October, which will be here before you know it, is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. An alumni association I belong to is holding a benefit and asked me if I would do some favor bags to hold some small swag items we are giving away to benefit attendees. I have to make between 50-75 so I knew I would have to make them simple. Here is how I made these simple burlap favor bags.
Burlap Favor Bags
- Fairfield Processing Corp. Oly*Fun in Bubblegum
- Fairfield Processing Corp Crafter’s Choice Poly-fil
- Handmade text fabric
- Embellishments of choice, jeweled brads
- Sewing machine and thread
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat
- Fabric glue
- Heavy duty hole punch
I started out by cutting my pieces from the Oly*Fun. I cut two 3″ x 10″ strips for the cuff and handles. Then I cut out heart shapes. I used a die cutter but you can also free hand a pattern since most of us can draw a heart! Tiny fabric embellishments were created from the handmade text fabric I sewed the edges of the text fabric and left some threads hanging to create a scrappy look.
Next, I used the rotary cutter and mat to cut two 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ rectangles from the burlap. When working with burlap, it is often helpful to sew the edges with a zig zag stitch to prevent it from unraveling while you are working with it. Next I pinned the heart to one side of one the burlap rectangles and sewed the edges 1/4″ from the edges, leaving a small opening for lightly stuffing with the poly-fil.
Once the heart is sewn to the front of the bag, match the right sides together and sew all edges using a 1/2″ seam allowance except the top. I created the cuff using one of the oly*fun strips. I folded the edges in and sewed them down to make a cuff. Then I added it to the bag using fabric glue.
The burlap favor bags are easy to embellish with almost anything. I used sparkly brads and the handmade text fabric pieces. I created the handles in the same way as the cuffs, using brads and a heavy duty hole punch to attach them.
So, there you have it, simple Burlap Favor Bags. Easy to make in multiples and cute!
Hope you enjoyed this post!
Live Life Creatively,