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Paper Bags

A Wide Selection of Paper Bags

McCracken Bag & Label has been manufacturing paper bags for 45 years. Our distribution center in Chicago, IL, stocks many types of paper bags and is ready for immediate shipment.

Our selection of paper bags includes a wide variety of sizes in three different paper bag formats: Self Opening Square (SOS) Paper Bags, Merchandise Bags with Gussets, and Merchandise Bags without Gussets. We offer three different bags materials: white matte, white semi-gloss and recycled brown kraft. Decorate and design a custom paper bag with up to 4 colors perfect for your event or store.

Call customer service for a competitive quote on printing.

Why Paper Bags? Paper bags are 100% biodegradable, reusable, and recyclable. Many paper bags can withstand more pressure or weight than plastic bags. Paper bags present less of a suffocation risk to young children or animals.

Paper Bags

Self Opening Square (SOS)

These durable paper bags feature a serrated top that can be folded for closure, as well as a side gusset. SOS bags are perfect for holding retail, pharmacy, and newsstand purchases.

SOS stands for Self Opening Square (paper bag)


6 x 3.625 x 11

7 x 4.5 x 13.75

8 x 5 x 14.375

Paper Bags

Merchandise Bags

Without Gussets – These affordable, unlined Merchandise bags feature a serrated top and are manufactured with and without gusset and are ideal for packaging flat, lightweight items like greeting cards, magazines, and pamphlets.

With Gussets – Also called pinch bottom, or flat bags, these Merchandise bags do not have a flat bottom and are manufactured with or without gussets. Gusset – an indented side fold of a paper bag allowing the bag to expand for larger items.


3.5 x 1.5 x 10

5 x 2 x 10

5 x 2 x 12

9.25 x 2.25 x 13.75


7 x 10

9 x 12

11 x 13.75