DIY Wax Paper Goodie Bags

I may be a little crazy… Only I would think it’s easier to make my own baked goods bags from scratch than buy plastic baggies. But I have a No Plastic Bag Policy at home and we refuse to spend money on anything that’s so terrible for the environment.

Forward to now. My son had a preschool bake sale and I needed some last-minute packaging for my delicious homemade cookies. Rather than use plastic wrap or try to find plastic bags at the store, I used sheets of wax paper, sewed them up the sides, and made my own! I put in two cookies each and used a small piece of washi tape – cute Japanese masking tape – to seal them closed.

It was a really fun DIY project and led to beautiful goodie bags that I was absolutely proud of. It took a little extra effort, but was well worth it!





DIY Wax Paper Goodie Bags

What you will need:

  • A sewing machine
  • Thread of your choice
  • Wax paper roll
  • A paper trimmer or straight edge blade (scissors are okay if you can cut very straight!)


Overview: The bag will be created by folding a rectangle piece of wax paper. The fold becomes the bottom of the bag and you will be stitching up the 2 sides.

  1. Cut each sheet to your desired width. I made mine 6”. I needed 20 total, so I cut 20 sheets, 6″ wide. The height of your bag will be half the length of the roll you are using.
  2. Fold each sheet in half and stack to prep for sewing.
  3. Sew approx. ⅛” away from open sides, starting from the bottom folded side (folded edge will be the bottom of your bag.) You can play with the stitches on your machine for a cuter look. I used a simple straight stitch. I was also going for a more unfinished look, so I didn’t reverse stitch, but simply clipped the ends, letting the threads hang off the edge.
  4. Sew the opposite side and trim the hanging threads likewise.
  5. Fill with your treats and fold over the top and seal with your sticker or tape of choice!




About Becky Nimoy

Becky Nimoy is a Southern California native, residing in the small but lively Los Angeles port town of San Pedro, along with her high school sweetheart and husband, two baby boys (ages 2 years and 2 months), and their 3 cats. When she can manage it (having two boys is rough!), she loves to draw, bake, repaint the rooms and work in the garden. In her spare time she and the boys like to explore the many parks that San Pedro has to offer and hike on the horse trails of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. She is passionate about all things chocolate, eating organic as much as possible and using cloth diapers on her kids. She holds a B.S. in Art History from UCLA and a professional certificate in Interior Design through UCLA Extension. She freelances as an architectural draftsman and stationery designer.

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