Plan Bags are Blueprint Bags for Blueprint Shipping!
PlanBags.com has been manufacturing blueprint shipping bags since the early 1968 under the name Patterson Sales, which was retired in 2003.

1-Ply and 2-Ply 70# (pound) Kraft Paper Blueprint Bags and Self Sealing 4-Mil Thick Poly (polyethylene) Bags.

Most Important: We hear we have the best bags, customer service and pricing and never hear from our customers that a Plan Bag failed or ripped open! Order online, it’s easy, no credit card needed. We will verify orders. Others make bags out of lighter materials which may save you a few cents a bag BUT lighter weight bags tear open easier and your valuable plans get destroyed - PlanBags are the strongest bags!

BROWN KRAFT PAPER and 4 Mil Self Sealing POLY (polyethylene)
Bags for Shipping and Storing Your Blueprint Plans.

Brown Kraft Paper: Grocery bags are made out of Kraft Paper. Most grocery bags are 40# or 50# paper weight; our Plan Bags are a heavy duty 70# (pound).

1-Ply: Bags are strong enough to ship drawings but are better suited for storing or archiving plans.

2-Ply: Costs only pennies more than a 1-Ply bag. 2-Ply is made of 2 sheets of 70# Kraft paper bound together as 2 separate sleeves sewn together at the bottom. This thickness protects plans and is strong enough for a “tree-trunk” size shipment of drawings.

4-Mil Self Sealing Poly (polyethylene): Strongest in the industry: Made from co-extruded polyethylene (mixing 2 compounds together for strength) in a opaque Sky Blue color. Strong enough for “tree trunk” size shipment of drawings. Has a 3 inch lip to fold over with a peel away strip exposing permanent adhesive to seal the bag.

It turns out to be pretty much a matter of personal preference. Both cost about the same. We find the West Coast uses more Poly and the East Coast uses more Paper which is interesting as it rains more in the East making it more conducive for using a Poly Bag. Both are just as strong. One consideration is a box of Poly bags that we ship to you weights less than half of what a bundle of Paper costs to ship to you.

Paper: Is a much heavier product to work with but its thickness offers more of a cushion for protecting plans. Requires tape or a thick stapler to seal. A bundle of Paper requires more room to store vs Poly. Bundled in 100, even if you order 200. Recycles, but often not until the bag is used for shipping several times from place to place as it is that strong.

Self-Sealing Poly: Is a much lighter product to work with. No tape or stapler needed to seal. Less room to store vs paper. Protects better than paper from moisture. Boxed in 100, even if you order 200. Recycles.

Dimensions: The most important aspect of which size bag to select is the diameter opening and the length of the bag. Roll your plans and then measure the distance across the round side (diameter) that would slide into the bag. Or measure around the plans (circumference).  On this page are all the sizes marked in green: http://www.planbags.com/FMPro?-db=PB_Orders.fp5&-format=products.htm&-lay=cgi&-view

Why Numbers for the Names of the Bags: Paper is like a grocery bag. It has an opening with 2 sides and the length. A 8 x 5 x 44 is a bag that has one side of the opening being 6" the other side that is gusseted is 5". The gusset allows the bag to fold into itself to lay flat before using. The length is the last number and is 44"

Poly is like a baggy laying flat. A 13 x 44 is the same size as above. It has no gusset, lying flat when measured across the opening (no gusset) at 13" and 44" long. Both bags create the same 8.25" diameter opening and are 44" long.

Most Common Sizes Ordered: Paper: 6 x 3.5 x 40 (6 diameter opening, 40 long), 8 x 5 x 44 (8.25 diameter opening, 44 long), and 10 x 5 x 48 (9.5 diameter opening, 48 long) We offer many other sizes in paper but they are not as popular.

Poly: 9.5 x 44 (6 diameter opening, 44 long) is #1. 6.25 x 40 is #2, 13 x 44 (8.25 diameter opening, 44 long).


Plans Larger Than the Length of 1 bag? Telescope 2 Bags! You can always telescope one bag over the other if the drawings you have are longer than the length of the bag. If the drawings are too thick for the bag try rolling the drawings from the wider end. This will decrease the overall length.

Shipping and Mailing Labels: Everyone accepts our bags: US Mail, UPS, FedEx... Use your self-adhesive labels on Kraft paper and Poly bags. Or mark directly onto the bags with pen or marker to address or identify the product. Placing a piece of tape over the label at the ship to address line adds protection.

Pricing and Savings: Ordering 200 means 2 units of 100 will be shipped. Price reflects a 7% saving on the second unit of the same size.

Shipping / Can Be Calculated Online: PlanBags ship by UPS Ground. No mark up and your actual shipping costs can be calculated before you buy.  For Alaska and Hawaii shipments, we will calculate shipping charges and call prior to shipping.  If you require faster service, such as Next day Air or second day air, please call for a quote.

We Ship the Same Day From: We have warehouses in Los Angeles, CA and Memphis, TN. Quantities less than 100 bags ship from our San Francisco office. Please see our Quote Cost and Shipping page in determining which warehouse your order will ship from. All units are processed the same day for shipment. Order cut off time is 2:00pm for CA and Noon for TN (PST).

Bottom Line: Since 1968 - We offer the best bags at the lowest cost with the best customer service!

Office Hours M-F 9am-5:30pm PST
2720 Taylor St., Suite 450
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (800) 794-8494
Fax: (800) 794-8496
E-Mail: Bags@PlanBags.com

Email: Bags@PlanBags.com | 2720 Taylor St., Suite 450 | San Francisco, CA 94133
PH: (800) 794-8494 | FAX: (800) 794-8496