Valentine Treat Bag

For me, the best part about Valentine’s Day is giving the ones I love handmade items filled with goodies. This year, I’m making everyone a Valentine Treat Bag with heart shaped cut outs. These are the perfect size for stuffing with candies, gift cards, or even a small stuffed animal or trinket. Best of all? This project is fat quarter friendly and sews up quickly – so you can easily make one for all your friends and family this year!

Valentine Treat Bag

Materials to make a Valentine Treat Bag:

  • 2 fat quarters
  • 1/4 yard fusible woven interfacing (such as Pellon SF101)
  • 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ square piece of clear plastic or vinyl
  • water soluble marker
  • thread to match
  • Valentine’s Treatbag template

Optional Materials to make Valentine Treat Bag:

*** Prior to cutting out material, be sure to assemble the template by adding panel A to the side of the pattern. The treat bag pattern will have a “t” or “cross” shape when completed.

template

Cutting your Valentine Treat Bag fabric:

From exterior fabric:

  • cut 1 from template
  • 4″ x 4″ square
  • 4 1/2″ x 8″ rectangle for strap

From lining fabric:

  • cut 1 from template
  • 4″ x 4″ square

From interfacing:

  • cut 1 from template

After cutting, fuse interfacing to the wrong side of exterior fabric, following manufacturer directions. Using a water soluble marker, transfer heart shape to the wrong side of exterior and lining fabrics. The easiest way to transfer the heart shape is to cut out the heart from the template and trace close to edges.

Instructions to sew a Valentine Treat Bag:

All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise specified

Make the strap. With wrong sides together, fold rectangle in half and press. Bring in raw edges to meet crease and press. Bring folded edges together and top stitch both edges of strap. Set aside.

step1

With right sides together, place exterior fabric scrap and traced heart box panel together. Sew over line as drawn.

(Tip: using the Open Embroidery Foot will help you see the lines more easily when stitching).

opentoe

Cut out heart shape close to stitching lines.

step3

Pull scrap material through opening. If necessary, use a point turner to shape and create crisp points. Press firmly to shape.

step4

Create “fold lines” on the wrong side of the fabric by drawing  rectangle in the center of your t\cross shape.

step5

Place two edges together, matching fold lines and raw edges. Sew from fold line to the edge. Repeat for remaining 3 sides.

step6a

Repeat above steps for lining material.

step7

With right sides together place strap on side edges of exterior. With raw edges matched, baste strap in place.

strap new2

With right sides together, place bag exterior inside bag lining. Match raw edges, seams, and check to be sure the the heart cut outs are on the same side. Stitch top edge.

step9

Turn bag right side out through heart shaped opening. Press bag and topstitch.

step10a

Slip clear, plastic square through opening. Match heart shapes and pin in place (Pins should be placed through fabric\plastic only. Pinning the plastic directly will cause permanent holes). Stitch close to pressed edges.

step11

Now you need a favorite type of candy for your Valentine and fill up your finished Valentine Treatbag!

6 thoughts on “Valentine Treat Bag

  1. This looks cute, simple, easy, and fast. Perfect for those in a time crunch, such as myself. Wonder if I can use plastic from a freezer bag for the plastic portion for a budget friendly alternative?

    1. You certainly can use freezer bag plastic (definitely go for freezer style because it is thicker and less prone to tearing) for the window! You will have a slightly less sturdy window, so just be careful sewing and pinning.

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