If you read my blog regularly, you've probably figured out that I have a bit of an acorn obsession. I have acorn jewelry, acorn pot-holders, and acorn ornaments, and I keep a bowl of real acorns in my living room. And yes, I make lots of acorn craft projects. The acorn treat bag I'm sharing here is made from felt and buttons. It originally appeared on Crafts 'n Things (now Craft Ideas) magazine's website.
To make your own acorn bag, you'll need brown, gold, and olive green felt; embroidery floss; and lots of fall-colored buttons (about 3/8" to 1" diameter). Click here to download the pattern and cut out the following pieces: two acorns and one leaf from gold felt, four caps from brown felt, one leaf from olive green felt. Also cut two 2" x 6 1/2" side pieces from gold felt and one 1 1/4" x 11" handle piece from brown felt.
Before we get started, the best tip I can give you is to refer to the photo as you work through the directions. The construction of the bag is much easier than it might seem in these directions--I promise!
The first step is sewing the buttons to two of the acorn caps. Use two strands of embroidery floss and fit the buttons close together as you sew. Be sure to keep the buttons about 1/8" from the felt edges so you have room to sew the pieces together later.
When two of the caps are covered with buttons, pin each cap to one of the plain cap pieces and sew them together with brown floss and running stitch along the curved edge. Tuck 1/2 " of the straight edge of one of the gold acorn pieces between the straight edges of the cap pieces. Sew the bottom edge of the caps together with running stitch, sewing through the gold acorn piece. Assemble the other cap pieces and the gold acorn piece the same way.
Now use running stitch to sew the long edges of the rectangular acorn side pieces to the sides of one the acorn/cap pieces. Attach the other acorn/cap piece to the side pieces the same way. When the acorn sides are sewn in place, sew the short edge of the side pieces together at the point of the acorn. Make a line of running stitch along the top edge of the acorn side pieces, and then sew a button to each acorn tip.
To make the handle, fold the handle piece in half lengthwise and sew the edges closed with running stitch. Sew the handle to the inside of the bag at the top of the cap. Sew a button on the outside of the handle a few inches from where it attaches to the cap.
Embroider running-stitch details on the leaf pieces, and then sew the two leaf pieces together with running stitch. Make a small embroidery floss loop at the stem end of the leaf and hang the leaf from the button on the handle.
If you followed those rather wordy directions, your acorn bag is finished! I think it would make a cute Halloween treat bag for kids--or a mini fall tote for an acorn-obsessed grownup.