In this tutorial you will learn how to draw a designer gift bag using basic shapes and various patterns, which are made available in Illustrator. You will also learn to add your own customized details to the design.

## Step 1

Create an 800px by 800px RGB document. Let's start by creating the basic drawing of a bag. Select the Pen Tool (P) and draw the different parts, i.e. interiors and exteriors of the bag as shown here. I have given the numbering for a quick reference. To draw shape #1 and #2 you may also use the Rectangle Tool (M) and define the angle with the Shear Tool.

## Step 2

Now fill in the Linear Gradients (Command+F9) in each part of the bag. For shape #1 use the gradient from top #B2EDAE to bottom #8DDD87. For shape #2 use, from top #7EBC77 to bottom #61895B. For shape #3 use from top #436B3D to bottom #7EBC77, and for shape #4 use, from left #436B3D to right #7EBC77.

## Step 3

To make a bag more interesting, let's add two shapes on top of it where we will use a different design pattern than the basic pattern of the bag. To do that, select shape #1 with the Selection Tool (V) and press Command + C and Command + F. This will copy and paste the shape on its place. Repeat this one more time.

Now select the shape (which is the top most) and move it down a bit (the black color shape shown below). Keeping this selected, now select the shape beneath it (pink color shape) and go to Pathfinder (Command + Shift + F9) panel. Click Minus Front as highlighted below.

## Step 4

Fill in a Linear Gradient (Command + F9) that goes from from top #B2EDAE to bottom #77C396.

## Step 5

Create another shape on the side flap of the bag. To do this, repeat the steps as explained in Step 3. Fill in a Linear Gradient (Command + F9) that goes from top #7EBC77 to bottom #61895B.

## Step 6

Draw a fold effect on the side flap either with the Pen Tool (P) OR to be more precise repeat the steps explained in Step 3. Fill in a Linear Gradient (Command + F9) that goes from top #7EBC77 to bottom #436B3D.

## Step 7

To define the top area of the fold, draw a new shape over it by following the steps explained in Step 3. Fill in a Linear Gradient (Command + F9) that goes from top #7EBC77 to bottom #436B3D.

## Step 8

Select the Pen Tool (P) and draw a triangle shape at the bottom of the fold as shown. Fill in a Linear Gradient (Command + F9) that goes from left #6BC18E to right #61895B.

## Step 9

Select the Pen Tool (P) and draw a triangle shape on the other side of the fold as shown. Fill in a Linear Gradient (Command + F9) that goes from left #436B3D to right #7EBC77.

## Step 10

Now let's apply the decorative patterns to the bag. Select the front shape of the the bag and press Command + C and Command + F. This will duplicate the shape that will be placed over the original shape. We will apply a pattern to the duplicated shape. Go to Window > Swatch Libraries > Patterns > Decorative > Decorative Modern and select the pattern of your choice. I have used " Optical Burst" pattern here. Set the Opacity (Command + Shift + F10) 10%.

With the same method apply the patterns of your choice to the rest of the shapes of the bag and set the Opacity between 10%-15%. To create your own pattern, simply draw the graphic and drag it to the Pattern Library. Follow more details here on how to create a pattern in Illustrator.

## Step 11

Select the Pen Tool (P) and draw fold lines as shown. Refer to the red arrows. Set the Opacity (Command + Shift + F10) to 50% for these lines, as we don't want to see them too prominent.

## Step 12

We'll now create the eyelets of the bag. Select the Ellipse Tool (L) and draw ovals as shown in the image.

## Step 13

Fill in Linear Gradients (Command + F9). For Oval 1 use, from top #383827 to bottom #000000. For Oval 2 use, from top #6D6E55 to bottom #14160C. And for Oval 3 use, from top #383827 to bottom #0F0F0C.

## Step 14

Select the Pen Tool (P) and draw the highlights on top of Oval 2. Fill in #FFFFFF color and set the Opacity to 80%. Select all the shapes of the eyelets with the Selection Tool (V) and Group (Command + G) them all.

## Step 15

To duplicate the eyelet, hold down the Alt key and drag the eyelet. We now have two eyelets ready. Arrange them on the bag as shown.

