Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sweet Treat Bags: A perfect choice for Christmas presents

I love these quick and easy bags!  Perfect for gifts, travel, or holding cosmetics, you’ll find them fun to make and useful to have.

Supplies and Pattern Information:

The pattern is a free one, and can be downloaded from the Moda website by clicking here.

Fusible fleece is recommended for the “batting”, and the pattern specifies the lighter weight variety, Pellon 987F.  Click here to purchase from DCQ.  Lightweight fusible batting would probably work okay, but the fleece is nice because it is lightweight, sturdy and doesn’t tear or separate.

Be sure to add a decorative button of some sort to the front of your finished bags.  It is amazing how “naked” the bags look without the button, and how nice they look once it is added.  An easy choice is to use a tiny scrap of your fabric to make a fabric covered button.  Click here for the appropriate packet of Dritz 3/4” fabric covered buttons.  No button-holes needed… just a piece of sew-in velcro under the flap with the button as an accent.

Fabric choices are entirely up to you.  All you need is (10) 1.5” strips cut the width of the fabric. 

Here are some suggestions:

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Pre-packaged “Sweet Treat Box” from Moda includes (2) mini-honey buns (enough for 2 bags) and a copy of the pattern.  Click here.

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Any Moda honey bun will work great for these bags.  Because each strip includes (40) strips, you can sort the strips into four piles, and you’ll have enough for four bags.  Click here for our current selection of honey buns.

Alternatively, simply pick your favorite print, and make a bag from a single piece of fabric.  Rose made this version using one of her favorite prints from the Urban Couture collection.

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This bag was made from a Sultry Honey Bun:

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This bag was made from a Glace Honey Bun:

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And these two bags were made from the pair of mini sweet rolls in the Sweet Treat Box.  Please note: a variety of fabric collections are used in the Sweet Treat boxes… each box includes two different collections.

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And now… a little challenge… Send us a photo of your sweet treat bags, and we’ll post them below.  Make one this afternoon!  (Or two, if you are feeling ambitious!)