Tomorrow is my next appearance on Afternoon Live. I guess I wanted to do something scary for Halloween! 😂
Because I’m assuming most viewers don’t have a sewing machine, I try to keep my projects no-sew or minor hand sewing-friendly. For this episode, I decided a cute trick-or-treat bag would be just the thing. This sweet little thing only takes a few minutes to make!
To make this, you’ll need:
a t-shirt (obviously a larger shirt will make a larger bag, smaller shirt = smaller bag)
While this is a great project to use a t-shirt that’s outgrown or no longer wearable, I wanted a small bag. I bought a size 4T at the craft store, which of course was bare.
I cut the pumpkin from felt and used Wonder Under to adhere it to the shirt. I originally started with the pieces together, as they’re shown on the pattern, but liked the stenciled look it created by spacing them apart a bit.
I thought that would be enough to hold it, but the pieces started to lift, so I stitched around each with embroidery thread.
Once you’ve settled on a shirt to use, fold the shirt in half so the sleeves are lined up well. Cut the sleeves off just inside the seam. Cut the binding from the neck. I made mine a loosely squared shape. Make sure to cut close to the seam at the top of the shoulder. You want that section as wide as you can make it because it’s going to serve as your handle.
Cut off the hem at the bottom. If your shirt is very long, you may want to cut a little higher so it isn’t so deep.
Make sure the two layers are lined up well at the bottom edge. Cut 1” wide fringe that’s 5 - 6” long. For this grey shirt I went with 5”.
Clip along the sides as needed.
When it comes to tying the knots, I tried out two different methods, and the one I’m going to show you looked the best (an overhand knot), and left the tiniest spaces between each at the bottom. It’s all about preventing candy loss, right?
Grab the strip and start to create a loop by bringing the end over the top, going toward your left. (It was hard to photograph this one handed, but I think you’ll get it).
Stuff that end down into the loop from the top, then grab it from underneath.
Use your left hand to gently pull the end, while you use your right to push the knot upward.
The other method I tried was to tie the upper and lower strip together like you would tie shoelaces. It was messy, didn’t hang well, and left a big gap between each.
Tie all the way across until all strips are knotted.
Here’s what that looks like from the inside.
Obviously this one is made with the fringe on the outside, but if you don’t want that look you can turn the shirt inside out before tying. Once you’re finished, turn it right side out and you have a completely different look.
As I mentioned, the grey shirt is a kids’ 4T, and the Toy Story Shirt is a women’s medium.
These also make good shopping bags. I mean, it’s still a treat if you buy it yourself, isn’t it? 😉