Thursday, September 20, 2018

Embellished Trick Or Treat Bag Pattern

Thursday, September 20, 2018

free pattern for trick or treat tote with embellishments
What is better than sending your little trick or treaters out on Halloween night and seeing their faces light up as they fill their bags with candy? Watching them do it with a totally adorable, embellished trick or treat bag!! This pattern will show you how to make a darling trick or treat bag that is perfect for carrying around as they gather all those delicious bites.
*Supplies for this post were provided by Therm O Web and Riley Blake Designs. The project and opinions are my own.
These bags are a really fun, quick sewing project and your littles are sure to love them, I know mine really do!!
The fabric for these bags was provided by Riley Blake Designs and is the Cats, Bats and Jacks line and it is so cute! The best part?? It has Glow In The Dark elements!! I just love it!


Fabric- You will need at least 3 fat quarters, if using yardage, you will need 1/3 yard cuts from at least 2 prints.
Fusible Fleece- I used Heat n Bond fusible fleece provided to me by Therm O Web
Heavy Weight Interfacing- I used this Heat n Bond product (also provided by Therm O Web) - this will give your bag quite a bit of body, which will help it keep its shape through all the adventures of Halloween night!
Sewing tools

If you want to create embellishments like I did for your totes, you can find the tutorial and links to the pattern pieces over on the Therm O Web blog. You can also embellish your tote with buttons, ribbon, pom pom trim, or whatever your heart desires!

from fabric-
2 - 3 1/2" X 14"- accent on outside of tote
2- 7" X 14"- base of outside of tote
2- 10" X 14"- lining of tote
2- 4" X 21"- straps

from fusible fleece:
2-  9 1/2" X 13 1/2" for outside of tote
2- 7/8" X 21" for straps

from heavy weight interfacing:
2- 10" X 14" for lining

*all seams are 1/4"

Sew the accent piece to the top of the bottom outside piece. If you are using a directional print, make sure it's the bottom of the accent piece you are sewing to the top of the base piece.
Press the accent piece away from the base piece.
Fuse the fusible fleece to back side of the completed outside pieces.
While you are at the iron, fuse the heavy weight interfacing to the wrong side of the two lining pieces as well.
Top stitch along the seam on both of the exterior pieces.
 This is also when you will add any embellishments if you are sewing them onto the bag. If you are going to glue or adhere them in another way, you can wait until it's finished.
 Now it's time to make the handles. I am showing the steps on a smaller piece of fabric so you can see the whole thing, you will do this with your 4"X 21" pieces of fabric.
First- press the strips in half along the length, so your pieces now measure 2" X 21"
Next- open up that fold and bring the raw edges into the center crease, press each side. Your strips will still be 2" X 21" but now, the raw edges will be in the center of the strip and not on one side.
Open up your folds and take your 7/8" X 21" piece of fusible fleece and place it next to the center fold line. Fold the sides back into the center and the fold the center crease- the strip should now measure 1" X 21" with the fusible fleece tucked inside. Use your iron to fuse the fleece to the fabric and reset your creases. Top stitch down both sides of your handles. Set aside.
Take your outside and inside pieces and mark 1 1/2" squares in the bottom two corners. Cut out the squares.
Place your outside pieces right sides together and sew along the bottom seam. Repeat for the lining pieces, but make sure to leave an opening for turning (as shown in the picture). Sew along both side seams as well for both the outside and lining.
Box the corners of the bag. Pull the corner of the cut squares out and away from each other. The bottom and side seams will line up and create a straight line. Nest the seams together so the bottom seam goes one way and the side seam goes the other, pin in place. Sew along this straight line, make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end. Repeat for both corners of the outside and lining pieces.
Turn the exterior of the bag right side out.
Pull the side seams out flat to create a straight line across the top of the bag. Measure 3 1/2" in from the side seam and line up your handle. The raw edges of your handles should be straight with the top of the bag. Pin both handles in place.
Tuck the exterior of the bag inside the lining of the bag. Line up the side seams first and pin around the entire top of the bag. Sew around the top of the bag with a 1/4" seam allowance. *TIP I back stitch across the handles as I'm going around to reinforce them and give the bag more stability.
Turn the bag right side out through the opening in the bottom of the lining. Line up the seams of the opening and sew them shut. Push the lining into the outside of the bag and line up the top seam, press well. Top stitch around the entire opening of the bag.
embellish a fun trick or treat tote
Now all that's left is to gather your treats!!
free sewing pattern for trick or treat tote
Happy Trick or Treating!!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Wrist Strap Tutorial

Monday, September 10, 2018
I love making wrist straps to attach to my pouches, or to use as key chains. They are a fantastic use of scraps, are quick to sew and make fabulous gifts! Add a chapstick holder (the free version is located here), or a mini ruffle pouch or both, for a fun, inexpensive gift.

