finishedbag3I have been making paper bags to use as giveaway bags for many years. Fairies and the Fae folk love to collect "stuff". Paper goody bags are just the thing as they are quick to make and hold just enough stuff for a Fairy to hold on one trip to the human world. They also make fantastic party bags, and as you know fairies love to go to parties!

For one bag you will need

  • 1 piece of newspaper, a complete double page approx A2 sized. You can also us any type of paper including gift wrap but avoid anything smaller than A3 unless you want tiny bags. The paper does not need to be a perfect square in fact an oblong works best. I use newspaper and find the thickness ideal for folding, the resulting bag is strong enough for anything small enough to fit inside them.
  • Stickers to decorate are optional but fun!

If adding handles

  • 1 holepunch for punching 2 holes
  • 1 length of wool or string, about 75cm.


I have tried to describe how to do this in the past and failed so here are the step by step photos of what to do as well. Happy folding.

Step 1 - Start with your paper completely unfolded, fold in half and turn so that the fold is nearest you











Step 2 create your guide creases at the half and quarter lines, then open out as shown.











Step 3 Fold the top sheet toward you about 1 third then turn the "bag" over.











Step 4 Fold the botom corners in to the quarter creases and each side as well.











Step 5 Fold down the remaining top flap and your basic bag is done.











Step 6 create the handle holes, thread in your handle and tie











Step 7 either decorate or just use as is. This bag is big enough to hold a standard sized paperback book.










If you need any help then either e-mail us or pop along to one of my markets and I will show you. If you have a really good use for your bags and want to share we would like to hear from you.


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