Big Strong Bags!

Good Morning Fellow KNK-ers!

Today I bring you bags…big strong bags! There are 2 different bag styles to chose from, a Tote bag and a Gift bag.

One of the most exciting things for me about getting a Zing was knowing that I would be able to make bigger and stronger bags & boxes. My Zing cuts through the thickest card stock I own, 340 gsm (approx 120lb), using the standard blade in just 1 pass! My Zing also has a massive 14″ by 24″ cutting mat which accommodates even the largest sizes of card stock in my collection. These two things mean that I can make bags and boxes of a really decent, usable size which are also very strong.

I cut my bags in one piece from A3 (ledger) sized card, the finished tote bag measures 7 inches tall and the gift bag is 7.5 inches tall (without handles). I used an offset of .30 and a force of 70 for my paper and 120 for my card.

Tote Bag

Pic 1: It is much easier to attach my patterned paper pieces to the bag before assembly.


Pic 2: I use wet glue when I assemble bags and boxes for the strongest hold and as it takes a minute or two to dry I use bulldog clips or paper clips to hold the tabs in place.


Pic 3: Once the tabs have dried I can glue the sides into place to complete my bag.


Pic 4: I added a simple tag in matching papers to finish my bag.



Gift Bag

Pic 1: As with the Tote Bag, I attached my patterned paper pieces to the Gift Bag before assembly, it’s much easier trust me 🙂


Pic 2: The Gift Bag has a reinforced top to turn down, rather like a hem. I glue this into place and hold with my handy clips.


Pic 3: I add glue to the side tab then fold the bag over and clip into place until dry. Once the side tab is dry we glue the base, it can help to reach inside the bag at this point and coax the tabs down with a bone folder or ruler until the glue dries.


Pic 4: The handles can be added in 2 ways, the first is to thread some ribbon or string through the holes then tie a knot on the inside as I have done in the picture below with my white twill ribbon.



Pic 6: The second way to add handles is to apply some red liner style tape to some ribbon then attach it along the sides of the bag, the ribbon can also reach across the under side of the bag for extra support. Pierce the ribbon at each hole and insert a brad, this method gives you an extra sturdy Gift Bag.


Pic 7: Again I added a tag in matching papers to write my message to the recipient.


I hope you have enjoyed today’s post, If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing and access my free cut files you can find my blog here:

Here are the Cut Files used for today’s projects:


Tote Bag Cut File


Gift Bag Cut File

70 thoughts on “Big Strong Bags!

  1. These are awesome! Thank you for sharing the patterns, instructions and information about the Zing! I am going to look into the machine.

  2. wow, both awesome looking projects.
    Thank you for the cut file templates

  3. What a terrific idea! Now I know what to do with those large pieces of cardstock I bought last year. 🙂

  4. Thank you so much for free files you do wonders. Glad you are settled in to your new craft room. have a good day thank you again look forward to see whats next xx

  5. These are very nice. Love the paper you used on the outside too! Thank you so much 🙂

  6. Love these bags! Great job on the instructions, too. I can probably follow those. Need to make up a few to have on hand. Thanks for your generousity

  7. Wow! Besides my wife carrying a purse, she also always has a secondary bag of extra “stuff” that she brings to and from work. I think she might like this MUCH better than the current bags she uses 😛

    Thanks for the share and the files, Bird!

  8. Love the bigger size of the bags/boxes. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your files with us.

  9. wonderful bags!! have been a follower of yours for quite some time and love alll you do. can’t wait to try these. I have a zing also and it is an awsome machine isn’t it. along with mct it’s a unbeatable twosome! I am wondering where you buy your heavey paper for these bags? thank you for sharing these wonderful files.

  10. Who wouldn’t love to receive a little something in one of these bags! Thanks for the files. Lovely!

  11. Great projects! Thanks for sharing. Love the idea of being able to coordinate gift bags, cards and decorations!

  12. Love the bags, Bird. You are so very creative. Thanks for sharing and for sharing the files. Theses are such fun projects too.

  13. Thank you so much for the cut files and your clear instructions to assemble. I look forward to making some of these.

  14. Where do you find paper that big??? And the 24 inch mat? These are just sooo cute!

  15. What a beautiful set of bags you made…Thanks for sharing and I sure wil make it by occasion.
    Keep up the the great work and thanks again.

    Ali from Holland.

  16. They are just beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing the files and such a great design.

  17. Love Love Love the bag. It is spot on awesome as all your files are. But this one seems to out do some of the others. Great work.

  18. Great job, Bird! I really like these bags–thank you for sharing your talents with us!

  19. These bags are so adorable Bird – a lot nicer than ones you would buy from the card shops too. You’ve done a fabulous job, and thank you very much for sharing the files with us…

    Paula x x x

  20. Thank you so much for the files and for sharing your instructions on the assembly. I have an entire directory devoted to you. Your files have provided some of my greatest inspiration! I love your work. I would also like to thank you for the tip about the 14×24 mat. As soon as I can get my zing onto a larger work surface, I will be ordering the longer mat!

  21. Your bags are beautiful as all your creations. I love coming to see what you’ve done. I host blog hops and some of the ladies that sign up for them use your files once in awhile. They always give you credit but that just shows how popular you are. 🙂

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