Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Simple felt Valentine's Day gift bags

Harry is loving sewing at the moment, and it's something that I'm keen to encourage as it's something that I love too! These simple felt bags are a great first sewing project, and they can be filled with sweets to make a lovely Valentine's Day gift. You can also reuse the gift bag from year to year. Felt is a great fabric for crafting with when children are learning to sew for the first time, because it is sturdy and easy for them to hold onto while they sew. You can also easily add the decorations using fabric glue.

Felt Valentine's Day gift bag for children to make



An A4 sized sheet of felt will make two gift bags. Fold the felt sheet in half by placing the two shorter sides together, then cut down the middle to create two rectangles. Keep the felt folded, and sew down each side to make the bag. We just used a simple running stitch in a contrasting colour, as I quite like the look of having the stitches visible. An older child might like to use a back stitch, and then turn the bag inside out so that the stitches are hidden and it all looks a bit neater.

Harry used a thick cotton thread to do the sewing and reasonably sharp needle, under supervision of course. I think that he did pretty well considering that he's only just 5! For a younger child you could make the holes for them in advance and let them use a larger, blunt needle to sew up the sides. Or you could sew up the bag yourself and provide them with materials to decorate.

We decorated the bag using coloured buttons and heart shaped pieces of felt. You could also add a name or initials to make it more personal for the recipient. We just glued the decorations on using fabric glue, but you could of course sew the decorations on to make the bag a little more hard wearing.

Children's Valentine's Day gift bag from felt



Fill the bag with small Valentine's sweets, and then use some pretty ribbon to tie the top closed. Something like this would also make a sweet little wedding or party favour.

12 comments:

  1. Too cute! I really should sew more with my girls x

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  2. What a lovely project for a younger child and sewing is a great skill to develop.

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  3. So pretty, and maybe simple enough for me to manage!

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  4. Brilliant - they save LOVE all over!

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  5. Aww that's adorable. I think my daughter could tackle this x

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  6. So lovely! And an excellent way to encourage sewing skills! Felt is an excellent medium for little ones

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  7. that's adorable! you clever things x

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  8. That is so cute, I may make one for hubby as we aren't doing anything special but don't want to forget it either x

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  9. Thank you all for your lovely comments!

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  10. Very, very sweet! My little chap would love them!

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