Do your kids love parades? It’s like the opposite of Halloween. People in costumes (or uniforms, but let’s stick with costumes for the analogy) walk around throwing candy to you while you enjoy the comfort of your lawn chair. Best of both worlds.
Our problem is that we usually don’t have enough cup holder space, or hands, or pockets to keep all the loot that gets thrown to you from the floats. Maybe some of you have already discovered a creative solution for this problem.
My solution is to make parade loot bags that my kids can carry around with them, then there’s no fighting over who got more candy, or beads, and it acts as a bit of portion control as well (depending on the bag size, but I keep mine small for this reason).
I decided I couldn’t keep this ingenuity to myself, so I’m sharing the steps with you.
Embellishments as desired
Note: You can buy your felt at any craft store, either by the yard or in sheets. One sheet of each color will provide you with enough material to make 2 bags. The sheets are about 9 x 12 inches.
I used felt because it won’t fray, and it will hold up for years of use. You can use any type of fabric you would like, but you may want to consider lining the bag, or serging the edges if you use some other material.
Cut the red and white felt into 2.5 x 4 inch rectangles. Cut the blue felt into 2.5 inch x 8.5 inch strips.
Sew the red and white strips together, alternating colors.
Add the blue strip vertically to the red and white strips. This creates one side of the bag. Repeat for a second bag side.
Place bag sides right sides together and sew around three sides. I placed my pieces so the pattern alternated. I have red at the top on one side, and white at the top on the other side. I also didn’t place my blues together. You may arrange your strips in whatever order you want.
*Note I wasn’t paying attention when I sewed some of the bags together, and sewed it so the blue is on the right side of the stripes, and it looks funny. If you want it to look more “flag-esque” make sure the bag opens so the blue is on the left side.
Once the sides and bottom are sewn you may create a corner. It’s not necessary because the bags are so small, but it’s a fun detail and not very hard to accomplish. I took detailed pictures about creating a corner in this Kids Art Tote Bag. Of course, these parade loot bags are much smaller, so the corner will be much smaller as well. Match the side seam and bottom seam. Pull out the point. Measure three-quarters of an inch from the point, draw a line, and sew on that line. Repeat on the other side seam/bottom seam.
If you are using felt you can leave the top as is, no hem required. You can always add a hem if you would like. Just fold down the top a half-inch and sew around the top.
Melt the ends of the ribbon to avoid fraying, and sew on the outside, over the side seam on each side.
Add embellishments if you want.
Enjoy using these bags to collect all the candy, beads, and whatever is thrown to you during your summer holidays!