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Felt Easter Bags

Put a new twist on a beloved tradition by having children gather Easter eggs in homemade felt bags.

Introduction

When the holiday is over, the bags can be used to hold other treasures. Look for high-quality felt in pastel colors, and thread your sewing machine with a contrasting-color thread.

Materials

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears (optional)
  • Pins
  • Steam iron
  • Standard or decorative hole punch

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut a 17-by-10-inch piece of felt for the body of the bag. For added decoration, use pinking shears.

  2. Step 2

    Cut two 1-by-10-inch strips of felt to reinforce the inside top of the bag. Cut four 1-by-12-inch strips of felt for the handles.

  3. Step 3

    Pin together two handle strips, and sew along each long side, close to the edge. Repeat for the second handle.

  4. Step 4

    Pin the ends of the handles onto what will be the inside top of the bag (the short ends), 2 1/2 inches in from each side. Pin the 1-by-10-inch strips of felt over the handles, aligning them with the bag's top edges.

  5. Step 5

    Sew along each edge of the reinforcement strips, securing the handles as you go.

  6. Step 6

    To create the bottom of the bag, fold it in half, wrong sides together, and pin at both bottom corners, 1 inch up from the fold. Fold the bag back, right sides together, and pin along the sides, keeping corner folds in tact. Sew along the sides, 1/8 inch from the edge.

  7. Step 7

    Press the bottom side edges of the bag to form a flat bottom. Press the side seams. If desired, punch holes into handles and along the bag's top edges.

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Martha Stewart Living Television