Monday, October 12, 2009

How to make a Trick-or-Treat Bag from a Bandanna

Here is my Halloween trick-or-treat bag from a bandanna tutorial in case you missed it when I swapped with Samster Mommy. I found my bandanna from Joann's for $1.49 AND IT GLOWS IN THE DARK!

Here is what you will need:
A bandanna
Coordinating thread
Sewing machine
Optional: Freezer paper, paint
1.) Fold your bandanna in half with right sides together.
2.) Measure and cut 12 inches in length. (Save the extra piece for the straps)
3.) On the bottom corners (on the fold) cut out 2 X 2 inch squares.

4.)Now grab your extra piece and cut two 4 inch strips from it for the straps. (Mine are still folded in half)
5.) On each strap, fold over 1/4 inch on each edge lengthwise and iron the fold.

6.) Now fold you strap in half (lengthwise) and iron the fold. Now you should have no unfinished edges showing. (The ends should be finished from the bandanna.)

Here is what my 2 straps look like.
7.) Now back to the bag. Sew along both sides with a 1/4 seam. (Do now sew the square cut-outs)
8.) Now we are going to square off the bottom. Pull open the square so that the seam that you just sewed is at a right angel to the edge. (like shown below:)
9.) Now sew along that unfinished edge. Repeat for the other corner.
10.) Flip right side out and look at your bag taking shape!
11.) Now lets work on the straps again. Sew the open edge with a 1/8 seam (or as close as you can get to the edge.) Repeat for the other strap.
12.) Decide where you want your straps places. I have mine 2 inches from the seam on each side. Pin your straps in place.
13.) Sew your straps in place. Since I am expecting my son to get a TON of candy I sewed back and forth a few times.

14.) I freezer paper stenciled the letters on.
I cut out my letters for "trick or treat" and ironed the freezer paper to the top of the bag. I also place a piece of cardboard inside the bag so that the paint does not run through.

15.) Dab on your paint and let dry.

16.) Pull off the paper and admire the cuteness. I am also going to add my son's name the other side of the bag, so that no one will steals My Candy my son's candy!

17.) Let your son try it out!
I think he likes it!
18.) Hang it on the door so that you (and others) can walk by and gaze at it when ever you want!

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Donna said...

I just have to say the bag is cute...the boy is even cuter!!! ;)

Anne said...

Great trick-or-treat bag! The only thing that would make it better is to be full of candy!!

I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


Nancywithajones said...

This is soooo adorable... He is too precious carrying it around!

Anonymous said...

Very cute! Thanks for doing a tutorial!

Andy Porter said...

What a cutie bag. I especially love the "walking by and gazing" at it part. Thanks for the Tutorial!

Emma F said...

Have just found this tutorial via One Pretty Thing and have made the bag for my friends little boy. It is so lovely! Thanks for the idea. I'm trying to bring the 'Boo' tradition to Scotland, so I will fill it with goodies and hang it on their door. Can't wait! And he will have something cool to play with when the treats are finally gone. Many thanks, Emma

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