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Miniature Valentine's Day Gift Bags

This Valentine's Day's prettiest presents will arrive in sacks with patterns as delectable as the treats tucked inside.




  • Bone folder
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Waxed twine
  • Glue stick
  • Medium-weight paper 


  1. Step 1

    Print the templates on a color printer, enlarging to desired size.   

  2. Step 2

    Score at dotted guidelines with a bone folder and a ruler.

  3. Step 3

    Cut three slits (indicated by white guidelines) to horizontal scoring. Cut out around perimeter, pinking top edge, if desired. Crease along scored marks. 

  4. Step 4

    Cut two lengths of waxed twine (for a 2 1/4-inch-tall bag, we used 4-inch loops). With a glue stick affix ends of each to a small square of medium-weight paper; glue squares inside front and back panels of bag.

  5. Step 5

    Tuck lab inside, and glue; tuck small bottom flaps under larger ones, and glue. 

Martha Stewart Living, February 2004



Reviews (21)

  • Steffy Watson 30 Jan, 2013

    Thanks Martha for sharing this. I will be making this for my beloved one this Valentine.

  • sommjet 13 Feb, 2009

    I love these, too! I made them for Valentine's Chocolate candy. They are printing fine for me (you need adobe reader) but I can't find how to enlarge them without going to a copy shop. Any ideas? And I love the idea of using scrapbook paer around a cereal box! Presentation is everything!

  • mcsweetie 12 Feb, 2009

    Ldybugsrus, you can print in black and white. It's in your printer settings when you click on "print". Choose "black and white" instead of color and then it will only print from the black cartridge.

  • mcsweetie 12 Feb, 2009

    Ldybugsrus, you can print in black and white. It's in your printer settings when you click on "print". Choose "black and white" instead of color and then it will only print from the black cartridge.

  • bern88 11 Feb, 2009

    On the show the other day, Joey's idea was fantastic; put all the templates in a book. In fac ,a binder typ book would be great for purchasing!

  • Ldybugsrus 11 Feb, 2009

    Is it possible to remove the patterned design of the bags? I just want an out line so I can print on scrapbook paper. No point in wasting colored ink, if your printing on patterned paper.

  • beverson 11 Feb, 2009

    If you can't get the template to print, try taking apart a bag you already have and using that as a pattern. You can also use scrapbooking paper for these - so many great prints to choose from!

  • CharlotteG 11 Feb, 2009

    For years I've been looking for a template to make paper bags! It is a great way to recycle old calendar pictures. (As long as you don't mind seeing the calendar grid and your old appointments on the inside!)

  • libbycain 11 Feb, 2009

    I'm in charge the Young Women at my church and we're making these for an activity for them to give to their friends--awesome idea!!

  • Ms_Ludeau 11 Feb, 2009

    Altered the sizes and used paper from old wall paper books this made them much sturdier. It also gave me a much wider variety of sizes, patterns and colors. For people having trouble with downloading you may need to upgrade your Acrobat Reader or go to Adobe and download the free reade. I used Adobe reader for this pattern and had no problems.

  • majohnson50 9 Apr, 2008

    All my friends love the bags. They think I am so talented. I tell I owe it all to Martha. Martha I love you. Marie

  • LoriMann 27 Feb, 2008

    These tiny bags are so cute. I make them for every holiday in different sizes using my own paper.

  • melisanda 13 Feb, 2008

    This is an Acrobat PDF file. It opens in Acrobat Reader. I had no trouble opening it.

  • bobbinwinder 10 Feb, 2008

    I could not get the templates to open up. i kept getting an 'error' message.

  • raraavisrealm 5 Feb, 2008

    it wouldn't open :-((

  • Sionann 28 Jan, 2008

    I printed this template without enlarging to use for a small birthday gift. It turned out
    so cute and perfect.

  • valsetz 24 Jan, 2008

    I can't get the template to show. Would love to do for my granddaughters classroom.

  • mommadoodle 21 Jan, 2008

    Super easy to make. My daughter's birthday is on Valentine's Day. I used heart colored card stock and made 20 of them in 1 hour. I will use twine as the handle and fill with candy.

  • caralyn225 20 Jan, 2008

    I printed these on cardstock and they are super easy to give to the kids at daycare. I used scalloped edge scissors for the top and used fibers for the handle. I didn't even enlarge the template. I used as is since they have such little hands.

  • lhendri479 17 Jan, 2008

    Cute idea - template shows fine for me

    Thank You

  • helloxbeautiful 14 Jan, 2008

    I really like these BUT the template wont show.