Make a paper carry bag

Make a newspaper bag

Last week at church a woman was generously giving away kiwi fruit after the service. She had a stack of these nifty newspaper carry bags which she had made to put the fruit into, and I instantly fell in love with them (yes, such is my personality… I’m easily pleased by simple, useful, handmade things!).Make a paper carry bagShe gave me a very quick lesson in the making of the bags, and once home I un-made the bag and put it back together.Β  Simple, yet perfect for carrying all manner of things… I hope – like me – you too can find a million uses for these bags.

Here’s how you make your own newspaper carry bag:

First up you need a couple of sheets of newspaper – not the small tabloid sized pieces, but the big, old-school, full sized newspaper sheets.

Lay the paper down on a flat surface (kitchen table works well) and fold the top (long) edge down about 3 inches.Make a paper carry bagFlip the sheet over and fold it into thirds – first one side, then the other side.Make a paper carry bagNow ease the top third under the flap (folded over top) immediately below it.output_dQFIk6

Then flip the whole thing over and fold the bag in half (long ways) and tuck the bottom under the flap.Make a paper carry bag And there you have it, one all purpose newspaper carry bag… ready to fill and go! Make a paper carry bagCool huh?


40 thoughts on “Make a newspaper bag

      • Don says:

        My Mom used to make and use these in every wastebasket when I was a kid. She learned to make them from the Sisters of St Francis who taught her as a kid in boarding school. I never paid attention to how she made them and I was so happy to find this! I thought this was a lost art. Thank you so much!


  1. Teresa says:

    I can’t wait to try this with wrapping paper at Christmas! You could make these all different sizes, too. Oh, and the funny papers are a must try! Thank you so much for sharing!


    • Janette says:

      Definitely at Christmas and I think it will be great for birthdays too, that way the paper bag can be reused rather than immediately torn up and thrown out πŸ™‚



  2. Johanna says:

    HI. I adore your blog and am so glad I found it on Pinterest. I think your little crocheted purse with the doily is the best fun ever. I’ve made two with cling buttons for my grandb’s and my neighbor wentgagfor yoru patern,enlarged it and made a big one for her 20 year old daughter who’s off to college. It’s the best pattern and I will put a photo of the two I made when I figure out how to do that on your comments part or something. Any suggestions? Thank you for your efforts and mucho generosity. Nana Hana


    • Janette says:

      Hi Nana Hana, thanks so much for your lovely message! I’d love to see the bags you have made, especially the big one… I am intrigued! Are you on Facebook? If so you could upload the photos there, on the green dragonfly page, otherwise you can email them to me xx



  3. SallyU says:

    If you make smaller bags they would be good for growing plants from seed as you could then plant them directly into the soil without disturbing the roots. The newspaper would then disintigrate over time.


  4. Tammy says:

    In Sri Lanka, they do not waste a thing, so they use newspaper to make similar bags for gifts and purchases, sometimes they had hemp handles, and they use it for wrapping paper, too. Waste not, want not. πŸ™‚


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