How to Make a Paper Pouch

Made by up-cycling a shopping bag. Finished product measures approximately 7" x 11" and can be used as gift wrapping or to hold miscellaneous objects. I use it to hold daily affirmations cards!

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How to Make a Paper Pouch
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Here are the materials

Here are the materials

2
Cut the bag apart

Cut the bag apart

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3
Remove all parts of the bag leaving one large side (logo side) and one small side (width of the bag)

Remove all parts of the bag leaving one large side (logo side) and one small side (width of the bag)

4
Turn bag vertically. Flip bag over so the side you want to be the inside of the pouch is facing up. Then fold bottom portion in half and top (the original bag side piece) over.

Turn bag vertically. Flip bag over so the side you want to be the inside of the pouch is facing up. Then fold bottom portion in half and top (the original bag side piece) over.

5
Using an awl, seam ripper or other sharp object, make 10 holes along each non-folded side of the pouch.

Using an awl, seam ripper or other sharp object, make 10 holes along each non-folded side of the pouch.

6
Thread the tapestry needle

Thread the tapestry needle

7
Begin sewing from the top and pull ribbon all the way through leaving enough ribbon to tie a knot.

Begin sewing from the top and pull ribbon all the way through leaving enough ribbon to tie a knot.

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Tie a knot

Tie a knot

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Continue sewing by always putting needle in from the top

Continue sewing by always putting needle in from the top

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Do this until you reach the 10th hole

Do this until you reach the 10th hole

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Here's one side

Here's one side

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Now pierce only the top layer of paper. Thread ribbon through.

Now pierce only the top layer of paper. Thread ribbon through.

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Tie a knot.

Tie a knot.

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Fold down the top of pouch and use your finger to measure where the knot on the side is. Your will need to make a hole here.

Fold down the top of pouch and use your finger to measure where the knot on the side is. Your will need to make a hole here.

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Thread ribbon through this hole

Thread ribbon through this hole

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Tie another knot at the end of the ribbon.

Tie another knot at the end of the ribbon.

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Repeat steps 6-16 on the other side.

Repeat steps 6-16 on the other side.

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To close the pouch simply pull ribbons down and tuck under one loop on each side.

To close the pouch simply pull ribbons down and tuck under one loop on each side.

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