Big Strong Bags

Hi Guys!

I am re-posting a project I previously posted on the KnK Design Team blog in case you haven’t seen it and also to include the files with my others, if you have seen it I shall be back with something brand new real soon :)

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.


Here are your Free Cut Files – Formats: ai, dxf, gsd, mtc, pdf, studio & svg:
(click on the link below the image to download)


Tote Bag Digital Cutting File by Bird


Gift Bag Digital Cutting File by Bird

18 thoughts on “Big Strong Bags

  1. denise

    Hi I dont have a zing but these are still perfect for small gifts if you can do double layers of 1 card then 1 in patterned paper.

  2. Trish Reddick

    These are great bags! Thanks! I don’t know anything about a Zing, but I think my Silhouette will do the job. Thanks again!

  3. Beverly

    The tote is adorable. I love the black printed paper you used. Many thanks for both files.

  4. Paula DB

    Thank you!! These are fantastic!! I can’t wait to make one, and already know who it’ll be for. Thanks again for sharing.

  5. Ali

    Hi Bird, Thank you so much for all the great files you share with us. “Erg mooi” as we say in Dutch. Your files I use for several items I made in the last year.
    Thanks again. Greetings from Holland.

  6. Gaby

    Hi Bird,
    An other thank you from Holland. Thanks for all the beautiful files. Greetz from Amsterdam!

  7. Paula Gale

    Hi Bird

    Thank you very much, I did see these when you posted them on the KNK blog – I read all of your blog posts on there too. I haven’t managed to cut them yet though! I love the black patterned paper you used on the first one and wondered where you got that from… I am really impressed with the Zing’s cutting capabilities, I would do a couple of passes with my Cameo for anything around (above) 300gsm – not sure I have any 340, although I’m pretty sure I have cereal packets i’ve thought about cutting – don’t think they run to 14″x24″ though. So yes, I’ve very impressed with the Zing – but in the bigger scheme of things, there isn’t a lot of stuff I need to cut that it that thick – now wanting to cut is another matter…

    Thanks again,

    Paula x x x

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