D.I.Y Stylish Party Favour Bags. Free templates! | June 08, 2009

DIY Party Favour Bags

To combat the ever-present grey that has settled upon us with winter's return, this little project, in all its gingham goodness, reminds me of sunshine, apple picking and picnics with summer dresses and wide-rimmed straw hats. Hope it lifts your spirits too! 

I've supplied free downloadable templates to create three fun and unique DIY paper bags, each with a different illustration by moi. Enjoy!

DIY Party Favour Bags on display

Suggestions for use:

  • Complement your party's candy buffet with these favour bags. Guests can fill their own! Allow for a more dynamic presentation by pegging the bags along a piece of rope or string.(as shown above.)
  • Clip a gift tag on the front and you have a cute packaging solution for a birthday gift.

Experiment with different coloured and patterned stock combinations. For example, try printing on white stock with black sides for a more elegant and classic look.

DIY Party Favour Bags: 3 Free designs

Download the templates

Download the three designs below and then read the following instructions to create your bags.


DIY Party Favour Bags: Instructions- One

What you will need:

  • An A4 sheet of paper (I've chosen a recycled stock)
  • Two strips of patterned paper (18 cm x 3cm. I've used Christina Re's pink gingham)
  • Scalpel or Guillotine
  • Black and White Printer
  • Double sided tape (or glue)
  • Template with design (download above)
  • Mini pegs (optional. to seal the bag)
  • Rope (optional. for displaying bags)



Print out the template on black and white or colour printer onto an A4 sheet of recycled paper. Using the scalpel or guillotine, cut along the solid lines. You will end up with two strips of paper of the same size.  Also, the coloured patterned paper needs to be cut into strips of18cm x 3cm.

DIY Party Favour Bags: Instructions- Two


Score and then fold along the dotted lines of the recycled paper to create the sides of the bag. Be careful to hide the dotted lines from the front or back of the bag by making sure they are only visible on the side flaps. It should now look like the example above.


DIY Party Favour Bags: Instructions- Three


Slightly flatten out one of the folds on the paper with the illustration and using double sided tape cut three strips and stick them right up against the crease (as shown in the picture on the left). I’ve used a longer strip for either end and a slightly smaller one for the middle. You could also just use one strip of tape and run it all the way along the fold, if you would prefer, for complete coverage.

Remove the backing of the double sided tape to reveal the sticky bit then line up one of the pieces of patterned paper so that it sits right up against the crease and stick it down. Try to make sure you cover the dotted lines from the template and try to get it as straight as possible.

Put tape on one of the sides of the back piece of paper in the same way as you did with the front. stick down the  other side of the patterned paper right up against the crease of the back piece of paper so that it joins the front and back pieces of paper.

DIY Party Favour Bags: Instructions- Four


Create a “valley fold” down the middle of the piece of patterned paper that is attached to both back and front of the bag, as shown in the picture above.

Tape the other strip of patterned paper to the other side of the back of the bag and then attach it to the other side of the front of the bag and also valley fold it down the middle.

DIY Party Favour Bags: Instructions- Four - example

Your bag should now look like this.


DIY Party Favour Bags: Instructions- Five


a) Fold the bottom of the bag back (to the side without the illustration). I’ve found that a good place to fold it back is right underneath the shoes of the woman in the illustration. Then, Similar to an origami ‘squash fold’ , open up the fold in one of the bottom sides of the bag and make sure the crease in the side lines up with the folds in the bag. It should form a kind of triangle shape as depicted in diagram a.  If this is confusing please watch this this tutorial video on squash folding. It is not exactly the same thing but is the closest example I can find of the process.

b) Complete the squash fold by folding it the flap down as shown in diagram b.

c) Repeat this on the other side as well and it should look like diagram c.

d) Fold both flaps in and stick it down with some double sided tape.


DIY Party Favour Bags: Instructions- Six


You will now have your completed bag. It’s now time to start looking at some options for fastening it. I’ve used these mini pegs from Kikki K. You can also get mini pegs from many craft shops. You can also try fancy paper clips or put a round hole in the front and back and tie together with ribbon or string. Another option is fold the top of the bag down and use a sticker to seal it.

DIY Party Favour Bags: Instructions- Six - Example

Voila! Your bag should now look like this.


DIY Party Favour Bags: Instructions- Seven


One option for display of your favour bags at your party or wedding is to get some rope and peg them up in a row.

(all photos by amy moss)

posted under: Do It Yourself, Free Stuff, Parties


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  2. This is such a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing it. I'm going to do a blog post and link it back here!
  3. RobbieLee- Thanks so much for the link!
  4. Your ideas are absolutely fantastic! And your DIY projects are of such high quality that they make my heart sing. Even if your blog articles are very different from day to day there is a wonderful coherence, a real red thread, and it's apparent that you know what you're talking about. Keep up the great job!
  5. Maeve | Oct 23, 2009
    i love these bags im making them to use for my 13th birthday party this weekend. I'm sure my friends will love them! thanks for sharing your instructions and templates!
  6. hi!
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  7. Beautiful! I haven't actually been able to find any of the paper bags that open out to a flat bottom to create this gift bags with - dual sided paper bags just have the wrong effect :-(. I think I'll have to fold my own … the illustrations are gorgeous!
  8. Alissa | May 23, 2011
    I bookmarked this back when you first posted it, but have finally had a chance to use it today...I used your template to create some goodie bags for a farm-themed 3rd birthday party! Thanks so much! I live in a rural area of Australia so party supplies are not readily available.Made my day!
  9. Jan | Sep 7, 2011
    This is such a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing it!
  10. maribeth lukban paras | Sep 17, 2011
    it is so easy to follow and cute designs i hope you will come out to another designs that will surely love and attract people to make on their own and have to start a small business. kindly e-mail me if you have a new design thank you
  11. JINAN | Sep 20, 2011
    this is so creative and so elegant!
    you've got a talent and I love your blog!
  12. Merci pour ces explications et ces beaux dessins. Je viens de faire une première pochette, mais je ne vais pas m’arrêter là !!
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  14. Marina | May 11, 2012
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  19. Beautiful! I haven't actually been able to find any of the paper bags that open out to a flat bottom to create this gift bags with - dual sided paper bags just have the wrong effect :-(. I think I'll have to fold my own … the illustrations are gorgeous!
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    (Sorry for my bad English, I'm too French!)
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