Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Trick or Treat Bag tutorial

Last year my nephew modeled reversible trick or treat bags for me that I was selling in my shop. This year I thought that I would share the instructions with my blog readers so that you can make your own reversible trick or treat bags at home! It's a very simple project, good for beginners and experienced sewers. 

It's always easy to find awesome Halloween fabrics, and this year was no exception! For this project I chose a fun monster print with Dracula, Frankenstein, a Werewolf, and a Mummy. For the reverse fabric I chose eyeballs. For this project you will also need some cotton webbing for the straps, scissors, and a needle and thread or sewing machine.

Cut 2 rectangular pieces from each print, then cut two small squares out of the bottom corners.

Flip the fabric so that the 2 pieces of each print are facing each other (for the monster fabric and the eye fabric). You are then going to sew 3 sides of each fabric (left side, right side, and bottom) leaving open the tops and the bottom corners.

Once the 3 sides are sewn, stitch up the corners, leaving only 1 open on the lining fabric.

To stitch the corners, open the corner fabric and flatten the opposite way. Sew a straight line.

On the eye fabric, I left one corner open, since that is the lining on my bag. One the monster fabric, I sewed up both corners.

Next you can turn the lining (inside) fabric right side out. 

The next step is to place the lining (eyeball) fabric inside the monster fabric, so that the right sides are facing each other.

Cut the cotton webbing into 2 strap pieces.

Put one strap on each side of the bag, in between the 2 lining and outer fabrics. 

Use pins to hold the straps in place.

Then sew all the way around the top of the bag, making sure to remove the pins.

Trim the excess thread and strap pieces, then turn the entire bag right side out through the small corner hole in the lining fabric.

Once the bag is all turned out, sew the corner of the lining (eyeball) fabric closed and tuck the lining into the outer part of the bag.

The last step once the lining is tucked into the bag is to stitch around the top of the bag.

Now the bag is finished! I really love the combination of the monster and eyeball fabrics. Remember that the bag is reversible too! You could turn it inside out depending on your costume... or your mood!

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