Playing Card Favor Bags (A Tutorial)

Circus playing card muslin party favor bag tutorial via


Part of Miss Elle’s Circus Party! I helped Lisa make these cute party favor bags using some old vintage playing cards I found at my Mom’s house this summer.


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Vintage circus playing cards are by Whitman.


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Each card has a different circus image on it and I scanned a few into my computer so I could print the images onto transfer paper. I’ve seen some great vintage circus images at Silver Crow Creations if you can’t find playing cards. 30-One on Etsy has some fun sets of playing cards too including the circus ones.


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I was able to print 8 card images onto each piece of transfer paper. I used super soft transfer paper from Dharma Trading and Lisa ordered muslin party favor bags from Spice Shoppe.


How to make favor bags with any image via


Transfer paper makes an easy iron on:


How to make favor bags with any image tutorial via


Cut out the transfer and place face down onto the bag. The trick is NOT to use an ironing board… should use a hard surface like a table or the floor and place protective brown paper or an old t-shirt on your surface to protect it. Follow the directions of the specific transfer paper you are using. Then you peel the backing off of the paper and the bags are done:


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A cute circus themed treat bag for your guests!


 Circus theme favor bag tutorial via


More printables and tutorials to come! Click below to see all the posts related to the circus party so far!


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  1. Glenda says

    Is that the screenprinting table……………………….OH MY GOODNESS……………I think that needs to be made into fabric if it is……………………..HINT HINT…………………

  2. MAria says

    Love those!!! Wish I had them for A’s Bday party last year – so cute and clever.
    Ashley, you inspire me to look at every obstacle I encounter throughout the day with a gracious and positive attitude, to do everything with Glory.
    Thank you for sharing your darkest days with us – no matter how difficult, you do it with grace and hope -and a pinch of sunshine.
    We are all rooting for you – Team Ashley!!

  3. Lois says

    I used to check your blog to get inspiration from your great ideas. Now I’ve been checking to make sure you are doing ok! Taking care of yourself is the most important thing right now. I hope your recovery continues. I’m glad for the wonderful family you have to take care of you.

  4. says

    Oh, I love this idea! Thanks ladies… Hopefully, I’ll remember to use it for next year -yes, I’m already thinking ahead LOL! :)

  5. sorahart says

    These images are from one of my favorite card games as a child! Guess I’m old enough to be vintage now!

  6. Rose Ribbon- gifts and photography says

    This is so cute! What a fun handmade gift idea that is perfect for any occasion. You can even personalize them with your own photography. thanks for sharing.

  7. Jodi says

    Those are Crazy 8 cards! I played with those when I was a kid and would love to have the same set again…probably no chance of finding them again…but it was so fun to see them again. Very cute bags indeed!

  8. says

    These are ADORABLE. I love everything with a vintage feel. Such a sweet party favor. Thanks for the idea and the tutorial.

  9. Kimberly says


    Would you mind sharing your images as a printable? I would love to have them and I bet others would too.