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    DIY wedding favor bags - easy to make!
    There is something brilliantly refined and luxurious about paper which has been sewn on a sewing machine. The string through the paper adds texture and a surprising little detail many people just can’t resist to carefully touch when they see it.

    I absolutely love these little DIY wedding favor bags. Every time I see them it dazzles me how easy and cheap they are to make!

    One sheet of 8.5x11" (A4) paper makes two small bags. The bags are perfect for small “light weight” treats like Salt Water Taffies or similar. You can make all your bags well in advance of your wedding and simply store them “open” until the week of the wedding.

    Here is how I make these striking DIY wedding favor bags:


    Firstly cut a piece of 8.5x11" (A4) in half. You can use patterned paper, plain white paper or colored paper if you wish. The possibilities are truly endless but make sure your use paper which is less heavy than cardstock but a little bit heavier than normal printing paper; a paper density of about 120gsm is pretty good for this project. For this tutorial, I used a roll of recycled, brown packing paper which I cut to size. You can also decorate your plain paper with text on your computer before you begin making your bags or simply decorate with stickers, stamps or similar later. When I made these little bags I created a design on my computer for half an 8.5x11" (A5) piece of paper. You can download my designs at the bottom of the page. 

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    Fold half a 8.5x11" (A5) piece of paper in half without making a hard crease down through the middle. Do this by simply pinching the two top corners together so you create a curve with the paper.

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    Now place the top edge of your paper under your sewing machine's "presser foot". Keep the two top corners pinched together and arrange your paper so the corners are pointing towards you. As you lower down the "presser foot" onto your paper you will most likely create a small crease in the paper at the top. Don't worry about this little crease, it won't detract from the beautiful end-result. 

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    With small stitches sew together the top part of the paper. Begin this by lightly securing the seam as you would if you were sewing in fabric. Stop sewing approximately 0.2 inches from the tip of the corners you pinched together earlier. With the needle down lift the "presser foot" and carefully turn your paper 90 degrees against the clock “around” the needle. You are now ready to sew down the long side of the paper. Again, lower the "presser foot" and sew all the way down to the edge of your paper. Remember to secure the seam before you remove the paper from the sewing machine. 

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    Trim off any excess strings hanging from the paper for a neat look. You should now have a bag which is only open in one end, ready to fill with your chosen wedding favor. When you have sewn all your bags (on two sides only) you can simply store them in a bag or similar until you need them.

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    Fill your bag with your wedding favor treats and prepare to close the bag. Be careful not to overfill your favor bags. Press the side with the seam and the side without the seam (the curve) together centering the seam. The bottom of your bag should now be closed in the opposite direction of the top of bag. This is what gives the bag the unusual almost “triangular” shape.

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    When you are ready to stitch up and close your bag simply place the bottom edge of the paper under the "presser foot" like you did at the top. Sew the bottom of bag approximately 0.2inches from the edge. Remember to secure your seam at the beginning and at the end before you remove the bag from the sewing machine. Now cut of excess string and your bag is finished.

    Although this project sounds involved, it takes me less than 1 minute to complete one bag. It’s so easy and when you get the hang of it you will be amazed how quick this little project is.

    Download my "Twist Bag" paper designs here:

    DIY wedding favor bag - brown design


     

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    DIY wedding favor bag - Light pink border design(when printed on brown paper the border looks red)

     

