The Perfect Gift: Dip-Dyed Treat Bags

February 6, 2013

Text and images by Jordan of Polkadot Prints for Design Mom. Edited by Amy Christie.

In Australia, where I’m from, Valentine’s Day s is celebrated more by couples and ‘grown ups’ — we give flowers, chocolates, notes, we go out for dinner, etc. Because of that, that I’ve never been a big fan of the commercial craziness that surrounds this holiday. But really, when you get down to the nuts and bolts of the day, it’s really about loving others. And that? I am totally into!

Today’s Valentines DIY is a simple and easy project that your kids will love to help you with. These little bags would make a sweet little gift for your teenagers, your children’s classmates, and neighborhood friends. The ‘Love One Another’ flavour is unusual for Valentine’s Day, but I think it’s so fitting. I hope you like it!

Once you have all your supplies together, it really is quite simple.

You’ll need:

-Muslin Bags – (I used 3.5″ x 5.5″ size) – found in Michaels or most craft or hobby shops
-Glass/Ceramic Bowl that won’t be stained
-Food dye + water
-Cardstock & pen for writing on the tags

Put approx 10 drops of food dye into approx 1/2 cup of water. You might need to eyeball this depending on the strength and colour you decide to use. Dip your cotton bags into the dye mixture. I wanted a gradient affect from the top, but do the bottom if you prefer. You may have to push the water through the fabric a bit if they have a lot of dressing in the fabric.

Lay them out to dry on a cooling rack and when they are dry they are ready to use!

I cut out circles from some kraft card stock and then wrote my own messages and decorations on the tags. If you have used bags that have a drawstring, you can pull them out of the top casing and use them to tie the tags on lower down. My strings came out a little dip-dyed too which I quite liked.

Fill with treats and you are ready to show some love to your friends!



- Party favors in any party color.
- A cute way to package a small gift.

P.S. — We love making gifts! You can find all the posts in this series here.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 April Louise February 6, 2013 at 6:48 am

What a great idea. They look so pretty and handmade is always thoughtful.


2 vicki archer February 6, 2013 at 6:51 am

These are so pretty … and such a perfect gift… the tye-dyed look makes all the difference…
Gorgeous… xv


3 Jenny Lynn February 6, 2013 at 7:03 am

These are so pretty. It looks like something I could make and then use for the special dinner I am doing for my family.


4 Rebecca Alexis February 6, 2013 at 7:37 am

love them! I think I will try them as little gifts for the boys for valentine’s day. My monthly resolution is to try to find a way to gift them everyday:

But I have been wondering what to do for Heart Day itself. thanks for the perfect idea! xxoo


5 Jordan - Polkadot Prints February 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm

This is such a lovely idea Rebecca. So inspiring to be so intentional in showing love. So glad these bags will help you out on the big day itself! : )


6 teresa February 6, 2013 at 7:58 am

Wonderful idea…I can see myself using this in so many ways.


7 Amanda February 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

Just lovely!


8 KREACJA DNIA February 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm



9 rachel April 16, 2013 at 3:52 am

Okay, I just did three of these to put a few gift cards in. I have to say, this is one of the easiest and most satisfaction laden crafts there is. I think I’ll do some red and green ones for Christmas !!!


10 Rebecca Ednie October 9, 2013 at 9:34 pm

You’d get a bit smoother gradient if the bags were wet before dipping. Lovely concept!


11 2moiselles February 9, 2014 at 10:56 am

Wow, lovely idea!! In France Valentine’s day is a little different


12 Bianca Filardo April 1, 2016 at 10:41 pm

This is a very cool technique to use on cotton or muslin bags. Makes them unique and special.


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