Thursday, February 6, 2014

Project Quilting Challenge 3: Sweet Treats

In light of Valentine's Day, this week's challenge was to create something inspired by candy.  Everett and I had already discussed sewing treat bags as Valentines for his classmates.  I figure I can go all out this year--the one year I have before there are two classes to create/buy for!  To make this a project quilting challenge, we sweetened up the bag design by adding some candy motifs. 

First, we have each friend's name sewn into the scalloped red ribbon along with what Everett likes to call "fancy stitches" (hearts in this case).  He often comes up to me while I'm sewing, asking, "Mom, are you doing a faaaancy stitch now?"  In the picture above, the names are covered to protect privacy, but you can see Everett's on the top bag.  To me, these ribbons are reminiscent of red licorice. 

Then we created and appliqued conversation hearts onto each bag.  I found some stiff felt that worked great for this.  The conversation heart words are all preschool appropriate not to mention modern.  My favorite: "TEXT ME." "EMAIL ME" is a close second.  :)

The bags all have a red lining.  I couldn't remember how you're supposed to add a lining.  I should have looked it up on YouTube, but I just winged it.  They mostly turned out right.  Hah!  The ribbons are sewn in between the two layers.

Initially, the plan was to make the bags to hold a few pieces of candy.  But when they were finished, I realized they are the PERFECT size to hold a little box of crayons.  So we had to add that to them as well. 
And look!  We really did sew these together.  As much as a 4 year old can.  :)  I think it made a wonderful memory for us both. 

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