Easy Paper Purse Tutorial

Hello G45ers!

Unleash your creativity with Karan Gerber‘s Paper Purse – Gift Bag Tutorial. Watch this #G45Reel for a 90-second crafting adventure exploring the artistry of Love Notes – Collector’s Edition. When you are done grab your own papers and craft a gift bag perfect for birthdays, Easter, Mother’s Day, or party favors.




Easy Paper Purses 

Tutorial by Karan Gerber


“Hello G45ers, I have seen these gorgeous purses around the internet from years ago and thought they would look great done up in Graphic 45 Love Notes Collection. 




To begin, you will need a 12 x 12 sheet of pattern paper. 
  • Score on one end at ½” 5.5”, 7.5” and 11.5” 
  • Rotate your paper and score at 3.75 “ and 8.25”
  • Fold on the score lines.
  • Cut into the wide side to the center score line on top and bottom of paper
  • Fold these into the center to create a “box” 
  • Fold over the ½” fold at the top, these will give you a very clean edge. 
  • You can really decorate these up with flowers and ephemera.


For purse closure:
  • Cut 2.75 x 5.5 inch of black cardstock ( or whatever color will match your paper
  • And cut a 2.5 x 5.25 from pattern paper
  • I did add magnets. One on the inside of the purse which you can cover up with a sticker from the collection pack or a piece of pattern paper., and one on the “outside which will go in between the pattern paper and the cardstock 


Purse Handles:
  • Two pieces of cardstock ¾ inch by 11 inches, i added brads to the each end of the handle to add some detail  


I attached the handles to the bag with hot glue. 


Have fun decorating the bags and I would love to see you take on These would be perfect in Christmas collection papers and used as a mini Christmas Stocking, or even for Easter too. Happy Crafting!


This is the first one I put together. I used some of the new washi tape around the side bands of the purse and on the bottom of the flap. 


Here are the three of them I have done, seriously they are a lot of fun to put together.” ~Karan Gerber 

Materials Used:

Love Notes Paper Collection

Glitter & Gloss Washi




Happy Papercrafting!


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