This sweet little book is a boon to any thrifty soul. All you need is a paper grocery bag, tape, scissors, a ruler and pen/pencil. A papercutter will make your job easier. You can decorate your book any way you'd like or leave it plain. See how I decorated my TagAlong here. You could make a smaller book with just four folds using (up) scrapbook paper.

The Math

Here's the math for a book that will hold eight Avery shipping tags (linked below) that are 4.75" x 2.37". More than one tag will fit in each pocket.

The total length is 32" (for this size of tag)

The height is 12.5" (for this size of tag)

To do the math for any other card or tag:

Measure the width of the tag x 8 = wx8. Add: wx8 + 8 = width of paper (in my case w of the tag - 2.4" (I rounded up)

Measure the height of the tag plus + 6 = h+6 = height of paper (in my case I round up to 5" for the tag height)

If that math is wrong, go yell at a nun, OK?

Anyway, to continue:

Cut your paper bag down one side and around the bottom. Fold the bag in half width wise. There should already be a fold at the halfway point.

Use the folded end of the bag as your true straight edge. Measure and cut 16" from that edge (taking into account that the length is doubled this will give you 32" in total length).

Now you'll fold:

Unfold the bag

Fold up the bottom 3" (pinch fold in the center and at both ends and then carefully connect the pinch folds.

Fold the top down 2"(repeat the pinch fold technique)

Leaving the pockets folded

Fold the width in half

Fold the left side over to the center mountain fold and carefully fold

Fold that half of the length two more times, always fold to a mountain even if you have to reverse a fold.

You should have one half the the book folded four times and the other half of the book is not yet folded.

Fold the other half of the book the same way.

You may need to reverse some of the folds along the way.

You'll wind up with an accordion fold

Add the washi tape (or stitch) along each end of the book so that the cards won't fall out of the front and back.

You can make this books any size you want. Size them for any tags or index cards. Use them to store little bits of paper or die cuts. The possibilities are endless! Enjoy the video which makes everything clear

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