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Easy DIY Christmas Cookie Bags with Printable Download

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Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

Add a personal touch to your festive presents with these customizable Christmas Cookie Bags. They’re simple, stylish, and oh-so-versatile. Get the full tutorial along with a free printable. With two unique and festive designs, these DIY Christmas Cookie Bags are a great way to gift your holiday baking in style.

Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

You’re in for a treat today, and it’s in the shape of these DIY Christmas Cookie Bags!

You know, there’s something incredibly special about giving and receiving handmade gifts during the holidays. It adds a touch of warmth, thoughtfulness, and an undeniable charm that store-bought gifts just can’t quite match. That’s exactly what these DIY Christmas Cookie Bags bring to the table (or under the tree, if you will). And best of all, you can make the bags in just a few simple steps.

A couple of weeks ago when I was out shopping, I spotted some sweet cotton cookie bags. They were a bit pricey so I immediately thought about how I might DIY them. Here’s what I came up with:

Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft
Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft
Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

Aren’t they adorable? I’m kind of obsessed.

Need some cookies to fill your bags? Check out this collection of my best Christmas Cookie recipes.

I took the hard work out of the process by having two fun graphics created. One is a bit more classic. It was inspired by the design I saw on the bags in the shop: “Homemade Cookies. Santa Approved.”

Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

The second is something I dreamed up. It’s a line from my favorite Christmas movie, Elf: “I’m sorry I ruined your lives and crammed 11 cookies into the VCR.”

Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

Whether you prefer classic or Buddy, either one of these would be a great design option. Whether you’re gifting Christmas cookies, trinkets, or tokens of love, these bags are sure to add that extra sprinkle of holiday magic.

Why You’ll Love This Project

  • There’s an undeniable charm in giving and receiving DIY gifts. It speaks volumes about thoughtfulness and effort, making your holiday presents all the more special.
  • No more generic gift wrappings! With these custom-designed bags, your gifts will undoubtedly stand out amidst the sea of store-bought presents.
  • Versatility is key! These bags might have “cookie” in the name, but they’re perfect for candies, crafts, jewelry, gift cards, and so much more.
  • I get it; the festive season is hectic. But rest assured, these bags are a breeze to make. A few simple steps, our downloadable graphics, and you’re good to go.
Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

Materials

You need five things to put these DIY Christmas Cookie Bags together:

Yes, that’s all it takes! Now let me show you how to make them!

Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft
Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

How to Make

With all your supplies on hand, you’re ready to make these DIY Christmas Cookie Bags I’ll walk you through the easy steps below. I’ve also provided a full supply list and detailed instructions in the printable project card below.

  1. Start by downloading the graphics file. You can download them here. The download is two pages. The first page has the red graphic I designed and the second page has the green one. You can print one of them or both.
  2. With the file download, you’re read to print. The transfer paper I bought is compatible with inkjet printers.
  3. Before printing, adjust your settings to the highest quality. You’ll also want to select the option that allows you to print the “mirrored version” or to “flip horizontally.” Since you’ll be ironing these transfers with the printed side down, you want the image of the graphic mirrored so it will read correctly when the paper backing is removed. Here’s what they should look like after printing.
Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft
  1. Cut out each graphic as neatly as possible, leaving a narrow white border around the graphic.
  2. Next, set your iron on medium-high heat (polyester setting). Make sure the steam setting is turned off and that the water reservoir has been completely emptied.
Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft
  1. Quickly iron the bag to remove any wrinkles. Then place the graphic on the bag so that the printed side of the graphic faces down. I positioned the graphic a bit closer to the bottom of the bag rather than in the center of it.
  2. Using the iron, apply heat to the transfer for about 45 seconds. Press down fairly hard and be sure to move the iron around to avoid scorching the bag.
Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft
  1. Let each bag sit for about 2 minutes or until cool before peeling off the paper backing.
Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

And with that, your DIY Christmas Cookie Bags are complete and ready to be filled with delicious treats!

Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft
Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

How To Use / Gift

As I mentioned above you can use these bags for more than just cookies. Here are a few ideas to get your creative brain working.

  • Baked Delights: Perfect for a handful of your favorite holiday cookies, brownie squares, or even a couple of large decorated sugar cookies.
  • Jewelry Treasures: A delicate necklace, a pair of earrings, or a bracelet would fit snugly and look elegant inside.
  • Crafted Keepsakes: Handmade ornaments, painted rocks, or small crafted items would find a cozy home in these bags.
  • Gift Cards: Slide in a gift card to a favorite store, restaurant, or online platform. The bag adds a personal touch to an otherwise simple gift.
  • Candies and Chocolates: Fill it with holiday-themed chocolates, artisanal candies, or homemade truffles.
  • Beauty Minis: A couple of mini lipsticks, travel-sized perfumes, or nail polishes would be a delightful surprise.
  • Art Supplies: Great for budding artists! Think small sketchbooks, a set of pencils, or high-quality erasers.
  • Tea or Coffee Sampler: Include a few sachets of exotic teas or gourmet coffee blends for the beverage aficionado in your life.
  • Plant Seeds or Bulbs: For the green thumbs, a selection of seeds or small plant bulbs to kick-start their spring garden.
  • Personal Notes: Write a series of encouraging notes, quotes, or memories for the recipient to read each day or when they need a pick-me-up.
  • Kids’ Goodies: Small toys, puzzle sets, or fun stickers would be a hit with the little ones.
  • Travel Kits: Earplugs, an eye mask, or mini travel essentials can be packed up for a friend on the move.

Remember, it’s not just about what’s inside; the bag itself, with its personalized touch, adds a special sentiment to whatever gift you choose!

Note: I recommend placing the cookies (or other edible treats) in a small plastic food storage bag before putting them in your fancy new custom bag. This will keep the cookies fresher longer and prevent any staining of the fabric bag.

I recommend placing the cookies in a small plastic food storage bag before putting them in your fancy new custom bag. This will keep the cookies fresher longer and prevent any staining of the fabric bag.

Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft
Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

Bonus Idea: If you don’t want to mess around with the iron-on transfer, just print the graphic on cardstock. Then, cut the graphic out, punch a hole in the top of it, and tie it to a bag for a quick and easy gift tag!

More Festive DIY Projects You’ll Love

No matter how you make or gift them, I hope you enjoy these delightful little bags as much as I do. If you make them, please stop back and leave a comment and a 5-star rating below. 

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  • Free downloadable graphics file
  • 5 x 7 cotton fabric bags
  • iron-on transfer sheets
  • inkjet printer
  • iron
  • scissors
  • Start by downloading the graphics file. You can download them here. The download is two pages. The first page has the red graphic I designed and the second page has the green one. You can print one of them or both.

  • With the file download, you’re read to print. The transfer paper I bought is compatible with inkjet printers.

  • Before printing, adjust your settings to the highest quality. You’ll also want to select the option that allows you to print the “mirrored version” or to “flip horizontally.” Since you’ll be ironing these transfers with the printed side down, you want the image of the graphic mirrored so it will read correctly when the paper backing is removed. Here’s what they should look like after printing.

  • Cut out each graphic as neatly as possible, leaving a narrow white border around the graphic.

  • Next, set your iron on medium-high heat (polyester setting). Make sure the steam setting is turned off and that the water reservoir has been completely emptied.

  • Quickly iron the bag to remove any wrinkles. Then place the graphic on the bag so that the printed side of the graphic faces down. I positioned the graphic a bit closer to the bottom of the bag rather than in the center of it.

  • Using the iron, apply heat to the transfer for about 45 seconds. Press down fairly hard and be sure to move the iron around to avoid scorching the bag.

  • Let each bag sit for about 2 minutes or until cool before peeling off the paper backing.

  • And with that, your DIY Christmas Cookie Bags are complete and ready to be filled with delicious treats!