No-Cut, Just Measure & Fold, Card Stock Bag/Box Tutorial

Last week I went on a paper crafting binge with the papers and card stock I received from my mother-in-law. I made cards and decorated gift bags & tags. Then my sister-in-law found this tutorial from Silvey’s Craftroom about making mini-bags. It’s not the most robust tutorial I’ve ever seen, but I managed to figure it out and translate it for 12″ x 12″ card stock instead of the smaller size. I took lots of pictures and hope to offer clearer directions so you can make your own bag/boxes. (I’ve got to figure out a better name for these little things…!)

No-Cut, Just Measure & Fold, Card Stock Bag-Box Tutorial by A Chat Over Coffee

No-Cut, Just Measure & Fold, Card Stock Bag/Box Tutorial by A Chat Over Coffee

What You’ll Need:

  • 12″ x 12″ card stock (The photo image card stock I used is by DCWV, but I don’t think these particular stacks are still available. Here are some other options.)
  • 12″ (or longer) ruler
  • pencil
  • glue stick
  • Optional: standard hole punch, string or ribbon, gift card or tag

What To Do:

  1. Select a piece of 12″ x 12″ card stock to suit your intended theme or use. All-over prints work better than those that have a clear “top” and “bottom” because a uni-directional print will end up being upside down on one side of the finished bag/box. My basketball card stock is uni-directional and if you look closely you might be able to tell that the image is actually rotated 90 degrees on the front. I knew that would happen but I thought it was hard to tell so I went with it. It came out fine. You’ll have to evaluate your card stock for yourself.Card Stock Used for the No-Cut Just Measure and Fold Card Stock Bag-Box Tutorial by A Chat Over Coffee.png
  2. Flip your card stock over to the back side, making sure that the edge that you want at the top of the front of your completed bag/box is on the left. Measure 3/4″ and 4 1/2″ from the left and right edges. I drew lines so you could see my measurements, but I usually just make small marks and use my ruler to fold. Keep your card stock in the same position and mark 1 1/2″ in from each of the 4 corners. Don’t draw a line. You’ll need those marks later.The first set of measurements for the Card Stock Bag-Box by A Chat Over Coffee.png
  3. Then rotate the card stock 90 degrees so the top is at the top and measure 3″ in from the left and right side. The 3″ marks should be perpendicular to the original 4 lines. I drew lines so you could see my measurements.The second set of measurements for the Card Stock Bag-Box by A Chat Over Coffee.png
  4. Now connect the intersection of the 3″ and 4 1/2″ lines with the 1 1/2″ mark at each corner. Refer to the picture for clarity.All of the measurements are shown and the areas to glue are shaded by A Chat Over Coffee.png
  5. Using a ruler to keep your folds straight, fold and crease each line you’ve marked and then unfold each place so you can make the next fold. The 3/4″ lines and the diagonal corner lines should be folded so the right sides (what will be the outside of the finished bag/box) of the card stock touch after you’ve folded them. The other lines should be folded with the wrong sides together (what will be the inside of the finished bag/box). In the picture, the green lines indicate where to fold so the right side/outside will touch and the red lines indicate where to fold so the wrong side/inside will touch.Red lines are folded wrong sides together and green lines are folded right sides together at A Chat Over Coffee.png
  6. Completely unfold the bag/box. Apply glue to each of the four sections bordered by a diagonal line, a 3″ fold line, and the outer edges of the card stock. In the picture, I’ve shaded the four areas where you’ll need to apply the glue.The folds are creased and the bag box is ready to glue Notice that I did not crease the bottom even though the disgonal folds naturally extended farther than the lines indicated at A Chat Over Coffee.pngApply the glue at the corners at A Chat Over Coffee.png
  7. Fold the edges of the card stock toward the center along the 3″ fold line, aligning the top and bottom edges and pressing firmly on the glue to help it adhere. As you can see from the picture, the folds you’ve made will naturally create an opening in the center of the bag/box.11.JPGAlign the edges as you fold and press the glue to secure the flap in place at A Chat Over Coffee.png11.JPG
  8. Fold the top and bottom edges up until they meet, pinching the ends of the center compartment into place. You can close the bag/box by punching a hole(s) and using string or ribbon to tie the bag/box closed, staple the bag/box closed, or glue the bag/box closed. Be sure to put your gift into the bag/box before you staple or glue it shut!Bring the front and back up into place at A Chat Over Coffee.pngPinch the ends of the bag-box into place at A Chat Over Coffee

    The bag-box is ready to fill close and give to the lucky recipient at A Chat Over Coffee

    The bag/box is ready to fill, close and give to the lucky recipient. | A Chat Over Coffee

I like to use the hole punch and string/ribbon method so the bag/box can be reclosed. For the darker colored bag/box I punched two holes and folded over a card in which I punched corresponding holes. Then I ran a single piece of string through the holes and around the bag/box, tying a bow to close the package.

Here is a pair of bag/boxes by A Chat Over Coffee

Here is a pair of bag/boxes by A Chat Over Coffee

For the colorful birthday package I punched two holes and then used two pieces of ribbon to attach hand made gift tags.

The bag/box could also be left open at the top, filled with gifts like a small gift basket, and then overwrapped with cellophane and finished with a bow around the top. This method would be a great way to present a gift of handmade cards, baked goods, or a couple of jars of homemade fruit perserves or vanilla extract.

No-Cut, Just Measure & Fold, Card Stock Bag-Box Tutorial by A Chat Over Coffee

No-Cut, Just Measure & Fold, Card Stock Bag/Box Tutorial by A Chat Over Coffee

I hope this tutorial is clear and helpful. If not, please ask questions in the comments and I’ll try to clarify. How will you use your bag/boxes? What else can I call these little card stock wonders?

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