## Step 16

To create a bag handle, select the Pen Tool (P) and draw a satin shape as shown. Fill in the Linear Gradient (Command + F9). The Gradient color values are #68B762 (lighter shade) and #36703A (darker shade). Adjust the gradient color sliders as shown below.

## Step 17

With the handle selected, add a stroke (Command + F10) of 1pt. Go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke. By doing so, we will be able to fill the gradient to the stroke.

Right-click on the shape and select Ungroup. This will separate the outline from the shape. Select the outline with the Selection Tool (V) and fill the Gradient with #377033 and #91D88B. Adjust the Gradient color sliders as shown.

## Step 18

To apply the pattern to the handle, follow the instructions in Step 10. I have used the "Diamond Square Color" pattern from Window > Swatch Libraries > Patterns > Decorative > Decorative Geometric 1 > Diamond Square Color. Set the Opacity (Command + Shift + F10)15% for the pattern.

## Step 19

To add the shadow of the handle, Select the Pen Tool (P) and draw a shape as shown in the image below. Fill in #000000 color and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur, then set the parameters as given here. Set the Opacity (Command + Shift + F10) to 20% for the shadow.

## Step 20

Select the Pen Tool (P) and draw the shapes as shown. Select the Gradient Fill (Command + F9) as "Fade to Black" and apply the gradient as shown.

## Step 21

With the Pen Tool (P), draw the shadow of the bag, and apply Blur Effect as we did in Step 19. Set the Opacity (Command + Shift + F10) to 15%.

## Step 22

To create a gift tag, first draw a circle with the Ellipse Tool (L) and a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (M) overlapping each other. Select both the shapes with the Selection Tool (V) and go to the Pathfinder panel (Command + Shift + F9). Select Unite. Here we get the basic shape of the tag. Fill it with any color for now.

## Step 23

Draw a circle of 26x26 px at the center of the tag. Now select both the shapes and go to the Pathfinder Panel (Command + Shift + F9). Now apply Minus Front.

## Step 24

Draw one more circle around the cropped circle and fill #AD000D color. Select the tag shape with the Selection Tool (V) and apply a Linear Gradient (Command + F9) that goes from top #FF001E to bottom #8B0010.

## Step 25

To give slight thickness to the tag, Select the tag, then press Command + C and Command + F. This will duplicate the shape. Fill in #490101 color. Place this copied shape behind (Command + Shift + Left Bracket key) the original shape and move it 1px right and down. To draw the highlighted shape, follow the steps mentioned in Step 3 (you need to do this with the Pathfinder options). Fill this highlight with #F7AAAA color.

## Step 26

Let's add some design to the tag. Select the original tag shape and press Command + C and Command + F. We will get the duplicated shape. Resize this shape to the smaller size than the original tag. Fill in #FFFFFF color and set the Opacity at 40%. This is an inner outline that we just created.

## Step 27

Go to Window > Symbol Libraries > Florid vector pack and select the symbol of your choice. Drag the symbol on the tag and fill #FFFFFF color for the symbol. I have used "Florid Vector Pack 01" symbol here. To change the color of the symbol, simply Double-click it and it will allow you to make changes to the symbol.

## Step 28

Now select the inner outline that we created in Step 26. Press Command + C and Command + F. We get the duplicate copy of the outline. Keeping the outline selected, hold down the Shift key and select the symbol that we have dragged over the tag. Right-click the object and select Make Clipping Mask. Set the Opacity (Command + Shift + F10) at 24%.

## Step 29

Now group all the parts of the tag that we created. Rotate the object with the Rotate Tool (R) and place it over the bag as shown below.

## Step 30

To tie a tag on the bag, Select Paintbrush Tool (B) and draw a thread as shown. Select the brush color #AD000D and set the brush parameters as shown.

## Step 31

To create a tag shadow, select the Pen Tool (P) and draw a shape as shown. Go to Effects > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the parameters as given here. Set the Opacity (Command + Shift + F10) at 20%.

## Final Image

There you have it. After binding all the elements together we have a designer gift bag ready. I hope you enjoyed this tut.