Unusual Gift Boxes & Bags

Large Backpack Gift Bag

Hi everyone, I’m so excited to share today’s project with you.

Here’s my Large Backpack Gift Bag


I only made one of these and the vision in my head turned out better then expected. The brown straps and hook detail really finish it beautifully.


This is certainly a big project in terms of time and card needed, its perfect for a rainy afternoon of crafting.

The idea for this is to give to someone who is off travelling or moving abroad and would be lovely with a journal inside or given to the children as a back to school treat.


To make this you will need…

2 pieces of 8 x 10 card for the front and back of the bag.

2 pieces of 5 x 10 for the side panels.

Score along the 5″ side at 1/2″ & 4.1/2, you then need to score at 2.1/2 but just down to 4″, there is also some more scoring on these pieces but its easier to watch the tutorial below rather then me trying to write it here.

2 pieces of 4.1/2 x 4″ card for the side pockets.

Score along the 4.1/2 side at 1/2″ & 4″ then rotate and score on only one of the 4″ sides at 1/2″

2 pieces of 3.1/2 x 1.3/4 for the lids for the side pockets.

Score along the 1.3/4 side at 1/2″

1 piece of 5 x 9 card for the base.

Score on all 4 sides at 1/2″

1 piece of  8.1/4 x 4.3/4 card for the front pocket.

Score along the 4.3/4 side at 1/2″

Score along the 8.1/4 side at 1/2″ & 7.3/4

1 piece of 7.1/4 x 2.3/4 card for the lid for the front pocket.

Score along the 2.3/4 side at 1/2″

1 piece of 8 x 4.3/4 card for the main lid of the gift bag.

Score along the 4.3/4 side at 1/2″ & 1″

1 piece of 6 x 3/4 card for the hook.

2 pieces of 3/4″ x 11 or 11.5/8 what ever your A4 or Letter paper measures.

You will need some magnets, I used 5mm x 2mm diameter ones from Ebay

The papers used are from a shop in China so I’m unable to share any links.

Embellishments and tags to decorate.

Check out my full tutorial below to see how I made it.


I hope you have fun with this one, its a real labour of love and I would love to see any of the ones you make so please feel free to share any of my makes on my Mixed Up Craft Facebook page.

Happy Friday



4 thoughts on “Large Backpack Gift Bag

  1. Sam, this is an amazing project.  I don’t think I have every seen a card bag made as detailed as this.  The recipient would be totally gobsmacked at the amount of work that has gone into it.  I am glad that your Blog Post has all the dimensions on it. Thank you for your continued inspiration to us crafters.  :O)

  2. Hi Sam,

    Thank you for this email with the link to your latest Blog Post about the Large Backpack Gift Bag.

    I have watched your You Tube video tutorial and commented on your Blog.

    I cannot believe that you keep coming up with these projects, you are so creative.




  3. Thank you for a well organized and beautiful project! It was fun and challenging. Thank you for your excellent teaching!

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