Instagram Sachets and Beanbags (A Tutorial)

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Need a project for all those Instagram photos? I made these little sachets for a gift for Mr. LBB. They are filled with cedar shavings to put in his closet and drawers….or he can just prop them up on his dresser. I made one for my mother as well and filled it with scented potpourri. I want to make a few more filled with beans/barley as baby gifts! Father’s day is coming up……they would make great little gifts for the special dad in your life!


First, I emailed a few photos to myself from my Instagram feed. (Come find me on Instagram!  @lilblueboo) Then I printed them out 4.5″ x 4.5″ in size onto transfer paper.  There are various types of transfer paper: use a light version for white and light colored fabrics and opaque transfer paper for dark colored fabrics.

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I used a white muslin fabric for the front of the bags and a beige linen-like fabric for the back:

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Follow the directions on your transfer paper (directions will vary by brand and kind) to iron the images onto the fabric you plan to use for the front of the bags:

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Use a ruler to trim the front piece leaving a 1/2″ border around the image.  You can trim the back piece at the same time.

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Place the front piece and back piece so that right sides are together:

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Starting at the side-bottom of the image,  sew all the way around the border leaving a 2″ opening so that the bag can be turned inside out:

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Turn the bag right side out and carefully iron flat if needed (when ironing make sure to use the protective paper included with your transfer paper if you used opaque kind):

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Take your pick of filling.

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Carefully sew your bag shut with a hidden stitch:

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Finished!  Great filled with cedar for closets and sweater storage….or potpourri for a lingerie drawer.  Make one with the image of each family member on it for a young child to play with…..or maybe with travel photos for your coffee table to remember a trip.  Endless possibilities!

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Use some twine to tie up the Instagram bags for a gift!

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Making a set for kids? Check out my learning to spell beanbag tutorial here!




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Living a simple, creative life in #smalltownusa Bryson City, NC. Renovating a 1960s ranch house and an old train depot. Thank you for reading! Read more in my about section. 


  1. 1

    LOVE!!! I am OBSESSED with IG. So happy I can follow you now, too :)!

  2. 2

    cute idea! these would be fun for my daughter even. she loves looking at family photos, and i wouldn’t have to worry about these breaking or tearing. thanks for sharing!

  3. 3

    ahhh…I see what you’re doing. :) Hmmm, since I have a giant barrel of that lavender I think I’ll try thiS! And yay, your instagram is public now. :) xoxo

  4. 4

    Sew cute! What a great idea!

  5. 5

    I LOVE your blog, thank you for sharing so much things! :-)

  6. 6

    Love this idea! I may have to try a few for a father’s day gift! Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial! :)

  7. 7
    Lisa B. says:

    Love, love, love, love, LOVE IT!

  8. 8
    Christy says:

    These are ADORABLE!!!!! So creative. Wish some of that creativity would rub off on me!

  9. 9
    Terri Betz says:

    Cute and practical! These touches make a house a home!

  10. 10

    Awesome idea! Great for home and especially for gifts. What a nice hostess gift to have pics of their family on them…endless ideas.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. 11

    awesome idea!!!!!

  12. 12

    Love this idea! Sooo cute!! Oh, and I am a follower of you on instagram :)

  13. 13

    What a cute idea!!

  14. 14

    LOVE this idea so much and have been wondering what to give the hubs for Father’s Day and was also trying to figure out what to do with my favorite Instagram pics. Thank YOU!

  15. 15

    Love this tutorial….I had to Pin It!!

  16. 16

    These are so cute! Did you flip the image first?

  17. 17

    Oh my gosh, these are so cute! I love them, what a great idea!!!!!!!!

  18. 18

    Love these! I wonder if these would work for cornhole bean bags?

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    Alexsandra says:

    New viewer – love everything! These would make awesome hop scotch markers!

  20. 20

    love this Ashley! Going to make some for a birthday this weekend.

  21. 21

    I’ve pinned this. Thanks!

  22. 22

    So cute and with such fantastic photos! I love your tutorial and I wanted to let you know I included it in a Father’s Day craft idea post today. =)

  23. 23

    Hey! I blog about tips for displaying printed instagram photos. I often look around to find cool and different ways to display photos so I can blog about it. The idea that you have got here is awesome, thank you for sharing and thank you for the inspiration!


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