Saturday, October 9, 2010

Super Saturday Tutorial: Really BIG Big Shot Gift Bags!

These Big Shot Gift Bags are really practical, and two of them are really BIG!  Made with the Big Shot Machine and Big Shot Dies, their original design was conceived by demonstrator Dawna Curry and her sister Deborah Doolin (sorry no websites).  I met Dawna last month at the Stampcation Event in Central Florida, and with her permission am sharing their fabulous packaging idea “Embossed Poinsettia Gift Bag” with all of you!


Aren’t they fabulous and fun??  The tallest bag was the one Dawna and Deborah designed and uses the Bigz Clear Scallop Square Die… 14 paper squared cut and assembled to yield a bag with interior base dimension of 3.25”  x 6.75” and 7” high, and is the one on which today’s tutorial will focus.  The other two bags were made with the Bigz Scallop Squares Duo Die featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog page 17 (item #120903 $21.95), and easy enough to make following the basic methodology used in constructing the larger Embossed Poinsettia Gift Bag.

Stamps,  Cardstock, and Supplies Needed for today’s Embossed Poinsettia Gift Bag:

  • Stamps:  Delightful Decorations
  • Cardstock:  Real Red
  • Big Shot Machine and Accessories: Bigz Clear Scallop Die
  • Accessories:  16” of 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon for bag handles, Sticky Red Tape and/or Tombow Multi Adhesive, Tinsel Trim (Holiday Mini Catalog), Cropadile Tool, Scoring Blade, Pretty Petals Embossing Folder, Bone Folder, Ornament Punch

Cutting Instructions for Real Red Cardstock:

  • Cut (14) 5”x5” squares, and then run through the Big Shot Machine with the Bigz Clear Scallop Square Die.
  • Two 6.75” x 6.75” for inside bag supports (front and back panels)
  • Two 6.75” x 3 3/8” for inside bag supports (side panels)


  1. Score 1/2” on THREE sides of SIX Scallop Squares, and cut out the intersecting corners.PA070178
  2. Score 1/2” on FOUR sides of remaining Scallop Squares, cut out all intersecting corners.PA070179 
  3. Emboss 12 squares with the Pretty Petals Textured Embossing Folder using the Big Shot Machine.
  4. Re-fold all scored lines.
  5. Add sticky strip to the back sides of the embossed squares as shown in photo below: PA070181
  6. Now you are going to work with pieces one through six, which have only two clipped corners.  This is the top edge of the bag.  Remove only one piece of sticky strip at a time, begin attaching side scallop edges together.  In the photo below, the top of the bag is actually shown at the bottom edge of the photo.  DO NOT attach the last end pieces together at this time.PA070183
  7. Take 6 more pieces (four clipped corners each) and attach them together, forming a second line of scallop squares.
  8. Placing the long edges together, remove one piece of sticky strip at a time and attach the two scallop rows.PA070191 
  9. The two remaining Scallop Squares will form the bottom edge of your bag…. You will attach these to each other a bit differently… the scallop edges will overlap the cardstock, instead of being butted together and flat.PA070199
  10. Remove the sticky strip from one end of the short bottom row, and attach to the 3rd set of scallop squares… there will be two sets of squares to the right, and 3 sets of squares to the left.PA070194
  11. Remove sticky strip and attach two sets of two rows to the bottom edge.
  12. Remove sticky strip and attach the opposite side, and remaining end panel to the bottom scallop squares.PA070199
  13. Cut Grosgrain Ribbon in half for two 8” long handles, and attach on opposing 4 panel sides to the inside of bag with sticky strip.
  14. Use Tombow Multi Adhesive and attach 6.75” squares to the inside of the bag, covering exposed ribbon handle edges.PA070200
  15. Attach 3 3/8” x 6.75” inside side panels with Tombow Multi Adhesive. 
  16. Add embellishments, tag, and tinsel trim to complete your bag.PA070201

The other two bags shown in today’s tutorial were made using the Scallop Duo Die.  The Medium size bag has an interior measurement of 2.25x7x5”H and uses 10 of the larger squares, and the smallest bag has 24 tiny squares, an interior measurement of 1x3 x 3.25H and fits a gift card! 


Hope you enjoyed today’s Super Saturday Tutorial!  Big thanks to Dawna and Deborah!





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lisa808 said...

Cute bags.

nana_cindy42 said...

I love these bags! How clever!!! AND pretty! The bag itself is an added gift for the recipient!

Teressa Thompson said...

OMG that's adorable! Love 'em! The bright red just pops in the picture too... in fact, that pic is magazine worthy! You ROCK!

Tinkerin In Ink said...

Adorable bags! Well worth all that work :)

Yapha said...

Thank you for the fantastic tutorial! Those are great bags!