There’s something I’m very guilt ridden about and need to get off my chest. Last year I failed to adequately prepare my elementary school children with the proper equipment for the intense and aggressive Pursuit of Sugar otherwise known as traditional Trick-or-Treating on Halloween night.
Last year, we were invited to an event where a large group of kids excitedly gathered up together to go running door to door for two hours to collect candy from willing neighbors. As mine ran out the door I handed them a paper bag but by the end of their intense Pursuit of Sugar, the paper bags were ripped and torn proving them an inadequate vessel for the weight of candy collected inside the weakening paper of the bag I had provided.
And the guilt has haunted me ever since. Get it? Haunted? :)
I kid because really they don’t care, they just want that candy. But I made up for last year’s paper bags with a simple sew project: Halloween trick or treat bags made from ½ yard of spider web fabric with purple ties for my wizard/witch and black ties for my little ninja.
Each one took about 15 minutes to make and cost me only a few bucks. For each trick-or-treat bag you’ll need 1 yard of cotton belting and a 18” x 27” piece of fabric. Here are the simple steps to stitch up something similar.
First, fold over the longer 27” inch side with the fabric pattern facing up and place the cotton belting just inside to create a pocket for the belting with your sewing machine. Do ya notice them sparklin’ spider webs? Yep, in my seasonal excitement I brought home a glittery fabric. Note to self: do not ever ever bring home a glittery fabric ever again, that glitter it gets everywhere you don’t want it to, and in places I won’t mention.
Next fold your fabric piece inside out and stitch together the 18” sides (from below the belting pocket), then turn the corner and sew the bottom of the bag too.
Make sure you pull your belt ties out, add a few stitches above the cotton belt pocket to bring it together, turn it right side out and you’re done.
Two treat bags for less than $10 dollars and in about 30 minutes!
I do hope these versions stand up to the amount of candy about to enter our house tonight! (Which will *magically* transform into a much smaller collection by the time they wake up the next morning… )
Wishing all of you on the east coast dealing with Sandy a return to normal as soon as possible – you are in my thoughts and prayers as you deal with the devastation from the storm.
Happy Halloween to all who are celebrating today.