8.2.11

Valentine Treat Bags


As promised, here is a tutorial for these cute Valentine Treat Bags. Fill these with some sweet candy or little gifts and you'll be well loved! Both bags are made exactly the same way just cut x's and o's instead of hearts for the white one. Have fun!
You will need:
8x10 inch piece of felt for bag
small pieces of felt for the hearts and x's and o's
24 inches of 1/4 inch ribbon
contrasting embroidery floss
ruler with scallop or decorative edge (optional)
purple disappearing pen
sharp pointy scissors
large eye tapestry needle
sewing machine
regular sewing supplies

To make the pattern cut a rectangle 8 1/2 by 6 3/4 inches. To mark the line for the ribbon cuts measure an inch and a half from the top draw a line from side to side. Draw another one parallel and 3/8" below the first one. Mark 1/4" seam allowances on the bottom and two sides. Using a scalloped ruler, or just eyeball it, draw scallops along the top. Please look at the image if any of this seems confusing.

Pin the pattern onto the felt and cut out. Fold back the pattern on the lower line that was drawn for the ribbon. Mark this line on the felt with a purple disappearing pen.

Next cut out hearts, just like you did in elementary school. Cut a square or rectangle, fold it in half and cut half a heart, open and viola!

Arrange the hearts in a way that makes you happy. Be sure to stay underneath the line for the ribbon. Using three strands of embroidery floss and using a running stitch, stitch down the hearts. Bury the knot under the heart so it wont be on the inside of the bag, but between the bag and the heart.
Stitch on all hearts.




Using the purple pen, make dots for the meandering stitch lines (I did two). Once again, keep this below the line for the ribbon.

To have the stitching lines meet up after sewing, mark on the side you will end the stitching on, where you started. That way you can end your line in about the same place you started. Stitch the meandering line.



Stitch 1/4" away from the scalloped edge.


With sharp pointed scissors make small cuts about 1/4" long for threading ribbon through. The cuts should be about 1/2" apart. Fold bag in half matching sides, and using a sewing machine, stitch a 1/4" seam allowance across the bottom and up the side.

Trim the corner on a diagonal.

Turn bag right side out. Using a large eyed tapestry needle, starting next to the seam, thread the ribbon through the small cuts. Make sure you straighten out the ribbon after each stitch because it tends to get twisted. Fill with treats!



5 comments:

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Very cute Susan! Felt is so easy to work with and these look like a great project.

Deborah said...

Adorable! Thanks for the tutorial. It answers a question I've had about clipping corners.

Sandy Leigh said...

Susan! These are darling! I'm definitely going to follow your tutorial and try some. And thank you for the "inchie" advice. I am indeed going to participate--I think my first is already going to be too literal, but I'm already having fun with it. *hugs*

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Those are so cute!

Blissful Pumpkin said...

What a great tutorial.
Thank you for sharing.

Kyles =D