So Sweet Favor Bags

September 26, 2012 — 33 Comments


Another dear friend is having a baby soon, and I was the lucky girl who got to make the favors for her baby shower last weekend. The invitations were sweet, lacy, and ladylike, and I wanted the favors to be all of those things too. The mama-to-be loves chocolate-covered cinnamon bears (she actually introduced me to them, for which I am eternally grateful!), so it seemed perfect to fill these sweet bags with her favorite treat. I’m a little in love with how they turned out, and happen to think they looked especially cute all lined up in prim and proper rows. Want to make some of your own? Here’s how!

Materials & Tools
–kraft paper bags {3 1/2 x 6″ ones from the gift wrap section of Michael’s}
–paper doilies that are the same width as your bags {4″ white paper doilies from the baking section of Michael’s}

–candy! {Because I wanted my gummy bears to stay soft, I put them in a small, clear treat bag before tucking them into the paper bags. If you are using hard candy or a non-food item, just put it right in!}
–ribbon {1/8″ ribbon in two colors from Jo-Ann’s}
–hole punch
–printer, optional
–paper cutter, optional


I ran my bags through the printer. If you’d rather not, you can write directly on the bags, stamp a message on them, or put a cute tag on them. If you plan to send yours through the printer, start here. Otherwise, skip down to step 4!


Step 1:  Tape the top of your bags shut. Make sure the tape goes all the way across so there aren’t any exposed pieces of bag to snag in your printer.
Step 2:  Load the bags into your printer the same way you would paper, and print! Of course you have to have something to print; I just used a plain old Word document and formatted it to be the same size as my bag.
Step 3:  Don’t try to pick the tape off the bags–it’ll never work! Just cut the tape off using a paper trimmer. I trimmed 1″ off of each bag.


Step 4:  Fill the bags with treats, close them, and fold down the top 1″.
Step 5:  Fold the doilies in half. Based on how you orient the doilies when you fold them, they will have slightly different widths, so do one first, make sure it is the same width as you bags, then fold the rest the same way.
Step 6:  Take a closed bag, place a folded doily over it, line up the edges, and hold them firmly in place.
Step 7:  Use a single hole punch to make two holes about 1/2″ apart. Make sure to punch through all layers.
Step 8:  Cut your ribbon into lengths of about 6 inches. I chose to do two shades of pink per bag.
Step 9:  Thread both ribbons through the two holes and tie a knot on the front of the bag. Trim excess ribbon.


I lined all of my sweet little bags up on a very inexpensive wooden tray from Michael’s, and they looked especially adorable and demure!

33 thoughts on “So Sweet Favor Bags”

        1. I know! But I basically do everything in my life at the last possible minute, lol. A stamp would be a great idea, and would definitely make it easy to make lots and lots of these favors.

    1. Hi Sandi. I think the great thing about these is that you can use different colors of ribbon and put different treats inside to make the perfect for any kind of party! And of course the sweets inside are a good thing about them, lol.

  1. Hi! I’m doing these for my sister in law’s baby shower. Do you remember the Word formatting settings for the bag? Mine is printing in the middle of the bag and I’m not sure how to go about fixing this. Thank you!

  2. Hello
    I am having trouble printing these on a bag – is there anything special you have to do to load them into your printer?

    1. Hi Victoria. I had to load them one at a time and make sure they fed into the machine right. Anytime I print on anything other than standard-sized paper, I do that anyway to make sure everything is loading properly.

  3. I love the brown bags with doilies… I love anything with doilies!! I did something similar for all my birthday presents last year. Thank you for sharing this great idea.

  4. Hi! I am making these as souvenirs for the hospital when I deliver my baby girl. Do you by any chance remember what font you used?


  5. I plan to make these for Mother’s Day for the ladies in our church. These are so cute! Thank you for the excellent idea! Love it!

  6. I love using clear label paper in my printer. You can get it in single letter sized sheets or label sized. Using that paper eliminates the need to run the bags through the printer, but give the same effect.

  7. Hi thank you for lovely idea! I’m using them to put jar candles in for give away prizes at our baby shower! I’m doing 40 of them and they will display beautifully before given away!!!

    1. Hi Reina! I’m sorry, but I don’t do orders for these. They are a really easy project though, and if you follow the steps in the instructions, you can get them made really quickly. Best of luck!

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