It’s in the Bag: Typographic Favor Bags DIY for Valentine’s Day


DIY // Dyed Message Favor Bags for Valentine's Day

If there is one (newish) craft supply that I am loving more than any other lately, it has to be Lumi Inkodye. I used it for these Thanksgiving napkins last year, and since then, have thought of a zillion other ways to use this stuff. Although I haven’t tried any of those ideas until now.

So…for Valentine’s Day, I made these fabric message gift bags with some help from the sun, some stickers, and (of course) Inkodye. You can create conversation heart messaging (Be Mine, Luv You, etc) or add names to create candy-filled place setting bags for V-day dinner guests instead.

Want to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need…

V-Day DIY Idea


  • Lumi Inkodye (which you can get from Darby Smart)
  • Cloth Favor Bags (again from Darby Smart)
  • Sticker Letters (which are available on Amazon)

How To:

1. Start by shaking up the Lumi Inkodye for at least 30 seconds. Then snap open the package, according to instructions, and spread the dye all over the bag. Use the ends of the packaging to scrape the dye around, making sure it evenly coats the fabric.

2. Next, create a message on each bag with a pack of letter stickers.

3. Then, place the bags outside, in direct sunlight, for 15-30 minutes (depends on the time of day – peak sun hours will need less time).

4. Then bring back indoors and remove the stickers in a low light area. Wash the bags according to the Inkodye instructions and let them dry flat.

V-Day Fabric Gift Bags Idea

Stuff the finished gift bags with wrapped candy, macarons, candied blood oranges…whatever makes your heart (and stomach) go pitter patter, and enjoy.

DIY // Dyed Fabric Gift Bags for Valentine's Day

DIY // Typographic V-Day Favor Bags

DIY // Dyed Message Favor Bags for Valentine's Day

DIY // Dyed Message Favor Bags for Valentine's Day

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Have you started thinking about Valentine’s Day yet? What kinds of holiday projects do you have up your sleeve for next month?

This post is in partnership with Darby Smart. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

12 comments | Click here to reply

These a too cute!

arnella kajtezovic | January 22nd, 2015 at 10:50 am

Thanks Arnella. 🙂

Brittni | January 22nd, 2015 at 11:28 am

I absolutely love everything about this! So simple and cute and could be repurposed for just about anything. I’ve never heard of this stuff and want to order it by the truckload now. Thanks!
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Carolyn Selheim-Miller | January 22nd, 2015 at 12:02 pm

These are perfect for Valentine’s Day! Thanks for the super cute tutorial!

Jeannie | January 22nd, 2015 at 1:04 pm

I heart Darby smart supplies!!! Pinned, saved, and about to tweet!
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Ursula | January 22nd, 2015 at 1:33 pm

I’ve got to try out that dye! Looks so fun!
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This is brilliant (as usual)! Haven’t thought much on Valentine’s projects quite yet, but this looks like a fun one. 🙂

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Kelsea Echo | January 23rd, 2015 at 10:22 pm

I adore these bags 🙂 Perfect!
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Monique | WritingMonique | January 24th, 2015 at 7:06 am

That’s so cutee, what a lovely idea 🙂

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