Spent the afternoon playing with my gift bag punch board. It’s pretty great because you can make gift bags out of any type of paper. Now the official instructions say that the width can’t be more than 2 inches, but with some math skills and a pair of snips, you can actually make any size gift bag.
For these bags, I used 2 pieces of identical 12″ x 12″ cardstock. The finished bag is 8″ tall x 5″ wide x 3″ deep. The flaps underneath I made 2″. To start, I cut both of the 12″ x 12″ down to 10″ (bag height + flap) x 12″. Then I scored the first piece at 1/2″ for a flap, 3-1/2″ for short side, 8-1/2″ for long side, and 11-1/2″ for second short side. The second piece I cut 5″ (long side).
The punch board will then create the curves for the flaps for the bottom of the bag. I then scored 2″ from the bottom of the flaps. You’ll need your snips to open the triangle of the flap up to your 2″ score line.
The punch board will also create the holes around the tops of the paper for the ribbon. Fold all of the score lines. I used snail on the 1/2″ flaps to attach the 5″ panel as well as the flaps on the bottom to create the base of the bag.