Homemade Gift Idea: Little Bread Bags

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Guest Post: Sarah from Chickie Momma Crafts

My friend Sarah is back again today, sharing her favorite homemade gift ideas & recipes with you all week long! These make such fun, thrifty gifts at Christmastime.  Make sure to check out her blog, Chickie Momma Crafts for all sorts of fun holiday craft ideas, recipes, do-it-yourself furniture projects & more!

We did these for fall one year.  I used old fabric that I have collected over the years and sewed a simple bag.  First, I cut the fabric into an  8” by 20” strip, then fold in half with right sides together and sew along each 10” side using a ½” seam allowance.  Next,  using long ziplock (7” by 8”) sandwich bags fill with your favorite bread mix.  Then,  slide the bread mix along with baking directions into the fabric bag.  I used a label I made on the computer to staple the bag shut, but you could also use pinking shears to cut the top of the bag and then add a ribbon with a tag!

Different twists on the same idea:

  • Cookie Mix
  • Brownie Mix
  • Dry Chili Ingredients
  • Soup Mix

If sewing isn’t your thing, you could do them in a simple brown lunch bag tied with a ribbon or fabric.


There are numerous places that you can print and download free labels.  One of my favorites for Christmas is over at the Crafty Carnival.

Poppy Seed Bread Mix recipe:

  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1.25 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds {optional – this is a simple bread mix – but if you want to make it into poppyseed bread – you can add the poppy seeds & then instructions for the glaze on top}

Sift all ingredients together and place in ziplock bag.

Here are the baking instructions for the bread recipe (don’t forget to include them inside your packaging):

*Mix the dry ingredients from the bag with:

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract (could be substituted with rum or lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1 egg

Beat for two minutes.  Pour into greased and floured loaf pan.  Do not use glass pan.  Bake at 350 for one hour or until toothpick comes out clean.  Pour glaze over hot bread.


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons orange or pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ teaspoon extract (either lemon, almond or rum)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla

In small sauce pan, heat the first 3 ingredients until sugar dissolves.  Stir in extract and vanilla.  Brush on hot bread.  Let bread cool in pan for 2-3 hours.

Sarah is a wife & mother of two little boys (ages 4 & 2).  She’s the Co-Coordinator at a local MOPS group & is a former elementary school teacher. You’ll definitely want to check out her website, Chickie Momma Crafts, as she is a woman of many talents – crafting, baking, decorating & turning trash-into-treasures!


  1. I just made these for all of my neighbors!! So economical and beautiful with nice fabric scraps!! It’s also a wonderful project for kids to help out with. We’re delivering them tonight. Thank you SO much…I was going to do the layered beans in a jar, but this is so much more modern and fun!

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