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Gift Purse


Package gift cards or small gifts in this charming container for a special occasion.

Resources: Martha was inspired to make this gift purse by an Anya Hindmarch pocketbook that contains an inscription from her mother, Mrs. Kostyra. Double-sided adhesive sheets are available at most art-supply or crafts stores. Special thanks to Mario Badescu for giving gift certificates to our studio audience.


  • Purse templates part 1
  • Purse template part 2
  • Decorative paper or card stock
  • Stapler
  • Craft knife
  • Bone folder
  • Screw punch
  • Double-sided adhesive, such as Double-Tack or Xyron permanent
  • Adhesive, or a glue stick
  • 1/4-inch ribbon
  • Pearl or gem sticker
  • Adhesive foam dot
  • Tissue paper


  1. Step 1

    Print templates. Lay templates on decorative paper and staple all around each shape to temporarily hold in place. Score on dotted lines and cut on solid lines to create "part 1" and "part 2" of the purse. Fold creases where scored. Punch holes where indicated.

  2. Step 2

    Cover one side of part 1 shape with double-sided adhesive, leaving out the "tab" of the shape (do not apply adhesive from curved end to two folds down from curved end).

  3. Step 3

    Remove paper backing from double-sided adhesive and lay the part 1 shape along the length of the part 2 shape. Burnish to smooth out any bumps. Fold up into a purse shape, pushing the smallest folds in the opposite direction, in toward the center.

  4. Step 4

    Thread a ribbon handle through the punched holes and knot on both ends. Add an adhesive jewel to the front of the tab for a "clasp," and an adhesive foam dot under the tab.

  5. Step 5

    Put a square of tissue paper and a small gift in the purse. Remove backing from adhesive foam dot and press in place to secure.

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2009

Reviews (5)

  • heatherman 26 Jun, 2009

    I have had no problem downloading the files. I suggest that the problem is you do not have adobe pdf installed on your computer. Go the the adobe web site and install pdf on your computer and you should have no problems.

  • projectnut 14 May, 2009

    I cannot get the template to download. Is there some way you could send it to me via e mail?

  • dianacecile 11 May, 2009

    monday morning 5.29 am still no video or pictures

  • deigert 10 May, 2009

    Not such a "Good Thing" when they don't give you pictures or the video on how to assemble the project. Dissapointing - It seemed like a cute project for Mother's Day.

  • dianacecile 10 May, 2009

    wheres the video and pictures?aired thurs and now sunday 48 hours?