Easy, Quick and Cute!
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It comes at a time when the air is nice and crisp. Where I live, the leaves are still changing and yellow, orange, and purple mums are everywhere. This is the fun time of the year, the time to let the imagination soar. On Halloween, you get to be anyone you want to be. One thing I like to do to celebrate the holiday is make little cloth treat bags to fill with candy and give away to trick-or-treaters. Even though you can purchase plastic or paper treat bags almost anywhere, I think the cloth ones are fun to make and so easy. And when you make them you are putting a little of your own individuality into them and giving away something of yourself. If you have a few extra hours to make Halloween treat bags, they are guaranteed to delight the little ones who come to your door. Here’s how to make them:
1. Cotton Halloween print fabric. (With one yard of 45 inch wide fabric, you will be able to make about 18 bags).
2. Orange and black and green curly ribbon (You will need about 15 inches of ribbon (stretched out) for each bag. You will use 3 strands.
Make a cardboard template, 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch rectangle. With your fabric doubled and right sides together, you will lay your template down and trace around it with a pencil. Work from left to right until you have enough rectangles. With one yard of fabric, you will be able to trace six across in three rows. (If you can cut the fabric out using a rotary cutter and board, please do so. I, however, have never used these devices.) Use pinking shears to cut out the rectangles. The pinking shears will give you a nice edge that won’t easily unravel.
Once you have cut all your bags out, you are ready to sew. Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance and right sides together, sew two long sides and one short side of your rectangle. Then turn the fabric down 1/4 inch to form a hem. (I always iron the hem edge down so it lies flat when I sew. Be sure to have your iron on and near your sewing machine. Once across the area with the iron will suffice.) Sew the hem down along the edge. Turn the bag right side out. You are finished. It will take about one minute to complete one bag or less once you have done a few.
Now take 3 strands of ribbon, one of each color, and cut them to 15 inches in length. Stuff your bag with candy. Be sure not to fill it to the top, but leave enough space so you can tie the bag closed with the curly ribbon and have a little “fluff ” at the top. That is all there is to it!
After all your bags are filled and tied with the curly ribbon, place them in a big basket. This makes a pretty centerpiece for a table until Halloween night. Enjoy!