Party Favor Bag with Locking Top
What you will make:
In this project, learn how to make a small party favor bag that
is self-closing. These easy to make bags are ideal for packaging small
party favors of food, candy, soaps or jewelry. They are gusseted with a top
flap that folds into the opposite top pleat to lock the bag closed.
Choose from four sizes of printable patterns with or without the
colorful dot designs.
Related craft: To make larger bags from wrapping
paper, see the Easy Gift Bags craft project.
Here's what you need:
- White or colored computer paper
- Glue or double-sided tape
- Optional: Craft knife, cutting mat, ruler,
empty ballpoint pen or bone folder, odds and ends to decorate the
bags or make tags
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make a Locking Top Party Favor Bag
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose a bag to make. Download and print the pattern. The medium
bag is 3½" tall, the small bag is 2¾" tall and the
squat bag is 2½" by 2½". The bag sides, front, and
back extend from the bag bottom in the center of this pattern. The
pieced bag is 6" tall and has two patterns with four pieces that
must be glued together before doing the assembly.
Tip: Make a more decorative bag with wrapping
paper, marbled paper, or oriental paper. You may want to
transfer the pattern
to the decorative paper before proceeding. You can easily make the
bag from two colors of paper by cutting the sides and main bag piece
from different papers. Make glue tabs on the side pieces so they can
be attached to the base of the bag.
Medium Favor Bag
Small Favor Bag
Squat Favor Bag
Pieced Bag - sides
Pieced - front/back
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on
standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Cut
Cut around the pattern on the outline. Tip: The pieced bag
has four parts—front, back and two sides.
Tip: Using a straight edge and craft knife will make some of the cutting
easier, but be sure to protect the table with a cutting mat or thick
piece of cardboard.
Caution: Be careful. Craft knives are sharp and should not
be used by children.
- Step 3: Glue (Pieced Bag only)
Glue the two parts of the front and back strip together—half of the bag bottom is on each piece. Glue the bag sides to the strip on either side of the bag bottom. Glue so the tabs are inside the bag.
- Step 4: Pre-fold
With the printed side down, fold back and unfold on the center
fold line and the angled fold lines—marked here in blue. Fold
forward and unfold on all other fold lines—marked in red. To
make folding easier, score the fold lines first.
To score: Use a ruler and the bone folder or
empty ballpoint pen to make an indent—not a cut—on each fold
- Step 4: Fold and Glue
Gently bring the sides, front, and back up into a bag shape. Be
sure the glue tabs are on the inside. Glue the tabs to the sides
with a good craft glue.
- Step 6: Fold Gussets
Pinch the sides in from the bottom up on the fold lines. You
should be able to fold the bag flat.
- Step 7: Locking Top
Open the bag up and place whatever you want inside. Fold the
locking flap over and tuck it into the opposite gusset.
- Step 8: Decorate
Finish your bag with a cutout or decorate the bag any way you like. A cutout
glued to a paperclip doubles as a decoration and another gift.
Your bag is now complete!
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