DIY Paper Tote Bag | Amber Mitchell

Hello Hip Kit Club friends! Amber here today to share a quick overview of how I created this fun, fall-themed DIY project using the September Main Kit. I love creating 3D projects that can be displayed or given as gifts to friends and loved ones. And what better time of year to create such a project than the season of giving?


This paper tote came together in a matter of minutes and the options of how it can be customized are endless and so, so versatile! To create mine I followed a tutorial and just omitted the last steps so I could customize it to my needs. I used this beautiful floral patterned paper from the “She’s Magic” collection by Dear Lizzy to create the “box” of the project. The straps were created using the B side of that same paper–this tied everything together nicely since it matched so well.


To embellish the tote I used a mix of different textures. I added some gold stitching along the outline of the whole project, including the straps. To “hold” the straps in place, I added some fun “She’s Magic” buttons that I threaded through with some white twine. I then layered up a bunch of fun embellishments from the September Kit and even fussy cut some cute houses from a “This is Family” paper to add as a background feature. The finishing touch was some fun paper flowers I created using a cut-file from the Hip Kit Club.


After the base was finished, it was time to add some fun to the inside. Personally, I like adding a variety of gift boxes to mine. This adds some fun, interactive elements to the project while also providing some cute spots for gifts and goodies! To create the three gift boxes I made for this paper tote, I used a variety of We R Memory Keepers punch boards. Of course, boxes like these can be made using cut-files, templates, or even by hand.


The first gift box I created is this cute pillow box. I used a beautiful ombre grid paper from the “She’s Magic” collection. To add texture, I embellished the pillow box with a fussy cut flower and a multitude of leaves from the “Indian Summer” collection. I attached all of these embellishments to a belly band I created using a paper scrap. To add a bit more flare I took some gold and white twine and tied it to fill in any empty space.


The second gift box, of course, had to be a fun candy box! I used one of my favorite papers from the September Kit. The mint color pops once it’s tucked away in the tote bag. I then used more pieces from the “Indian Summer” collection to embellish.


The third gift box is the most simple of the three. It’s a standard hinge box that clasps closed on the top. I decorated the front side with some ephemera bits and a dimensional sticker from the “Office Hours” collection from PinkFresh Studio.

This paper tote bag is such a fun way to give love and thanks this Fall season! And I had so much fun putting it together. Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Take care and happy crafting! See you next time!

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