Tuesday, October 26, 2010

“Witch” Way to the Candy?

One year, I made a bunch of these Jack-O-Lantern pairs for family Christmas gifts. My mom had made the “boy” one when I was younger and she kept if filled with candy during the month of October. It was such a special treat for us and we loved discovering the candy stash each year. I thought it was a fun Christmas gift for everyone as we were starting homes and families of our own. I just didn’t know how long it would take to make that many of these little sets!Pumpkin Treat Bags Decos copy
I let my older girls use these as trick or treat bags for a couple of years. But, I was so worried that something was going to happen to them, that I stopped doing that. Now, these are decorations that usually sit on the piano for the month of October. And, I don’t put candy in them either because I don’t want anyone manhandling my hard work!

Since then, I have made trick or treat bags that are cute, but pretty functional—along the lines of cute fabric, plain bag.

This idea for a trick or treat bag has been brewing in my brain for a while. I don’t like the blood and guts or scary type of Halloween decorations, but I do love witches. So I went with a witch--or at least part of a witch! Witch Bag41
My older girls saw how big it was and were giddy with excitement imagining how much candy will fit in here. Now to decide who gets to use it this year!
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Let’s get to the details!
Pattern for shoes HERE
Fabric for bag (2 pieces 16 inches x 16 inches)
Fabric for bag lining (2 pieces 16 inches x 16 inches)
Fabric for handles (2 strips 3 inches x 16 inches)
Purple fabric – skirt (2 strips 9 inches x 44 inches)
Green fabric – ruffle  (two strips 6 1/2 inches x 44 inches)
Purple tulle or net (4 strips 2 1/4 inches x 44 inches)
Orange fabric – socks (2 pieces 4 inches x 4 1/2 inches)
black felt 2 pieces (9 inches x 12inches )
thread to match
Heavyweight (very
water soluble marking pencil or pen
heavy) fusible interfacing (5 inches x 13 inches)
Medium weight fusible interfacing (2 strips 3 inches x 16 inches)
needle for hand sewing

NOTE: These steps are in a more logical sequence than I probably worked on it so the pictures may look a little ahead or a little behind the instructions. Just hang in there!
All seams are 1/4 inch seams unless otherwise indicated.

Iron medium weight interfacing to wrong side of handle strips following the maufacturer’s directions for the interfacing. It’s okay if it is a little smaller than the handle piece. It makes it easier to sew a straight line when it is sewn and you don’t have to worry about it lining up perfectly.
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Fold in half, right sides together. Sew together lengthwise to make a tube.
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Turn tube right side out and iron flat with seam to one side. Repeat for second handle and set aside.
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Carefully cut out pattern for witch shoe. (It should be roughly 6 inches square.) Trace pattern onto heavyweight interfacing. Cut out interfacing inside the lines you traced. Witch Bag 25
Cut out just the shoe from the pattern piece. Fold felt in half and cut out two at a time so they are exactly the same.
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Fold orange fabric in half and sew lengthwise to make a tube in the same manner you did for the handles. The length is 4 1/2 inches—only slightly larger than the width.
Iron flat with seam at the back center.Witch Bag 31                             
Using the pattern as a guide, cut long slits into the interfacing shoe where the sock will be pulled down over the interfacing.
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Carefully slide the tube down on the interfacing. Make sure it goes all of the way past the opening in the shoe (where the “foot” is going). Use the black felt to check yourself.
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Lay the interfacing shoe with sock on over one black shoe. Trim the edges of the interfacing so it will stay tucked into the shoe.
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Lay the second shoe over the top. Iron to fuse the interfacing to the fabric/felt to help hold it together when you sew. Since the shoe was cut apart to fit the sock on, it sticks out a bit. Just squish it together, fuse, and let the interfacing do the work for you.
Sew around the edges of the shoe to hold it all together. I used a zig zag stitch, but it looks like a satin stitch because it was so thick. You will use a longer stitch length than you might expect.

