For my daughter’s Disney princess party I knew I wanted to make some tutu bags for favors that looked like the different princesses. I have seen these floating around the web and knew they would be easy to replicate. My version does require a small bit of sewing. I had to make some of the bags because I could not find the right colors in my craft stores I have here locally.
First, I will show you how to easily create a bag easily out of felt. I chose felt because the edges don’t fray and felt is fairly durable. Also, the small sheets of felt were the perfect size, I had many colors to choose from, and they are very inexpensive (under $0.50 per sheet).
How to Sew a Felt Bag
Start by cutting the felt 6 1/2″ wide.
Trim the remaining piece of felt leftover to be 1/2″ wide.
Pin to the top of the bag and sew the handle on either side to the bag.
Fold the bag in half with the sewn part of the handles facing out, and sew up each side.
Trim the corners (being careful not to snip your stitches) and turn the bag right side out! See? Easy peasy!
Decorate Princess Tutu Bags
Now, for the fun part – decorating the bags. I saved images of all the princesses to my phone before I went to the craft store. I purchased tulle to match the main part of each princesses dress. I also choose a coordinating ribbon or trim for each tutu bag. Most of the trim I purchased by the yard since it is so much less expensive. I didn’t need full rolls of trim to go around a 6 1/2″ bag.
To create the tutu portion of the bag, I folded the length of tulle over in thirds and pinned it to stay in place.
I sewed a basting stitch through the top edge.
Note: A basting stitch is simply sewing on your machine (or by hand) with a large stitch length. Do not back stitch at the beginning or end of your fabric.
Then I trimmed the folded bottom edge so that it was actually 6 layers of tulle for each tutu.
Gather the fabric. You do this by holding the top stitch and pulling on the bottom stitch, or vice versa.
I pinned the gathered tulle around the top edge of the bag.
I sewed the tulle to each bag.
I didn’t want to switch out the thread for each trim that needed to be attached to the bags, so I used white thread for attaching all of the tulle. All the tulle edges were covered by trim so this was fine!
I used my hot glue gun to attach the trim. Start by placing a layer of foil on the inside of the bag. Then, hot glue the trim over the top edge of your ruffled tulle. I added hot glue to the trim one small section at a time. I used a popsicle stick to hold down the trim while it cooled so I didn’t burn my fingers. Then, I would move onto the next section until it was glued the entire way around. Overlap the trim a little when getting to the end. You can fold it over a little to make a more finished edge.
The first bag I did, I did not add the foil inside the bag. I ended up hot gluing the insides of the bag together because the bags are somewhat thin. I did this to the first bag I made. Sorry Snow White!
Fill your favor bag with goodies and they are ready for the party. For our treat bags, I added a princess fruit snack, small notebook, pencil, lollipop, and glow stick.
They looked so cute all lined up!
Aurora (Sleeping Beauty):