When I was a young child, my mom made me the most beautiful Halloween costumes. I can’t imagine how much time she must have spent crafting my princess angel costume or my flower costume – both of which won me the “best costume” award at our annual neighborhood Halloween party (it was either her wonderful creativity and attention to detail that won me those awards or the fact that my dad was the neighborhood association president . . . I think it was all her.).
I probably won’t ever make my kids’ costumes because I’m not as skilled on the sewing machine as my mom, but I did have fun making them their trick or treating bags this year. I liked the idea of making their candy carriers because they can use them more than once.
Here’s what I came up with for my daughter.
She was so excited when she saw it, which made my time spent on it totally worthwhile.
It was actually really simple to make, and the only big problem I ran into was when I managed to sew the front and the back of the tote bag together. Awesome, but nothing my super-sharp seam ripper couldn’t fix in a minute. I also made my bottom ruffle a bit too short, but it’s not that big of a deal. It will be dark outside when she’s trick or treating anyway.
If you want to make a similar ruffle tote, you’ll need the following supplies:
- A canvas tote (I purchased mine at Michaels for $3.99)
- Sewing Machine
- Hot Glue Gun
- Heat ‘N Bond Ultra (if you want to make a no-sew monogram or other design)
- Puffy Paint (or “dimensional fabric paint,” as they call it these days)
Then, here’s what you do:
1. Cut your fabric strips to your desired length and width. For a 12.5″ wide tote, I cut three strips to be 22″ wide and 4″ high.
2. Next, fold your strips in half and iron them so that you have a crisp fold.
3. Sew a basting stitch near the open top of your folded strips.
4. Gently pull your basting thread to ruffle your fabric strips. Pin your bottom ruffle to your tote. (Note that I drew pinning lines on my bag with a tailor pencil to ensure that I pinned them straight.) Sew that bottom ruffle to the tote bag.
5. Repeat step 4 with your middle ruffle, and then your top ruffle.
6. Hot glue some ribbon to the top of your top ruffle to hide your raw edge. I’d suggest getting a 1″ thick ribbon (at least). Mine is too narrow and some of the raw threads are sticking through the top. I will have to trim those with manicure scissors.
7. If you want to add a monogram or some other type of design, you can use Heat ‘N Bond Ultra to create an iron-on monogram like I did.
Easy and cute! You can’t go wrong.
Now I wish I had some Halloween candy!