I’m so delighted to be able to show you how I made these fun little bunny treat bags for my kid’s Easter baskets. This tutorial is super easy and super fast – using fabric charm squares!
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These treat bags were made with a Happy Ever After Stacker Pack (or charm square bundle) from Riley Black. It included twenty one 5″ squares, and I was able to make 5 treat bags with one square left over (each treat bag requires four 5″ squares). My favorite place to buy charm square bundles is Fat Quarter Shop.
How to Sew Bunny Treat Bags
So let’s get started! For each treat bag you will need four 5″ squares of fabric (cutting them into squares before hand will make them quicker to stitch up and reduce waste – I promise) and about 16″ of 1/4 – 3/8″ribbon.
TRACE THE TEMPLATES
Cut the ear and bunny face shapes out of the paper along the dotted lines. Do NOT cut your fabric into these shapes, just trace the shapes onto the backs of two charm squares as shown, two bunny ears on one charm square and one face shape on another. Make sure there is at least 1/4″ between the bunny ear shapes. You are going to stitch along these lines. Use a washable marker or heat-erasing pen (I used a Frixion heat erasing pen).
MAKE THE CASING
Take the two charm squares you have chosen for the bag (face) and iron the top edge down 1/4″ and then again 1/2″ to make the ribbon casing. Don’t stitch yet.
On the square that will make the front of the bag, draw a 3/8″ vertical line for a button hole. The button hole should be in the center just under the folded edge.
Open out the folds you just ironed (important!) and sew a button hole over the line you just drew.
Here you see my finished button hole.
Pin and Sew the Bunny Treat Bags
Next, pin the four charm squares right sides together. Pin the one with a button hole to the other one with creases ironed to the top, but open out the creases for this step.
Stitch over all of the lines you traced, starting at the top of the charm squares. See how I opened up the casing for the bag? that’s important.
CUT THE PIECES APART
Now trim away the extra fabric and cut the ears apart, leaving about 1/4″ of seam allowance (it might be less between the bunny ears). Cut the point off the bunny ears, but don’t cut your stitching!
SEW ON THE BUNNY EARS
Turn the ears right side out and press. Don’t turn the bag right side out yet, but press the casing back into place. Then on the back of the bag, tuck the ears under the casing and pin. The side of the ears that are showing here will end up being the back of the ears on the finished bag. Pin the casing down on the front with one pin, if desired.
Unless you have an itty-bitty free arm on your sewing machine, you will need to carefully flip the bag right side out for this part. Stitch the casing along the folded edge, stopping and starting at one side seam and catching the ears in the casing as you go. Be sure to backstitch.
Turn it right side out and you’re almost done… just thread about 16″ of ribbon through the buttonhole to make the drawstring. So cute!
Now make a whole basketful of bunny treat bags! I think the tracing and stitching method really helps to cut down on time. I made all five in just a couple hours – and that was stopping to take pictures too.
If you like this cute Easter project, you will love my roundup of Bunny Sewing Patterns!
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