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Cute and Clever Easter Treat Bags with coordinating Mug Rug

What you’ll need

For the Treat Keepers:

  • Materials as stated in the instructions for the “Easter Treats Keepers” pack.

For the Mug Rug:

In addition:

Featured Designs


  • The treat keepers are not sold separately; however, once you stitch out one, you’ll want to make several of each kind!
  • Use good quality felt. The craft felt is a bit light for the treat keepers.


  • Gather all the materials and press the fabrics.
  • Print out the designs.

Treat Keepers

  • Begin by stitching the Treat Keepers.
  • Use the instructions that come in the pack; this is just an overview.
  • Cut out the felt pieces.
  • Cut out a piece of vinyl that will cover the opening.
  • Hoop a layer of medium tearaway stabilizer.

Machine prep, hooping, and stitching

  • Load the design on the machine.
  • Load the thread on the machine and set the colors, putting in stops as designated.
  • Stitch Color1, which is the placement line for the vinyl and felt.
  • Remove the hoop from the machine and place the vinyl over the opening as designated.

  • Pro Tip: if the machine has a “sliding” type embroidery foot, versus a hopping-type foot, the vinyl may stick to the bottom of the foot. Just slide a piece of white gift tissue between the foot and the vinyl and stitch as usual. The tissue will slide over the tissue.
  • Stitch Color 2 to tack the vinyl down.
  • Remove the hoop from the machine.
  • If tissue paper was used, remove it at this point.

  • Around the outside, trim away the vinyl close to the stitching line.
  • Place down the felt.
  • Stitch the remaining colors for the design front.

  • Remove the hoop from the machine.
  • Flip the hoop over so it is wrong side up.
  • Remove the stabilizer from inside the vinyl circle.
  • Place down the back felt pieces and tape in place.
  • Return the hoop to the machine and stitch the last color(s).

Final Steps

  • After the design finishes stitching, remove the project from the hoop.
  • Trim away the felt from inside the vinyl window.
  • Separate the back and front felt pieces and very carefully tear away the stabilizer.

  • Follow the pack instructions for trimming the piece around the outside of the stitching line.
  • Fill small food-grade cello bags with candies and insert into the belly of the Treat Bag.

Mug Rug 

Machine prep, hooping, and stitching

  • Load the design on the machine.
  • Create a basting line around the outside of the design to fill the hoop.
  • Insert the embroidery design.
  • Copy and paste the basting line so it will so at the end to tack down the batting and backing fabric.

  • Print the design.
  • Cut the fabric and batting pieces.
  • Press the fabric.
  • Hoop a layer of medium cutaway stabilizer.
  • Quarter fold the white Kona cotton.
  • Place the hoop on a gridded surface.
  • Using the marks on the hoop and lines on the grid, center the corner folded edge of the fabric in the middle of the hoop.

  • Use the TESA to spray the stabilizer and then open up and press the fabric into place.
  • Place the hoop on the machine and stitch the basting line.

  • Stitch the design following the color sequence.
  • Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not remove the fabric from the hoop.
  • Flip the hoop over.
  • Very carefully slide the tip of the applique scissors between the fabric and stabilizer.
  • Trim away the stabilizer from around the design, inside the basting line.

  • Place down the batting and then the backing.
  • Tape the pieces in place.
  • Place the hoop back on the machine and stitch the basting line to tack all the layers together.

Final Steps

  • Remove the hoop from the machine and remove the fabric from the hoop.
  • Fold back the top fabric and use the applique scissors to trim the stabilizer close to the basting lines.

  • Flip the fabric over.
  • Fold back the backing fabric along the basting line.
  • Trim the batting to ¼”.
  • Do this around all the edges.
  • Now trim the backing fabric ¾” from the basting line around all the edges.

  • Fold and press the edges of the backing fabric meeting the cut edge to the batting edge.
  • Fold and press each folded edge again so the folded edge just covers the basting line.
  • Clip or pin the edges in place.

  • Edge stitch along the inner folded edge all the way around.


Congratulations! You’ll have such fun stitching all these Treat Keepers and a matching Mug Rug. Whether for yourself or a gift, learning new ways to use embroidery designs increases your enjoyment of stitching. There is no doubt your project will be a “Grand Slam!”

By the “Grand Slam Designs” Team









By the "Grand Slam Designs" Team

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3 free designs per week with no purchase,

6 free designs per week with $35 purchase, or

9 free designs per week with $75 purchase.