These are easy to make and chances are you will be able to make them from things lying around the house. I particularly like the effect when they are made out of magazines or newspapers and another benefit is that you often have these things anyway so they are FREE! As Christmas is quickly approaching I will be making for Christmas presents.
You will need:
Once you have gathered all of that you can then get started.
You need two rectangles of the paper that measure 39cm x21cm. If your paper has a directional pattern try to make sure it is going in the correct direction. Use my picture below to help you do this.
Stick together the two pieces of paper back to back. This will ensure that the inside of your bag is patterned and add to the strength. If you want it to be blank on the inside stick plain paper onto the back of it.
Make a fold 1cm from the right hand side.
Make another fold 11cm on the left of the previous fold. This will make either the front/back.
Make another fold 8cm on the left of the previous fold. This will make one of the sides.
Make another fold 11cm on the left of the previous fold. This will not only make the other front/back but also will leave 8cm for the remaining side.
Make a fold 3 cm deep from the top.
Make a fold 5cm from the bottom.
Cut out two piece of card 11cm x8cm to fit below the top flap (see below). This will add strength to the top of your bag. The fold down the flap and stick it down to make a neat edge.
Put glue on the 1cm flap and glow the four sides together.
Turn the bag upside down and push down one of the 8cm sides. The fold along he flaps to make half triangles (see below)
Repeat with the other side.
Stick down the flaps to make the base of the bag.
Next glue down a rectangle of cardboard into the base of the bag to strengthen the base.
Finally make holes and thread ribbon through to make the handles.
Now it is ready to put your presents in and give to your nearest and dearest. The best things about it though is that each one can be made to suit the person you are giving it to and they are cost a fraction of what they are in the shop.
I hope you found this tutorial was helpful. I welcome any comments and thoughts you have.