Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gusseted July 4th Treat Bags

Have you had Cracker Jacks in awhile?  I loved them as a kid - now I have to say I didn't eat the peanuts, just the carmel popcorn!  I couldn't wait to find the treat - it didn't seem to matter what it was - I loved it anyway!  

For some reason when I think about Cracker Jacks, I think about being out in the front yard.  So I guess Crackers Jacks are nostalgically connected to childhood and outside fun.  So it seems they would be a perfect treat for the 4th of July.  And I don't think a regular treat bag will hold enough - so gussets are necessary!

Do you need gussets for your 4th of July treats?  Here's out to do it:

To make a gusseted bag with a finished size of 3 1/2" x 5 1/4", cut decorative paper or printed copy paper to 6 1/2" x 10 3/4".   This cute paper is from Grepic - the circus/carnival set.  You still have plenty of time if you like this paper:  it's an instant download.

Next, make your scores on the vertical sides of your paper.  Fold the paper in half top to bottom.  You only need gussets on the top half.  So cut on the 1 1/2" scores from the bottom of the paper to the middle fold.

Now, fold the gussets.  You need a valley fold in the middle.

After folding, add adhesive to top of the folded scores, fold up the bottom (back of the bag) and press firmly.  I used pinking shears across the top of my bag.

Add your goodies!  You might want to know that I got that cute patriotic pup from Cotton Field Farm.  It's an instant download too.

I wanted to link you to one of my daughter's blog posts.  She has a wonderful fresh raspberry and heavy cream dessert that would be wonderful for the hot days of summer.  She also has some fun and enlightening history on midsummer.  I wanted to rush out and buy black velvet, tiny pins, and some stockings.  You'll learn why!

Have a wonderful Fourth of July!


  1. Lori, this is so clever...I'm going to try making one! Thanks for sharing the instructions!

  2. Are you crazy?! The peanuts were the best part!! Now, I have to admit, that Crunch and Munch tastes better. The Cracker Jacks also lost their magic when it came to finding prizes inside. Last time we got them, nothing but tattoos in every box. I remember all the fun we had opening them up to see what we'd gotten. Remember cereal used to have prizes inside too? Your little bags are so cute, but try Crunch and Munch next time! haha!

  3. Lori
    I love that little bag you decorated it is adorable! That puppy is too darn cute...I'm going to have to remember to make some next year...when Tommys old enough for little prizes :) I hope you have a wonderful fourth of July!

  4. Such a lovely treat bag. Thank you for the link to Lauren's blog - I haven't made that dessert for a long time (don't know why).

    Toni xx

  5. Fabulous treat bag Lori, great tutorial, too, btw! Makes a wonderful gift like this!
    Ira’s Crea Corner

  6. Oh Lori these are so stinkin cute!! I can always depend on visiting you and finding cuteness!!!!

  7. If I remember correctly, the Cracker Jacks toys were always crap. I loved the caramel popcorn/nut combo, though. Now I'm having a craving...

    Your treat bags would be perfect for movie nights, too!


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