paper goodie bags {tutorial}

Let’s talk about a simple little project today.

paper bags

I received this darling pink bag from Whisker Graphics a while back and just couldn’t toss it. I read on their website that they will be offering packaging supplies soon and if this pink stripy bag is part of the collection, then we are in for some delightful new packaging options.

Anyway, when I needed a quick goodie bag for the cousins at Audrey’s party, I decided to make my own.

Want to make some too? Oh good.

Here is what you will need:


:: 8.5 x 11 paper
:: paper cutter {or scissors}
:: glue
:: decorative scissors or rotary blade


STEP ONE: print design on paper and trim border {see below for my free download}


Just trim the bottom and one side.


STEP TWO: fold in the sides


Nothing perfect here : just fold in each side until they overlap the white border that you didn’t trim.


STEP THREE: glue flaps together


STEP FOUR: fold bottom up about an inch


STEP FIVE: glue bottom flap closed


STEP SIX: glue bottom flap up



STEP SEVEN: trim the top of the bag with a decorative edge



Then fill with something sweet


fold down the top and add a sticker to hold


Cute as can be.


If you would like to make blue striped bags, please feel free to download my template.


{I used regular text weight printer paper for my bags, but you could also try a heavier weight if you prefer}

53 Responses to paper goodie bags {tutorial}

  1. julie July 17, 2013 at 5:09 am #


  2. Beauty Expression March 14, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    Fabulous tutorial! We are starting our fashion accessory business and since we are just starting out we need to think crafty. This tutorial is a great solution to packaging and branding. By the way, I loved reading your story of how you built your business, sigh….one day.

  3. aeni December 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Hi!!im spanish so sorry for my poor english.
    I would like to know what font do you used for the stickers.
    It is amazing!
    Thaks so much.
    Bye from Spain!!!

  4. Make handmade October 2, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Great tutorial, i love it, thanks for sharing

  5. Karin Cathey September 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    I just used this paper bag idea this past weekend for Paisley’s 2nd Birthday Party. We had a Shabby Chic Farm Theme. Anyway~ I downloaded the free “blue striped paper” template, used larger paper, lined them with waxed paper and made them into my PB&J and Egg Salad Sandwich Bags! A-DOR-A-BLE! Thanks again for thinking of one more way that I can be detailed! LOVE IT!
    PS~ I went to APU too:)

  6. Tora June 17, 2011 at 5:48 am #

    what an easy way to make lovely paper-bags, thanks for sharing the downloadable file and this tut.

  7. rici preuit April 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    Very sweet. Do you sell the stickers by any chance? :0)

  8. Krysta February 28, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    I second the request for a chevron stipe collection!

  9. teresa February 26, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Everything is always adorable here….great idea. Love it
    Have a wonderful day

  10. Melissa Crouch February 25, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    Loved the simplistic beauty and whimsy of your bay-doll’s first birthday party! You are inspiring.

  11. Kim Allen February 25, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    I have been following your blog now for awhile and love your means of communication. Can I ask how you set up your email “newsletter?” I love that it is simple and it links straight to your website. I work with a non-profit called Karama (we support African artisans by marketing their products here in the States while giving proceeds to Young Life of Africa) and we are trying to set up a similar concept to stay in communication with our supporters without doing a full-out monthly newsletter. Any wisdom you can pass along?

  12. Melissa Mills February 25, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    I LOVE these! This is a fantastic site. Thanks so much for your tutorials! I’ll be back for sure!

  13. Susan McLain February 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    I love the idea for the paper bags! I’m currently planning my wedding and they would be great to hold wedding favors! I look forward to seeing more ideas :)

  14. Katie Hanchinamani February 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    could you make a CHEVRON stripe paper collection! I will be the first in line to buy it!! :) Pretty pretty please with a cherry on top!? :) i also did just get this stripy collection! so excited to make things!!

  15. Stacey February 24, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    So pretty Emily! I downloaded the paper, will use it for a bag when I need one. But in the mean time, I made a pretty sign with it that says {it is grace.}! Thanks so much for your inspiration!

  16. GLORIA February 24, 2011 at 3:08 am #

    Thank you for this Tutorial 1 I love it and I download it . Many thanks, gloria

  17. Nicki February 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Oh my goodness! Your blog is adorable! A friend of mine over at http://thehenpeckedhouse.blogspot.com/ mentioned you in a recent blog post. You are so talented! I’m glad I found this blog!

  18. Stacey Buescher February 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    I have been following your blog for a while now, but have never commented! Where did you find those stickers that you used to secure the bags shut? I have been looking for circle adhesive stickers to print on for a long time, but have had no luck! An insight would be helpful!

  19. Laura February 23, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    LOVE this !! What kind of printer do you have ? It looks so good :)

    • emily February 24, 2011 at 8:47 am #

      I have a canon pixma 1P8500 – it is a photo printer with 8 ink cartridges. It is now discontinued, but I have heard that the i9900 is also good.

  20. Jo February 23, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Love, love, love this idea! Simple beautiful is always the best ~ thanks for sharing.


