Tiny Treasure Bags

June 5, 2012

I love quick and easy summer sewing projects. At a recent picnic with friends, Elwood asked me if we could host a nature treasure hunt. It seemed like a fun and easy game, and there certainly are some great ideas around the web for ways to do it.

Originally I had considered baskets for the kids to use when they found their treasures, but then a little sewing seemed in order to bump it up a bit, and add a gift for everyone to take home.

These tiny treasure bags are super quick, and I love the fact that the kids can wear them around their wrist for ease. We had 8 kids participate, and the bags in total took a little over an hour to do. If you are making more than two of these at a time, I would suggest doing them all at once, and each step together.

A tiny bag is the perfect way to collect treasures on hikes, picnics, the beach, or the backyard.

Materials

Light weight fabric of your choosing (you will need no more than a 1/4 of a yard)

Square ruler

Rotary cutter or scissors

Ribbon for the wrist

Seam rippers

Thread

Sewing Machine

Cut two squares of fabric to your desired size. I used an 8×8″ square for 6 year old kiddos, and he bag held around 5-10 treasures, depending on the size they found.

On one side of each square, fold and press down 1/2 inch. This side will be the side that we open the bag, and folding it down this way ensures that the bag will not fray. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the fold closed.

With right sides together, pin three sides of the bag, and using a 1/2 seam allowance, sew around those sides. Clip your corners.

Turn the top of your bag down by 1″, and sew around the entire bag, leaving enough room for the size ribbon that you will be using to fit.

On one of the side seams, open the seam up using a seam ripper.

Using a pin to thread the ribbon, draw it through the opening and all the way around the bag.

To create a wrist hold, measure your child’s wrist, cut the ribbon accordingly, and using a ziz zag stich, sew the ribbon closed.

Your little one is now ready to go exploring!

Tiny Treasure Bags PDF

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Maeghan June 5, 2012 at 8:48 am

What a great idea. I am going to use this for a teacher at Cam’s school. She needs bags for her reading and handwriting program.

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kendra June 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

even your instruction photos are gorgeous! what a sweet project. : )

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Meryl June 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

What a clever idea! I think I could use one of these for myself.

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kyndale June 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Darling little bags Heather! I have to admit that I’m a bag lady! : ) We have all kinds of bags around the house for everything! ♥

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Mama Ash Grove June 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

These are great. I know my littles have always loved little drawstring pouches, to use for a number of things! They’re also a lovely project for an older child. :)

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Nina - Tabiboo June 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

What a cool and lovely idea Heather. I always find things stuffed in my girls pockets when we’ve been out on a walk so a little bag all sewn and wrapped up would be the perfect solution.

Nina x

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Olivia June 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm

These are great! I have a few little explorers that will love these on their adventures.

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Lisa Q June 7, 2012 at 7:29 am

such a fun idea for summer hunts. love the solar system fabric…how perfect for little explorers. Thanks for sharing such great, inspiring ideas. Your current ROTH is fabulous! (as usual)

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~ joey ~ June 15, 2012 at 10:57 pm

What sweet little bags! I love the fabric too!
~ joey ~

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AG Ambroult June 17, 2012 at 6:44 am

awesome. We can always use bags like this. Thanks for the tutorial…I have managed to slap together some little draw-string bags for my kids over the years, but the craftsmanship is lacking. But these change everything :)

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MackenzieH July 17, 2012 at 8:40 am

What a great idea! My guys would probably love these for their adventures!

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Jenn July 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

So cute…perfect for little acorns…Although I think my son would use it to bring his lego’s everywhere he goes. lol I love the fabric you chose…very cute!

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