I am SO EXCITED for Halloween this year. Halloween hasn’t always been big in Australia, but they seem to be importing American traditions recently. Last year we headed out to our friends’ house in the suburbs to hand out candy, and the boys decided to interpret TRICK-OR-TREAT in their own way and shot silly string all the newbie Trick-or-Treaters. :P
I had no idea pumpkin carving wasn’t a thing there, so when our friends asked me to show them how to carve a pumpkin, we drove around to every grocery store in the area and called a dozen more and they were ALL sold out. This year, we will secure our pumpkins early, and I brought one of those kiddie carving kits.
Anyway, when Stephanie from Swoodson Says contacted me last month to ask if I wanted to participate in the Halloween Hacks blog tour, I said YES!! I was working on Arm Candy and I just thought it would be PERFECT and EASY as a Trick-or-Treat candy bag.
Now for the Trick-or-Treat Bag!!
First, you’ll need the pattern: Arm Candy
Tape Pieces A & B together before you cut anything out. I suggest rough cutting and block fusing before cutting the quilting cotton. This will replace the Pieces A & B in the pattern.
From the combined A&B pattern piece:
Cut 2 from main fabric
Cut 2 from lining (I used Kona Orange for all four pieces)
Cut 2 from foam batting alternative
Cut the strap to 3″ x 17″ like in the pattern.
Mark the darts on all four main body pieces and the foam.
Print the jack-o-lantern template HERE, and rough cut a piece of black fabric or wool felt and a piece of sewable, paper-backed fusible web (I’m using Wonder Under). You can totally draw your own face, just make it the same size!
Place the fusible web over the face, and trace the face onto the paper side with a Sharpie or pencil.
Cover with a press cloth and fuse the glue side of the fusible web to the fabric or felt (on the wrong side, if you’re using fabric with a RS/WS). Read the instructions on your fusible product, but it usually only take 5-10 seconds, and you can see the color change.
Cut out the pieces and peel off the paper backing.
On one main fabric piece, arrange the face pieces (glue side down) 2″ down from the top. Cover with a press cloth and press, and then flip over and press with steam from the back side.
Stitch around the edges of each piece with a zig-zag, straight, or satin stitch.
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