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Trimmed Parchment Bags by The Sewing Loft

Posted by  ·  November 13, 2013  ·  Last Updated: November 13, 2013

Hello, Hello Skip to my Lou Readers! My name is Heather and you can find me sharing sewing tips and scrap busting projects at The Sewing Loft.

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I am excited to be joining the fun in the Bake, Craft, Sew series again this year.

I love the holidays but it never fails, I always find myself in a crunch for time. That means, I need to plan ahead and keep things simple but in my world, that does not mean skimping on the details. In fact, I think details like wrapping are one of  the most important things!  So, even though my project today is really simple, I promise, it can transform even a store bought gift into something fantastically hand-made!

Trimmed Parchment Bags by The Sewing Loft

This little project is perfect for holiday sewing – just add a fresh baked treat and your are ready for gift giving! No pins required.

You’ll need:

  • Parchment Paper
  • Trim Scraps
  • Sewing Machine
  • Rotary Cutter/Mat
  • Ruler

Before we get started, I want to share a few tips about sewing on paper.

Stitching on paper will dull your needle so be sure to dedicate a needle just for this task.  Adjust your stitch length to be slightly longer.  If the stitches are too close together, the paper will tear. Remember, we are punching holes.  If sewing on paper is new to you, check out my Paper Sewing Tips page.

So, let’s gather up our supplies and get stitching!

Parchment Trim Paper Bags with The Sewing Loft

Basic instructions:

To make a 4″ square bag, cut parchment paper 8″ long by the width of the roll.  *Note: Since cookies come in all shapes and sizes, you’ll need to measure yours for an accurate fit.

Create Parchment Trim Paper Bags with The Sewing Loft

Position trim below the top edge or parchment and stitch in place. Don’t forget, trims can be layered together to create an amazing package.

Create easy holiday packaging with trim and parchment paper by The Sewing Loft

Fold parchment in half and cut to size.

Create Parchment Trim Paper Bags with The Sewing Loft for easy holiday packaging.

Head back to the machine, stitch side seams closed with matching thread and fill parchment bags with your favorite cookies.

Trimmed Parchment Bags make cookie swaps and teacher gifts a breeze! by The Sewing Loft

Don’t have time to bake? No worries- just pick up a few “home style” cookies from your local store and slip them inside these paper trimmed bags and no one will ever suspect!

Well, I hope these little parchment bags inspire you to keep on stitchin’!  Be sure to stop by to say hello, check out my fabric stash projects and weekly sewing tips. A big thank you to Cindy for inviting me to be part of the Bake, Craft, Sew Series.

Wishing everyone a happy & stress free holiday season!


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  1. Shelly
    Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
    My girlfriend has sent me some of her favorite craft/food/mom blogs. I'm recuperating from knee surgery and am off my feet. Her favorites include your and also one called "Cooking With Mr. C." I just Liked him on Facebook so I can get daily recipes. Your blog looks sensational. I look forward to your posts. Shelly
  2. Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
    So simple, but so pretty! I've linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-pretty-trimmed-parchment-bags-for-your-homebaked-goods/2013/11/13/
  3. Suzanne
    Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
    I can't believe this is so simple! What a great idea for me since I always have scraps of fabric and parchment on hand. I never thought of sewing bags for treats. Thank you!