Saturday, September 1, 2012

Trick or Treat Bag Tutorial


Trick or Treat Bag Tutorial from The Fabric Mill Blog


Trick or Treat Bag Tutorial
by Trisha Weekes


Materials needed:
½ yard of outside fabric
½ yard of liner fabric
1 fat quarter of choice
*optional-2 yards of jumbo ric-rac
Thread

note:  please read through all steps before beginning any project

Step one:
Start by squaring up your fabric, making sure you have 2- 18”x42” rectangles (18”x21” folded) removing the selvedge edges.

From the fat quarter cut 2- 4”x22” strips, these are for our handles.

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Step two:

(a)  Fold the 4”x22” strips in half lengthwise, right sides together. 
(b)  Sew a ¼” seam lengthwise down both strips of fabric. 
(c)  Open and Press seams.
(d)  Turn each strip so right sides are out. 

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Press so the seam is running down the middle, turn over and top stitch ¼” on each side of the handle. Repeat until both handles are complete.


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Step three:

Pin handles onto the top outside of selected fabric, at 8” in and 14”in from the side. You want the seam on the handle to be facing the liner fabric. Fold fabric over and using the first handles as a guide pin the other handle to the other side. Then place the lining fabric to the outside of fabric (right sides together) and sandwich the handles between the two fabrics. 


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Pin, then sew a ¼” seam along the top of both fabrics, back stitching over the handles to secure them between the two fabrics.


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Step four:

Open and press this seam, then fold the fabrics in half lengthwise (right sides together still). Liner fabric facing liner fabric and outside facing outside. Sew a ¼” seam down the side.  Open and press this seam. 


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Fold back over the outside fabric (so the right sides out), line up the raw edge of the outside with the bottom of raw edge of the liner fabric (wrong sides together). At this step you have the option to add a heavy interfacing to the bag, we've left it out of our bag. Sew a ¼” seam around the bottom opening, just the two layers not the four total layers.  Then zig-zag stitch the raw layers to prevent fraying.




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Step five:


Now we're going to create the border at the top of the bag, by shifting the two fabrics about 2”. By doing this it creates a unique layer, we get to see the liner fabric at the same time as the outside, but also creates the bottom of the bags guides and seams. 

*Please note: that with my fabric, the liner fabric as seen from the outside of the bag is going the right direction, but when looking down into the bag it is upside down. If you have chosen a directional print you will need to sew your liner fabric upside down in the previous steps as well*


Step six:

Open up the bottom opening and fold it on the seams, fold in the ends like you would a present, forming a triangle on both ends. 



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With a ruler and pencil we're going to mark the sides- line up the ruler with the triangle to the top of the bag and make a light line. Do all four sides; after the first two, flip it over refold triangles and draw lines.


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Fold and sew an 1/8” seam down each of the lines drawn.



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Step seven:

Fold the bag in half horizontally, lining up side seams and handles. Turn the bag inside out so the liner is facing out.  We're going to sew up the bottom- line up the fabric (should be the outside fabric folded over, no raw edges). 


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Sew a ¼” seam, then zig-zag stitch to reinforce the bottom.




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Step eight:

Open up the bottom seams again, with the triangles poking to the outside of the bag. Along that seam you're going to sew, this will create the bottom sides of the bag. Repeat on the other side. 


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Next we'll fold in the triangle and following the seam we'll stay stitch the triangle in place on the bottom of the bag. Repeat on the other side.



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Step nine:

Back up to the top of the bag, we're going to top stitch (¼”) around the top and top stitch the handles down to the bag. 

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Next stabilize the handles by making X's as shown in the picture. 


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The ric-rac is optional, if you want you can leave it off. To add the ric-rac, line it up with the outside/ liner seam starting at a side, stitch through the middle of the ric-rac securing it to the bag all around the bag.




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Step ten:

Give this bag to a kid, who is willing to go door to door and ask for a trick or a treat! Enjoy a bag full of treats!



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20 comments:

  1. Love this tutorial! Have been working on several of these today and will share pics soon. :)

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  2. Thanks Kristy - can't wait to see!

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  3. Very cute! I will be making these for my two little buglets (grandbabies) this week. Thank you for the tutorial. :0)

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  4. Thanks so much ! I need to make 2 of these for the grandkids !

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  5. I am on step 6. When I sew the 1/8 in seam, do I sew thru the triangles also or is the material just flat and straight at the bottom? Or is the bottom still folded up on the bottom seam? I think these are darling but just seem to be struggling to get things right. Guess I should say I am far from an expert seamstress!!

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  6. These are great treat bags. Thank you so much for the tutorial.

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  7. Roxy, sorry, I just saw your comment. The answer is no, you don't sew through the triangles, I just used them as a guide in this step. I hope you didn't get too frustrated or give up! Hope this helped, if you have other questions- please ask!

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  11. Frankly, I am disappointed in the bag--I made 2. Directions were confusing and unclear in some steps. Final product, in my opinion, is too large for a smaller child and they are very floppy. The bag needs some interfacing. Based on the representation, I did not use it and it was a huge mistake. Sample bag is very cute but it must be stuff with lots of stuffing.

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  12. Needs much better pictures and instructions. Wasted a ton of time and fabric trying to make these, and I am not a novice. Really disappointed.

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    1. I totally agree with you. I spent all afternoon working on this bag. I have been sewing for 35 years. Mine does not look like the picture.

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  13. Terrible directions. I have been sewing for 35 years and had a hard time getting this bag together. Finally did it my way. Did not look like the picture.

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  14. This tutorial is TERRIBLE!!!!!! its a cute bag but the instructions are crappy!! Dont even attempt!

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  15. I'm stuck on step 4 and would REALLY like to see better instructions...

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  16. I made this bag for my 6 and 8 year-old kids. I am a novice sewer. I learned a few things along the way that might help someone else.
    1. This is a big bag....appox 16 inches wide by 15 inches tall
    2. This bag is floppy.
    3. In step 4-place your two piceses right sides together with outside fabric facing outside fabric and lining facing lining and sew down both long sides so you end up with a tube. You will be sewing 2 layers of fabric. Do not sew the bottom. Once you have your tube, turn right side out and fold lining into bag. Your raw edges of the outside fabric and lining will match up with wrong sides together now. Sew around the bottom going through 2 layers of fabric, you will still have a tube. (My son got all excited at this point because it looks like a bag, but I explained that all the candy would fall out...there's no bottom yet)
    I was okay after that...I hope it helps someone else!

    All in all, its a nice bag and I am glad I didn't give up when the directions had me stumped! I hope you all have a Happy Halloween!

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  17. What a waste of an afternoon and material. I have never came across a tutorial like this. Try making a video tutorial and maybe some of us could follow the directions

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  18. I have finished the first of three bags I plan to make, and I'm working on the second right now. I've got to be honest-- some of these comments are unnecessarily harsh. Yes, the instructions had me stumped at first, and yes, this tutorial could have been more clearly written with more useful photos. I, however, am a stubborn woman and I already had all my fabric cut and ready to go, so no way in the world was I just going to throw my hands up in defeat. I used my common sense and figured it out. No need to bash the woman who so kindly shared her idea FOR FREE. No one is perfect. I am not a novice sewer, but I'm not an expert either. My three little girls are so excited to watch as their trick-or-treat bags come together! This is neither a waste of time nor material. I

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