Mother’s Day Gift Bag – Karen Mathews

Hi everyone,

We are back with some more fantastic projects from our Design Team.

Today Karen is going to show you a tutorial on a Mother’s Day Gift Bag. Check out Karen’s blog for more fabulous projects.

Materials used:

Kraft paper bag or brown envelope

Patterned papers



Distress ink – Vintage Photo


Die-cutting machine, Tim Holtz rosette die

Edge punch

Step 1

If you are using a ready made bag please skip to Step 8 for decoration information

Step 2

Take a large brown envelope (I used an A4 size). Cut the opening end off just below the adhesive.


Step 3

On a scoreboard, score the 3 closed sides at 3cm. Crease down well.


Step 4

Open out laying the envelope flat. Placing your hand inside the envelope, push the bottom upwards, creating a valley fold.


Step 5

When this is done you will be left with 2 flaps sticking out. Glue these to the base.

Step 6

Crease the sides inwards in the same way.

Step 7

At this point you will add the handles. These can be ribbon or you can recycle an old bag as I did and use the handles from it.


Step 8

Now we are ready to decorate! I used papers from October Afternoon for my bag. The range is called Sidewalks. Firstly ink all edges of the bag with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Step 9

Cut 2 pieces of paper to fit the front of the bag, leaving a border of about 5mm between each layer. Draw some faux stitching on each of the layers; bag, base layer and second layer. Then ink the edges.

Step 10

Cut a doily in half and ink the edges. One half will go between the base layer and the second layer.

Step 11

Cut 2 more pieces of paper (in different patterns). Ink the edges and faux stitch them. Put the second half of the doily between the second and third layers and the last layer on top of this.

Step 12

Using a border punch, punch a strip of paper for the top of the bag, add a co-ordinating strip to the top of this and finish with a ribbon and bow.


Step 13

Die-cut the rosette from co-ordinating paper and make up 2 rosettes. Apply to the front of the bag along with any other embellishments.


Step 14

Write the word Mum in the centre of the bag.



What a fantastic little gift bag!!

Thanks you Karen for sharing this great idea with us!

What are you creating for Mother’s Day, share your ideas with us on our Facebook page!

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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3 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Gift Bag – Karen Mathews

  1. very pretty altered bag

  2. Thanks for sharing a great tutorial for a fabulous bag. Nicola x

  3. Sweet! Would be great for lots of occasions.

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