Party Favor Bags

by Melany Bradley/courtesy of Jacquard Products

Recycle a cardboard tube into a favor pouch and decorate with photo transferred images.


  • Jacquard Transfer Paper
  • Jacquard Lumiere Paint (Metallic Gold #561, Metallic Bronze #565, Metallic Silver #563, Citrine #542)
  • Recycled cardboard tubes
  • 3 1/2" wood pail handle
  • Light Colored Fabric scraps
  • Natural burlap
  • Black wire
  • Jeweled embellishments (such as found in scrapbooking stores)
  • Antique photos of choice
  • Computer
  • Inkjet printer
  • Hole punch
  • Scalloped edged scissors
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • “Tacky” Glue
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers

1) Paint the cardboard tube Metallic Bronze.

Step 1

2) Paint the wood handle Metallic Gold, Bronze or Citrine. When dry, dry-brush the handle with Metallic Silver.

Step 2

3) When tube is dry, use sewing machine to sew one end closed. Use the scalloped edged scissors to trim top of tube.

Step 3

4) Follow manufacturer’s instructions to transfer image to light colored fabric. Size the photo to fit on the front of the cardboard tube (approx 1 3/4 x 2 3/4"). Print the image onto the transfer paper. Cut out around edges with scissors.

Step 4

5) Cut a burlap piece slightly larger than image and slightly fray edges.

Step 5

6) Use fabric glue to glue image to burlap. Then zigzag or straight stitch by machine around edges of transferred image. Use “Tacky” Glue to adhere image to front of tube, and to add jewelled embellishment in desired location.

Step 6

7) Cut wire to approximately 8" long. Punch holes in sides of tube. Place wire through hole in handle and thread through on punched hole. Use round nose pliers to secure ends of wire. Repeat for remaining hole to create a handle for you party favor bag.

Step 7

Finished project

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Melony Bradley is a full-time freelance craft designer/professional. She currently specializes in Readymade embellishment for Home Décor, Fashion and Gifts, Paper Crafts and Needle Arts. Currently designing for manufacturers and craft magazines, Melony has been selling finished crafts featuring her original designs for 10 years. She has been published in national craft consumer magazines and other media including Crafts n Things, CardMaker, Pack o Fun, Create and Decorate, HomeArts Magazine,, Christmas 365, Cloth Paper Scissors and Sommerset Publications. She currently designs for Marvy Uchida, Epiphany Crafts, Jacquard Products and Glue Dots International.

Melony is a member of the Craft and Hobby Designer Section and serves on the Designer Counsel for the Craft and Hobby Association. She lives in the picturesque town of Hernando, MS with her husband Brad, two cats and three dogs. See more of Melony's work on her blog: Mel Designs.

“Two years ago, about the time I became extraordinarily interested in mixed media, I began to incorporate more and more of Jacquards products into my designs. I found their paints were very durable for wearables and their inkjet transfers were superior to others available. Their transfer sheets are seamless with the fabric and I have never had a problem washing my garments. Gradually, I started to play around with Pearl Ex pigment powders and Lumiere paints. I found I loved them! The wide mouth bottle on the Lumiere paints saves me a lot of time pouring paints. A little thing I know but when you craft like I do, A big thing!”

Melony Bradley