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How to Sew and Stuff a Paper Goodies Pouch

Updated on January 28, 2017
Sewn Paper Goodies Pouch
Sewn Paper Goodies Pouch | Source

Sewing With Paper is Easy!

Making paper goodie pouches is a super simple holiday or special occasion project that can be completed quickly with very minimal costs. You can stash all kinds of good stuff in these pouches.

They can be filled with candy and handed out as favors at holiday parties. Send some with your child to school on special occasions.

Sew a bone-shaped pouch and stuff with a few dog biscuits for fur kids of friends and family. (A fish shaped pouch filled with kitty treats for the felines too!) How about making a bunch of these pouches to donate to the animals at the local animal shelter or rescue?

Let's get started! :)


  • brown paper roll
  • red or green sewing thread
  • small items to put in pouch (candy or small gift)


  • sewing machine OR
  • sewing needle and thread
  • craft scissors

Which Goodies To Stuff?

First you have to select the goodies. Their size and shape will dictate the completed size of your sewn goodie bag.

Sewing with Paper
Sewing with Paper | Source

Step 1


1. Decide the size and pattern of the paper pouch. Trace or freehand a design large enough to encase candy or a small gift.

Set the stitch length on the machine halfway between basic stitch and a basting stitch. You want the stitch to lay smooth on the paper.

Sewing a Paper Star Pouch
Sewing a Paper Star Pouch | Source

Step 2

2. Straight stitch around the entire outline, leaving an opening large enough to easily stuff the pouch.

Fill the Paper Pouch
Fill the Paper Pouch | Source

Step 3

3. Put the candy or small gift into the opening of the paper goodie pouch. Try not to overstuff; you will need room for the sewing machine needle to move freely.

Paper Goodie Bag is Complete!
Paper Goodie Bag is Complete! | Source

Step 4

4. Sew the opening closed after the pouch is stuffed.

Then using utility or crafting scissors, cut outside the sewn line about 1/4 inch all the way around.

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A Short Paper Poll :)

Have you sewn with paper before? (Either by machine or by hand)

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What would you stuff into a paper goodie pouch?

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    • Pam Irie profile imageAUTHOR

      Pam Irie 

      4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Diana Wenzel: I thought about trying out my twin needles on the machine with this project.....filling one with red thread and the other with green. A brown paper stocking would be awesome! :)

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I just love to use brown craft paper - and what a great project! Love this!

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      I love this gift idea. A whole new take on stocking stuffers. Would be fun to make these in the shape and size of stockings. Always love your DIY projects.

    • Craftymarie profile image


      4 years ago

      Such a fun idea that can be used for party favors and little gifts.

    • OhMe profile image

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I've never seen these Paper Goodie Pouches before but they look wonderful.


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