Summer Fun Blog Hop

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Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Are you ready for some fun?  Then you are in the right place, because it’s time for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Summer Fun Blog Hop!  You should have made your way here from Jenn’s amazing blog, Jax Bean Stalks. If so you are right on track.  If you are lost, head back to the RRR BLOG where you will find all the links for this hop.

This month, we are celebrating summer with the bright tropical colors of the RRR Summer Fun Ribbon Assortment.

Oooh, these colors make me think of popsicles and swimsuits, bright summer days and beautiful flower gardens!  I got really playful, and designed a paper bag gift pocket with tags and loads of room for goodies to be stuffed inside.

Kathy by Design/Paper Bag Gift Pocket TutorialHow fun is this?  And to think it all started with a lowly brown paper lunch bag.  Who knew?  I have been on a tangent for using up some of my older paper collections.  Quite some time back, I purchased the entire Restoration Paper Collection from Crate Paper.  I was tickled to find it the perfect match for these vibrant ribbons.

Paper Bag Gift Pocket 03Here are the tags I made to stuff inside.  I had the vintage photo in my little ephemera box, and the tags are some I had made while experimenting with Distress Inks.  All I had to do was add the images and fabby ribbon on top.  Doesn’t it feel like a party?  And don’t you wish you knew how to make one of these fun paper bag gift pockets?  Too bad nobody wrote a step out tutorial for this project!  Wait!  It’s your lucky day, because I DID!  Hahahahaha!

Here’s what you I used to make this paper bag gift pocket:

Step One: Creating the Pocket

Paper Bag Gift Pocket Tutorial 01Place your brown paper bag face up on your work surface.

Paper Bag Gift Pocket Tutorial 02Measure down 5″ from the top of the bag, and fold down toward the bottom edge. Crease with a bone folder.

Paper Bag Gift Pocket Tutorial 03Flip the bag over.  Measure down 3″ from the top, fold down and crease.

Paper Bag Gift Pocket Tutorial 04Flip the bag over.  You can secure the bottom edge with Scor-Tape or stitch it.

Paper Bag Gift Pocket Tutorial 05Just be sure not to tape or stitch the top portion of the bag, or you will lose your pocket!

Step 2: Lining the Pocket

Choose two complimentary patterns of designer paper.  Cut the paper as follows:

  • two 5 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ rectangles (I used the orange paper for one of these and the floral paper for the other.)
  • ONE 5 3/4″ x 5″ rectangle of faux wood paper
  • one 5 5/8″ x 2 7/8″ rectangle (I used the floral paper)

Stitch around the edges of the papers, if desired.  Line the top portion of the pocket with the orange paper.  Use the floral paper to line the base.  Run Scor-Tape along the top and bottom edges, as seen here. Flip the bag over, and seal the cut ends of the ribbon onto the back of the pocket.

Paper Bag Gift Pocket Tutorial 06Flip the bag over, and glue down the faux wood paper, topped with the floral paper.

Paper Bag Gift Pocket Tutorial 08Now your bag is all ready for you to decorate as you see fit.  You can make it as fancy or as simple as you choose.  I chose fancy!

Paper Bag Gift Pocket 02Now that you know how to make this super fun paper bag gift pocket, you can hop on over to see what wonderful goodies Cherry has prepared for you!  Don’t forget to finish up at the RRR BLOG where you can answer Bonnie’s question of the month and be entered to win your very own June Summer Fun Ribbon Club Assortment!  And, Bonnie has a great deal for new ribbon club subscribers!  Be sure to check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!






21 thoughts on “Summer Fun Blog Hop

  1. Carol

    Thank you Kathy for the step by step for this project its such a great idea. Love how colourful and cheerful the papers are x

  2. Birgit

    Oh Kathy, what fun with a paper bag! I love all the fabulous colors and each tag is a true work of art! You’ve packaged everything up beautifully, as always. ;o)

  3. Diane Hover

    Whoa, is this fun and festive or what, and it’s a gift within itself…what a lucky person to receive this…it is so gorgeous and creative!!

  4. margiehmalone

    COLOR!!!!!! What a card. I dare you to put it in an envelope!! What can I say about your talent. I think you know what I think about anything you do. And the old papers are great Maybe I’ll dog some of my old stuff out. Your card is wonderful as always Kathy. Everyting you do is beautiful –
    even the frogs.

  5. Amber Milone

    Oh my gosh this is just perfection Kathy! I absolutely love all of the bows with the coordinating flowers. The papers and different elements you chose work perfectly with the ribbon assortment. Absolutely IN LOVE with that endearing photo of the little girl!

  6. Pattie Jns

    Hi kathy, left a comment on the RRR blog, but what a clever idea with this bag, they do come in handy, at times. like for mailing boxes, and decorating, this is beautiful and would be a wonderful summer project with friends..Love It.

  7. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, it is always good to see what recycling can do. what a clever and beautiful idea you did with this creation. Bags do come in handy don’t they? a good summer project with friends.
    love it.

  8. Bonnie

    This is just amazing Kathy!! I don’t even know where to start – just amazing. AND you told us how you did it. I’ll have to come back to try this. Who knew you could make something this gorgeous out of a paper bag base!

  9. jenscull

    oh my good golly gosh! so brilliant! AND beautiful! now if I could only sew…. sigh….. someone is going to be VERY happy to get this beauty for their birthday! 🙂

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