SEW a Paper Gift Bag/Pouch





Introduction: SEW a Paper Gift Bag/Pouch

About: I'm "retired", and now have time for all the creative things I've done since I was a child. I especially like anything with texture.....fabric, wood, glass, stones....even rusty objects. I have a LARGE fabr...

I was looking for an inexpensive way to package some of my hand made soaps. I knew I couldn't use occlusive plastic, so I enlarged a paper candy pouch I had made years ago, and it worked GREAT!

I made mine out of brown craft paper, but you could also use any paper that has a little "body" to it. You could use scrap booking paper, heavy wrapping paper, or even a paper bag.

I sewed the tag directly to the pouch, but you could use stickers, stamps or markers

To open the recipient simply tears the paper

Step 1: Step 1 Supplies

Brown Craft Paper (brown paper bag or decorative scrapbook paper)
Straight Edge Ruler
Scissors or Rotary Cutter (reserved for paper)
Sewing Machine
Old Sewing Machine Needle (reserved for paper)

Cutting Mat (optional)
Weights (optional)

Step 2: Step 2 Cut

You will start with cutting your paper into a rectangle. For this project I cut my paper  8 inches by 6 inches.  Play around with the size of yours.

I was able to get 3 "pouches" from a 24 inch width of paper.

Using my long straight edge ruler, and holding the paper down flat with weights, I cut a strip of paper 6 inches wide, then I cut that strip into thirds (each piece was 8 inches long) 

Step 3: Step 3 SEW First Edge

** When I have an old sewing machine needle that is no longer suitable for fabric,  I save it in an envelope to use for paper.

#1 Bring the two shorter end together (in this case they measure 6 inches) but DO NOT crease the paper.

#2 Sew a seam (through the two edges you just brought together) about 1/4 from the edge of the paper using a longer stitch.

NOTE: You may wish to either do a locking stitch (if your machine has that feature) or lock the stitches in place by going in reverse for a couple stitches

Step 4: Step 4: SEW Second Edge and FILL

#3. Starting at the seam you just sewed, sew across one of the open ends of the pouch.

#4 Fill with your gift......making sure NOT to overfill

Step 5: Step 5 Sew Third Seam

#5 TURN the pouch so that the FIRST seam you sewed is on TOP, and in the middle.

#6 Line up the edges of the pouch, and sew with the same 1/4 inch seam. NOTE: This would be the time to attach your gift tag IF you are sewing it on.

Step 6: Step 6 TRIM

Trim off the excess threads.....TA-DA!



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    12 Discussions

    I love this idea... Will be making this very soon... Thank you

    I've had fun with this little pouch, using different papers, but frankly I like the brown paper best. Try using different colors of thread as well!

    I used different colors (red & green) of thread for my spindle and bobbin. And along with the brown craft paper, I lined the pouches with unbleached wax paper to hold chocolate covered almonds that I made. Can't wait for the reviews from recipients.

    post a picture.....I can't wait for the reviews as well!

    Sorry, I didn't get a pic of the pouches. They were mailed to recipients in early December. They were well-received, to say the least.

    thanks....I've made some "fancy" ones for jewelry, and made a whole big batch to hold jelly beans for Easter. I thought about sewing paper "ears" on, but didn't get around to it! :-)

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    shhhh, MaryT... keep it a secret until Easter rolls around.... or make some Halloween-themed candy bags...n.o.w.? :-D

    Maybe putting the Halloween candy in pouches MIGHT slow me down (eating it) a little, but I think I'm safer just NOT buying any! ;-D We live in the country so don't get Trick or Treaters out here :-( ......I can't even use the excuse that "it's for the kids"

    Fabulously classy-rustic... this is the perfect gift wrap for homemade goodies!