Tablecloth to Treat Bags

Remember my predicament when it came to quality goodies for filling treat bags, but without spending a lot of money. Well it is almost that time again with Valentine’s Day approaching. I have been thinking about my son’s class party, and decided to get a jump start.

I picked up a heart tablecloth at Target recently. It was $4.99, oh so cute…but it was the plastic-lined type and I didn’t think I would ever use it on my table. I decided I could make it into something, and so I turned it into re-usable treat bags for the class party.

1. First I folded the table cloth in half and cut along that center line.
2. Then I folded each of these new pieces in half and cut along those folds. I then had 4 large pieces of table cloth.
3. I folded each section of table cloth in half lengthwise, and then cut out long skinny bags so the fold would form the bottom of each bag. I was able to cut about 6-7 bags from each section of fabric. Since I only needed 20 bags I still have leftover table cloth that I am going to save for another project.

4. The bags will be long and skinny and have one finished edge, and one cut edge (along the top opening area) I stacked mine and sewed them all in an assembly line. It went pretty fast.

5. Since one of the top edges are finished and one was not I tucked the unfinished edge under before sewing the sides up. Just to keep it neat.

6. Once all the bags were sewn I turned them right side out and cut about 2 inch lengths of sticky back Velcro. Before applying the Velcro fold down the top of each bag onto itself. Sort of like a lunch sack. Use the folds to see where the Velcro should be attached.

And voila you are done! Now I need to start thinking about what will go inside the bags. I’ll post more when I have that down. So total with Velcro and table cloth was about $6.50 or about .32 cents per bag. Not bad considering cute lunch paper bags are usually about .30 cents each, and these can be re-used.

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8 Responses to Tablecloth to Treat Bags

  1. Heather says:

    Love, love those bags!!

  2. Krysta says:

    Those are super cute! My local dollar store has some cute table clothes for once.. now I know what I can do with them! :)

  3. Suzanne says:

    i love your bags…they’re so adorable!

  4. Ellen says:

    I was just looking at that tablecloth at Target today thinking about what I could make from it. Great idea!

  5. cheryl says:

    genius! thanks for the tutorial. :)

  6. Trisha says:

    Great idea! Thanks. I would love to hear more about inexpensive ways to fill the bags too!