When the pretty flowers in our garden wither and form their seeds, we need a suitable container in which to collect them and store them until spring. Compact and dry it should be, but at the same time not accumulate moisture to avoid mold. So what would be particularly suitable for this purpose? Small paper bags are the solution and you can make them from any paper. Whether it’s colorful craft paper, nicely designed bread wrapping paper, or newspaper and magazine paper to recycle, all of them are a good choice! Today, we’ll show you how to craft seed bags using a few crafting tutorials. So you have all the seeds handy when the time comes and are the bags still labeled, you always know exactly which seeds are stowed where.
Make seed bags out of paper
Especially if you want to pack a lot of different seeds, a quick tutorial is needed to get plenty of packets in a short time. And with our first idea, you get just such a simple variation with which you can craft seed bags.
- brown construction paper, bread wrapping paper or newspaper
- optional labels to glue on and write on
If you want to make these seed bags, take a piece of paper and draw a square of the desired size (19 cm in the example). Cut out the square and fold the left side to the right, leaving a space of about 120 mm from the right edge. Unfold the paper and then fold the bottom edge of the paper (perpendicular to the fold) inward once (60 to 120 mm wide). Apply glue to the obtained flap and fold the paper again. Fold the right edge that you left free to the left, apply glue on the inside and glue this flap as well. Now you can label the package or put a label on it to write on and fill it (using a funnel, for example). To close, you can fold the open edge once or twice and add a small clip or glue it closed directly.
Make trapezoidal bags yourself without gluing
With the origami folding technique you can also make small bags. The following tutorial is for a trapezoidal bag, which is really pretty to look at – no matter what kind of paper you use. But the patterned origami paper we like especially beautiful and already awakens the anticipation of the coming spring. Simple and quickly made are the bags as well, especially if you save yourself the drawing and cutting out the square by using ready-made origami paper. It is only folded. So if you want to make paper bags without gluing, these models are perfect!
- Paper (e.g. origami paper)
- possibly scissors
If you want to cut out the square yourself, take an A4 or A5 format, take one corner and fold it diagonally until edge rests on edge. The protruding strip you simply cut off. Now you can make the seed bag. Fold the square diagonally (if you cut out the square yourself, you already have this fold). Then fold first one of the two more pointed corners and then also the other inward.
Now take the top layer of the right-angled corner, fold it over and tuck it between the two layers of the top flap. You can now fill the bag. To close it, just fold the other layer of the rectangular corner into the same opening. You can craft these seed bags if you are looking for a model that can be conveniently opened and closed over and over again.
Finally, label the small bag and you are ready to craft the other seed bags. The crafting is so simple that even children can help. Perfect, therefore, if you are just teaching them gardening anyway and want to integrate them into such tasks.
Craft narrow seed bags with stitching
These cute little bags look very appealing mainly because of the stitching on the sides. You can get these with a sewing machine, and you don’t have to be a sewing pro to get them done either. It’s best to use sturdier paper like cardstock. You can design the finished bags with pretty floral motifs for a vintage look and stickers are used to close them. Here’s how you can craft the seed bags:
- stiff paper
- ruler, pencil and scissors or paper cutter
- sewing machine (alternatively strong glue is also suitable)
- stickers for sealing
- optional felt pens for painting
From the paper cut out strips of any width . Then fold the strip upwards, leaving a piece free at the top. This flap at the top you fold over later also to close. Then sew the two long sides together with a simple seam (or use glue). Then fold the top edge down and design the bags as you like, fill them and glue the flap with a sticker. In the example, the bags were labeled with a typewriter, but also freehand or with stamps is a good idea.
Craft small bags in the form of envelopes
Sympathetic small envelopes you get with this tutorial. Use washi tape to seal them for some colorful accents or alternatively neutral tape. When crafting these seed bags, you can use parchment paper as in the example, but newspaper and other paper is also perfectly suitable. It will be sewn again, but if you don’t have a sewing machine, you can use glue or tape instead (glue is less suitable for translucent paper).
- Parchment paper
- Sewing machine
- Washi tape or other adhesive tape
You want to make these seed bags? Then you first need to cut out the shape shown from the paper. You can see the dimensions for this in the picture, but of course you can adjust them to your liking. After you have cut out the shape, make the envelope. To do this, fold the wide part in half so that only the narrower flap sticks out at the top. Then sew the two sides right and left together with a simple seam. You can then conveniently cut off any excess paper on the sides. Alternatively, you could use glue, or tape one side halfway across and fold the tape over to seal the envelope.
Now fold the flap forward to close the opening. Fill it, tape the envelope shut with washi tape or duct tape, label it, and you’re ready to stash or give away your package.
Tip: If you like the idea of envelopes, but are in a hurry or just don’t feel like crafting, just use ready-made envelopes! They are available in abundance, in a wide variety of colors, with patterns and in different sizes. So you will definitely have no problems finding the right model. And if not, just take plain ones and design them with self-painted pictures , stickers and other things.
Craft bag with template – floral vintage motifs
Are all the previous ideas still not simple enough for you? Then we certainly hit the bull’s eye with this model. Together with the following instructions, you will also receive a template for printing, for which you will need a color printer. Alternatively, you can print and cut the template in black and white and then use it as a template to transfer it to the desired colored paper. After you craft these seed bags, you can give them as gifts because of the pretty look or you can use them as a hostess gift at a party or wedding.
- Paper (cardboard in the example)
Print out the templates. Then, using a ruler, fold the tabs on the left, right, and top inward. Just place the ruler firmly at the folding point and fold the paper over. Take the ruler away again and refold even tighter by hand. Then fold the long part below the motif as well. Then apply glue to the two side flaps only and glue everything together. Once you have filled the packets, you can also glue the top opening closed.
Template to print .
Craft and give away seed packets
If you want to make the seed bags not for yourself, but as a gift for a dear friend, colleague or family member, they should of course still be “packed” in an interesting way. A door wreath is a really nice idea for this purpose, don’t you think? Whether you use a braided wreath for this or wrap a styrofoam wreath with ribbon and then attach the seed bags, is up to you. In the end, all you have to do is craft the seed bags and then add string or twine and you can tie them to the wreath.
Alternatively, a blob of hot glue is also suitable. The only important thing is that the sachets can be removed later without tearing the paper. The seed bags should therefore remain intact. So with hot glue, solid paper like cardboard is more recommended for making the bags.
You can also craft seed packets, then glue the packets to a popsicle stick, turning them into little plugs. Then fill a pot with potting soil and stick the seed packets in. Then add a pretty bow and the gift is ready.