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How to Make Fun Felt Favor Bags

comments (2) May 27th, 2009     

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erika_kern Erika Kern, contributor
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Filled with treats, this felt bag is sure to be a hit at your next celebration.
To make your bag personal, use your sewing machine to add the date of your event to the bag. You can also add names or initials.
My sewing machine in alpha/numeric mode.
Filled with treats, this felt bag is sure to be a hit at your next celebration.

Filled with treats, this felt bag is sure to be a hit at your next celebration.

Photo: Erika Kern

Celebrations are all about fun, and a good host or hostess sends his or her guests home with a memento of the fun they've had. This felt bag is a great package for your guests' take-home treats. It's easy to make and affordable at only 25 cents per sheet of felt.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Felt (one sheet per bag, or if you're making several, you can use felt by the yard)
  • Rotary cutting tool and board
  • Pinking shears
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread in a contrasting color
  • Thread to match your felt
  • Iron and ironing board

First:


Lay out your 9-inch by 12-inch piece of felt and cut a 4-inch by 12-inch strip.

Then:


Cut two 4-1/2-inch by 2-3/4-inch strips.

Once your pieces are cut, use your pinking shears to trim the top and bottom edges of your long piece and the top of your small side pieces.


The pieces of your bag.

Now that your pieces are cut, it's time to add some personality to your bag. I used the alpha/numeric setting on my machine to embroider the date of my event onto my bag, but you can add names or initials. Just make sure you don't add too much information to your bag; you want it to be memorable, not cluttered.


The date of my event embroidered onto the front of my treat bag.

Once your embroidery is done, it's time to make the bag. The seams of the bag are going to be right side out. This adds structure to the bag and makes it look more like a traditional paper bag.


Pin your sides to the body of the bag, right side out.

Sew your sides onto the bag body using a 1/8-inch seam allowance.

Pin the sides to the back of your bag and attach them using a 1/8-inch seam allowance.

Press your bag flat and pin the bottom. Sew it up using a 1/8-inch seam allowance.

Your bag all sewn together.

Fold your bag like a paper bag and press it to give your bag character and structure.

Make sure to have your iron set to silk or synthetic, any higher and your felt will melt. Trust me.


Once your bag is finished, fill it with candies or baked goods or any number of treats for your guests.

Now you're ready to celebrate good times, COME ON!

posted in: sewstylish feature, felt, celebrations

Comments (2)

asrollins writes: this is a great idea--to make the bag even cuter pink all the edges and add a contrasting rick-rack handle! Use two or three pieces of felt (or yardage) if you want to make a larger version to use as a gift bag rather than a favor bag. Felt comes in such a great variety of colors you can match any color scheme.
Posted: 7:25 am on May 18th
sophiecai writes: love it, great idea
Posted: 9:01 am on February 17th
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