Introduction: How to Make an Eco-Friendly Bag

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Made by Manish Kumar


When I bought something at a store recently, the clerk handed me my purchase in a bag made from a newspaper. I liked it very much and had to make some more. SO Today I will be teaching how to make a simple eco-friendly bag by using newspaper, cardboard and tape.

Step 1: Materials

What You Will Need: -

1. Scissors
2. Newspaper
3. Thin Cardboard sheet
4. Double Sided Tape
5. Glue Stick
6. Pen

Step 2: Measuring and Cutting

Measure two pieces of newspaper 15.5 inches wide by 8.5 inches long each and cut them out.

Step 3: Sticking

Stick the two sheets of newspaper together using double sided tape or a glue stick. This will make the bag more sturdy.

Step 4: Folding

Fold a flap 1.25" down from the top. Fold a flap 2" up from the bottom. Then measure off and make vertical folds in the places shown in the diagram above. The front and back panels are 4.5" wide, the side gussets are 3" wide, and you'll need a 0.5" flap for gluing the bag together.

Step 5: Sticking the Cardboard

Cut two pieces of cardboard to 4.25" x 1", then glue them on the widest two panels just under the top fold. These will reinforce the rim of the bag. Glue the top flap down along the length of the bag, covering the cardboard.

Step 6: Putting It Together

Put either double sided tape or glue on the 0.5" tab and join the bag to form a sort of cuboid.

Step 7: Making the Bottom

Upend the bag so the 2" flap is now up. Fold the short sides inward as if you were wrapping a present. If it seems easier, you could also lay the bag on its side and crease those folds against the table. And stick the parts together.

Step 8:

Cut a piece of chipboard to 4" x 2.5" and glue it to the bottom of the bag to reinforce it.

Step 9: Your Newspaper Bag Is Now Ready :D

Comments

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RiskyI1 (author)2016-05-23

thanks

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AnonymousA1 (author)2016-02-03

Nice :)

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shane.kenedy (author)2015-03-29

i got to try it as I have a shop and this will certainly help me for some single coins... ;) I wish to have a video on making it ..it will greatly help me ....

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yasirafzal (author)2012-12-05

Thank you so much, I have made one for my own,

regards,
Yasir Afzal Rajput

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Funky Junkers (author)2012-02-24

love it:) to prevent the ink rubbing off you can just iron the paper or spray hairspary on it:)

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no probs:)

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leonardml (author)2012-02-11

I love repurposing! Thanks for sharing. You did a great job.

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Water_lemon (author)2012-01-18

Dollar Pointer :O <3

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redesignsbyd (author)2011-11-28

Love this! I teach crafts at an afterschool program and this is a perfect project. Thanks for sharing!

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auntylulu (author)2011-11-20

I've found it easier to find a carboard box, a fat book or other bulky rectangular object and wrap the paper around it as if you were wraping a gift box; just leave one end open so you can take the box out. This way you dont have to measure and also get support when folding the botom.
If you need a small bag for a gift, think of reusing calendar pages. They are usually thicker and have nice designs which usually get thrown in the waste.

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krin.indu (author)auntylulu2011-11-23

Nice Idea

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verdii (author)auntylulu2011-11-22

That does sound easier, thanks!

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yasirafzal (author)2011-11-20

A job well done, please write / share more of such cool stuff.

regards,
Yasir Afzal Rajput
Khi - PK
yasirafzal@yahoo.com

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hammer9876 (author)2011-11-17

I would always get newsprint ink on my fingers when reading a newspaper. I have heard (and never tried) that butlers would iron a newspaper before handing it off to his Sir or Madam. Something about the heat of the iron would set or dry the newsprint ink and it wouldn't come off on your hands near as easily. Just thinking out loud if anyone should have this problem....

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psbrady1 (author)hammer98762011-11-19

That sounds interesting. Might try that too. I guess if an iron sets ink or paint on fabric, why not newspaper!

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psbrady1 (author)2011-11-19

Great idea, but what about the ink on the paper rubbing off? Any suggestions. Such a cool post! Thanks

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howtowithmanish (author)psbrady12011-11-19

Haha It doesn't really rub off here in Pakistan. But I guess if that is a problem, we can paint it before use. And then let it dry off in the sun for a day or two.

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psbrady1 (author)howtowithmanish2011-11-19

Haha it does here in United States!!! I don't know if I would want to paint it. Oh something just came to mind. I use to draw with charcoal pencils, and to preserve it, I would use hair spray. Areasol of course. Man I just answered my own question! Thanks for the Muse!

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piaferre (author)2011-11-17

I used to make these but helping with a box of the same size. You can wrap only one side of the box and use it as a mold so you don't need to measure anything and all the bags will be the same. Great instructable!

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Fretka (author)piaferre2011-11-17

ohh that is a great idea as well !! thank you for sharing it too !!

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skybondsor (author)2011-11-17

How did you reinforce the holes that the handles go through? They seem pretty pro in the picture, but you didn't mention it in the instructable!

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msaleem (author)skybondsor2011-11-17

Step 5, cardboard reinforcement and at the end you punch four holes and use "eyelets" (you could buy from any stationary shop) to reinforce the holes. Then thread two cords of suitable length.
I haven't tried this project, but will try this weekend.

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sylrig (author)2011-11-17

Great instructable--thanks for posting it in time for gift-giving season. Your bags look really nice!

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haventmadeabombyet (author)2011-11-17

Brilliant! I had always used newspaper for giftwrap, but this is SUCH a good idea! Can't wait to try it out for the holidays.

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artworker (author)2011-11-14

Nice! Once I made 500 of these for an NGO. The chipboard idea is good.

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