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Unusual Accordion Gift Bag

Hi everyone, I’ve decided to start a new Gift bag Series. I plan to work my way through this wonderful book and recreate the designer bags into paper gift bags.

First up is the unusual Accordion Gift Bag.

The bag neatly folds down and held together with a top flap and hook and loop fastening.

This will be a lovely gift for Christmas, allowing you to pop a different gift in each section.

The side detail is so unusual and so different to all the other gift bags I’ve made.


First Edition Bloom Forever 12 x 12 pad available here.


3 pieces of 8.1/2 x 8′ card for each box.

Score along the 8′ side at 1.1/2 & 6.1/2

Score along the side at 3.1/2 & 5′

1 piece of 6.1/2 x 5.1/8 card for the flap.

Score along the 6.1/2 side at 1/2′

6 strips of 1/2′ x 4.1/8 card for the long side mechanics.

12 strips of 1/2′ x 2.1/4 card for the short side mechanics.

1 pieces of 1.1/4 x 12′ card for the handle, score along the 1.1/4 side at 5/8′

 6 pieces of 4.3/4 x 3.1/4 pattern paper to cover the front and back of each box. Cut more pieces if you want to cover the inside.

6 pieces of 1.1/4 x 3.1/4  pattern paper to cover the sides of each box. Cut more pieces if you want to cover the inside.

3 pieces of 1.1/4 x 4.3/4 pattern paper to cover the base of each box.

2 pieces of 4.7/8 x 4.1/4  pattern paper to cover both sides of the lid.

2 pieces of 1.1/8 x 4.7/8 pattern paper to cover both sides of the flap.

18 brads.

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

Thank you for visiting today, I hope you enjoy my new Handbag Series.

Happy crafting



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