Monday, July 13, 2009

Paper Bag Purse

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I've had several requests asking for how to make the paper bag purse I did for this posting. It could not be more simple ;o)

All brown paper bags are a different size. Even lunch bags aren't a standard size, every brand is slightly different. The bags I used for this project are 5" wide, slightly smaller than a standard lunch bag.
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, So Saffron, Rose Red, Old Olive
Stamp Set: Animal Stories
Accessories: Tall Tales DSP, Sizzlets Little Leaves die-cut, Big Shot, Rectangle Punch, Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Velcro Circles, Brown Paper Bag

Cut brown paper bag to 4-1/4" tall. I choose this height because I work with 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock and this means I can get 4 out of one sheet. You can cut the bag to any height you want.

Front panel: Chocolate Chip cardstock 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" , layering DSP is 4" x 5-1/4".

Back panel: Chocolate Chip cardstock 5-1/2" x 6-1/4", scored at 4-1/4". Layering DSP is 4" x 5-1/4" AND 5-1/4" x 1-3/4" .

Use the rectangle punch to punch holes for the handles. Insert the ribbon and add adhesive underneath the pieces to hold them to the cardstock.
Adhesive the paper bag to the front piece then fold the bottom of the paper bag down. Put adhesive on the bag not the cardstock and line up the cardstock pieces front to back.
Don't line up the bag because they are not all straight, just line up the cardstocks.

Side view after the bag is opened.

Close with a Velcro self adhesive circle and embellish as desired.


  1. Hi my name is Steph. I would love to know how you made the beaded pen. my blog is at All your creations are just beautiful.

  2. Hi Becky!
    Another knock-out idea from you....I love it! You are simply the best for sharing it with us!
    Thank You!
    June in KS

  3. I love making these! I've been making them for a very long time. I used to be able to get these very little bags at my pharmacy (they were called penny candy sacks) and they made the cutest little purses.
    Is the paper and stamps SU!?

  4. Just too cute! Thanks for the how-to! Blessings to you!

  5. These are very, very cute! Thank you for sharing, its generous of you! Hugs, michelle

  6. Excellent I love this I even think we have some brown bags here in the UK that would work with this too especially as you use 8 1/2 x 11 CS
    Thanks for sharing

  7. This is so cute! I am definately going to try it. TFS

  8. Becky,
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Your blog is one that I go to daily ... I love your work. One of my favorites is the Milk Carton Container ... made gifts for all the Admin folks in my office and DH's office for Professional Admin Day and filled them with different tea bags. Everyone loved them.

  9. I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing how you make it.

  10. Love it! This is a great project...too cute!

  11. Becky, I tried making one of these
    purses, but it turned out so crooked. Thanks to your great tutorial I will try again.
    Jan :)

  12. What a cute project! Love it :)

  13. Becky,

    Thanks for sharing your creative ideas with all of us!
    I've purchased several of your tutorials and they are always amazing!
    The paper bag purse is adorable - thanks for providing such great instructions. :-)


  14. Fabulous tutorial and LOVE the finished product - thanx soo much! Now I just have to find lunch bags that open wide at the bottom - most of the ones we get here in Oz are flat!

  15. I really like this! I was wondering though if you had any suggestions as to what to do with the leftover portion of the bag.

  16. This is FANTASTIC! I just love it.

  17. Oooooh, I see!!!

    After viewing your original post, I spent ALL DAY on Saturday, cutting bags and paper, stamping and punching an inspirational sentiment, and individually ziplock-bagging 25 Paper Bag Purse sets!

    I am substitute-teaching this next Sunday in "Children's Church," and the youngsters will LOVE putting these together! (I only need to decide on a special TREAT to place inside each bag.)

    Now that I know the EXACT procedure, I'll organize a Paper Bag Purse session for the children in my home preschool, too!

    THANKS for sharing the specifics, Becky! I REEEEALLY appreciate it!! And, I will surely make GOOD USE of your instructions :)

  18. This is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing it! {SMILES}

  19. Another fab creation Becky,thank you for sharing it.


  20. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!! I'm doing a birthday party next month and this will be a perfect project for the girls! Thanks so much for sharing your brilliant idea and even more thanks for the step-by-step instructions!

  21. Becky, just crafting thru a bit of insomnia, but is the score measure given correctly, mine worked better at 4.25. Fabulous project, looks GREAT!

  22. Becky, what an adorable purse! Thanks so much for sharing the directions.

  23. Thanks so much for this. I am going to a crop in the next few weeks and have planned some goodies for by tablemates. Great way to give it.

  24. Great idea and so cute! I love your style and colors. I featured this on my craft blog -

  25. I love the purse you made, out of a paper bag! You would never know this by looking at the purse. I think I will make some for the girls in my Children's Church. They will be great with a few goodies in it. Thanks for the idea.

  26. Love the bag purse idea so much I used it. Here is a sample of the one I did...
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  27. Thank you so much for the tutorial - your bag is awesome!

  28. Love your Cute!
    It inspired me to make one too. You can see mine at

  29. This is such a beautiful bag and a beautiful new treat bag (at least for me)
    Thank you very much for the instructions!
    Jess M