I’m always trying to come up with a new way to package things. With the holidays right around the corner, I made gift bags to give to neighbors, friends and teachers.
Recently I’ve made a few versions of these bags. One for our Queen Bee Market vendors and one for one of my best friend’s birthday. I had fun sharing them on Instagram (just really starting to get into Instagram and I love it!!).
I used two types of kraft paper bags:
a brown paper merchandise bag (item #: 121007) and a lunch bag.
I also used my printer, a hole punch and twine. Simple but cute.
A few notes:
Every printer is different. I’ve done this on two different ones. The keys to getting your printer to print them right are two things: make sure you change the printer settings to “envelope” instead of paper and adjust the size to custom. AND put more than one bag in the feed spot. Something about the pressure of a few bags makes them feed better through the machine. I also make sure to push the guides (the plastic things that you can make wider or thinner on the feed of the printer) tight to the sides of the bags. My bag printer settings were: 7″x11″ for the wider ones and 6.127″ x 12.377″ for the lunch bag.
I know not everyone has access to
flat kraft bags so I made a lunch bag version:
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Hi Mique, I know you’ve posted this years ago but I’m just finding and needing it now so hopefully you can help me. These are lovely! I’ve also been printing on my flat kraft bags and love it when they to actually go through my printer. Sometimes they will begin to go then not be able to be grabbed and pulled through to be printed on. I’ve tried everything you’ve suggested except the “envelope” setting. Any pointers on what I may do? Sometimes they go through and then others it’s like the printer roller won’t grab them tight enough to pull them through. ANY advice you can give would be sooo greatly appreciated. Thanks so very much.
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Super cute! I think I need a new printer so I can make these. The printer I have now, eats everything and prints blurry! Good think Christmas is coming up. ;)
What a fabulous idea! I will definitely be trying this out this holiday season. Thanks for sharing!
These are fantastic Mique! Now I just have to get up the courage to try them in my quirky printer :) Thank you so much!
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These are so, so cute! I’ve got to give them a try. What a great way to make a gift extra special. Thanks so much for sharing. It’s been pinned. Oh, and thanks for the great font list as well! Have a fantastic weekend.
These are absolutely to die for, i am trying to make something similar for my wedding invites. Is there any way you can design some for me?
i would need individual names & addresses on each paper bag
Rita Stincer says
Thanks so much for sharing your great ideas. You are very creative.
Loved this. I was looking for packaging for craft fairs and this would be perfect. Just shared a link.
Germán Arce says
Hello Mique!!! I really love your blog, I have discovered it in pinterest. I´m a photographer from spain and I´m very interested about how to print in these cute bags. Can I do in a regular hp printer?. I want to do something like your pretty bags for christmas, but I don´t find in spain this kind o bags. Thank you and sorry if I have wrote something bad.
Susan Dee says
These are so wonderful and love the message but, is there a way to get one saying Christmas.? They are so cool.
These are so cute! I’m going to try with my printer and see if it works this Christmas! Such a cute idea! I am not gifted in the way of wrapping. I’m betting a four year old could do better then me! Thanks for sharing. I am going to pin for the other non-gifted wrappers out there like me!
Thanks Amanda! Glad you like them. I’m sure you’re better at wrapping than you give yourself credit for. ;)
Can you tell me what fonts that you used. They are great!
I didn’t know we could print on lunch sacks! So attempting this for the Candy “Bar” baby shower I’m helping hostess in February! I’m thinking one of those printable quiz games on the bag and the Who/What/When info on the other side for them to take some candy home in! Yay!! Thanks so much! I see so many uses for this!!
Katie- that is a fabulous idea. I hope they turned out ok. I love that you took it one step further. Please share if you ended up making them.
I LOVE this wrapping idea!! I love everything about it… it’s clever, pretty, and eco friendly!!! I love it so much that I have linked it in my post about beautiful holiday wrapping ideas over at http://simplylivinggreen.blogspot.com/
These gifts bags are so unique! I love them!!!
Thanks Virginia! xo
Paper-Crafts Chick says
Great idea for a cute simple gift. I love paper-crafts, so this is right down my lane. I’m definitely going to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend and a wonderful Christmas!
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Thanks so much for the comment. Enjoy!
These are amazing! I plan to use them for my coworkers. Now I just have to figure out what to put inside. I spied $1 mini loaf pans at Michaels that could fit in the lunch bags with some yummy bread inside! Thank you for sharing!!!
Jackie- LOVE your idea! Perfect!! Share a pic with me if you do that pretty please? Thanks!
Those look so cute! Great idea!
Thanks Kei! Enjoy!
LOVE LOVE LOVE these MIQ! I will be making some!!!
Thanks Callye!! Make some cute cookies and add them- that would be adorable! xoxo
Love your guts and your mad printable skillz.
I love your guts. the end.
Love this but I’m pretty sure the lunch bags are gong to jam my printer(it’s happened before)
anything I can do to prevent this?
Hi Katherine- a few suggestions: you can try taping the flap part down to the main part of the bag because that’s what’s caused issues for me. You could also make sure to have a few in the feed like I mentioned above. Or you could make the settings normal 8.5×11 and tape the bag to a piece of cardstock and run it through that way. Some printers are more feisty than others. It took me a couple of tries but eventually I got it to work for several in a row. Hope that helps!
Love this! Thanks.
Thanks Marne! xo
melissa stover says
love this idea. so adorable and easy!
Thanks for the comment Melissa- fun seeing you pop up in here. ;) Enjoy! xo
These bags are so pretty! As always, your font choices are impeccable! Thanks for sharing.
Aww Allison- you sure know how to make a girl feel good. Thank you!! xoxo
Wow, I just did something so similar when the boys and I made our Advent bags the other day. They drew on their stack, I went the easy route and printed a few using some festive graphics that I had. I never thought to take this concept a step further and use them as gift bags! I love it! I just pinned this idea. Thanks!
Awesome Sarah!! I’m sure your boys had a blast making them. Thanks so much for pinning and commenting. :)
Shirley L says
I love this idea! They look so pretty :)
Thank you thank you Shirley!!
oooh I saw this on instagram so cute Mique! I’ve been looking for the best deals on those bags for a young womens project. Thanks so much for the link!
Thanks Jenn! I love PaperMart. We use them a lot for QBM. They are local so things are driven to me quickly. ;) And you don’t have to have a wholesale license to get amazing deals. I highly recommend for all kinds of stuff in bulk. Glad I could help. :)
Kirsti Fleming says
I love this, as I have the square shaped bags (in white) which I use to distribute clients’ DVDs of photographs. Question: do you use a laser or inkjet printer?
Hi Kristi- I love the white ones too. I use an inkjet printer. I’ve had a laser one in the past and sometimes the ink doesn’t really “soak in” if that makes any sense ? Worth a shot though if you do have a laser printer.
Kirsti Fleming says
Thanks – I have used lunch bags in our laser printers and it tends to get a bit “cranky” and creases the bags too much. Can’t wait to try it out on my inkjet at home. No more labels for me…of course, now I’m thinking I should do a wax seal! :-)
Kirsti- you’ll have to let me know if they worked or not. Some printers are just feisty. But I’m stubborn and keep trying until I get it to work. ;)
Lisa Mac says
I admired this on Twitter. Thank you for this and the download. Blessings,
Thanks for the comment Lisa. You’re welcome! ;)
Amy @ Living Locurto says
Very cute! Thanks!
Thanks Amy! xo
love, love, LOVE these! Thank you for sharing this, they are sooo cute! :o) Hope you’re having a great week!
Thanks so much Monica- glad you like them! xo