A Fat Quarter and Fifteen Minutes: Four Favor Bags

Four party favor bags from a fat quarter in fifteen minutes – fabulous! It takes less time than running to the party store, I promise.
I did these for Allie’s birthday back in July, wanting the least painful way to whip up something handmade super fast. We were moving after all! Allie and I loved these wonderful party favors below–two upcycled notecards, pre-prepared for hand embroidery. We included some instructions, a rainbow of pretty embroidery thread and a needle.  These kits would make excellent road-trip fodder or the perfect activity to get through the Sunday football game that your kids just don’t have that much interest in.

I did this gift bag project for the craft column at Petite Purls‘ latest issue. Pop over there to get the full diy directions, sizes, etc.  Petite Purls is a fabulous kids knit-wear magazine filled with adorable free knitting and crochet patterns. This is their first sewing issue and they have some great projects.  Look at this adorable doll below.  Love her!

I plan on making a stack of these gift bags this fall to use for last minute hostess gifts, thank yous, teacher gifts and the like.  You could even fill them with beautiful hand knit dolls, like the one above. I just need to find my sewing machine in all my moving boxes, or my fabric, or yarn, . . . or scissors.  Hmm.  maybe I should just get back to some unpacking :).  Happy fall to you all!

  1. Pat C.

    I LOVE your kits!! I bet Allie’s friends did, too! You have come up with a wonderful little gift idea that would appeal to “girls” of all ages.: )

    Congratulations on being featured in Petite Purls!


  2. Carrol

    Love these, the dolls are so lovely! Keep up the good work.

  3. In our generation today it is better to used things that can be recycled just like those gift bag they are better to use than paper wrappers.

    • anne

      Agreed! Thanks so much for your comment!

  4. Amy

    Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I just made one set of bags, and I’m looking forward to making several more. I am also using them for party favors for my daughter’s birthday guests.

    • anne

      Yay! Thanks Amy for your kind words! They are addictive once you get it down pat . . . so easy to whip up. Happy birthday to your daughter.

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  7. Just amazing!!!!! These designs are specific and i am such a lot enamored withe these handbags. i do not know why but I’m having imagination of various cartoon characters in these bags and i am such a lot liking it. I’m always probing for new design bags, I’m so glad that I’ve found your post. Thanks for sharing.
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  8. Anne

    These have been my go-to favor bags for the last 2 of my son’s birthdays! Insert baby brain, and I can’t remember the exact dimensions. I hurried back to th instructions and they are all gone from the petite purls website. I knew I should have saved it somehow! Do you have instructions? The only part I’m having trouble with is the edge where the drawstring comes out.

    • Hi Anne, Thanks so much for letting me know! I will repost this tutorial in full asap!

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