Sewing Tutorial: Treats Holder


Small Treats Holder

Small Treats Holder

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Today is the 7th days of Chinese New Year!!!! It is everybody’s birthday and we are officially 1 year older in our lunar age. Traditionally, we get together on this day to toss the colorful raw fish salad (yee sang, 鱼生) and make wishes for continued wealth and prosperity. The higher we toss, the better we will get :)

I made this treats holder to serve little treats during Chinese New Year. Every kids visited my house during this festive season likes it…. I mean the treat!!! I made another bigger one to put some mandarin oranges as well. To my surprise, it can also be a King’s crown if the fold is made deeper.

I saw this method quite sometimes ago and amazed on how the holder was transformed from, it was a “cross” originally!!!
Here is the detail on how to sew and transform a treats holder:

Cut 8 pieces of 5 x 16.5cm (2″ x 6 1/2″) to make a small treats holder of 5 x 5cm (2″ x 2″).
Bigger Treat holder 14 x 14cm (5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″) needs 8 pieces of 10 x 32cm (4″ x 12 1/2″).
You can use 2 or 4 different colors of fabric for your design.
Arrange the fabrics in a “cross” as shown in the photo, you need 2 sets of this to complete a treats holder. Arrange the second set at the bottom of this set with wrong side facing each other.

Pick up a pair of the fabrics and sew with 5mm (1/4″) seam allowance. You will have 4 pair of this. With 2 pair of right side facing top and 2 pair of wrong side facing top.

Bring the top pairs and arrange in this way, sew it. Do the same to the other 2 pairs.

Iron the seam to set the crease for the “cross”. Place the them on top of each other with right side facing.

Sew along the perimeter of the “cross” but leave an opening (marked with *) of 3cm (1 1/4″) for turning the “cross” inside out.
Clip all corners.

Turn the “cross” inside out and sew the opening with whip stitch. Iron the “cross”

Fold the arms of the “cross” as shown. Secure with pins.

Whip stitch along the outer edge of the seam line.
Make stitches at the inner layers as shown.

Complete all 4 arms and fold the top edge down and it is ready to fill up with treats.
Well, you can also choose not to fold the edge down to present another style of this holder.

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11 comments... read them below or add one

  1. Oh my gosh how cute!! I love it!

  2. These are very cute!

  3. thats great and it does look good as a hat too – well done :-)

  4. lovely! and such a beautiful little king!
    Thanks for sharing and best wishes from Austria!

  5. wow! this is so awesome! great job!

  6. very cute any baby will love it

  7. That’s so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing this, I’ll be linking.

  8. I’ll have a lot of fun looking for exotic fabrics to make these treats-holders.

    Thai hand-woven silk or cotton would make it really unique…

  9. I have wanted to post about something like this on my site and this gave me an idea. Thanks.

  10. it quite an old blog entry of yours, but i wanted to tell, that i’ve been sewing three holders for a birthday according to your great tutorial! I do like them really much :)

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