  21. Kimberly Jones February 23, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    These are so adorable! I think they would be perfect for favors at bridal showers and weddings. I just featured them on DIY Weddings at Craft Gossip. Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. Deana February 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    I love it! You prob could use some heavy weight kraft paper too- options are endless and ont break the bank which I {heart}! great tutorial – :)

  23. Kimm February 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Have you thought of adding “party planner” to your list of part-time jobs? :) So cute, I love every thing about it!

  24. Lori February 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    Great project! I can use it for so many things! Thanks!

  25. Melanie Yates February 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Emily! I absolutely LOVE every one of your projects. I have a 7 week old and am planning her baptism lunch and I think I am going to use these bags for a happy for everyone who comes. She also has older brothers who already think she hangs the moon!

  26. rachel February 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    Emily, I can’t believe you made those cute bags. Amazing!!

  27. Amoreena February 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    LOVE this project! I want to use it at a baby shower that I’m throwing. Thanks, Emily.

  28. Lyss February 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    YOU ARE AMAZING! I anxiously await each post! Thank you so much for sharing! you inspired me to make my future SIL bridal shower invites! Nothing as good as yours, but they did turn out :)

  29. Shannon February 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    I LOVE these and am trying to think of a need for them! I may just give a few “just because” gifts to co-workers. What paper cutter do you use? Do you like it and use it for all your projects? I hate mine and want a new one.

    • emily February 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

      I have a fiskars rotary cutter {http://www.amazon.com/Rotary-Paper-Trimmer-%252d-12%2522/dp/B000YAJHVE/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1298497229&sr=8-5}. It works great and you can change out the blades which I like. Highly recommended by me!

  30. Kimberly Moore February 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    CUTE idea! I’m considering throwing a party just so I can use this tutorial. :) Thanks for the free download! I’m definitely going to send my readers over here to check it out too.

  31. Kim February 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    You hit it out of the park…. again! Yay you!! Can you tell us more about the bird silhouette on Audrey’s birthday board and what is on the paper in the lower left corner. It is blue, and maybe a bird?

  32. Danielle Gsoell February 23, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Do you have a recommendations for a printer?

    • emily February 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

      I use a canon pixma ip8500 – a photo printer with 8 ink cartridges. It is discontinued, but I’ve heard that the i9900 is a good option too.

  33. KellyB February 23, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    So, So Cute! Thank you :-) Audrey’s Birthday was spectacular….so special.

    I also have a question……I’m looking for a good paper cutter and don’t know anything about them. Any suggestions?

  34. cindy February 23, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    WOW! you always amaze me! I am going to start thinking of all the little gifts I can give using these little bags. so sweet! thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Mary Manning February 23, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    I never would’ve thought to make goodie bags like this! They are super cute and look really easy! Thank you for sharing… I’m definitely using these!

  36. Ashley February 23, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    oh thank you so much for sharing this Emily!! I can’t wait to use this for my sweet Carmela’s 1st birthday in April!! you are so creative!

  37. Meghan Beck February 23, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    It’s my kids birthday in a couple weeks, this is perfect! Thanks for sharing.

  38. jami nato February 23, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    i feel like i need to make a goody bag of something. maybe just cereal…anything. ok maybe i’ll save it for a party. ha.

  39. pat allen February 23, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    Emily, everything you make is just lovely! Her party supplies were adorable, you did a great job!!

  40. Jill Leaming February 23, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    Thank you sooo much for sharing this! My son’s 1st birthday is this saturday. I am so doing this! You could do it with wrapping paper too huh?

  41. Meg February 23, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    Another question, how do you design the labels? From what I’ve read Photo Shop is a good program to design different labels?

    • emily February 23, 2011 at 8:56 am #

      To design my labels, I opened a Word template for Avery labels {#5293}, copy & pasted the grid lines into Illustrator, then added my background and monograms. You can also do it directly in Word, Publisher or I’m sure Photo Shop would also work. I’ll work on doing a tutorial for this one …

  42. Priscilla February 23, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    Oh, thank you for sharing your striped paper! All of the possibilities……;)

  43. Dina February 23, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    What an adorable idea! Thank you for the download! Now of course I have a question (I always do!)-did you freehand cut your round “stickers” out and then glue them to your bag, or is there a cutter out there in that round shape, or are there Avery sticker labels or something?

    • emily February 23, 2011 at 7:52 am #

      I used Avery round sticker labels. Just print your design directly on the sticker paper and you’re set!

  44. Tonia February 23, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    Absolutely adorable. I cannot wait to do this. Thanks for making these great tutorials!

  45. Andrea February 23, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    Love this project. Can’t wait to try it!

  46. Cyndy February 23, 2011 at 6:33 am #

    Fabulous!! Love it and what a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing! Cheers! Cyndy

  47. {darlene} February 23, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    now how easy was that? another great project, girl!!
    -{darlene} @

  48. Ariel Fishel February 23, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    Love this! So cute and simple. Thanks for sharing :-)

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