Set aside.
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Purple Skirt
Sew both strips together on the short edges. If desired, serge or zig zag the edge.
Iron seam flat on the inside and outside.
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Hem one long edge. Fold up 1/4 inch and iron in place. Fold over 1/4 inch again and iron in place. Sew in place.
Gather the top edge. (Ignore the serging—it was a mistake!) Start and stop at the side seams so you have two separate sections.

Be sure to use two rows of stitching to gather. Some people use one, but this is “risky” since you have to start over again if your thread breaks. Also, your gathers will lay much neater if you use two rows instead of one. (I use 3 rows for dresses, sew between two of the rows, and then remove the third—this makes really pretty gathers!)
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Green Ruffle
Sew both strips together on the short edges and iron seam flat like you did for the purple skirt. Fold in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Do NOT iron the fold in place. Serge or zigzag stitch along the raw edges since this part could show.Witch Bag 18
It happens! Witch Bag44

Gather the top edge as you did for the purple skirt. Set aside.
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Purple Net or Tulle
Gather the long edge of the tulle. You do not need two rows of stitching for this--one is fine. Overlap the beginning of the next strip over the end of the strip as you gather.
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Do this until you have gathered and connected all strips. You do not have to sew the ends together. If you set your tension to the highest setting, it will do most of the gathering for you without a lot of adjusting later. Set aside.
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Bag and Lining
Lay pieces flat with wrong side facing up on the top piece. Make a mark 2 inches in and 2 inches up on each of the bottom corners. Cut out a 2 inch square using the mark as a guide.
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Be sure you do this on both bottom corners.
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With right sides together, sew the bag together at sides. Repeat for lining. Iron all seams flat on the inside and outside.

Sew the bottom edge (bag and lining) with an opening in the middle like this:
Sewing Bag and Lining copy
Putting it all together
Adjust the gathers of the skirt so it is about 30 inches around. Pin the purple skirt to the bag. You will have the wrong side of the skirt facing the right side of the bag. Sew in place.
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Lay the bag and skirt flat and flip the skirt up. Measure 7 1/2 inches from the seam and make a small mark using ink/pencil that disappears. Make another mark at 9 1/2 inches. You are marking on the right side (outside) of the bag. Do this every inch or so all the way around the bag. This will be the guide for your ruffles.
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Adjust the gathers of the green ruffle so the ruffle is about 30 inches around. Slide the top of the bag opening around the arm of the sewing machine. Lay the ruffle on the bag with the top of the ruffle at the marks. Starting at a side seam, sew the ruffle down.

Using the directions for the green ruffle, repeat for the purple ruffle using the marks at 9 1/2 inches from skirt seam as your guide. When you get near the end, slightly overlap the two ends of the purple tulle or net and sew in place. This is what it should look like on the outside.
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Next we are going to box the corners to give your bag some shape. Turn the bag inside out and grab onto one of the bottom corners. Smooth it into shape. Be sure the ruffles are out of your way so they don’t get sewn to the bottom of the bag accidently.
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Grab the corners without seams (in the middle in picture above) and gently pull them apart so the seams meet up like this:
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Smooth it flat and sew along the edge.
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Insert the witch shoes into the opening of the bag which is still inside out.

The shoes should be closest to the top of the bag and the socks should be sticking out from the bottom opening just a bit. Also, be sure that the seam of the sock is on the same side for both shoes so that it looks like the back.

Slant the shoes just a bit. Pin in place. Turn right side out and check to make sure it is right—trust me on this. It is a little bulky with all of those ruffles, but definitely worth checking! If it looks right, flip inside out again and sew shoes/socks in place along as you sew the entire opening closed. I went over the shoes part again because I do not want them to fall out.
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(This picture is essentially upside down. The socks are peeking out of the bottom of the bag.)

Turn bag right side out.

Place one end of a handle at the top of the of the bag about 3 inches in from the left side. Sew in place. I sewed mine down several times because it is such a pain to redo this if the handle falls off—remember how much of a beating the handles will get!
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Loop the other end of the handle to the right side (right side of a U shape in the picture above) and sew it down as well.

