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These mini Easter treat bags can be made in a few minutes, making them a simple way to give Easter gifts to a large number of people. Includes free printable transfer!
A few weeks ago, I found myself wondering how best to gift a small, inexpensive Easter present to a large number of people. I wanted something that was somewhat quick and relatively cheap to make, but that still looked nice.
After a bit of planning and experimentation, I came up with these mini Easter treat bags.
These Easter treat bags are a little nicer than just packaging eggs in plastic bags and they’re pretty cheap to make, especially if you’ve already got some fabric scraps hanging around at home. The most expensive part is probably buying iron-on transfer paper if you don’t already have some. With that said, you only need a small amount of it, so you can always use the rest for other projects.
Easy DIY no-sew Easter treat bags
To make your mini Easter treat bags, you will need:
- Pre-made mini burlap bags. I bought mine from Kmart here in Australia, but Amazon have some here which work out to be 0.46 cents per bag.
- Scraps of white fabric and a pair of scissors. Fabric off-cuts work really well for this project.
- Iron-on transfer paper. You can make at least six bags from one piece of transfer paper, meaning the transfer paper costs about 30 cents per bag. If you have scrap transfer paper laying around, use that to save even more money.
- This zip folder, which contains the bunny image, flipped and ready to transfer.
- A hot glue gun and hot glue sticks.
- Mini eggs to fill the bags. Look for a bulk buy bag or similar to keep costs down.
- Ribbon, lace, twine – Use whatever you have on hand.
To begin, preheat your iron to the heat setting specified on your particular brand of iron-on transfer paper. Make sure the steam is off.
While you’re waiting for your iron to get nice and hot, cut your white fabric into rectangles that are a little smaller than your burlap bags.
Once your iron is nice and hot, follow the instructions on your iron-on transfer paper to transfer the bunny images to the white rectangles. If you’ve never used iron-on transfer paper before, scroll to the bottom of this post for some general hints and tips.
Next, preheat your hot glue gun. Slide a piece of scrap paper/cardboard inside your burlap bag. This will stop the glue seeping through the burlap bag and gluing it together. Unless you want a bag you can’t open. I mean, you do you.
Apply some hot glue to the back of your white fabric rectangle. Smooth the rectangle on to the front of the burlap bag.
Fill your bag with mini Easter eggs. Tie your bag shut, then add decorative scraps of lace/ribbon/twine/whatever else you have on hand.
And with that, your mini Easter treat bags are complete!
Have a beautiful day xoxo
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Using iron-on transfer paper: Some helpful hints and tip
- Each brand of iron-on transfer paper will have its own instructions. Make sure you take the time to read them, as this will save you a massive headache.
- Don’t skip the pre-heating process. You want your iron as hot as it can be.
- Press firmly with the tip of your iron, working in circular motions.
- Work in sections. For example, iron the top-left of your design, then remove the transfer paper’s backing paper off while the top-left corner is still hot. Then move on to the top right, then the bottom left, etc.
- Do not leave the iron stationary on any part of the design. If you do, the design will be ruined by a big, ugly brown scorch mark. Not that I would know anything about that.