Generic Tutorial for Gift Bag or Grocery Bag Construction

Tools for Assembling Paper Mini’s Kit:

  • Metal straight-edge (ruler). Make fold lines by pressing against the edge of the ruler.
  • White craft glue that is a “quick grab” “clear dry” type of glue.
  • Tweezers
  • X-acto blade tool and fresh blade
  • A true cutting mat
  • cotton tipped swab
  • Small artist brush with which to paint on glue
  • Small piece of aluminum foil to squeeze work glue onto. This will act as your glue pot
  • Scissors
  • Small detailing scissors, a.k.a. as embroidery snips
  • Ribbon or embroidery floss and needle for handles, or other material depending on the type of bag being assembled


1. Cut Pieces and Glue Side Seam

Cut out pieces and fold at crease lines. Items shown in photos are of the 12" fashion doll scale.

Glue the long side seam on the bag and press bond with your fingers or cotton swab.


2. Glue Bottom Tabs

Note: As of Dec 2005 the instructions changed to gluing the long tabs against the small end tabs. The reverse of what is shown in this photo.

4. Make Handles

Thread needle with embroidery floss, and knot end. For larger scale gift bags you can use thin ribbon or trim. Pull floss through from inside of bag. 

Note: Included in several of the kits are lengths of ribbon. Ribbon is somewhat easier to do. Cut a 1-1/2 length of ribbon and glue to the inside of the bag to create a handle. Repeat for other handle. There is a Gift Bag Stuffer tutorial that shows these types of handles.

5. Attach Tag

Thread tag onto floss.


6. Finish Handle

Pierce needle through next handle point and pull to desired handle length. Knot end of floss.

Repeat instructions for other handle.


7. Tissue Stuffing

See the Gift Bag Stuffing tutorial.

8. Finishing Touch

Place tissue in bag and arrange attractively. Trim top edge, if necessary


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