two triangles (make sure creases all align)


Take the bottom and top and fold them over towards the center to meet.

Tape the entire length making sure there are no gaps between the tabs. If you want to use glue you need to fold the tabs a little past the center line. Make sure they pass the center line by the same amount or it will be a bit wonky when you open it:)

Making the folds going up and down the bag. Fold one of the outer edges inwards. Making sure the points align and the width is constant.

Fold it again but towards the flip side of the bag. Repeat with other outer edge.

Gently open it and work the creases with your hands. Center crease should fold in.

If you were nice to your bag it will do this:

For a more detailed, (but probably more confusing) step-by-step:
http://urbannaturalhistory.blogspot.com/2010/05/diy-paper-gift-bags-upcycled-cheap-and.html

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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2010 05:51:01 PM »

OOooooTHAT will come in handy I'm sure! Wicked....
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2010 02:57:27 AM »

This is great! I'm gonna use it for my next swap Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2010 02:12:44 PM »

This is sooo cool! *bookmarked!*
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2010 03:34:58 AM »

cool i like it
you could recycle magazines and calendar pages
can  do some bigger ones?
different styles?
thanks for sharing
these are great
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2010 10:27:36 AM »

I love them! New ways to recycle old books!
Your tutorial is very clear -- thank you!
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2010 11:06:49 AM »

Way coooool!
I need to try this!
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2010 05:47:24 AM »

I tried it out emediatly!
and i got a nice lil' bag!!

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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2010 09:51:19 PM »

McJulieO (who replied a few posts up) and I got together and did try these one day and they came out great. 
Thanks for showing us how to make them.
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« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2010 11:22:13 PM »

The tutorial looked interesting so I ripped a pretty page out of a National Geographic.  Followed your fabulous directions and ended up with a cute little bag.  I found it so addictive I now have 8 little bags - it's so fun it's hard to stop!  Thanks for sharing your idea.
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« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2010 04:16:20 AM »

What an awesome idea! I am always trying to think of ways to wrap gifts, and I'm sure this will come in handy plenty!
I am just imaging buying lots of old christmas picture books and making bags for all my xmas gifts this year. Shame it is so far away.
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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2010 12:31:53 PM »

I will definitely be employing this technique, especially for sending things off to penpals - I have some magazines that are just begging to be made into bags Smiley Thanks!
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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2010 02:47:33 AM »

Thanks for posting this, it's just a great idea. I made one already, it's real quick and turned out so pretty! So if all my friends are complaining about me giving them to many bags - i'll tell them it's your fault ^^
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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2010 12:16:47 PM »

Thanks:) addictive isn't it?
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« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2010 12:05:03 PM »

So neat! I'm going to have to try this out! Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2011 03:55:00 PM »

I'm definitely going to find some cute children's books at goodwill and try this. Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2011 04:00:48 PM »

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This is great, thanks for posting!
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« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2011 05:53:21 PM »

Very cute! Great idea and tutorial.
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« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2011 08:13:21 PM »

Too cool! I will most certainly try this =D
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