How is it already October? And October 15th?? I haven't even started on Halloween costumes yet!! We've been busy with basketball games, soccer games, parties, pumpkin patch trips and 3am feedings. I haven't had to chance to blog or craft much and oh my goodness my head is overflowing with ideas and projects.
I like projects that are relatively quick and easy... and it's even better if I can use left over scraps! This morning an idea popped in my head as I was putting on a little makeup... the bathroom is where most of my best ideas come from :) I sorted through my stacks of craftyness and decided to whip up a halloween trick or treat bag for my daughter as quick as I could. If you have your supplies, you can make this project in as little as 30 minutes!!! That's awesome, right??
You only need three main items for this project
1. pre-made tote bag of your choice
2. strips of fabric
3. iron on paper
The Quick and Easy Steps:
First you need to decide on what size you want your strips to be on your tote bag. I decided that this bag is for halloween and wanted it to look a little frayed and scary :) I didn't worry too much about it all being perfect. You know sometimes the moments or things in life that aren't perfect turn out to mean the most and be the prettiest.
I used a cutting mat and blade to cut my strips, but you can use plain scissors too. There they are! So pretty and coordinating. Just makes you want to go out and trick or treat. These particular fabrics: the chevron is from Hobby Lobby and the other two are from JoAnn's
Next pin your strips to your desired location on the tote bag. I started with my bottom one first, placing it just above the base of the bag. Then the next two followed.
All that is left to do is sew the strips onto the tote. I used a straight stitch. It was completely not perfect or the best attention to stitch length/tension... but you know what? It is just perfect. I left the edges raw so that they could fray and didn't sew the ends of each strip to let it pucker naturally.
Next, the embellishments.
I ironed on the word BOO. to a scrap piece of the chevron fabric. The font is Six Caps and you can find it for free online. Just make sure that you flip the text to a mirror image before you print it on your iron-on transfer paper. You could also iron on BOO. directly to the tote bag. Add some ribbon or any other cute embellishments and you're all done!
I'm going to make one for myself as well... but it will have a slightly different saying on it. I think I've settled on Mom's Crafty A** Candy Bag. or Beer Bag if that is more your style. Ok, I probably won't have the guts to actually put that on my bag, but it's funny and a great idea. Especially since 60% of the parents in our neighborhood walk around with coolers or their own adult beverage during trick or treating. I doubt they would even notice.
While I was looking through my craft stash, I found a few flour sack dish towels and added some strips! They turned out so cute, of course ;)
I hope you enjoyed this quick little tutorial and are having a great time getting ready for a fabulous Halloween this year.