Paper Bag Ornaments

Adorable handmade ornaments are in the bag this holiday season -- quite literally! Craft these festive, button-embellished shapes from a simple paper sack, using your everyday sewing supplies.


  • Brown paper grocery sack, cut up, or brown kraft wrapping paper
  • Brown sewing thread
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Pencil or wooden skewer
  • Embroidery floss: gold
  • Buttons
  • Darning needle
  • Twine


Layer two pieces of brown paper and trace desired shapes onto the top piece. Cut out shapes through both layers.

Place matching shapes together and machine-sew around all sides, using brown thread and a 1/4-inch seam allowance; stop stitching about 1 inch away from beginning stitch. Without removing pieces from beneath the sewing machine presser foot, use a pencil or wooden skewer to lightly stuff the shape with polyester fiberfill through the opening. Continue stitching to close the opening, taking a few backstitches at the end to secure the stitches.

If desired, trim the seam allowances closer to the stitches. Thread embroidery floss through the holes of each button; tie the floss ends in a knot at the back of each button, and leave the ends a little long. Glue the buttons to the fronts of the shapes.

Use a darning needle and twine to stitch a hanging loop at the top of each ornament; tie together ends of twine. Add details, such as the gingerbread man's eyes, to the ornaments using a black fine-tip permanent marker.

1 Comment

  1. What a half-assed job. Where are the patterns?

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