Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday Showcase: Prima Love Story Altered Paper Bag Pocket Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It's Kathy on board for this week's Saturday Showcase.  One of my favorite crafting pursuits is to alter common household items into a beautiful piece of art.  Paper lunch bags are loaded with potential, cheap and readily available and so much fun to alter.  I've dressed this standard lunch sack up with soft, shabby chic papers from  Prima's Love Story 12" x 12" collection.

This is a real Cinderella story!  The humble brown bag (white in this case) has been transformed into a multi-pocket card filled with all sorts of goodies like ATC tags, mini photo wallets, gift card wallets, art tags and more.  The lunch bag I started with measured 5 1/8" wide x 10" tall.  With just a few simple folds, a quick visit to the sewing machine and the addition of hand dyed seam binding ribbon and Prima flowers, you have a gift fit for a Queen!

You can create this bag without using a sewing machine, too.  I just find it's the quickest way to get the job done.  But if you prefer to use adhesive, go for it!  Just be sure to only add it to the sides, or you lose the ability to open the pockets.

I've prepared a quick video tour of the altered bag and all its contents for you, followed by a very simple tutorial showing you how to create the base and the pocket liner panels.  I've left it to you to fill and decorate your bag as you see fit.

Are you ready to get your craft on?  Just click on the play button, and we're off on another crafty adventure!

I hope you'll never look at a paper lunch bag the same way again!  Thanks for joining me!


Product Links to the Funkie Junkie Boutique

Note: I could not get the Thumblinky to grab the image for the Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Album, but you can find it HERE.


  1. wow Kathy x What a transformation here x Love the wonderful layers and florals x Thank You for sharing such a fabulous post

    Annie x

    1. Hi, Annie! I'm so glad you enjoyed this project! It's fun to use ordinary items to make somethings special. Thanks for your kind words, and have fun with this project! xo

  2. Beautiful! Never has a bag looked so pretty and frilly!

  3. Just got the chance at the end of a long day to sit and indulge in watching your video tutorial. Kathy you've done it again! I figured this must be complicated to recreate but no - you made it all so clear and simple to do! Thank you for sharing your creative genius xx

  4. Thank you so much, Suzz! I love to alter bags and boxes and all sorts of ordinary stuff. This collection is so soft and pretty...perfect for a frilly project!

  5. Thank you, Jenny! It's amazing how easy it is to create this project. Thank you so much for taking the time to watch the tutorial! I really appreciate your kind words! xo

  6. This is such a neat idea! I love the layered pocket design and your beautiful use of this gorgeous pad. Hugs, Autumn

  7. Kathy, this is such a fabulous project! I love the shabby chic pink and those sweet tags! I am still watching your video! LOL! You make the best videos, filled with great tips! Hugs!