Easter is quickly approaching and it's always fun to sew little cute things. I found this tutorial for carrot treat bags on the Make It & Love It
site, designed by blogger "Stitched By Crystal"
As an Island Batik Ambassador
, I was sent a very generous supply of fabrics and I knew there were perfect shades of orange and green included. I chose "Round Petal Floral - Cantaloupe" and "Marble - Leprechaun" from their Batik Foundations. I matched them with Aurifil
thread #1114 Grass Green and a variegated orange 4657 called Tramonto a Zoagli.
Following Crystal's excellent instructions, these came together in no time.
I did make a few "quilty" adjustments, such as using a 1/4" seam allowance instead of the suggested 3/8". Doesn't that variegated orange thread work perfectly with the batik?
Using a sleeve board made pressing the seams open very easy. Island Batik uses cotton with a very high thread count which means the seams do not ravel the same way a regular woven cotton does. For this reason, I chose not to drag out my serger to clean finish the edges, as shown in the instructions.
I also folded the cuff down to meet the seamline, so that I could stitch in the ditch from the right side, a trick quilters learn from machine binding. When it came time to make the 1/2" channel for the drawstring, I simply switched to my walking foot, which I know from experience is 1/2" from the left side to the needle. Quick and easy - no marking!
The treat bags are adorable, and can be filled with all kinds of goodies. Chocolate eggs are one choice...
..but other things fit inside too, depending on your recipient. I am thinking perhaps even a Barbie dress for a special little gal-pal would tuck in nicely :)
A fun, quick project. Thank you, Island Batik and Aurifil thread for supplying the materials, and to Crystal for sharing her pattern.