Make Your Own Party Favors and Gifts
Making your own muslin bags like you find in craft stores is much easier than you think. Once finished, they can be stamped, stenciled or have heat transfer vinyl applied. This is a very simple sewing project and a money saving option that doesn’t take much time. Hope you’ll follow along and maybe make some of your own.
When finished these are approximately 3×5 inches. You could make them any size, but this is a nice size for a party favor or other small gift. The neat thing is that you can sort of streamline the process and make several very quickly.
Streamline Your Process to Make Multiple Bags Quickly
For my example I used a piece of 12×12 inch muslin and made three bags out of it. Using a rotary cutter makes easy work of cutting your square.
First you’re going to want to sew small casings at opposite sides of your piece of muslin. I simply turned under 1/4 inch and then turned under another 1/2 inch (pressing it each time) and then stitched along the lower edge of the casing.
Just for fun I sewed these on my 1950s vintage machine that I call “Princess”. She only does straight stitch, but does it sew wonderfully! I put her to work any time I can.
Now you can take your rotary cutter or scissors and cut three, 4″ sections like this:
|One side stitched|
|Both sides done!|
|Three bags done, but just a couple more steps!|
Using a pencil, make a light mark 1/2 inch from each long edge. This is where you will make a little hole for threading your cord through. I used an awl, but if you have a sharp point on a scissors, you can do that as well.
*You only want to go through the outside of the casing.
There are holes front and back just the same as you see here. Now you can thread a 12-14 inch piece of hemp or other cord through. A tiny safety pin or tapestry needle will work, I used a small crochet hook.
|One side threaded.|
|All three bags done!|
You can buy little bags like this at craft stores or online, but for the cost of a couple bags, you can buy the materials to make LOTS of them. I purchased a yard of muslin for less than $1.00 from the thrift store.