Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sewing the Trick Or Treat Sack.

Are you ready to sew up your very own Halloween bag? Well let’s get sewing.

Note: All seam allowances are ½” unless otherwise specified.

First you will need to cut your fabric.
I used 2 fabrics, the apothecary jars and the dots.

From the Apothecary jars I cut:
2 rectangles 15” x 4”
2 rectangles 15” x 18”

From the dots I cut:
2 rectangles 15” X 15”
2 rectangles 17” X 5”

From a mid weight fusible interfacing cut”
2 rectangles 15” X 18”
2 rectangles 17” x 5”

Now that you have rotary cut all the fabric you are ready to get sewing. Start by laying the smaller apothecary strip on the dot square piece with right sides together. Line up the 15” edge, pin and sew. Repeat for the other side.

Fold the apothecary strips up and press the seams flat.

Fuse the interfacing to the back of both pieces.

To create the Black Death Brew label I got onto Martha Stewart’s website and found a label I liked. I used Photoshop to adjust the size and customize it a bit. Once I was satisfied, I printed it onto the photo fabric that goes right through the machine. This is cool stuff, and if you don’t have any already, you should probably rush over to Stitchology and get some. (Only don’t rush too fast because it has been backordered for a bit and we are all out).

Trim around the label you printed, place it on the bag where you want and sew around the edges. I chose to leave the edges raw to give it a spookier look.

Once you have applied the label, lay the pieces together with right sides together. Pin and sew the 2 sides and bottom edge of the bag.

Clip your corners so things will turn nice and clean.

Turn the bag right side out. It should be looking purty snazzy at this point.

Now you are ready to sew the lining of the bag. To do this, put your two larger apothecary rectangles together with right sides together. You will sew the sides and bottom, but this time you need to leave an opening to turn the bag through so leave about 5” open in the bottom.

Now we will move onto the handles.

Start by fusing the smaller interfacing rectangle to the wrong side of the smaller dot rectangle.

Fold them in half (with wrong sides together) lengthwise. Press.

Open the fold up, and fold one edge to the center crease and press.

Repeat for the other edge so both sides meet up in the middle.

Fold in half again and press. Edge stitch both long sides to keep everything in place.

To attach the handles, place them to the wrong side of the bag where you want them. Make sure they are laying the same direction as in my picture, and that they line up on both sides of the bag.

Baste in place.
Slide the bag into the lining so that right sides are together.

Match up the top edges and pin in place. In a perfect world your seams will line up.

Sew around the top edge.

Now you can pull the bag out of the lining through the hole we left in the step above.

Sew up the hole in the lining and push the lining to the inside of the bag. If you like, edge stitch around the top of the bag to help everything stay in place.

And there you have it: A truly terrifying Halloween bag that everyone will be envious of!

Happy Halloween
~Melisa & Cordelia

Friday, October 12, 2012

Halloween Sewing: Trick or Treat Sacks.

I don’t know about you, but it has been a good long time since I have been Trick Or Treating.
Well, if you consider almost a year to be a good long time, which I do.

My time spent as a Trick Or Treater has taught me some good lessons, one of which is that it is all about the sack. You have to have the right sack because if you end up with one that is too small, or flimsy you will end up with a candy emergency. Imagine, if your bag is not big enough you will not collect enough loot to last you till Easter which is a serious tragedy. Or if you have a weakling of a bag that caves under the weight of all the delectable chocolate and brakes and you will loose your supply, especially if you happen to be Treating with an older brother.
So Sad.

So this year I decided to sew up the ultimate Sack. I wanted it to be roomy, sturdy, but also cute. So I made this little guy.

The intimidating skeleton keeps all unwanted visitors our of your candy stash.

 It is such a great sack and totally easy to make, so I know you can whip up your own in no time too. And, because I am feeling especially generous, you can check back tomorrow for the directions!

Happy Halloween
~Melisa & Cordelia