Saturday, January 21, 2012

Concertina Matchbook gift pouch tutorial

Good Morning Everyone! Jane here today with a tutorial to show you how to make a matchbook pouch you can fill with crafty goodies as a gift  for someone special.

I have used the adorable Henry with large Rose for my tutorial and you can buy him here from Whiff of Joy.

To make the matchbook you will need:
A sheet of 12x12 cardstock
Scraps of black cardstock and patterned papers
3 small ziplock pouches
Magnetic tape
Stamped image and sentiment
Scoring board or embossing tool and bone folder
Promarkers or pens to colour your image
Flowers, button and ribbon to decorate finished pouch

1. Cut a piece of pink cardstock to measure 12.5x8cm, Score and fold every 1/2cm.

2. Add a strip of double sided tape to each side at the bottom of each bag.

3. Add the bags to the concertina strip starting at the 2nd valley fold and fold together so they are stuck in place. 

4. When the  bags have been added, staple each folded section underneath close to the fold to secure the bags

5. Cut a strip of 12x12 card to measure 8.5cm wide. Score at 9cm, 9.5cm and 24cm. stick the concertina section inside the 0.5cm spine fold using wet glue.

6. Add strips of magnetic tape to the inside edge of the top flap and the top edge of the larger flap.

 7. You can fill the pouches with anything you like as long as it is quite flat

8. I have added gems, flowers and Baker's twine to mine.

9. This is what the finished pouch looks like

10. Cut panels from black card and layer panels of patterned paper on top that you have inked around the edges

11. I havestitched around the edges of my panels before adding them to the pouch with double sided tape and decorated with a bow topped with a button with a sentiment cut into a banner shape tucked underneath and some flowers and gems and my image coloured with Promarkers.

12. Here is a close up of the image. 

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and are inspired to give it a go, the matchbook can be made with any size of plastic zip lock bag, just adjust the measurements accordingly.
Have a lovely weekend!


  1. lovely idea, I love it !!!
    Mirevan from Chambéry

  2. lovely idea, I love it !!!
    Mirevan from Chambéry

  3. What a great idea. Nice for giving as a present for someone.
    Also great with different tea bags and a gift certificate for a high tea or so.
    greeting Monique Kools

  4. Lovely tutorial ! Love seeing Henry used as image. HUgs, Marion

  5. This is beautiful and your tutorial is fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

  6. very nice idea, great tutorial

  7. lovely,great tutorial
    hugs from Brazil

  8. Hi Jane,

    I love your creation TFS.
    which colour did you use on the rose?

    Hugs Sonja


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