Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Home Made Trick-or-Treat Bag: Tutorial

Back in 2010, I made Anthony and Molly their own pillow case style trick-or-treat bags. I used a pillow case to collect candy when I was a kid, so I wanted to keep with that style...just a bit prettier and with a cinch rope so the bag could be closed. 

With Timothy being old enough to do the trick-or-treat thing now, I thought it time to make a third bag so each kiddo would have one!  

Alright, I'm not the best with tutorials, but I'll give it a shot. It's super easy, I promise. I'm not extremely handy with a sewing machine and I was able to do it without a problem. The hardest part was keeping my stitching straight....which totally didn't happen because I can't seem to sew in a straight line....like ever. But, you know, who cares. :) 

You will need:

Sewing machine
1 yard fabric of choice
Heavy duty string/rope 

1. Lay your fabric out flat. Fold in half. Fold in half again. 

 2. Sew up side 1 and side 2.  

3. Cut your rope, I cut mine to 72" (you can trim shorter later if you like) to give me plenty of length to work with. Lay your rope about 1 inch or so from bottom of side 3. Flip fabric over to cover rope. Do this all around your bag, making sure the ends of your robe come out at the side 2 seam. Pin this flap so your rope does not slip out when you sew. 

4. Turn your bag so it has the side 2 seam face up (like in photo above). On the OUTSIDE of side 3 , on either side of the seam, cut two holes on the OUTER fabric only. Do not cut hole in the fabric you have flipped over. Sew around your cuts to prevent future fraying. Pull each end of rope through a hole. If you wish, you could also just make one larger cut on the seam (or either side of the seam if you want...doesn't matter which side), and sew around it to prevent fraying and pull both ends of rope through that one larger hole. I chose to do the two hole method. 

5. Sew side 3, being sure to sew under your pins and sewn holes.  

 6. Turn right side out, cut rope to your desired length, and tie rope ends together in knot. 

Voila! You're done! Isn't it awesome? Ready to fill up with candy so Mama the kiddos can have some sweet treats! 

My little helper....excited to get his own trick-or-treat bag! 

With love,
Mama Hauck

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