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DIY Paper Purse – Free Pattern

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Create these sweet paper purses with the free pattern or SVG cut file. These purses hold two nail polishes making them great for bridal shower favors, birthday parties, or spa-themed parties.Blue floral paper purse box with giant yellow bow.

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Hello Crafty Friends! Today I am excited to share an update to one of my most popular patterns – my DIY paper purse! I originally created these paper purses as bachelorette party favors, but they are so cute and versatile, they can be used for any occasion or event.

For this tutorial, I made my paper purses in fun florals, butterflies and polka dots using my new, updated pattern that is available in both PDF as well as an SVG cut file.

You do not need a cutting machine to make these. I have always made them by hand up until now, but the cutting machine definitely speeds things up! If you’d like to view my tutorial for creating these without a cutting machine using my printable PDF pattern, please visit my DIY Paper Purse Party Favor post.

A group of three paper purses made with floral and polka dot papers.

The purses are simple to make and don’t require a lot of supplies. Thin fasteners, by Velcro brand, hold the purses shut. They are the perfect size for holding two nail polish bottles as well as sweets and treats. Below is the tutorial, plus the new, updated pattern! What occasion would you make these for?

DIY Paper Purses

Supplies Needed for Paper Purse

*Update: I’ve started making these purses using Scor-Tape – a great adhesive for paper crafting that is smooth and strong. I’ve also started using Velcro Brand Removable Mounting Circles 3/8″. They are smaller and gentler on the paper so the paper won’t tear when opening the purses) 

Scrapbook paper, scoring board, Velcro brand fasteners and a tape runner.

Step by Step Tutorial

Step One: Print and cut out the pattern.

Follow these simple steps to prepare your cut file. I have a Cricut Explore Air, so these steps are for Cricut Design Space. Open the SVG file. Change the pink lines layer from “Cut Lines” to “Score Lines”. You will need to attach these score lines to the large pattern piece. To do this, “Select All”, then “Ungroup”. Highlight the score lines layer and the large pattern piece layer and “Attach”. You are ready to hit “Go”.

If you aren’t using a cutting machine, use the PDF pattern found in this post: DIY Paper Purse Party Favor.

Paper purse pieces cut out.

Step Two: Score along the fold lines.

If using a cutting machine with a scoring tool, this will be taken care of when you cut the purse. If you don’t have a cutting machine with a scoring took, you can also do this by hand using a scoring board and stylus.

Paper purse pieces scored and folded.

Step Three: Assemble the purse by overlapping the purse sides.

Be sure to keep the side piece coming from the front on top so the seam is less visible. Measure and mark 1″ in from either end of the purse handle and attach the handle at these marks.

Paper handle marked with pencil one inch from either end.

Side of paper purse with handle attached.

Step Four: Assemble the bow!

First fold the bow piece in and use a narrow piece of tape to secure the center of the bow.

Paper bow pieces cut from yellow polka dot paper.

Lay the bow on top of the purse latch piece, centering it in between the two slits. Use the thin rectangle bow piece to secure the bow to the purse latch. You can tape this on the back, or a tape runner works well for this too.

Center of bow is added which holds the bows onto the the paper latch.Yellow paper bow attached to the paper latch.

Add the two bow ends with your glue stick or tape runner.

Bow ends are added and the bow is complete.

Step Five: Add the purse latch and closure to the paper purse.

Mark 3/4″ in from the skinny end of the purse latch, opposite the bow, as shown below.

Paper latch is marked at the top with pencil.

This piece will insert into the slit on the back of the purse. Slide it in until the marked line is even with the slit. Tape or glue in place.

Paper purse sits next to the paper latch.

Latch is inserted into the slot on the back of the paper purse.

Apply the rough side of a Velcro Dot to the underside of the purse latch. Close the purse and mark where the soft Velcro Dot should be placed; then attach it to the front of the purse. I’ve started using 3/8″ clear Velcro Dots as they are less strong and easier on the paper. I found sometimes the larger Velcro Dots were too strong and tore the paper.

A fastener is applied to the inside latch.The soft side of the fastener is attached to the front of the purse where the latch would close.Paper purse made from teal floral paper and a giant yellow polka dot paper bow.

The paper purse is complete!! After making one or two, they really start to go together quickly!

Two paper purses made from colorful paper.

When I am making a lot of these at once, I do everything in stages, cutting all of them at once, then making the bows all at once, etc. They’d also work well in an assembly line if you can grab some helpers! 

DIY Paper Purse; free pattern and svg cut file.

A group of three paper purses made with floral and polka dot papers.

They make great party favors, prizes, treat boxes and can be used for any occasion, depending on the two pieces of decorative paper you choose!

I created these purses again using the fun paper collection, Fashionista by Echo Park Paper! I added cute little keychains to jazz them up. 

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Free Download

Download the Free File! This freebie is in my Resource Library. The PDF Pattern is under Paper Patterns, Treat Boxes and the SVG cut file is under SVG Cut Files, Paper Treat Boxes. Enter your first name and email to get the password to download this file. You’ll also have a chance to sign up for my newsletter to receive fun craft tutorials, tips, updates and more FREE files to help make crafting something special and unique easier!

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4 Comments

    1. Hi! I’ve made these purses with paper weights that vary from 65lbs to 110lbs. You’ll want to be careful of really thick papers or paper with heavy glitter as these will crack when you fold them. The purses can be made with lighter paper to hold lightweight items like gift cards, but if you plan to put treats or nail polish bottles inside, aim for 65lbs and more. The paper that comes in the DCWV paperstacks is a great weight, as is American Crafts 80lb paper. I’ve also used Echo Park Paper Co., Bazzill, and DoodleBug Design paper for these purses and they all worked well. I hope this helps! Have fun crafting! :)

    1. Hi! I’m sorry the download wasn’t working! All of my free patterns and cut files are now available in my Free Resource Library – I missed removing the old download link. Thank you for letting me know, I’ve updated the post to include a link to the library. If you have any trouble finding the pattern in the library, please send me an email at kimberly@craftingcheerfully.com and I’d be happy to send it to you :)

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