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    somenelsons2013-08-22 18:30#23
    Inspired by this post to make birthday party favors for a boy's rock climbling party. Used old maps, stuffed the candy inside and sewed it all shut with red thread. : )
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    Dmo2013-07-05 16:28#22
    You can also recycle brown paper bags( from grocery store) . Make any size, let kids decorate...for any occasion .
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    Mette Morgan2013-06-28 02:31#21
    Quoting Wedding Invitations:
    Great DIY project! We have more and more brides asking always for DIY ideas and littles DIY touches for their weddings. Will be sure to send them to your site. Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you so much for your sweet words!
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    Wedding Invitations2013-06-27 11:02#20
    Great DIY project! We have more and more brides asking always for DIY ideas and littles DIY touches for their weddings. Will be sure to send them to your site. Thanks for sharing.
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    MontessoriMegan2013-03-24 16:38#19
    I think it would be really cool to do sunscreen in these for an outdoor wedding. Do you think that using waxed paper would be effective at keeping the sunscreen from bleeding through? I also thought I could iron the end together before sewing so the machine doesn't get sunscreen on it, and so that I can put a tear line that won't leak, but I don't know if that would be effective. Any thoughts?
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    Kala2013-03-24 08:53#18
    Great project! Can you give some recommendations on your sewing machine settings? Thanks!
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    kathy wal2013-03-05 00:57#17
    i am going to make these for my wedding. i am going to try and use a roll of brown wrapping paper i had bought for sending a package through the mail.
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    Doreen2013-01-06 21:46#16
    These little bags are so inventive an idea and truly fantastic...and cheap! The possibilities are endless too,thanks for sharing!!
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    Guest2012-11-17 23:24#15
    These would make perfect packages for the Salt and Sugar Scrub I make... Thanks for the Idea
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    Marilyn2012-08-03 14:59#14
    I am not having a wedding...I just wanted to try out your templates for favors when my grandchildren and others come over....But all the info about 'my wedding' was required fields in order to download.....or is there another way to download the templates?

    I think they are so cute.
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    Rosemary Shepherd2012-07-08 01:35#13
    Thank you for the description/tut orial, but a PDF template is not very helpful. This leaves no room for customization or to add our own wording. A understand the appeal in having your logo on it, but a template in Word, Photoshop, or another program would have been more useful. Just a suggestion, in case this is a possibility! Thanks for the suggestions and the confidence in sewing paper.
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    Merry2012-07-07 22:01#12
    Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial and just the thing I was after....quick, easy and fun.
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    sumeera2012-04-27 11:53#11
    These are wonderful! Do you have a source for the paper? I am having trouble finding the right paper to use.
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    Cathy2012-04-19 23:42#10
    Love this...can you explain how you printed the design and wording on the paper?
    Thank you!
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    vanetia2012-04-19 07:47#9
    WOW!!!! these are so beautiful and easy to make!!!! have to try it out some time!!!! Beautiful!!!
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    vicki wells2012-04-18 23:41#8
    How and when do you write the thank you on the paper?
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    Susan Wolfer-Lennex2012-04-16 15:07#7
    So Cute! I think this would be great for any party!
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    Rendi2012-04-16 11:34#6
    Quoting Mara:
    These look lovely! Can you please tell me what is meant by A4 and A5 paper? Is this a regular 8.5x11 piece, or does this refer to the weight of the paper?


    A4 and A5 refer to paper sizes in Europe, A4 is a little longer and skinnier than American 8.5x11". The instructions and using half for a one bag would be the same, but the dimensions would be just a little different. The templates might not line up just right due to that as well. You should also use paper that is heavier than normal copy paper, but not as heavy as cardstock.
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    Chalane Wride2012-04-12 17:45#5
    THANKs so much!!! And the answer to the question about paper weight above was VERY HELPFUL!
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    Mara2012-02-12 13:23#4
    These look lovely! Can you please tell me what is meant by A4 and A5 paper? Is this a regular 8.5x11 piece, or does this refer to the weight of the paper?
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    Kelly Y.2012-02-06 20:21#3
    A nice addition is to use a rotary cutter that cuts perforation near the top edge to allow for an easy tear off opening. Another option would be to perforate by just running the paper through the sewing machine with no thread in the needle. Not quite as neat looking, but equally functional. I've also one this with thinner paper over a freezer paper liner. So pretty!
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    Mette Morgan2012-01-28 11:18#2
    Quoting Karen Osterholm:
    Question more than comment. What weight paper would be best for this project?

    Thanks!


    Hi Karen,
    When making these favor paper bags I used some recycled paper with a density of about 80 or 90 gsm which is a little bit thicker than regular copy paper (gsm or g/m2 is a measure of the weight and type of paper).

    Depending on what you plan to put in your favor bags I would recommend you use paper up to about 120 gsm as this paper will be easier to “twist” without getting too crinkled when you close the bags at the end.

    Cardstock paper (175 – 205 gsm) will most likely be too thick for this project and you may find it difficult to use it in your home printer but the easiest thing is to try a few different paper types/weights so you can test out what works best with the content of the bags you are making.

    Enjoy your DIY project Karen, I hope my answer will help you.
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    Karen Osterholm2012-01-20 02:35#1
    Question more than comment. What weight paper would be best for this project?

    Thanks!
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