Hobby and Craft Bag Packaging Solutions

Advanced machinery with inline printing, durable and high-clarity materials for hobby and craft retail bag packaging

Hobby and Craft Bag Packaging Solutions

Suppliers and contract packagers for craft and hobby specialty stores have the unique need to package a large variety of products from very small items like beads and sewing accessories, to larger items like model car and plane kits. Bagging is the most effective way to package and organize small items, while also being the most flexible and affordable. 

Automated Packaging Systems has flexible bag packaging machinery that allows for quick and easy product and bag changeover, as well as scales, counters and conveyors for accurate counting and kitting. Direct-to-bag, inline printing of barcodes, graphics and text are ideal for product identification, while pre-printing in up to 10-colors can set your products apart from the crowd.  

We provide turnkey packaging solutions and system matched materials to some of the largest retail product packaging operations; giving us the experience needed to meet the specialized needs of the hobby and craft industry

A few products our hobby and craft customers are packaging today include:

  • Model cars, rockets and other kits
  • Beads, crystals, studs and other small crafting supplies
  • Buttons, zippers, snaps, clasps and other sewing closures and accessories
  • Thread, yarn, needles
  • Fine art supplies like paints, pencils, pastels, brushes and art board overwraps

Bag Packaging Machinery

High-speed, accurate and easy product and bag changeover with inline printing, counting, kitting and weighing

Our Autobag® and SidePouch® bag packaging systems improve productivity and increase capacity by integrating with your existing production line and automating the packaging process. Whether your application is best suited to a low to mid-volume tabletop model, or to a high-speed, custom packaging system, we have a solution for your operation. 

Every system we manufacture is built for flexibility and ease of use. With a wide range of machine accessories to choose from, including printing, counting, weighing, conveying and kitting, our systems are designed to improve throughput and efficiency. 

Other machinery features include:

  • Product and bag changeover is made simple with no tooling requirements and built-in job storage and recall
  • Easy to use AutoTouch™ operator interface
  • Accurate product counting, weighing and conveying
  • Inline imprinting for barcodes and other product identification
  • Next-bag-out printing that is ideal for short production runs and frequent changeovers
  • Small footprint to free up valuable production space
  • Vertical or horizontal filling

Bag Packaging Film

High-quality, durable films to meet the needs of the hobby and craft industry

Genuine Autobag and SidePouch bags are available in a wide range of materials, sizes and special features for the hobby and craft market. Several high strength films offer the durability needed for heavy handling while others offer features made for retail sales. Our vast line of bag materials includes: 

  • High clarity film for optimum shelf appeal
  • UV, moisture, scratch and corrosion protection
  • Tear and puncture resistant films
  • Laminations to protect printed instructions and product identification

Bag Features

Standard and custom bags for low cost, bulk packaging or high quality, eye-catching retail graphics

From custom bag graphics to convenient reclosable zipper features, our preformed bags are made to accommodate a wide range of hobby & craft applications. Whatever you need to package, we have the perfect solution for your product. Some of our most popular bag features include:

  • Bag sizes from 2” x 2” to 22” x 36”
  • Reclosable zippers
  • Easy-open perforations
  • Custom printed bags in up to 10-colors
  • Hanger holes for storage on retail displays
  • Large inventory of In Stock Bags for easy ordering and fast delivery


Customer service representativesOur interest in your success goes far beyond the sale. We believe in providing our customers with world-class support services so they can achieve and maintain peak packaging performance. We partner with you to solve your packaging problems and keep up with changing demands. Our factory-trained and direct support services include:

  • Custom Engineering and Integration
  • Product Applications Testing
  • Bag Graphics Design Support
  • Customer Service Support
  • Technical Phone Support
  • Factory Service
  • Field Service Engineers
  • Customer Maintenance Training
  • Customizable Preventive Maintenance Agreements
  • Financing and Payment Options
  • Custom loyalty rewards with our Systems Advantage™ program

Solutions Finder

See which bagging equipment might be right for your application. Use our convenient Solutions Finder to help get you started.

The SPrint systems have proved extremely flexible and cost effective, enabling us to make significant improvements in production throughput while minimizing labor requirements. Furthermore, the reliability of the systems has proved to be particularly outstanding. ~ H.N., Industrial Engineer