I love this one from No Big Dill, but I also wanted to be able to close the bags at the end of the night. Most likely I'll end up schlepping these bags around the neighborhood, and I need my hands free for hand holding, snot wiping, toddler carrying, etc...
After a lot of noodling, I came up with closable-stay-open trick or treat Bag-- designed especially for toddlers and their moms!
The way this bag works is that there is boning sewn about midway down the drawstring bag, along with a pair of handles. When the bag is held by the inner handles it stays open, forming a candy collecting basket.
The best part is that unlike those plastic pumpkins, these stow away in very little space along with the rest of your Halloween decorations. These little bags can be used for for a variety of fall fun-- collecting acorns and pretty leaves on those long walks.
Read on to learn how to make a drawstring bag, (the lazy, Palak approved way), and then I'll show you a simple way to add the boning to make the bag stay open. (Adding the boning is really easy-- I promise!)
Let's get started! This is a fairly quick project that should just take a few hours-- even if you are interrupted by your little ones! .
3 yards of 7/8 grosgrain ribbon
Rectangle of fabric 36 x 22
1 yard of boning (I used Dritz)
Note: To make this project super quick, I used ribbon for the handles, casing, and drawstring. You could substitute fabric/or bias tape if you prefer.
Drawstring Bag:This is the way that I make unlined drawstring bags for toy bags, gift bags and grocery bags. I'd just like to throw out a disclaimer-- there are 100's of drawstring bag tutorials and they all have advantages and drawbacks. To be honest, the only thing my method has going for it is that it's quick and lazy.
If you have a preferred method, or want to add a lining, or want to use an existing bag, that's ok! Just skip ahead to adding the boning.
1. Take your rectangle and finish all the sides either by overcasting or zig-zagging the edges.
2. Fold and press down an inch along the 36 inch long edge. Sew right over the overcast edge to form a casing.
3. Now you should have a a long rectangle with a casing along one edge. Fold your rectangle in half and sew the side seam with a narrow seam allowance (I use about 1/4 inch) starting from the bottom of the bag. When you get about half an inch from the casing, sew in diagonal to the edge of the casing as shown in the picture below.
4. Back stitch this small diagonal seam-- this will get a lot of wear and tear as the bag is opened.
5. Sew up the bottom of the bag.
6. Cut a yard of grosgrain ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the casing with a safety pin, and then stitch the ends of the ribbon together to prevent the ribbon from being pulled out of the casing.
The main drawback to this method of making a bag is that you'll be able to see a tiny bit of the overcasting in the half inch where we cut across the seam allowance in step 3. You can see that in the picture above.
1. Mark a line about 7 inches down the bag. Pin a yard and an inch of ribbon along this line, inserting handles about 5 inches from each edge. (My handles are 16 inches long.)
That's it! Your toddlers are well on their way to trick or treating-- with or without help from mom.
|Is the candy in there yet?|