Monday, September 19, 2011

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

Halloween is approaching fast (if you can't tell by all the costumes at Target), about 6 weeks to be exact. I've very aware because I have a baby coming in 5.  I've had a few friends ask about my Halloween Trick or Treat bags and what it takes to make them.  Yes you can do it! It's not hard and you'll have them year after year!  Last year I made 4 trick or treat bags. On ginormous one that (would be great for a big boy looking to get a ton of candy), and three normal sized ones that work great for the little ones. (Ages 2-12)  They were a custom job for a dear friend in California.   I'm sorry to say I didn't really work off of a pattern, and just made it up as I went. So I've gone back and figured out the measurements and cuts.

 For the particular bag pictured above I have a sort of Log Cabin layout. One large rectangle with 2 inch pieces around.

So from various Halloween prints cut out the following pieces for the front of the bag:
#1 - 6.5" x 8.5"
#2 - 2.5" x 8.5"
#3 - 2.5" x 8.5"
#4 - 2.5" x 10.5"
#5 - 2.5"x 10.5"
#6 - 2.5"x 12.5"
#7 - 2.5"x 12.5"
#8 - 2.5"x 14.5"
#9 - 2.5" x14.5"
#10 - 3.5"x16.5" (edge piece, this looks good in black)
#11 - 3.5"x 16.5"(edge piece, this looks good in black)
#12 - 2.5"x 20.5"(edge piece, this looks good in black)
#13 - 4.5"x 20.5" (edge/bottom piece, this looks good in black)

For the back which can be solid black or your favorite print cut one 20.5"x22.5" piece.
******* Now if your thinking all the piecing is just not going to happen you can cut a front piece 20.5"x22.5" and skip all the piecing and just go to assembly. 

For the lining cut 2 pieces of 20.5"x22.5"

For the handle cut 1 - 5.5"x width of fabric piece.  Then cut that in half, leaving you with two 5.5"x about 21" pieces.

For the Fusible Fleece Interfacing cut 2 -  20.5"x22.5" pieces, and cut 2 - 5.5"x21" pieces.

Start sewing! All seam allowances are 1/4 inch.  It is all straight lines, so go for it and just sew them in numerical order. 1,2,3,4,5..... and so on.  In no time you'll have the front all pieced to the back.

Then align your front and back pieces and sew along the edges and bottom. Leaving the top open.

Fuse the interfacing pieces to the lining pieces and then do the same for the lining pieces, sewing along the edges and bottom.

Suzanne over at Just Another Hang Up has done some great bag tutorials and I've taken a lot of pointers from her.  She did a Lil' Girl Springtime tote and had really good pictures of how to do the handle and put the bag together. So I'm going to have you go over there and start at step #14 for putting the bag together and then go back to step #2-5 for the handle. I like my handles a little wide so if yours looks wide that is why. I just think it works with little hands while they are trying to carry and put candy in the bags.

Suzanne also has a great Halloween tote bag following her Lil' Girl tote. 
Other Great Tutorials include: Cluck Cluck Sew , Barefoot in the Kitchen (this one is a bit over the top because it's a pumpkin shape but still cute), Krista Maurer (my only concern on this one is the felt, it doesn't wash up as well and can stretch out making it not last as long, but I love the bats!)

Once you've sewed all the pieces and turned it inside out make sure to close up the lining and then put a finishing seam along the top. It reinforces the handles and gives it a nice finished look.

There you go, it shouldn't take too long, but give your self some time and please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions.

Here are my boys enjoying their bags I made now 2 years ago.

Last year I also took the same idea and did some Christmas bags for another friend with slightly different fronts but similar idea. It was really fun. Get creative and have fun sewing!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Airplane Baby Shower

Yea for baby showers!  With their first baby due sooner then later we threw a baby shower for Anna and Scott.  Scott is a pilot and so Anna thought it would be cute to make it airplane themed.   

On the menu was a Spinach Braid, Fruit Kebabs, Veggie tray, Mini Strawberry Shortcakes with Chocolate shavings, Kettle Corn, and Ice water with Lemon. Everything was a hit!

 The cute mama to be Anna.  Don't worry your body will go back to some what normal.
The two of us.  We needed to capture us with our bellies. Because when these boys are 20 we'll look back and think fondly of the summer we were both pregnant. 
Anna with her Mom and sister. 

When Grandma comes to town!

 We were lucky over Labor Day to have Grandma Balke come and visit from California.  The boys ate her up, and couldn't get enough.  She read them stories, brought and built Legos, and let them "leap" over her on the back lawn.  Oh how we love Grandma.  She also painted our kitchen. Yea!  So that as I'm nursing away all winter long, at least my kitchen will look great!  I've promised to get curtains before she comes back. Can't tell you how many times Evan asked if he could paint. So she let him. Yea for Grandma!

 Dean got a turn too. And the finish product is great! Once we get curtains I'll take some good pictures!
And it wouldn't be a trip to Utah without visiting some Kollings. So we had the Kolling women over for dinner. We love you guys!