Monday, October 26, 2009

Personalized Trick or Treat Bag Tutorial

We've all seen those $1 plastic pumpkin Trick or Treat buckets at Target and Wal-Mart.
I decided I needed some creative time yesterday, so I sat down while the girls were napping and made a Trick or Treat bag with some Halloween fabric I found in Wal-Mart's fabric department. I had looked in JoAnn's, but they were pretty picked over, and I fell in love with the candy corn fabric I found at Wally World.

I should make a disclaimer here that I am pretty new to sewing, my skill level could be classified as EXTREME beginner, and if you have any sewing experience at all you may just want to skip to the end to see the finished product because my methods might make blood shoot out of your eyes.

I decided I needed to cut out a squarish rectangle thingie (see how precise I am?!) about 12 x 14. I wanted the bag to be roughly 11 x 13, so I figured that would allow for 1/2 inch seams on the sides. I folded my fabric in half and trimmed the bottom so it would be even:

Then I cut out through the two layers to create two pieces that were roughly 12 x 14.

I measured a half inch seam on the top of each piece for the opening of the bag, pressing and pinning to make sewing easier.
See how much easier it is to sew when the seams are crisp and pinned down?

Then I cut a square of a contrasting fabric to go in the middle on the front of the bag as a pocket. I pinned, pressed, and sewed a straight seam across the top of the square first so the pocket would have a finished opening. This, of course, had to go on the "right side" of the fabric since it would be an outside pocket.
Leaving the top of the purple square open for the pocket, I sewed around the rest of the square, making a very small seam.
I used some of the leftover purple candy corn fabric to create some handles for the bag. I just measured and cut two long rectangles that looked like they'd make long enough handles.

I folded the purple rectangles in half with the "wrong side" of the fabric facing out, then pinned them.
After I sewed those seams, I had to turn the straps right side out.

Then I pressed the handles so the seam would be in the middle of the back.

Pinned the handles on where I thought they'd look nice. Then I sewed straight across the top, making sure the seam went through the handles and made a nice seam on the top of the bag opening.

After that, I just had to sew around the rest of the bag to pull it all together.

Then I got out my BFF, Fabri-Tac, which has stayed with me through several projects.

I used the adhesive to glue some orange rick-rack over the pocket seams on the front of the bag. Very easy to use, doesn't burn your fingers, and dries quickly.

All that was left was to hot glue a stiff, black felt "n" (for "Natalie") to the front of the new bag. Tomorrow, I'll make an "m" bag for Michaela Byrd.

This project took me some time because the girls kept interrupting me after they woke up from their naps, but once I decided what I was doing, it was really easy.

This will be so much easier to store than one of those plastic pumpkins, and I got to practice on my sewing machine again. There might even be extra room for some candy for ME on Halloween! *wink*
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  1. absolutely darling!

    i'm praying for michaela byrd.

    that is such a strange diagnosis for a little one. but isn't God amazing the way the way He led them to find it. if she hadn't had a uti, she wouldn't have had the ultrasound & they still wouldn't know what was happening.

    silly me - i better start reading closer, i thought sl was doing clothes now!

    blessings -

  2. This is a great tutorial. Photos are great. The bag has a little bit of Mary Engelbreit flavor to it which is charming. :o)

    Stopping by from SITS roll call!

  3. Oh, that is cute. I have some halloween fabric that I didn't use, so I think I will make bags for nieces and nephews. My 2 kids are teenagers, so its uncool to trick-or-treat. Funny though how eating candy isn't uncool.

    Thanks for the easy steps.

  4. Cute fabric! I'm always surprised at how expensive some of those trick-or-treat bags can get - this is such a cute project :)

  5. This is fab Amanda! You never cease to amaze me :) Now if only I could make my own...

  6. VERY cute!!! You did a great job! My sewing skills basically consist of hand sewing buttons & hems, that's it & I take For-ever! I'm dying to take a sewing class sometime when time allows :-)

  7. So cute, and you did a great job for a newbie (or even for a non-newbie)!
    My Walmart got rid of its fabric department when it switched over to a supercenter a few months ago. boo!

  8. So cute! I like crafting, but sewing is beyond me. I'm anxious about having to alter a costume. (The lady asked if I sew, and when I said No, she said, "You do now!")

    BTW, I have something for you at my blog:

  9. fabulous! you and I were totally on the same page this week... :)

  10. I'm very proud of your sewing!

  11. Oh how boo'tiful and cute..hehe

  12. :) lllloooove it. I need to make something for my little ones, I made buckets last year but they don't hold much.

    Not that I let them eat THAT much candy.... ;)


  13. This is very cute! I made something similar for my two kids when they were little ~ and I also used a candy corn fabric. {I still have them, too}!

  14. What a cute idea! Good for you thinking of making your own treat bag and for making it without a pattern. Sewing without a pattern is a lot harder than with having a set of directions to follow. I can't wait to see a picture of the girls in their costumes carrying their bags.

  15. Love it! I'm going to try to make a couple tomorrow - thanks for the inspiration!

  16. So much better than a plastic pumpkin!

  17. Adorable! I'm sure the girls will love them!! I love the "pop" the RicRac gives it!!

  18. That is fabulous! Beginning sewer here too and I have not had the nerve to post anything yet. Your pics all look great! I love those bags. My kids would go crazy to have a bag that was so like a purse!

  19. Cute, cute, cute! Love the rickrack and the monograms. Sooooo much better than the plastic pumpkins (that I definitely DO NOT have sitting in the closet).

  20. Ok, now this is too great! Where did you get that fabric? SUPER CUTE! Lovely blog! Can't believe I'm just now following! hope you'll find time to stop by my place soon!

  21. Soooo Cute!!! I love it!! I can't sew but I need to try this, Thanks for the tutorial!

  22. Fabulous! The 'n' really finishes it off nicely. Thanks for the tutorial (and for dropping by today)! It's great to "meet" you!

  23. Great idea to make your own bag. Very cute. You have inspired me to make one for my kids, but I need a working sewing machine first! : )


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