My latest project used up some of my ribbon stash and an old copy of Booktime.
These paper bags are so easy to make and are a great way of using up old magazines. If you have any old gift bags you can take one apart and use it as a template, or simply follow the method below which I discovered here.
Take your piece of paper (any size) and fold over a small ‘hem’ along one of the long edges. This will be the top of your bag (this stage is optional really, but it reinforces the top of the bag where you’re going to punch holes).
Next you mark the centre of your paper and fold the right side and then the left side into the middle so they meet exactly. Tape the edges.
With the back of the bag facing you fold over the bottom of the bag (as much or as little as you like) then open out each of the sides as in the photo above.
Next you fold the bottom half of the base up to the middle and then do the same with the top half. Tape the join.
All that’s left to do now is to punch holes at the top and thread your ribbon through.
Thread your ribbon so the two ends are at the front. You can either glue them together and glue your bow on to cover the join, or do what I did and sew them. It’s really quick and is nice and secure.
Make as many of these bags as you likes, all different sizes
You can use the bags as gift bags for presents, or you can pin them to a notice board and use them to keep your receipts, tickets, bits and pieces etc in.
You could make the bags stronger by putting reinforcement rings around the holes, and popping a piece of cardboard cut to size inside the bag so it sits snuggly on the base.