Donna enjoys using her arts background to create fun craft projects with a special focus on using repurposed or handy household materials.
These colorful treat bags are easy to make and fun to fill with your favorite candy or little gifts. These bags are made with handy household materials and can be decorated with an assortment of washi tape, stickers, stamps, and glitter. They are perfect to give to your special valentine or to make for everyone in your child's class. These bags can be torn open to release the special treats inside!
The materials for these bags are mostly basic items that you probably have in your home. I decorated my bags with simple, inexpensive craft supplies that you can find in stores leading up to the Valentine's Day holiday.
- Candies or treats to fill your bags. Candy conversational hearts or other small candies are a popular choice, but your treat does not need to be candy.
- Two 6-inch pieces of paper (per bag, though the size is adjustable) - you can use paper lunch bags, white craft paper, or gift wrap. You can use gift wrap with comic book characters or action figures to make bags for boys that don't seem too "girly".
- Sewing needle and thread in coordinating color - you can also machine sew these bags.
- 6-inch piece of coordinating ribbon (optional) - for the handle
- An assortment of ribbon, washi tape, stamps, stickers, glitter, sequin, or plastic gems to decorate bags
- Scissors, pencil, white glue, and a ruler
Directions for Valentine's Treat Bags
1. Print out the heart template above in the size of your choice. I made my treat bags about 4 3/4 inches across at the widest point. When choosing the size to make your treat bags, remember you will need to leave at least 1/4 of an inch all around as a seam allowance for sewing. Then cut out your heart template.
2. Trace the heart template on to two pieces of paper, one for the front and one to form the back of your treat bag. I used some blue wrapping paper for my bag. Then cut out your two heart pieces.
3. Start to decorate your treat bag. You can decorate the front and back of your bag, or just the front if you choose.
I printed out a smaller heart template and used it to cut a small heart out of some scrapbook paper. I glued this to the center of my bag with a glue stick. Then I placed a pink sticker with a Valentine's Day greeting on top.
Stickers are a fun, quick, and inexpensive way to decorate these bags, especially if you are making them with children or need to make a lot of bags.
4. To finish decorating my bag, I added a smaller sticker with the words "Be Mine" stamped on it. Then I glued on some sparkly plastic gems.
5. Once your bag is decorated, place your two heart pieces together for sewing. Make sure that your pieces are held back to back so that the front side faces out on both pieces. You can either machine or hand sew these bags together. Machine sewing will be easier and quicker if you have to make multiple bags.
6. Sew as close to the edge of your pieces as possible. Remember to leave about a 2-inch opening so that you can fill your treat bag.
7. (Optional) As you come to the top of your heart, you can attach your ribbon handle. Fold your ribbon in half and tuck the ends into the top of your heart (see photo above). Be sure to secure the ends of your ribbon as you sew the top of your heart closed.
8. Fill your bag through the opening with the treats of your choice. It may be easier to use a small funnel to get your candy or treats into the bag. Do not overfill your bag as it will be hard to close and sew up.
9. When your bag is filled, sew your bag closed.
I made other treat bags using brown paper from basic lunch bags. To decorate these bags, I put down a couple of intersecting lines of washi tape. Then I cut out two smaller hearts from some scrapbook paper. I glued down these hearts so that they overlapped. Lastly, I added a Valentine's Day sticker and some plastic gems for sparkle.
I hope you enjoy celebrating Valentine's Day with these fun treat bags. I'm sure the lucky people in your life will love them!
© 2019 Donna Herron
Donna Herron (author) from USA on April 03, 2019:
So glad you like this project idea! I love your suggestion to use this project for other holidays. Would be great for Easter too!
RTalloni on April 03, 2019:
Such a cute idea for little treat bags. Thanks for sharing your method in this neat tutorial. I would love to make these with my grands for them to give to friends. Hmmm...now I'm thinking of how stars for Flag Day or 4th of July would be so fun!
Donna Herron (author) from USA on January 12, 2019:
Thanks, Claudia! This is also a great project for kids to make. They can easily decorate the bags with crayons, markers, stickers and glitter. It would be a lot of fun for a party or girl scout activity. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it!
Donna Herron (author) from USA on January 12, 2019:
Thanks so much, Heidi! I love using paper bags or brown craft paper in projects. It's particular good for this project because it is inexpensive if you are making multiple bags. So glad you like this project! Thanks for your comments!
Claudia Mitchell on January 12, 2019:
Love these Donna! Valentine's Day is fun and these would be great for a class party or friends of any age! Happy New Year.
Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on January 12, 2019:
Neat Valentine idea that could be recycled, too, if brown paper bags are used. LOVE it! Happy New Year!