Learn how to sew a DIY cookie bag to gift friends and family your favorite treats in the CUTEST, homemade cookie packaging!
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So you want to gift your friends and family some reallllly delicious cookies, but you’re tired of brown paper bags and boring cellophane. I hear you, friend!
Baking and gifting homemade cookies for a loved one is one of the sweetest gestures. Therefore it deserves some sweet-as-can-be, handmade packaging.
I was racking my brain this year on how I could up my gift giving game, especially in the packaging department… I love gifting cookies and treats for Christmas. We usually put them on a cute, Christmas plate and wrap it up with plastic wrap, or in a festive shoe box with some tissue paper.
Those have both worked great in the past, but this year I really wanted to try some homemade packaging. Enter these adorable, DIY cookie bags.
You WILL need a sewing machine to make these. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you should get one!;) OR head over to a girlfriends house who has one and make a day of baking cookies and sewing cookie bags. You won’t regret it!
This tutorial is beginner friendly! And only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. I’ll walk you through all of the steps for making your own DIY cookie bag, as well as answering some commonly asked questions about gifting cookies and wrapping them up.
Aside from being super cute and thoughtful, these DIY cookie bags are also re-usable! Let your friends and family know they can share the love and re-gift cookies or other gifts in them.. or use them however they want!
One more note: I did choose to wrap my cookies first in a plastic baggie, and then place the wrapped cookies in the DIY cookie sack. This way they don’t dirty the inside of the fabric, and they stay as fresh as possible. This is of course optional!
How Do You Make a Christmas Cookie Gift Bag
DIY Cookie Bag Sewing Tutorial
A few notes: these DIY cookie sacks will take about 15 minutes per bag to make.
If you choose a fabric that has a pattern that needs to stay a certain direction to look right, make sure when you sew you’re sewing it correctly so that the pattern stays the right direction when finished.
If you’re wanting to use a plastic bag to wrap your cookies in first (I recommend this for ultimate freshness), then be sure to snag the plastic baggies I am linking below. They are the perfect size to fit in your finished DIY cookie bag.
- fabric of choice (you’ll need 24″x7′ of fabric per bag, make as many as you’d like)
- sewing machine
- plastic bags (optional) these are the plastic bags I used and they will fit perfectly inside of your fabric cookie bags
- ribbon or string
- dried citrus for garnishing + gift tag (optional)
- yummy, homemade cookies;) not optional!
Cut two pieces of fabric, each 24″ by 7″. Put your fabric right sides together. Sew both long sides, and one short side with a 1/4″ hem.
Now turn your fabric right side out. Stick your hand in and push out the ends and the edges as much as you can. You can iron it flat at this point. Sew the open, small edge shut, with a top stitch, 1/4″ in.
Now you should have a long tube of fabric that’s completely sealed
With two hands, take the short, messier looking edge that you just sewed, and start to push it inside of itself. You want to push it inside, all the way to the other end, so that you have a sack, with a lined inside.
Once you’ve gotten it all the way to the other end, stick your whole hand in and use your fingers to push the insides all the way to the corners. Make sure that its lined up correctly in the corners and along the edges.
You should have something resembling a lined bag.
You can push the edges out as best you can and iron it down again. Fold over the open edge a couple of inches so it makes a cuff.
Now, you’re going to sew the bottom edge of your cuff. Put your sack on your sewing machine so that it wraps around the base, so that you’ll only be sewing the cuff to the sack, but NOT all the way through both ends of the sack.
Sew 1/4″ up from the bottom of the cuff.
Start sewing at the seams so you can make sure the seams of the sack line up with the seams of the cuff. Do a backstitch at the beginning and the end.
You’re all finished!! Now your cookie bags are ready to be stuffed with delicious cookies.
How to Wrap Cookies for a Gift
Now that you have your DIY cookie bags, you’re ready to turn them into the CUTEST cookie gift.
Start by putting 7-8 cookies in a plastic bag. THESE are the ones I used and they fit perfectly inside your sewed cookie sacks:) they also come with twist ties to close them.
Fill your plastic baggie with cookies and tie shut, then place it inside of your fabric bag. Use some string (THIS is the cute, red and white string I used) or ribbon to tie a bow on your bag, just under the cuff. Garnish with a dried citrus slice and a gift tag.
Looking for some delicious cookie recipes to stuff in your DIY cookie bags?! HERE is a round up 17 old-fashioned Christmas cookies. SO FUN.
SHow to Wrap Cookies in Parchment Paper
If you’d like to, you can wrap your cookies in parchment paper (instead of a plastic baggie) before adding them to your premade cookie sack.
To wrap your cookies in parchment paper, cut out a piece of parchment 14″ by 18″. Add cookies to the center of the parchment paper, two cookies wide and four cookies up/down, overlapping. Bring both of the long sides of the parchment paper to the center, overlapping one another. Tape to secure. Do the same with the short sides, pulling it snug and taping it. Now place your parchment wrapped cookies inside of your fabric cookie bag.
How to Wrap Cookies for Shipping
If you’re wanting to ship your homemade cookies, you can still do so with these DIY cookie bags. Just make your cookie bags like above, add your packaged cookies to each bag, then add the bag to an insulated shipping box. Do priority mail so your cookies get there as soon as possible and stay fresh.
I hope you enjoy your DIY cookie packaging. Its so sweet and fun to gift homemade cookies for Christmas (or any occasion) and it really deserves some special packaging. Let me know in the comments if you’ll be making these!