Friday, February 25, 2011

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String

I have a sweet neighbor who purchased some of my buttons recently.  Of course I told her I wouldn't charge her for shipping since it takes me about two minutes (if that) to walk her front door.  So I didn't need to use one of my regular bubble wrap mailers, but of course I still wanted to package them up nicely for her.  What to do?

Well, they say that necessity is the mother of invention and I definitely agree.  So I thought about it for a moment and then whipped up this simple little DIY paper bag pouch to deliver her goodies in.

It came together so quickly, used up some junk supplies we already had, and it holds her custom order quite nicely if I do say so myself.

And since it was so simple, I thought I'd show you how some of your own!

Here's what you'll need:
  • a brown paper bag* 
  • regular paper scissors
  • pinking shears
  • thread
  • a hole punch
  • a stringy scrap of fabric

*I used one with handles since that's what I had on hand, but it would actually be a lot easier if it didn't have handles.

Step 1: Cut
Go ahead and cut a rectangle out of one side of your paper bag.  I didn't really measure when I cut mine.  I just freehanded it to be as big as possible without getting any of the words on it.

Although, now that I think about it, I could have just ignored the words and used the blank inside as the "front."  Haha.  Sometimes you're dumb when you take pictures for tutorials.  :)

If your bag has handles like mine, then the handle will still be attached after you cut your bag apart.

To remove it, just carefully slide the blade of your scissors down each side of the handle.

This should allow the handle to come off fairly easily without leaving any big marks/holes.

So you should now have a piece that looks like this.  Exciting.

Step 2: Fold
First, fold the bottom (one of your short ends) of your rectangle up.  Crease the fold so it's nice and crisp.

Then fold the top of your rectangle (the other short end) down.  This fold should meet the bottom/other short end.

Step 3: Pink
Now it's time to bust out the pinking shears.

First, use your pinking shears to trim each of the short ends.

Then fold your bag/rectangle back up like so.

And hold it upside down like this.  (It's just easier.)

Then, cut through all three layers at once and trim all the way down the side.  Do this on both sides.

Ta-da!  It should now look like this.

Step 4: Sew
Before you sew, the bottom of the bag should be folded up (to make the little pouch part) and the top flap should be folded up, away from the pouch part.  (See the picture below if that's confusing.  Because it probably is.)

Begin sewing at one of the bottom corners.  (Make sure to backstitch when you start so your bag doesn't fall apart.)  Sew all the way up that side.

Once you get to the top corner, turn and continue sewing across the top.

When you reach the other top corner, turn and finish by sewing all the way down the remaining side.  Backstitch again.

Your bag should now look like this.

Okay, side note here.  I thought I was being careful to keep my pretty pinked edges all lined up as I was sewing, but it turns out I wasn't.  So they ended up looking kind of off-set like this.

If this happens to you too, don't sweat it.  Just trim off a little more and nobody will be the wiser.

Step 5: Punch
Haha.  I like the name of this step.  But I mean to use your hole puncher, not your fist.  Anyway...

Use your hole punch to punch one hole on each side of your pouch.

Make sure when you do this that the top flap is folded down so you punch through all three layers at once.

This is what it will look like on the front.

This is what it will look like on the back.

Step 6: Fill
This is probably the most important step.  Fill your pouch with goodies!

Stuff them nicely inside the bottom of your pouch.

Step 7: Tie
Grab your stringy fabric scrap.  With the top flap folded down and the front of your pouch facing you, poke your scrap through one hole.

And if you haven't already made a place next to your sewing machine to stash stringy scraps as you work on other projects, start now.  You'll find uses for them all the time.  They're so much prettier than plastic ribbon and it just feels great to use up seemingly useless scraps.

Then poke it back through the other hole.

Even out your ends.

And tie in a nice pretty bow.

Trim the ends of your bow with pinking shears, if desired.

And you're done!


Now wasn't that easy?

These would also be great for party or wedding favors, treat bags, and so much more.

Have fun making your own!


Dorothy said...

Haven't seen this that's my kind of cute! Thanks!

Greg Lewis said...

Man! I've got that song stuck in my head now......

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Too cute!

Kathy Haynie said...

Good idea Katie - thanks for the tutorial!

Teresa said...

Very Cute! Love all the colorful buttons!

teacherspet04 said...

Super cute!! I always think my ideas will turn out looking cheesy, so I often don't try them. THEN, I see something someone whipped up from nothing, and it's adorable.

Andrea said...

this is super cute! I love how much more special it makes whatever you are giving. I am def. going to make some of these next time I have a little something to give to someone. thanks for the great idea, and the step by step tutorial!

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Laura said...

So cute! I think it took longer to read the tutorial then it will to make a little pouch. :) I can see doing this for Christmas presents. Oi, did I really just mention the "C word" in February?

Julie Rosenhan said...

I love the little pouch. Sorry that I didn't tell that to you when you dropped them off. Thanks Katie!

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

way cute pouch-perfect for little gifts or treats! thanks for the idea!

Bree said...

very cute and easy!

CK said...

Great idea!

Liz said...

What a gorgeous touch!

Deedra said...

I adore this packaging! It's so beautiful!!!!

dana said...

Cute! love it!

allsocute said...

omg! such a great idea! this is so cool! never seen before :)

Pam said...

What a great idea. I am always trying to think of cute ways to give gifts and things. Love it and I know I'll use this!!

Kari Sweeten said...

So super cute! What a fun way to present a li'l gift!

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Making some of these now...