Repeat this on the back side of the bag with the other handle.

Now, put the whole thing (bottom end first) inside of the lining bag. The lining should be inside out and the bag should be right side out. Once the bag is inserted into the lining, right sides will be together.
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Sew the lining and bag together through all thicknesses (the purple skirt and the bag handles. Use a 1/2 inch seam to be sure you get around the gathering stitches. Go slow so that the gathered parts aren’t being pulled funny.

Starting with the shoes, carefully feed the bag through the opening in the lining. As you do this, you will be turning the whole thing right side out.
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Once the bag is where it belongs, push the lining inside the bag. Smooth everything carefully and make sure the handles are out of the bag. Topstitch along the top edge. It is very thick so go slow. Smooth the gathers flat as you go.  Witch Bag 39 copy
Slipstitch the opening in the lining together using a needle and thread. Done!!
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Once I finished this, I start questioning…What if I change the size? Would it work if I made the skirt and ruffles longer? Should I add embellishments to the shoes?

These are the kinds of questions that plague me!

But, this time, I am done. I like it just the way it is--I decided.

Trick or Treating, here we come!
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I'm linking HERE this week.


Shannon,  said... October 26, 2010 at 6:18 PM  

Oh my gosh Tammy! I love that bag! I would use that as my school bag for the month of October. My first graders would LOVE it! Oh stink if only it was the beginning of October.... then I would try and make one!

katskraps4kids,  said... October 26, 2010 at 6:22 PM  

These are just too cute to spook, as they say! LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

Julie,  said... October 26, 2010 at 9:23 PM  

This is adorable and your instructions look very thorough and easy to follow. I just finished Halloween bags for my boys today but just may have to make myself one of these! Thanks.

PS -- found you through Get Your Craft on Tuesday!

Nancy,  said... October 27, 2010 at 12:11 AM  

Forget trick or treat bag. I'm gonna make me this as a purse to carry around next October!!!

Army Wife Quilter,  said... October 27, 2010 at 9:47 AM  

this tutorial is great thanks I will make it for my daughter who is a witch this halloween

Anonymous,  said... October 27, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

You did such an awesome job with these! Thanks for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings. Also, make sure to go grab a Featured button because I am going to feature this :) p.s. let me know if you ever want to share a tutorial.

Army Wife Quilter,  said... October 27, 2010 at 11:08 PM  

Ok so I know that I already commented but I made my own and wanted to share with you my candy bag http://armywifequilter.blogspot.com/2010/10/witch-candy-bag.html

Cheryl,  said... October 28, 2010 at 7:20 AM  

That is the cutest ever!! I want to make it--not sure if I can pull it off. So creative!

seven thirty three,  said... October 29, 2010 at 8:53 AM  

I love this! Thanks for linking with Sugar & Spice - I am featuring this today. :)

malia,  said... November 3, 2010 at 5:45 PM  

Wow this is awesome... I love it. How fun to carry this around (-: every witch needs a place for her wallet and cellphone. Thanks so much for joining us at A Crafty Soiree. Hope to see you tomorrow xoxo Malia

HCH,  said... September 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM  

Hi, I just came across your blog looking for a pattern to make a pumpkin trick or treat bag. The one you have at the top of this post is EXACTLY the same my mom made me as a child. I have the boy one and my son uses it, now that I have a little girl, I want to make her the matching girl pumpkin. Do you have a pattern for that?

Tammy @ she wears flowers,  said... September 27, 2013 at 9:48 AM  

HCH - I do have a pattern, but I am not sure it is in print anymore. It is by "Patch Press" No. 353B. I've seen it on ebay before and looked it up this morning and there is one there right now. There is a picture of a little boy holding one bag and he is standing next to a table with the other bag on top of it. Hope that helps!

HCH,  said... September 27, 2013 at 9:56 AM  

OH, thanks so much! Such great childhood memories! I can't wait to make a matching set!

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