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Thursday, December 22, 2011

{paper sack gift bags}

Looking for a fun way to package treats or small gifts?  I've got the perfect thing! I took paper lunch sacks and sent them through my printer, making an all-in-one bag and tag.  It's simple, inexpensive, and SO fun! You could actually do this for any holiday, birthday, or as an invitation, too!

I just love paper sacks.  Not only are they super cute, but they're inexpensive, which means making just a few or in bulk is very reasonable. I'm going to give you directions based on my printer, but you will probably have to make a few changes depending on the kind of printer you have.  Just take a few minutes to experiment with which way the paper goes in, which side it prints on, and how it comes out.  Once you know that, you'll know how to insert your paper and/or lunch sack.  

Here's how I did it...

paper lunch sacks
ribbon or fabric strips
hole punch


1. I created my text and image in Photoshop, then inserted it into a Word document.  Don't worry--if you don't have Photoshop, you can just use your fonts and create the text right in Word. A lunch sack is about as tall as an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper, so you can place your text on the document where you would want them on the sack, and it works out just about right. (Fonts = Typewriter and MS Try a Bon)

2.  My printer won't let me put a paper sack through by itself--it has to be exactly the same dimensions as an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.  I really miss my old printer, because I could put through even the smallest scrap all by itself, and it would print on it.  You might have a printer like that (LUCKY), and you could just go ahead and print right on the paper sack.  If yours is like mine, then keep reading...

In order to trick my printer into printing on the sack, I had to send it through attached to a regular-sized piece of paper. I printed out the text on an 8.5 x 11 piece of white paper, then I was able to use it as guide, placing the lunch sack directly over the text.  This way, I would know where the printer was going to to print, and it would be right where I wanted it.  I taped it lightly in place on the sides, and at the top--just so it would stay in place while it went through the printer. I printed the sacks one-by-one, then carefully removed the tape. It worked like a charm!

3.  I tore strips of fabric into pieces about 1.5 inches wide and 15 inches long. I folded the bag over twice, punched two holes in the top, then used the fabric to tie it closed.  SO cute!!!

Here is the Merry Christmas image, in case you'd like to use it.  Just right click on the image, select "save as", and save to your computer.  Open up a new Word document, select "Insert", then " Picture".  You'll be able to browse for your picture, then click to insert it into your document.


Blogger Julia said...

I did something similiar last year how smart of you to put them through the printer...I'm totally doing that next year!

December 22, 2011 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Okio B Designs said...

So cute!


December 22, 2011 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Two Shades of Pink said...

These totally make my packaging- loving-heart happy. Perfection!

December 22, 2011 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Simple, but so cute! Thanks for sharing your cute ideas Kierste!

December 22, 2011 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger bbp said...

What a stellar idea! I am going to find my bags right now and use this for my three neighbor gifts. It is
perfect. Thanks so much for all of your wonderful ideas throughout the year.

December 22, 2011 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Shirley said...

This idea is adorable!

December 22, 2011 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

GENIUS as always, Kierste! I'm making some right now to deliver my pumpkin chocolate chip bread... hoping my printer cooperates! What font did you use *the scripty one*?

December 23, 2011 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger kierste said...


It's MS Try a Bon. Good luck-I hope your printer cooperates!

December 23, 2011 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Hi Kierste, I love your bag 'n tags. What a cute idea. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

December 28, 2011 at 2:53 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

These are so great! Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas. Where did you find your fonts? I've done some searches for them, but I'm not having much luck.

January 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger kierste said...


I have found the majority of my fonts here:

They are all free, and hundreds to choose from!


January 7, 2012 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is such a great idea! I totally borrowed it to make the favor bags for my daughter's birthday party. Thank you!

January 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM  
Blogger Johnita Crawford said...

this looks like something I may try, thank you for sharing.

July 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Sarah K - Sentiments by Sarah said...

I used to have a printer that would print on any size paper too - I miss it. I hate that the newer ones are so particular about paper sizes - even if I make a custom size it only works part of the time.

September 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM  

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