There are about a million Halloween tutorials out there at the moment and while I've seen loads of ideas I love, free time to make them has not been on my side:( I'm sure I'm not the only one, so today I'm sharing how to make some quick and festive Halloween bags - in under 20 minutes. How's that for a do-able craft?
Make 'Em Fast Halloween Bags! Fully lined for reversibility and with a hidden layer of batting inside. These bags are soft yet very durable. Ideal for a carrying a big load of candy!
I used some spooky & sweet Halloween-themed fabrics (all by Timeless Treasures) to get a super holiday look with minimal effort (including some very cool glow-in-the-dark prints).
- 1/2 yd Candy Corn Gail-c8943-black
- 1/4 yd Tossed Jack O'Lanterns Gail-c8942-black
- 1/4 yd Soho Solid Orange Soho-orange
- 1/2 yd Glow-In-The-Dark Spider Web Gail-CG1537-Black
- 1/4 yd Glow-In-The-Dark Skeletons FUN-CG9810-Black
- 1/2 yd Cotton or Cotton Blend Batting
- Sewing Notions - shears/rotary cutter, iron & ironing board, safety pins, thread, hand sewing needle).
- Optional: embroidery floss + embroidery needle/machine embroidery/applique
Note - Finished bag size is 9 inches wide by 12 inches high. There's enough fabric to make 4 bags in total, but the cuts below are to make one of each bag style shown.
Cut the following pieces:
Candy Corn - (2) 10 inch wide by 13 inch high, (2) 10 inch wide by 4 inches high
Soho Orange - (2) 10 inch wide by 5 inch high, (2) 13 inch wide by 3 inch high
Jack O'Lanterns - (2) 10 inch wide by 6 inch high
Spider Web - (2) 10 inch wide by 13 inch high, (2) 10 inch wide by 5.5 inch high, 2) 13 inch wide by 3 inch high
Skeletons - (2) 10 inch wide by 8.5 inch high
Cotton Batting - (4) 10 inch wide by 13 inch high
With right sides facing, stitch together the width sides of strips of fabric in the desired print order for the outer of the bag. Press seams open. If personalizing, applique or embroidery is desired for extra decoration, do so at this point.
Baste cotton batting to wrong sides of outer pieces, 1/4 inch from raw edges and set aside. Now take both strap pieces, fold lengthwise, and stitch 1/8 inch from raw edge along that side. Turn right side out, press and then top stitch all the way around.
Turn the lining right side out and insert into the outer bag, lining up the side seams and pin along the top raw edges. Stitch together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance:
Pull lining out so that both bag halves have the wrong sides facing out (this will look like a big tube).Now stitch bottom ends of both halves closed, leaving a 2 inch gap in the lining bottom for turning.
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