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No Sew Easter Treat Bags

I apologize to everyone out there that can sew in their sleep. I am not that person. I would like to practice more on my sewing machine but that would mean every time I wanted to sew, I’d have to drag every single sewing supply – threads, fabrics, needles – and oh yes, the sewing machine and my sanity to my kitchen table. Let me tell you, with a very curious 2 year old around, this is no small epic feat of time management. Especially when you’re still learning to sew a straight line. I swear I have to schedule in practice time.

Crafting glue and adhesives however are my best friends. Fabric-Tac and Heat N’ Bond are the only reasons my curtains are hemmed and half the projects in my head even remotely come to fruition.

So in this insane Easter holiday decorating season (seriously I have never seen so many Easter crafts on blogs as I have this year), even my cold pastel hating, disdain for Easter decorating heart managed to find something that I could make for it. And it’s not so much about the Easter influence at all as it is for my seriously unhealthy obsession with IKEA’s ANNBETH fabric that I used for the bulletin board in my older daughter’s room. I honestly look for excuses to use it on projects. Cards. Anything.

Well the ANNBETH fabric is about as user friendly for Easter colours as you can get. So I grabbed some supplies and decided to make an Easter treat / egg hunting bag for this years hunt. Which based on the 3 feet of snow still in our backyard, will be indoors.

This is the easiest thing ever to make.

I used the following:

easter treat bag supplies

I cut two rectangular shapes of felt and laid them out. I then placed the Heat N’ Bond fusible webbing on the edges, folded the felt in half and ironed both sides together.

heat n bond lite

I then cut out two egg shapes out of the ANNBETH fabric and glued them to the felt. After I cut out two, 10″ strips of pink grosgrain ribbon and glued the handles to the inside of the bag, as well as the pink trim at the top. For all this gluing I used the Fabri-Tac.

Instant Easter Treat bag. No sewing.

DIY Easter Treat Bag (2)

DIY Easter Treat Bag (3)

DIY Easter Treat Bag

To add to the humour of this being a no sew project, I was actually contemplating hand stitching the edges with yarn to add some texture. But then my toddler started screaming. Something about wanting lunch. Or attention. Hence why this stayed a no sew. But it’s true, while I may not be proficient with my sewing machine but I really enjoy hand stitching crafts.

Maybe I should take up knitting? Cheryl what do you think? Go visit her blog. Girl can knit! And rearrange pantries. And make awesome gallery walls.

Happy Egg Hunting! PS – I am the mom that’s giving my kids chocolate. If only for the pure selfish reason of stealing it at night when they’re not looking. Oh don’t pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about.


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  • Reply
    Green Door Hospitality
    March 23, 2013 at 8:21 am

    As a fellow “non-sewer” (despite my best attempts), I am so loving this DIY. Such cute bags! And of course love the no sew aspect 🙂

    • Reply
      March 30, 2013 at 8:32 am

      I find with sewing (like any craft), it either grabs you or you find other ways around it b/c of the effort. I think if I had a sewing room with everything set up, this would be a non issue but my sewing supplies are under my bed, the machine is in the closet, the fabrics are in another closet. It’s like scheduling a move.

  • Reply
    March 23, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Egg-cellent work, Alex! I’ll take one to go… filled with chocolate, please. Oh… sorry I thought we were placing orders here. TOO CUTE! Sew – shmow… who needs a sewing machine. These turned out perfect. The little egg is adorable but I’m actually dawn to the pretty handles. Have a great weekend!

    • Reply
      March 30, 2013 at 8:32 am

      Have a Happy Easter too Stacey! 🙂

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    Pillows A-La-Mode
    March 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    SUPER cute!!! 🙂

    • Reply
      March 30, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Oh coming from you I’ll take that b/c I know you are super talented with that sewing machine of yours. Have a great Easter!

  • Reply
    March 23, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Such cute bags! I haven’t decided what I am going to use/make for my little ones for their Easter treats this year. I like your bag idea. 🙂

    • Reply
      March 30, 2013 at 8:34 am

      It took so long for me to reply this week that I saw your baskets and they’re amazing! I love the fabric choices – then everything in your house is exactly how I would decorate mine under different circumstances. Have a wonderful Easter!

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    the home tome
    March 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    The bags are cute and so is that little bunny peeking out 🙂

    • Reply
      March 30, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Have a Happy “1st” Easter with your new arrival!!

  • Reply
    March 24, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    What a great project to get ready for all the fun Easter activities. The fabric is perfect for Spring. Tess just had me drag out my machine and everything to go with it for a little sewing project she is whipping up. She is cutting and pinning as I type. I think the trick to sewing is waiting until your kiddos get passionate about it and let them take care of it. 🙂

    • Reply
      March 30, 2013 at 8:38 am

      I am going to just tell Tess my ideas and she can make me all the stuff I can’t do with glue. That is also totally the secret! I got it primarily so my older daughter can learn b/c I am convinced she’s going to benefit from it. She has more creativity in her pinky than I do in my entire body.

  • Reply
    March 25, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Even though I’m learning how to sew, I still jump at the opportunity to take on no sew projects. They’re so much less intimidating. You really have a knack for creating simple yet impactful designs with your projects. You remind me that “less is sometimes more.”

    • Reply
      March 30, 2013 at 8:42 am

      The less is more thing is strangely enough a conscious decision b/c most days I don’t have the time to go into complicated crafts. But more so b/c what people don’t see is my kids doing their own versions of the crafts next to me when I do them, so in order for them to do their own, I have to think “Ok how can I get this done in 5 minutes so they can try it out too.” Have a wonderful Easter!

  • Reply
    March 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    That fabric is really great! Sure are cute bags

    • Reply
      March 30, 2013 at 8:43 am

      Thanks Virginia! I hope you’re having a great Easter with the entire family!

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    Christina @ The DIY Mommy
    April 1, 2013 at 12:01 am

    These are absolutely adorable and you are hilarious! You’ve got a new fan here! 🙂

    • Reply
      April 4, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Yay! I love fans. Actually I’ve never had fans. So I’ll take what I can get. 🙂 Welcome!

  • Reply
    April 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Alex!! What an awesome shout out!! THANK YOU!! And those bags are so adorbs!! I think I’m going to do something similar for library bags for the kiddos here…

    I’m so sorry it took me so long to thank you! I’ve been head-over-heels deep (or would it be better to say six feet under?) in a huge event over here that we just wrapped up last week. I haven’t even looked at my blog until today, so I didn’t notice the bump in traffic you sent me… yikes!

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