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Topic: Small gift bags using old book pages!  (Read 35727 times)
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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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librarylover
« 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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