DIY Goody Bags

My sewing machine used to be my grandmother’s. She probably bought it in the fifties, and it’s so heavy I have to ask my husband to carry it to the table, but it still does the job wonderfully well!
These goody bags would be perfect as a classroom treat or for party favours at a birthday party (as seen on Vlijtig). I used pages from an old Milk magazine, cut out squares about 15×15 cm (6″x6″) and glued the outer ends together to make a tube. Then I sewed together one end, filled it with a mix of raisins and almonds, turned it 90 degrees and sewed together the other end. Presto! I left some thread at the ends, but you could also use zig zag scissors for an interesting twist.

xxx Esther

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1. Courtney in London | October 24, 2010 | Reply

Such a cute idea! And so easy. Another reason for me to get a sewing machine!!

2. Stephanie | October 25, 2010 | Reply

Great idea!!

3. Stephanie | October 25, 2010 | Reply

I was just thinking you could do something christmas themed and hang them on the tree…..

4. Esther in Amsterdam | October 25, 2010 | Reply

Love that idea!!!!!

5. Emilie | October 25, 2010 | Reply

Love this idea, maybe the same principle could be used as a way to wrap presents?

6. realworldmama@gmail.com | October 26, 2010 | Reply

cool! but is it safe to put food in magazine paper? I thought that glossy ink was not super healthy…

7. Esther in Amsterdam | October 27, 2010 | Reply

Hi realworldmama,
If you’re concerned about this, you can always use plain paper for the same principle, or use wrapped candy or something.
xxx Esther

8. Julie Rogers | November 12, 2010 | Reply

i like this idea a lot! Thanks for sharing…

9. René | November 12, 2010 | Reply

What about using this for a Christmas Calendar? Make one bag for every day and fill it with whatever you want. Write the day on it and hang it up with a nice ribbon.
Cheers from Sweetzerland

10. mediarosa » Blog Archive » DIY Goody Bags | November 13, 2010 | Reply

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12. Brenda | October 21, 2011 | Reply

how about wax or freezer paper?

13. Esther in Amsterdam | October 23, 2011

Yes, that’s what I thought too! You can still use magazines for around it.

14. Rosemary DeLeeuw Bolton | April 2, 2012 | Reply

very very cute idea…. My heart skipped a beat when I saw just this little bit of your machine…. You DO have a Singer 316G
I have one also.

It is wonderful to see someone else with this amazing old machine.
Hey, let me know if you can find me a cover plate/throat plate, for the 316G. Mine needs to be replaced and I can NOT find anyone here in the US that has this spare part!. It is 173089

I love your blog! You are amazing -> heb een prachtige dag

15. Esther in Amsterdam | April 2, 2012

Hi Rosemary — Wow! That’s amazing! I’ve never seen another one of those sewing machines. I inherited mine from my mum, who on her turn inherited it from my grandmother. I love it — it’s the best machine, nice and heavy, and cool looking I think! Sorry, I have no clue about spare parts — I should probably have mine serviced soon, I’ve never done that yet! If I do I’ll ask the people about spare parts.
Thanks for your comment and sweet words, en ook voor jou een fijne dag. xxx

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