Tube-Shaped Gift Bags
What you will make:
In this craft project, see how easy it is to make simple gift bags.
These bags can be used for oddly shaped presents, for food gifts, to
store craft supplies, and more! With this technique, you can make bags
from any wrapping paper or other decorative paper in a matter of a few
The printable bag patterns in this project make relatively
small gift bags. To make tube-shaped bags
of any size, see the instructions
at the end of this page along with the
Any Size Worksheet to help with the calculations!
Project Extras: Use the special Father's Day printable
patterns to make gift bags for Dad! Or for a birthday gift, use the
color or black-and-white Happy
Related craft: For another way to make gift bags,
checkout Aunt Annie's
Easy Gift Bags
craft project. These bags require no patterns, feature gussets, and are
made of wrapping paper.
Here's what you need:
- Computer paper
- Ruler or straight edge
- Bone folder or empty ballpoint pen
- Optional: Decorative paper (craft or wrapping),
craft knife and cutting mat, markers, rubber stamps and stamp pads.
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make a Tube-Shaped Gift Bag
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose a bag to make. Download and print the pattern on white or
colored computer paper. The bag patterns
come in four sizes and may be printed on the reverse side of
patterned computer paper. You can also make a more decorative bag
with wrapping paper, marbled paper, or "Oriental" paper, but you will need
to transfer the pattern to the reverse side of the paper. See the
Shirt Box project for ways to transfer a pattern.
To make a birthday gift bag, print color or black-and-white Happy
To make a gift bag for Father's Day, print one of the Happy
Father's Day or the Small Father's Day Bag patterns. For more
Father's Day gift bag
Father's Day Tube Bag Patterns.
Simple Tube Gift Bag
Tube Gift Bag
Long Tube Gift Bag
Squat Tube Gift Bag
Any Size Worksheet
Happy Father's Day
Sm. Father's Day Bag
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Cut
Cut around the pattern on the solid outline. Note: The bag's top edge
is to the left on the Simple Tube and Squat patterns.
Tip: Using a straight edge and craft knife will make the cutting easier, but be sure to protect your craft surface with a cutting mat or thick piece of cardboard.
Caution: Be careful. Craft knives are sharp and should not
be used by children.
- Step 3: Score
Turn the pattern with the marked lines up. Score along each of the
dashed fold lines using a bone folder or empty
ballpoint pen drawn along the edge of a ruler aligned to the fold
- Step 4: Fold Top and Glue
With the pattern's printed side up, fold back the bag's top edge
along the scored fold line. Glue the folded edge down.
- Step 5: Fold Side
Fold back the left edge along the scored fold line. Do not glue!
Tip: Make all of the folds very sharp by running your thumbnail or a bone folder firmly along the fold.
- Step 6: Fold in Half and Glue
Fold the right edge over to meet the folded left edge. Make a
sharp crease along the scored fold line, and glue the edges together.
- Step 7: Fold Base
After the glue dries, fold the bottom edge up along the scored
fold line. Be sure to fold both layers. Now, unfold the bottom layer
and press the sides flat, forming V-shapes.
- Step 8: Glue Base
Fold the bottom layer up on the scored fold line (a little past
halfway). Fold the top layer down on the scored fold line so that it
overlaps the bottom layer, and glue. After the glue has dried, open
the bag by gently pushing on the base from the inside.
- Step 9: Decorate (optional)
Use rubber stamps to decorate bags made with plain paper. A
simple stamped border near the top of the bag is quite effective.
Outline the stamped border with lines drawn using a felt-tip pen.
That's it! Your gift bag is done!
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Make a Tube-Shaped Gift Bag in Any Size
It's easy to make a tube-shaped gift bag in just about any size and depth—your
only limitation is the size of the paper.
As you have seen above, tube-shaped bags are made from a rectangular
sheet of paper. To get the size of bag you desire, you'll need to calculate
the paper's width and height, taking into account the bag size, plus extra
for folding the top and base and gluing the bag's sides together. Use
Any Size Worksheet to make the calculations easier.
Determine the width, height and depth of the bag you want to make.
Cut a rectangle of paper that is twice the desired bag width plus ½"
by the desired height plus the desired depth plus 1½" (w*2 + ½"
by h + d + 1½"). Tip: For this style of bag, the depth cannot exceed
half the width minus ½" (d < w/2 - ½").
On the back of the paper, mark fold lines. Make one line 1" from
the top; a second line the bag's depth plus ½" up from the
bottom; and another line ½" from the right edge. Tip: Refer to the
Any Size Worksheet to see fold line placement.
Make the bag according to the instructions above. In Step 8, fold the
bottom edge up ½" past halfway. Fold the top edge of the base
down similarly so that it overlaps the bottom edge. Glue in place.