polka dot gift bags

polka dot gift bags

i always bring fun little gifts to hand out with my gift cards when i go to a conference.  for the last 3 years at blissdom, i’ve attached posy pins to my gift cards.  this year, i decided to change things up a bit!

i saw these gift bags and decided i wanted to do something similar.

polka dot gift bags

 i used a couple of different pinky coral craft paints and some “spouncers” from walmart.

polka dot gift bags

 i ordered a couple sets of these muslin drawstring bags from here.  i love the thicker string than the typical bags i’ve found, and they were pretty reasonable – about 29 cents a piece.

polka dot gift bags

 i put some cardstock un the pouch to protect the paint from seeping through to the other side.

polka dot gift bags

i squirted some of each paint color on an old pie tin.  no need to mix them together.  i was ok if the colors varied a bit.

polka dot gift bags

 ok, here’s an example of too much paint on the sponge.

polka dot gift bags

so go back to the tin and bounce it until…

polka dot gift bags

 it looks like this.  the sponge actually holds quite a bit of paint.

polka dot gift bags

 i just eyeballed the center of the bag

polka dot gift bags

 this is what it looks like if you only press the sponge on, but…

polka dot gift bags

 you need to press the sponge and then twist until the entire circle is solid.  unless you want a more artsy look and not be solid…

polka dot gift bags

 here’s a solid dot.  its still wet and bubbly.

polka dot gift bags

 each of my bags were a little bit different, which made them really fun to make.

polka dot gift bags

 which is a good thing when you make about 45 bags.

polka dot gift bags

 some of my dots overlapped the edges and i liked the look.

polka dot gift bags

because these gifts were also promotional and for marketing purposes, i needed to make sure i had them well marked.  i printed out my business name on cardstock then cut it into little flags.

polka dot gift bags

 i lined up the paper flags (not on the pull tie) and stitched the paper on with a contrasting stitch.

polka dot gift bags

 i trimmed the threads, then admired my work!

polka dot gift bags

 then it was time to fill the bags!  i stuffed in a folded post card with a discount code.

polka dot gift bags

 and most all of the bags got a travel tissue case with my business card tucked in the fold.

polka dot gift bags


polka dot gift bags

 just trying to get my name across.  do you think it was clear? ;)

polka dot gift bags

 a handful of these bags had some fun strands of mini bunting!

polka dot gift bags

 so pretty, right?










  1. 1

    Very cute, indeed! :) Im sure they put a smile on the face of all their recipients:) They’re so happy looking.

  2. 2

    Love these! Great job!

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  4. 4

    Very pretty! Lucky recipients!

  5. 5

    LOVE these. The polka dots are so cute. I NEED to find something to paint with polka dots too.

  6. 6

    These are adorable! I’ve been trying to think of a cute DIY bag for my bridal party gifts, and this may be it. Thanks for sharing!

  7. 7

    I love these! What a great and easy idea!

  8. 8

    How fun! :) I’m going to have to start fabric painting. What kind of sewing machine do you have?

  9. 10

    Those are adorable and would be so fun for goodie bags at a party too!

  10. 11

    They sure make me smile :)

  11. 12
    charissa says:

    just found my daughter’s favor bag for her birthday this month! you are awesome!

  12. 13

    Those are adorable! And how easy is that?! So clever!


  13. 14

    How cute! Such a great idea :)

  14. 15

    So, so cute!

  15. 16
    Crystal says:

    Super cute!! Love them!!

  16. 17
    Tiffany says:

    The polka dots are cute but the flag really added some oomph! cute indeed.

  17. 18

    I love these bags. In fact I love them so much that I went and ordered the sites 8×11 size to use for my Etsy store packaging. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I am sure everyone who received one loved it. (And will remember The Pleated Poppy name. ;o)

  18. 19

    Love these! You did an amazing job.

  19. 20

    So absolutely perfect! Love!

  20. 21

    These are more than amazing! So adorable.


  21. 22
    Adrienne says:

    I was a lucky one to receive the darling treat bag! My bag didn’t have a bunting but it was a sweet treat all the same, love the little extra details! Thanks Lindsey! It was fun to meet you at Blissdom!!

  22. 23

    What a clever way to get your name out there! People are sure to remember you now!

  23. 24

    I love these bags! Can’t wait to make treat bags or teacher gift card holders!

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