Trick-or-Treat Bag … Two Sizes in One Bag

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. Let’s make a very simple but strong Halloween trick-or-treat bag. The fabric I’m going to use today is from Riley Blake. What I really like about this fabric: It glows in the dark so it’s a great bag to reflect light as they’re carrying it. What you’re going to need is ½ yard each of two different fabrics, or 1 yard of one fabric. The other thing I would recommend is a lightweight fusible interfacing. This is not mandatory but I definitely recommend it because candy can get very heavy and this will help stabilize the bag and help the handle stay a lot stronger. You’re going to need the same amount because you’re going to fuse all of the pieces with the stabilizer. I have two pieces of fabric. They’re both going to be exactly the same size: 18″ by the width of the fabric. I’m going to fuse the interfacing on both of the wrong sides. I’m going to fuse it right up into the edge so that this selvage is covered, because I’m going to use one of the selvages as a handle. We’re going to work with the two layers together so that we can make them the exact same size. I have both layers together. I have 18″ by the width of the fabric. Now your widths might be a little different, so what you’re going to do is match up the selvage edge that does 𝙣𝙤𝙩 have the writing. Most fabrics will have one selvage edge that is plain and the other edge is going to have the writing on it. We’re going to use the edge that is plain. Match up that selvage edge and then have all the fabric go flat. This end might not be the same but we’re going to cut it off and it will be the same when we’re done. We’re going to use the selvage edge that has no writing on it. Those are going to make handles. That selvage edge is very strong so it’s going to help with the strength of that handle. From the selvage down we need to cut a 5″ piece, and that’s going to be with both the fabrics together. When the handles are cut off, you can leave the fabric together and you’ll be able to cut off the selvage on the other side. By cutting it all together, both these pieces will be the identical size. Just cut off that selvage and discard that. You won’t need that. Out of these two strips we’re going to need four handles. You just need to fold this fabric in and then fold it back up to the top. The selvage is going to be on the outside. You already have a finished edge so you don’t have to worry about that coming undone. You don’t have to worry about finishing it. And it doesn’t have to be exact. Whatever your measurement is will work out fine. Now just give this a good press. Do that to the other side. What you’re going to do is four rows of stitching. You don’t have to measure. You’re going to have one towards the one folded edge. The next one is going to go towards the selvage edge because you want to stitch that salvage edge down. Then just do two more rows of stitching right down the center. You’ll have four rows of stitching. And because it’s halloween and I don’t often get to use purple and orange, I’m going to use purple and orange. One in the bobbin; one in the top. Once they’re done we need to square off the edges and cut them right in half. That’s going to give us two of one color and two of another. Whatever your size works out to be, that’s the right size. We’re going to put two straps on one side of the bag, two straps on the other side of the bag. Let’s start with the one side. We’re going to take the strap and fold one end down and the other end down. You want a 2″ space. Then take that and press it. It’ll just be a lot easier to do. Do that to both the handles. Now if you don’t have exactly in-between, don’t worry about it as long as you have a space and the handles are the same. What we need to do is sew the handles into the seam allowance at the top. You need to find the center of the bag, and that’s really easy. Just fold it in half and finger-press it That center mark is going to go to the center of the handle. The handle is going to come inside so the seam allowances are going to match. You need to do this on both sides. Stitch as close as you can to the seam; maybe ¼” or ⅛”. That’s just going to hold them on so that we can work with them without having pins in the way. When those handles are on you’re going to be able to work on the other handles. We’re going to need the other side of the bag. From each edge you need to draw a line at 5″. I’m just using white chalk. That line I’m going to be able to use as a stitching line. Do the entire line. So I have one line here and one line there. These lines are going to be the placement of the handles, but they’re also going to be sewing lines. We’re going to need two more sewing lines. This is going to keep the bag held together. Whatever the width is of your handle is going to be the next line, and it doesn’t have to be exact. My space happens to be 2″. We need to find the middle. Again, just fold it in half and finger-press the half mark. Those handles are going to go in-between those two lines that you drew. You need to find the middle of the handle and place it into the middle of the line. Just pin the inside to hold it in and leave this flat open. It’s pinned on. Now we need to do the edges. What you’re going to do is take the edge and fold it in so you’ve made yourself a bit of a seam allowance and it doesn’t matter what size; whatever’s comfortable for you. Lie it down and stitch a box. In that box you’re going to stitch an X. You can go over top of that a couple of times to reinforce it to make that handle nice and strong. I have the box and the X. We have the two handles done on one side, two handles done on the other side. Put the fabrics right-sides together and stitch both those tops together. When both ends have been stitched you’ve made a very big tube. Take and match up the seams. When you look inside, you’re going to have the same fabrics touching each other. If you have the front seam pressed to one side and the seam in the back pressed to the other side you’re going to be able to match them up and nestle them nice and tight. Pin those seams together. When the center seams have been matched up you’re going to build to smooth this out and stitch down both sides. Now on one side you’re going to need an opening because you need to turn this right-side out. I like to have the opening on the side that has the handle that was sewn flat. I’m going to leave about 8″, which is one good hand span, right here in the edge in order to turn it. I’ll stitch a little bit, leave an opening, and stitch down. This side I’ll be able to stitch the whole thing. Now from this opening you can pull the entire bag right-side out. Poke out all of your edges and then, while the bag is still open and flat, you’re going to be able to fold in that seam allowance and just topstitch that opening closed. When that opening is closed you’re going to be able to take the bag and pull it together. Push it so that the flat handle is on the outside, because we’re going to do some topstitching. The first row of topstitching is going to go all the way around the top of that bag. You’re stitching again over top of that handle so make sure that your seams are matching and then topstitch all the way around. When this topstitching has been done you’re going to follow this row of stitching, going through both these layers, all the way around. If you have a free arm on your machine it will come really handy in doing those two rows of stitches. So once the bag is all pressed flat and you know those sides are matching, you’ll be able to put this in the free arm of your machine and follow that line. You just want to make sure that you keep the handles out of that seam because you want to be able to use the handles. So once the bag has been finished sewing there’s a couple of ways you can carry it. You can carry it this way or you can turn it and carry it this way. If you want to use the inside handle because you want a shorter bag, you can still put it this way. You can fold those handles so that they fit inside, and then the top handles are right at the top so you’re going to be able to just hold onto those handles to carry that bag. You can still have it the other way. The larger carrying handles are going to be on the outside of the bag, but in the inside you still have the smaller handles so you can carry the bag this way. So if you’re starting off the night, you can start with a nice little short bag and it’s easy to hold open. Then as you get more treats you’re going to be able to make that bag a little bit bigger. So it’s a small and a large bag all in one bag. This fabric has been so much fun to work with. I love glow-in-the-dark fabric. Thank you for joining me on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
in the sewing room. Bye for now and Happy Halloween!