Burlap Table Favors for Christmas

Welcome to the final installment of this year’s One Item Project Challenge. Kristin, Tiffany, Tara and I have had a lot of fun over the past few weeks getting creative with glass paint and branches. This week I chose ribbon as the craft supply we all had to work with, since it’s relatively inexpensive, very versatile and most of us already have some (or a lot) on hand.


One Item Project Challenge 2013


Before taking another trip to the craft store for this project, I decided to look through the box of ribbon I already had. I seem to have a slight obsession with ribbon that can get out of hand if I don’t exercise restraint. I justify it as one of those “you never know when you’ll need it ” items, when in actual fact I think I’m just a bit of a ribbon hoarder. Why? I don’t know. I can get lost in a ribbon clearance bin at the craft store, so now I just stay away!

I’m glad I started to dig around the house because this table favor project ended up costing me nothing. I think we’re all looking for ways to save money during the holidays, right?


Burlap Table Favors for Christmas

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What you will need for this project:

4″ wired burlap ribbon (14″ x however many favors you wish to make)
1/8″ and 5/8″ decorative ribbon (6″ of each x number of favors)
Hand sewing needle
Thread (same color as burlap)
Glue gun
Gift tags (mine were free printables)
Filler (candy, small toys, written messages, etc.)


Cut a length of burlap ribbon about 14″ long. Fold under 1 1/2″ at the top and 3/4″ at the bottom. Fold the entire length not quite in half so the bottom portion is about 1/2″ lower than the top. Squeeze the wire in place so it holds.


Burlap Table Favors for Christmas | Satori Design for Living
Burlap Table Favor for Christmas | Satori Design for Living

Cut a piece of your 5/8″ decorative ribbon a little wider than the burlap so you can fold under the ends on either side (just the top layer). Use your glue gun to secure it in place. Note: I used a bit of the glue to hold the burlap fold in place at the same time on the underside.


Burlap Table Favors for Christmas | Satori Design for Living


Fold the pocket back up and stitch the sides together using a whip stitch from bottom to top.


Burlap Table Favors for Christmas | Satori Design for Living
Burlap Table Favors for Christmas | Satori Design for Living


Tie your gift tag to the top left corner of the pocket with your 1/8″ ribbon (simply put it through one of the burlap holes). Note: I found my free tags at The Caroline Johansson and printed them out on white card stock. My burlap favors are for my nieces and nephew, and these ones seemed to have a youthful cheery vibe. You can check out some other options on my Printables board on Pinterest.
Colorful Free Christmas Printable Gift Tags | The Caroline Johansson


These favors can be filled with whatever your heart desires. For the kids, I’m filling them with candy canes, wrapped candy, written messages, photos from past Christmases and more. I will be taking them with me to put on the kid’s table at my parent’s house on Christmas Day (it’s a tradition I started last year). All that’s left is writing each person’s name on the favors to double as place card holders.


Burlap Table Favors for Christmas | Satori Design for Living


I can think of so many uses for these burlap pockets and they can definitely be personalized to suit almost any party by changing out the ribbon, tags and filler.

Now for my favorite part….

Check out what the other participants created with ribbon:

 Tara at Suburble


Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Merry Christmas Ribbon Garland | My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Tiffany at Living Savvy

DIY Greek Key Ribbon Pillow | Living Savvy

Thank you for following this year’s One Item Project Challenge. Now I can’t wait until the next go-around!


Shauna Oberg
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  1. Super cute! I love the printable tags!  The burlap looks great with the bright colors!

  2. Such a great idea! They are adorable. Have you seen that burlap ribbon in red?

  3. Such a fabulous idea! Love this idea! Thanks for having me along in the party and a very happy Thanksgiving. XO

  4. Burlap always seems to add a nice touch to any project. I would have never thought to use ribbon in this way. This has been a fun challenge to follow!

  5. Shauna – this is such a great idea! I love it!

    (And I’m pinning it right now!) 

  6. These are too cute! What a great idea and beautiful tags!

  7. What a great and simple idea! I’ve made a wreath out of burlap flowers but it took a long time and lots of hot glue on the fingers! I have some left, I am going to make a few little pouches too!! Great blog! Nicki x

  8. You are so creative. Love what you come up with all the time!

  9. And they’re free printables!!!??? OMG Love these!

  10. IMO, everything is just a little better with burlap. So cute!

  11. LOVE these! They would be great envelopes for gift cards too!

  12. Don’t you love it when you have all the supplies on hand & you don’t have to run to the store?  These turned out so cute, Shauna!  I’m really getting excited about making some gift tags this year.  I’m hopping over from Inspire Me Please & I hope you have a wonderful night!

  13. They look great Shauna and the tags are cute too!

  14. Love the burlap bags – the fresh and pretty colours you’ve matched to the burlap makes it look amazing!  
    Thanks for the tags!

  15. I really like your burlap table favor, and you know what… I didn’t know you could get burlap wire ribbon!!

  16. Cute! I’ve linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip:


  17. Totaly adorable! Love the idea


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