Handbag gift bag templates & tutorial

This handbag gift bag will make any small gift an extra-special event! Style up your own version with your favourite coloured card and patterned papers

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Who doesn’t love a stylish handbag? But if, the latest Mulberry is a tad out of your reach, we’ve got the next best thing for fashion-forward crafters with Sarah Jackman Read’s project.

There’s so much to love about this innovative gift bag. It’s the perfect way to package up a treat. The base is made from medium weight coloured card with pretty vintage-style floral papers, but you can use any papers you have in your stash to create your own colour scheme. The brads and eyelets on the strap and handles reflect the features of a real handbag, and you can complete your creation with your choice of embellishments to give it your signature style. The finishing touch is a keyring-style tag so you add a message to the lucky recipient. It’s an ideal make for a friend or relative who always likes to be in vogue, and we’re sure they’ll love it – if you can bear to part with it, that is!

Click to find the handbag gift bag templates


You Will Need

  • Coloured card
  • Patterned papers

Total time:

Step 1

Using the template, draw the main body of the bag on coloured card, score where required and cut out. Cut out the corner pieces and the strip for the top in patterned paper, and ink the edges. To ink paper, use a dauber or lightly dab with an inked cotton bud.

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Step 2

Attach the patterned pieces to the bag and run double-sided tape halfway up the sides on the wrong side of the bag. Snip the edges of the side panels to the score line.

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Step 3

Fold the snipped edges in and attach to the tape. Cut out the handles, top flap, strap and buckles, adding brads and eyelets where shown, then attach to the bag. Buckles made from silver mirri card add a realistic touch  Make and attach the tag to the buckle. 

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Make a pretty matching tag

A pastel bow and découpaged floral papers are a must for your gift tag, to ensure it pairs perfectly with the embellishments on the handbag. 

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Looking for more simple handbag giftbag templates?

If you’d prefer a smaller project without the folding flap, how about this sweet make? Click to find the free gift bag papercraft templates for this mini make.

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