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Paper Purse

Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan

This paper purse can made so that it opens up.

You could use these pretty little containers as party favors, place cards, a jewelry box, decorative elements or a host of other purposes. Add a message to the bag for an extra special card idea. I found some lemon twist tea bags to put in mine, but you could hide some jewelry, some chocolate, some little pencils or sea shells or any small thing that you fancy in yours.

"Ere fancy you consult, consult your purse"
~Benjamin Franklin

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How to Make this Paper Purse

Here's What You Will Need:

  • Download the scallop purse pattern available on this page just below this materials list
  • Select some patterned designer paper (double sided would work extra well) and some solid cardstock in a coordinating colour
  • Assemble scissors, ruler, scoring tool, double sided tape, embellishments of choice such as a rubber stamp and coordinating inkpad, brads, etc

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Right-click this link to download your free Paper Scallop Purse Pattern.


PLEASE NOTE: You will need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended) installed on your computer in order to open and read this pattern. You can get Adobe Reader here. A new window will open so you can download it without leaving this page.

If you want to open the file in your browser window, just click on the link. However, if you want to download the file to view later, then right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save File As." Then select where you want to save the file on your hard drive.

Once you have saved the file, locate where you saved it, and double click to open.

In order to print, open the downloaded file, and select the "Print" option from the ebook menu.


If you have trouble opening the pattern file, feel free to contact Susan for extra support.

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Here's What To Do Next:

  • Print off the pattern and trace it onto your designer series paper and cardstock. Cut out the shapes
  • Score along the lines indicated in the pattern with a ruler and your scoring tool

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  • If you are stamping a design on your purse, now is the time to do it. Once the folding part is done, it will be hard to stamp on the paper purse or to edge the pieces with your ink pad

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  • Fold the sides of the main piece up to form the body of your bag
  • Accordion pleat the side pieces and attach with double sided tape as shown

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  • Decorate the handles, clasp and retaining piece as desired before attaching them as shown

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  • You can make an insert for your bag if you want to as well. I used the same coordinating coloured cardstock and just cut a rectangular piece that fit inside, wrapping it round the outside to get the scoring lines and then scoring those before I inserted the lining. I also paper punched the corners of the lining to make it look more finished.

  • A lining adds weight and balance to your project

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  • Finish decorating your bag. I added brads to the handles and retaining piece but you could add paper flowers, butterflies, gems and any other embellishment that you like.

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    If you make your own paper purse and want to show it off, please do! I would love to see it and so would other readers.

    Or if you have a novel idea for how to use these little bags, do tell! For example, I made a paper wallet to hold a wedding Wishing Well gift and placed it in the bag.

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