After baking and decorating 120 cookies on Thursday for the shower Jenna helped host this weekend...my husband even helped :)...what a great guy, huh? She and I made favor bags to put them in, on Friday.
I thought I would do a tutorial on how to make these cute little bags. We got the idea from...Martha...but tweaked them to help stabilize the cookies. These are the cookies we made, the only difference being that this time we used a knife to ice the background of the cookies and a #3 Wilton decorating tip to decorate them; the gift bag tutorial follows:
Supplies you will need:
EDITED: I ORIGINALLY THOUGHT YOU NEEDED BAGS WITH A DEFINED BOTTOM BUT HAVE SINCE REALIZED THAT THE CARDSTOCK ACTUALLY MAKES YOUR BAG BOTTOM.
Clear cellophane bags *
1. Determine how tall you want your bag to be....what will look best with the size cookie you will be filling it with.
2. Cut the bag to that height + the width of your ribbon x's 2....so, if you want your finished bag to be 7" and your ribbon is 1/2" wide...you would cut your bag to a height of 8"...make sense?
3. Once you have determined that, you are ready to measure for the size you will cut your cardstock. You will cut a piece of cardstock the length of the height of your FINISHED bag + the width you want the bottom of the bag to be [ you can kind of puff the bag out to find out how wide it naturally is ] + 1/4" for little front facing you see at the bottom front of the above pictured bags.
4. Now measure the width of your bag and cut the cardstock that wide.
5. In other words, you will be cutting your cardstock by the measurements you determined in steps 3 and step 4.
[Click on any of these images to enlarge]
NOTE: You can omit steps 10-12 if you are filling your bag with candy or light cookies. We added it, because we found that the weight of our cookies made them lean forward too far in the bag. By making this little "step" and placing the cookies between it and the 1/4" lip, we found that our cookies were stable. Of course this will vary according to the size of the bottom of your bag , etc. You'll just have to play with this....
If you are pressed for time, you could always just slip a piece of cardstock in the bag as a backdrop to your treats and finish with the ribbon. But if you can find them....make the extra effort....these are easy and attractive!
I hope you have as much fun as we did!