Make Your Own Parade Loot Bags

make your own parade loot bags

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.

Materials Needed:

Red Felt

White Felt

Blue Felt

Sewing Machine

Coordinating Ribbon

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.


step 1 flag bag

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.

step 2 flag bag

Sew the red and white strips together, alternating colors.

step 3 flag bag

Add the blue strip vertically to the red and white strips.  This creates one side of the bag.  Repeat for a second bag side.

step 4 flag bag

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.

step 5 flag bag

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!

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About Anne Banks

Hi, I'm Anne! I am an active learner on this crazy road called life. I love learning about anything, but currently spend most of my study time researching parenting tips and improving health. I get excited about crafting, reading, running, baking, and spending time with my three crazy boys (in no particular order, and sometimes at the same time)! I love sharing what helps me get through the day, and I hope my tips help you!

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5 Responses to Make Your Own Parade Loot Bags

  1. Jordan Williams June 22, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    So cute and such a fun idea!!

    • Anne Banks June 23, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by Jordan!

    • Anne Banks June 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

      Thanks Jordan!

  2. Lucy June 24, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    These look fantastic yet simple to make

    • Anne Banks June 27, 2014 at 11:58 am #

      Thanks for visiting, Lucy! They are pretty simple to make, less than 10 minutes from start to finish, and then the kids can have fun decorating!