How to make an Accordion File style Gift Bag – Tech 4 Stampers Blog Hop May ’22…

The theme for this month’s blog hop is ‘friendship’, and what better way to celebrate friendship than to gift someone this cut accordion file style gift bag, filled with goodies and treats, a handmade card and maybe even a note to show them how much they mean to you.

a photo showing all the treats I managed to fit inside my accordion style gift bag, including chocolates, tea bags and seeds

To make this accordion style gift bag you will need to choose two colours of co-ordinating cardstock. I chose Basic White and Melon Mambo for mine. Take one of those sheets cut two pieces measuring 9cm x 18cm out of it, then score each of them every 1 1/2 cm. Fold these two pieces into concertinas, these will make the sides of your gift bag.

Two accordion style gift bags in pink and purple, decorated with flowers and leaves

Next, take a sheet of the other colour and cut six 9cm x 9cm squares from it. From the same colour as the squares, cut another piece measuring 9.2cm x 29.7cm and score it on the long side at 9cm, 13cm, 22cm and 26cm.

Cut three pieces of cardstock (the same colour as your concertina sides) to the following measurements:

  • 8.8cm x 8.6cm
  • 8.8cm x 3.6cm
  • 8.8cm x 3.2cm

Cut three pieces of Designer Series Paper measuring:

  • 8.4cm x 8.2cm
  • 8.4cm x 3.2cm
  • 8.4cm x 2.8cm

Assemble the box as shown in the short video below (I don’t even want to try to explain how to do this is words!!) I have used magnetic closure for this box, and I also show you in the video how to do this, I just love the feel and sound of a magnetic closure!

A YouTube thumbnail with the words 'Make and Accordion style gift bag'

Once your box is assembled and fastened, you can start to decorate it. Adhere the DSP to the card layers and then stick those on the panels of the box. Then stamp one large flower, two small flowers and six leaves in Staz On onto Shimmery white cardstock. Use the watercolour pencils and a Wink of Stella pen to colour in the images, this will give them a really glittery look. If you don’t want a glittery look, you can just use a regular water painter.

When adhering these to the box, I started with the largest flower. I put three dimensionals onto the bottom half of the flower and then stuck it on so that the loose top half covers over the flap. The leaves at the top, under this flower, are actually stuck onto the flap itself so as not to impede the opening and closing of it. Then just adhere the rest of the flowers and leaves using dimensionals and tombow liquid glue.

A photo of two accordion style gift bag in two different colours - pink and purple

The greeting I used it from the Celebrating You stamp set. This is a wonderful all occasion sentiment stamp set – perfect for a newer crafter or a great addition to an extensive stash! I stamped it onto a die cut shape from the Pretty Pillowbox dies, but you can use any label die cut or just cut it on the trimmer. The gems are the GORGEOUS new Glossy Dots Assortment – wow, these are simply stunning.

To finish the project I added some White Seam Binding ribbon to create a handle for the bag. I simply took a length, tied it into a loop and then used some red tape to secure it to the inside of the box ‘lid’.

I hope that you have enjoyed learning how to make this accordion style gift bag and I hope that you have a go at making one for a friend too. They really are lovely to make and I am sure will be gratefully received when full of gifts and treats!

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  1. What an absolutely gorgeous project Heather. Paired with those gorgeous papers it is so stunning. Are you sending one of these to all of your friends? hint hint LOL

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