Let's make one, shall we?

1- 2"X12" piece of fabric
1- 3/8"X11 1/2" piece of fusible fleece
1- lobster clasp- This tutorial is created for clasps with a 3/4" opening on the bottom for the strap to attach to. If you are using one with a wider bottom, you might want to adjust your fabric width to fit it better. I buy my clasps on Amazon, like these (not an affiliate link), you might think you'll never go through 50 of them but once you make a couple, you'll probably be like me and make them in batches so you always have some on hand for quick gifts.

From left to right:
  • Cut your fabric and fleece.
  • Press your strip in half along the length (it will now measure 1"X12")
  • Open up the first fold and bring the raw edges into the center fold. (it will still measure 1"X12", but will not have the long raw edges exposed.)
  • Lift up one of the side folds and slide the fusible fleece next to the fold. I put mine with the fusible side (the bumpy side) down toward the outside of the strap.
  • Close that fold and then re-fold the center fold again (strap will now measure approx 1/2"X12") press well and follow manufacturer instructions for fusing the fleece- typically with steam.
  • Edge stitch down both sides of your strap piece. Trim the ends and any threads.
  • Slide the strap through the opening on the lobster clasp meant for attaching the fabric. Bring the two raw edges together and sew using a 1/4" seam allowance. *MAKE SURE THE STRAP ISN'T TWISTED before you sew. I usually have the clasp toward the middle of the strap for this step so I don't have to turn it around in the clasp later, but you totally can do that, so it's not super critical which way your clasp is pointed. Sew over this seam a few times to reinforce it, this is the seam that will take the stress of whatever you put on the clasp.
  • Turn your strap inside out so the seam you just created is to the inside of the strap. Open up the seam and slide the clasp in between the two different sides.
 Pull the clasp out to the side lining up both sides of the strap. The clasp will be sandwiched between the seam allowance and the two sides of the strap. Sew along the edge of the clasp as close to the clasp as you can.
I usually replace my presser foot for this step with my zipper foot and move my needle as far to the right as I can to get as close as possible to the clasp. Again you will want to reinforce this seam by sewing over it a few times. The strap has many layers at this point, you might find it helpful to make more than one so that you can keep your presser foot flat as you sew through them at this step.
Once they are sewn, trim your threads and you are finished!

Adding them to larger pouches like this Make-up pouch is a great way to create a mini purse or clutch for when you don't want your larger purse. You can find the free tutorial over on The Polkadot Chair blog or you can download the pdf version for $2 at my Craftsy store. I loved using mine on our cruise last spring to carry my sunglasses, chapstick and phone when we were walking around the ship!

So, tell me, are you ready to order  your 50 lobster clasps? lol.

Before I go I just want to give a couple tips on choosing fabrics: Try not to choose directional prints, they will be backwards at some point. These wrist straps last a LONG time!! And because of that, they get DIRTY! So, keep that in mind when looking at prints. Those with a colored background and small scale prints are best. I like deeper, richer colors too, they hide the wear a bit better. But, the good news is that as long as your lobster clasp isn't damaged, you can just cut off the old fabric and sew up a new one super quick when your wrist strap starts looking a little sad. No need to walk around with a tattered keychain, right?

I hope you have fun sewing these up!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Mini Zipper Pouch with Pleated Ruffle Pattern

Friday, September 7, 2018
I'm so excited to share with you the release of my new Mini Zipper Pouch with Pleated Ruffle Pattern! That's a mouthful isn't it? I just adore making these fun pouches, they sew up quickly, use very little fabric and make perfect gifts for friends or teachers! The pleated ruffle detail makes these look fancy, but is super easy to create. Mini zipper pouches are the perfect size for gift cards, organizing your purse, holding hair accessories, or for use as a coin purse. You can make a wrist strap or add them to a lanyard to carry around!
I make them all the time and love having a stash on hand for last minute gift ideas or as a fun little extra in a gift!
I love purchasing my zippers from, they have a fantastic assortment of colors and styles and their prices are awesome. (No, not an ad, I just love them!)
I get my d-rings from Wal-Mart, they have them in their sewing notions area and come in a package of 4 for $.88!
I will share my method for creating the wrist straps soon, I will link to it once it's up!
I hope you enjoy sewing these Mini Zipper Pouches up and that you'll tag me if you post pictures of your pouches! Use the hashtag #minirufflepouch so I can see them! If you have any questions about the pattern, please don't hesitate to ask!
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