Easter Treat Bags

Easter Treat Bags {chirpy threads}

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″.

Materials:

  • 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

Easter Treat Bags {chirpy threads}

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.

Easter Treat Bags {chirpy threads}

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.

Easter Treat Bags {chirpy threads}

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!

Easter Treat Bags {chirpy threads}

Happy Easter!

xoxo, Jen

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St. Patrick’s Day Playdate

st. patrick's day playdate {chirpy threads}

I thought it would be fun to have a little green playdate for Ethan and his friends.  Playdates are a regular part of our toddler-mommy world, so why not turn it into a pretty themed mini party for the kiddos since St. Patrick’s Day is approaching? They had a blast!

Please excuse the empty space on the bottom tiered dish.  My mommy brain totally forgot to fill it before I snapped photos of the display.

Here are some of my handmade highlights:

  • These were my favorite — the teeny pots of gold with the rainbow marshmallow pops.  I bought the little pots at Party City and filled them with Hershey’s Nuggets.  Got my inspiration here.
  • You can’t have a pot of gold without it being under a rainbow!  I got the rainbow marshmallow idea from here.  I just stuck a lollipop stick into the marshmallow to make pops, and so they could easily stand in the pot.  The rainbow is from a package of sour Airheads.
  • The mini cupcakes are just that – fun, little cakes with green sprinkles!  Nothing really special here.

st. patrick's day playdate {chirpy threads}

  • The spring water bottles were wrapped with this cute shamrock patterned paper I found at Joann.  I merely cut them into strips based on the size of the original wrapper.  Then, generously stuck some double-sided tape on the back of the strip, and wrapped it around the bottle.  Cute, huh?  And so easy.
  • See that pretty green dish?  It was so delicious!  My awesome mommy friend made it.  Green soba noodles topped with shredded cabbage, cucumbers, egg, and fish cake cut into pretty four-leaf clovers!  It was paired with a yummy Asian dressing.

st. patrick's day playdate {chirpy threads}

  • The shamrock banner was made the same way as my lucky one.
  • And the table was full of fun crafty materials to decorate large shamrocks.  I cut out a bunch of shamrocks from cardstock in various shades of green using my Silhouette Cameo.  I’m beginning to really love this machine!
  • Details on the lucky banner and subway art here.

st. patrick's day playdate {chirpy threads}

st. patrick's day playdate {chirpy threads}

And that’s it!  I now leave you with some cute photos of the kids.

st. patrick's day playdate {chirpy threads}

st. patrick's day playdate {chirpy threads}

Peek-a-boo!  Guess who?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

xoxo, Jen

Birthday Banner

Can I tell you how much I love banners?  They make me so happy!  I would hang them everywhere if I could!

A good friend of mine asked me to make a fabric birthday banner for her little girl.  Of course I said yes!  I thought that making something girly would be fun since I don’t have a girl.  And it would also be good practice before I make another banner for Ethan’s birthday.  So here is how it turned out!  I actually loved it!  I love how all the colors blended together.  I took a risk using the aqua color for the lettering but I think it stood out well against the background fabrics.

I’ll briefly run through the steps I took to make the banner.  I created my own template for the scallop base.  You can find it here.  It measures approximately 6 inches long and 6 inches wide.

Materials you will need are:

  • scallop template
  • 3-inch tall letters in any font you like (I used Luckiest Guy; here is my template)
  • 5 or 6 different fabrics for the front of the scallop ( I will call this the main fabric)
  • muslin (natural color) for the back of the scallop
  • solid contrasting color fabric for letters
  • fusible medium weight interfacing (I used Pellon decor bond)
  • heat’n bond lite (for letter appliques)
  • one package of 1/2 inch wide double-folded bias tape (3 yards) or you can make your own
  • the essentials – sewing machine, scissors, thread, fabric marker

Iron on interfacing to the wrong side of the main fabric.  Trace scallop template onto the interfacing side and cut out.  Do the same with the muslin (except the muslin will not have interfacing).  You should end up with 14 colored scallops and 14 muslin scallops.  You will be working with the colors first so you can set aside the muslin pieces for later.

Iron on heat’n bond to back of solid colored fabric.  Trace letters onto the paper side of the fabric and cut out.  You can now peel off the backings to the letters and applique them onto the right side of the main fabric scallops.  You will be appliqueing through four layers – the solid colored fabric, the heat’n bond, the main fabric, and the interfacing.  There should be one scallop with no applique.  This is the “space” to separate the happy and birthday.

Next, pin the main fabric scallops and muslin scallops right sides together and sew along the outer edges.  I used a 1/4 inch seam.  Leave the top (straight edge) open.  Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end to secure the stitches.  Cut out notches or little triangles along the curves.  Flip right side out.

It should look like a pocket now.  Iron the seams.  Do this for all 14 scallops.  Next comes the fun part.  Time to sew all the pretty scallops together.  Pin scallops.

Take your bias tape and fold in a 1/4 inch at the beginning to hide the raw edges.  Pin your first scallop (the “H”) about one foot from the beginning of the bias tape.  Tuck the top of the scallop inside the bias folds.  Sew from the beginning of the bias tape (to close the tape) to the end of the first scallop.  Take your next scallop (the “A”), tuck into bias folds, and sew across the tape.  Keep doing this for all the letters.  Remember to include the blank “space” scallop in between the happy and the birthday.

Leave another foot of bias tape after all the scallops have been sewn on for tying.  Remember to tuck in the raw edges at the end for closing.

And there you have it!  A scalloped happy birthday banner!

xoxo, Jen