Oh yes, I realize it’s the day before Easter, but I still want to share these simple little treat bags I made for Ethan’s Easter playdate!
They are merely little muslin drawstring pouches but were such a joy to make. These bags are blank canvases so you can embellish any way you’d like. I appliquéd a small egg onto each one — a simple look but that’s what I love about it!
These bags are so versatile and an easy project for those just beginning to sew! Want a quick tutorial? Ok, here it is! Finished size is about 5″x6″.
- 1/2 yard of muslin (this will make 4 pouches)
- scraps of fabric for your egg appliqués
- heat n’ bond lite
- twine or ribbon
- safety pin
1. Cut your muslin into 6″x15″ rectangles. I doubled up on my fabric to create a more durable and less see-through pouch, but you can totally just use a single piece of fabric. So I cut out 8 rectangles for my 4 pouches.
Find some cute spring-like fabric from your scrap stash and iron on heat n’ bond lite to the wrong side of the fabric (as per package instructions). Cut out an egg shape. I used a home decor weight fabric for the eggs but any lightweight cotton will do just fine. The scraps are Kokka Japan except for the all yellow one.
2. Take two of your rectangles and put them together, back to back. We will be working on this as if it’s just a single piece. Fold the rectangle in half widthwise. Peel off backing on eggs and iron on to fabric where you want your appliqué.
3. Sew the egg onto the fabric.
4. Open up your rectangle. Fold down an inch on both sides of the rectangle. Press with iron and then sew down with 1/4″ seam allowance. Sew again about 1/4″ from the top. You should have two stitch lines. This will form our casing for the drawstring.
5. Fold rectangle in half again, right sides together, and sew down both sides.
6. Now you have your pouch. Turn it right side out.
7. Attach a safety pin to your twine or ribbon and carefully insert through the casing from one end to the other, then continuously back around through to the other side. You should finish with two strings on one side of the pouch. Tie a knot to secure. Then, do it again for the other side.
8. And that’s it! You’ve made a pouch. Now you can go fill it up with Easter goodies, pull the drawstrings taut, and you’re good to go!