Homemade Thrifty Party Bags and Tatty Teddy/Me to You Gift Tag Printable

Thrifty Party Bag and Homemade Me to You cookie

For years now, I’ve been promising myself that I would do more homemade stuff for the girl’s parties. Every year I run out of time but this year I was determined.

I know I’ve harped on about Violet’s Tatty Teddy Cake on a previous post – the next step was party bags. I cannot abide the plastic tat that our house gets filled with, every time one of the girls comes home from a party. I feel so sad and rude, throwing away the plastic whistles, the bangles, you know the like. After all, someone has paid good money for all of it.

We were expecting an enormous 48 kids to the party, so I knew I would have to be thrifty about what I included. I wanted useful, and if not useful, then tasty.

Here’s what I came up with for the thrifty party bags:

* Homemade Tatty Teddy Cookie – I knew I wouldn’t have time nor the inclination to start cutting the cake up at the party so a cookie was a substitute. I already had cellophane bags and tons of ribbon scraps to decorate them with. Tutorial on How to make a Tatty Teddy Cookie/Cupcake coming soon.

* Chocolate/Strawberry straw – 5 for 39p from B&M. Stick the straw in a glass of milk, suck up and ta-da! You have chocolate or strawberry flavoured milk.

* Fun sized bars of chocolate – Bargain at B&M

* Haribo – Mega packs from the Pound Shop – bought a few weeks earlier when I had time to shop around.

* Glitter pencil – so cheap on Ebay

* Sherbert Straw – Again, miles cheaper on Ebay than in the shops.

There was supposed to be an eraser in the bag too, however these didn’t arrive until the day after the party and were microscopic in size. Anyone want 50 teeny rubbers?

Brown paper party bags

For the bags themselves, I used brown paper bags with a handle. They did need some tarting up though, so I got creative. I’m no IT wizard but I am determined to get better. My Pinterest addiction is getting a tad out of control but it was the first place I went to for inspiration. I wanted a gift tag with a Tatty Teddy/Me to You theme but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. So I made one!

I pasted a pic of a Tatty Teddy onto a white background and added to PicMonkey (another obsession!) I then added lettering at the bottom, thanking everyone for coming to Violet’s party. With there being so many kids coming, I had to let go of my dreams of making everything personalised. Then I sent the collage over to Costco after resizing to A4 size and asked for it to be printed as a matt photograph.

Tatty Teddy final

The next day, I picked up my gift tags. Chopped them with the guillotine and hole punched the corner. I cut 4 inch lengths of sparkly ribbon and attached around the bag handles.

If you are thinking of doing a Tatty Teddy gift tag, save yourself some work and download this one.


  1. says

    That’s a great idea, doesn’t look homemade at all!!! (but handmade yes!)
    Thanks for the printable, I’m now following you on G+ and FB!

    • Helen says

      Hiya, nice to ‘meet’ you! Glad you liked the printable – my first go at one but I’ll be doing more x

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