How to Make a Christmas Treat Bag

How to Make a Christmas Treat Bag

I love giving treats for Christmas and what better way than to make these adorable little see through treat bags.  This is a simple sewing project that can be made for anytime of the year but I love this project for Christmas. The Christmas tree cut out makes it perfect to give a little peek into the treats inside.  These make perfect teacher’s gifts or party favors. You can also keep them for yourself for jewelry or other trinkets.  I fell in love with this project the minute I saw it and couldn’t wait to share it with you. This idea came from Rebekah at Twinkle and Twine.    

This project is all about the fabrics and the little cut out center.  I obtained my fabrics at JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores but you could head to Hobby Lobby or Fabric.com to get exactly what you need for this project.  I used plain cotton novelty fabric for this project. It is easy to work with and comes in a variety of colors and patterns.  This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

What you will Need: How to make a christmas treat bag

  • Pattern you can Get here
  • Exterior fabric  7″ x 16″ rectangle
  • Interior fabric  7″ x 21″ rectangle
  • 1 yd.cording
  • Clear vinyl – 5″ x 5″  
  • Frixion Pen or tailor’s chalk
  • Standard sewing supplies
How to make a Christmas treat bag
What you will need gift bag

Step 1: Iron the Fabrics

Turn the short ends of the large rectangle under by 1/4″ and press. 

How to make a Christmas treat bag
Fold the ends

Step 2: Add the Smaller Rectangle

Lay the smaller rectangle on top of the larger rectangle right sides together.  Center the smaller rectangle so that you have about 2″ of larger fabric on each side of the smaller fabric.  

How to make a Christmas treat bag
Center the Fabrics

Step 3: Fold

Fold your rectangle in half so that the short ends of both rectangles align. Press so that you have a nice crease.  

How to make a Christmas treat bag
Fold the fabrics

Step 4: Pin the template to the Fabric

Open up the folded rectangles. You will have a crease in the center that you obtained when you pressed the fabrics.  Center the tree template 1 1/4″ up from the crease as shown.   Trace around the template using your Frixion or tailor’s chalk.  

How to make a Christmas treat bag
Draw the tree

Step 5: Sew Around the Tree

Sew around the tree through both layers of fabric following the lines you just drew.

How to make a Christmas treat bag
Sew around the tree

 

Step 6: Cut out the Tree

Cut out the tree shape through both layers of fabric inside the stitching line.  Do not cut through the stitches. I used a small pair of very sharp scissors for this part as the corners are fidgety. 

How to make a Christmas treat bag
Cut out the tree

Step 7: Turn the Fabrics right side out.

Turn the fabrics right side out by pushing the exterior fabric through the opening you just created. You may need to use a poking tool to push out the points of the tree and the base.  I used That Purple Thing that you can get in my Amazon shop for this purpose.  Press.   

Step 8: Add the vinyl

Add the vinyl to the lining side of the rectangles by pinning just the corners to the fabric.  

How to make a Christmas treat bag
Add the vinyl

Step 9: Sew the Vinyl

Turn the piece so that the exterior side is up.  Sew around the tree about 1/8″ from the edge making sure that you are sewing the fabrics and the vinyl together. Remember to stop at each corner and point with your needle down and turn the fabric to keep the corners crisp.  Trim the excess vinyl to about 1/8″ from the stitching.   

How to make a Christmas Treat bag
Sew around the Tree

Step 10: Create the Bag

Fold each of the two fabric rectangles in half, with the right sides together. You will create two bags.  One will be the lining and one will be the exterior bag.  Sew the matching fabrics right sides together along the sides.  Turn the exterior bag right sides out pushing the lining inside. You will see that the lining is longer than the exterior bag. 

How to make a Christmas treat bag
Create two bags
How to make a Christmas treat bag
Turn the bag

Step 11: Make the Cuff

Fold down the excess lining to create the lining cuff and press. Make sure to match the side seams.  

How to make a Christmas treat bag
Fold down the cuff

Step 12: Stitch the Cuff

Stitch the cuff 1/8″ from the bottom edge.  Sew a second row of stitching about 3/4″ above the first set of stitching.  This creates a channel for the cording to go through. 

Step 13: Open Seam

Using a seam ripper, open the seam between the two lines of stitching on each side of the bag through just the outer fabric. This opens a small hole that you can slide your cording through.  

Step 14: Add the cording

Cut the cording in half.  Thread it through the opening you just created with your seam ripper so that it goes in the hole and around the bag and out of the same hole.  Repeat on the other side.  You can do this by attaching a safety pin to the cording or you can use a bodkin if you have one.  Once you have added both  pieces of cording you have finished your Christmas treat bag.  Just fill it with treats and give it as a gift. 

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