Halloween crafting is in full swing at here at the CraftSanity headquarters. On my most recent “Take Five” craft segment I showed how to make trick or treat bags out of felt. The directions below are for the reverse applique jack-0-lantern bag. Switch out the colors and you can use the same technique to make the ghost bag, too. (For the black bag with eyes, I made eyeball appliques and sewed them in place.)
For this project you will need:
1/2 yard orange felt
1 – 9″ x 12″ yellow felt rectangle
1 skein of yellow or orange embroidery thread
Water soluble pen
Orange sewing thread
1) Cut a 12″ x 28″ piece of orange felt for the bag and two 2 1/2″ x 24 inch pieces for the handles.
2) Fold the bag in have with right sides facing out. Use the water soluble pen to draw a jack-o-lantern face on the front of the bag. Unfold and cut out the nose eye and mouth shapes with a scissors. Pin the yellow felt rectangle to the wrong side of the felt image so the yellow appears to illuminate the jack-o-lantern face.
3) Stitch outline of eyes, nose and mouth with embroidery thread to secure yellow felt in place.
4) Sew a 1/4″ hem along top and bottom edges of bag fabric. Fold in half with right sides together and sew up both sides of the bag. Turn right side out.
5) Fold handle fabric in half lengthwise and stitch about 1/4″ from the open edge. Repeat for second handle. Pin handles to top inside edges of bag and stitch in place.
Today’s Grand Rapids Press contains my instructions for several other Halloween decorating ideas including instructions to make milk jug skeletons, haunted tree ornaments and squawking noisemakers.
And below you’ll find the video of my latest craft segment on WZZM’s “Take Five.”