Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so I thought it was the perfect time to make some treat bags. Around here, we keep it simple on February 14. With both of our birthdays being in January and the holidays having just passed, we forgo expensive gifts or dinner out. However, I do cook something special and I like to put a little something together to show my husband and son how much they mean to me. These Valentine’s Day treat bags (or goodie bags) are perfect for holding a few of their favourite things.
Before I get to the tutorial for these customized bags, I must thank Tara from Suburble for inviting me to participate in today’s Valentine’s Day Project Blog Hop with 9 other Canadian home bloggers. Details to follow below…
To make your own treat bags, you will need:
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Skip ahead if you purchased cotton drawstring bags already.
Fabric- cotton canvas (each bag requires a 14″x9.5″ piece)
Thread- same colour as fabric
Iron-on Transfer paper (I used Lesley Riley’s TAP)
Jute or string (22″ per bag)
To Make the Goodie Bags
Cut a 14″x9.5″ rectangle of fabric for each treat bag you want to make. To create a pocket for the string, turn the top edge of the longest side of the fabric under 3/8″ (towards the wrong side of the fabric) and again 3/4″. Press in place.
For the string to pass through, unfold the crease you pressed in place and create small button holes on either end about 7/8″ in from the sides, starting just below the top edge on the right side of the fabric. Cut the button holes open.
Tip: Apply a small piece of fusible interfacing to reinforce the fabric before you create the button hole.
Next, fold the edge back down and top stitch in place.
Fold right sides together and stitch together, starting at the top and pivoting at the corner to finish off the bottom.
Finally, trim the bottom two corners at an angle, turn right sides out and press the bag flat.
Note: You can skip making your own treat bags if you’d like and purchase them instead. Just follow the instructions for applying the heart graphics starting here.
To Make the Heart Iron-on Transfers
For the Valentine’s Day graphics, simply click on the image below and the pdf will automatically download. Right click and save. Next, print the file in mirror image onto iron-on image transfer sheets.
Tip: Use the best quality format on your inkjet printer.
I used Lesley Riley’s Transfer Artist Paper, which came highly recommended by The Graphics Fairy. This paper rocked- no shine, flexible, and just a great quality print that looks embedded in the fabric instead of just sitting on the surface. (I can’t wait to work with it again!)
To apply an image to the treat bag, carefully cut it out and place it face down on the bag. Using a dry iron on the highest setting, press down firmly, lifting and moving around every 10 seconds or so (about 5 times) until the graphic has transferred (read the instructions that come with your transfer paper for the best results). Remove the backing while it’s still hot.
Using a safety pin tied around one end of the jute, feed it through the button hole, working around until you can feed it through the other button hole. Knot the ends together.
Now for the fun part!
Get even more inspiration from my fellow Canadian bloggers. They’ve each created a little bit of loveliness for Valentine’s day.
From left to right, they are:
Cream Cheese and Mint Heart-shaped Lollipops by Craftberry Bush
Easy Valentine’s Love Garland by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Romantic Lace Candle Holders by The DIY Dreamer
Valentine’s Day Printed Bags by Satori Design For Living
DIY Valentine Goodie Bags by The Sweet Escape
Chalkboard Instagram Photo Canvas by Fynes Designs
Easy DIY Heart-studded Leather Cuff by Suburble
DIY Valentine’s Tea Bag Set by Northstory
Printable Doughnut Hole Valentine by Clean and Scentsible
Valentine’s Treat Tubes by Echoes of Laughter