Friday, October 16, 2009

It's a Freaky Friday Blog Swap!

Hey girls...Happy Friday!!!
I have swapped blogs with my friend Becca from Blue Cricket Design for the day. Becca describes Freaky Friday as... "a chance for us to meet other totally awesome, amazing, awe inspiring, cool creators. We switch blogs for the day and introduce ourselves to each other's audience. What a great way to link creative communities!" Yes indeedy. Thank you Becca for inviting me to participate in your Freaky Friday blog swap. I hope y'all will show my new friend some bloggy love.
Take it away Becca.....

Hi there! I'm Becca from over at Blue Cricket Design! I am so happy to be on this mini blog vacation and visiting with all of you! I am a huge fan of Amanda and all her many talents!

I am excited to share with you a fun Halloween project I hope all of you will enjoy!
Introducing my...

Magic Halloween Bag!!!

One of my roommates in College has a wonderful family tradition! After Trick or Treating her kids leave their Halloween candy on the front porch and "Magically" it turns into a prize in the morning! I fell in love with the idea!!! I can't stand all the candy after the holiday! There is just too much! So I am adding to this fun tradition and I have created a "Magic Halloween Bag" to put the candy in! You could also simply make this bag for Trick or Treating! It beats the Pillow case I always used as a kid! They are just so darling!!!

Let's get started...

For this project you'll need a variety of Halloween Fabrics. I bought 7 prints all 1/4 of a yard. You will also need a yard of a fabric for the lining of the bag. I bought my fabric at Walmart and all together it only cost me $6

Cut each print in strips the width of the fabric. Vary your strip size for a fun random look.

Lay your cut strips out alternating the colors and prints and create your pattern. Start sewing the strips together until they are all sewn together!

Press this finished section with an Iron.

I used Ric Rack and other ribbon and added then throughout the strips. I sewed mine on with a zig zag stitch!

Now we are going to sew the finished section onto the lining of the bag. Be sure to place the striped section face down onto the lining fabric and pin it in place.

Sew the fabrics together leaving a small opening where you will then turn the bag right side out!

Press again with an Iron.

Adding the drawstring is easy! Lay a piece of ribbon that is longer then the width of the bag onto the top of the bag. Fold over an inch of fabric and pin in place!

Sew a straight stitch to encase the ribbon.

Fold the bag in half with the stripes on the inside and sew the sides together leaving the top open. Be careful not to sew the drawstring closed.

Turn it right side out and there you go!!!

I made up a Poem to go along with our new family tradition of trading in our candy! I will print it out on fun Halloween Paper and laminate it and then attach it to the drawstring.

It's always fun to Trick or Treat!
With lots of yummy things to eat!
Like M & M's and Licorice,
Handfuls from a candy dish!
But all that candy can't be great!
It might give you a tummy ache.
So toss it in
And close it tight
and when you go to sleep at night
This magic bag has a surprise!
It turns your candy into a PRIZE!

Thanks for letting me share! I would love for you to come and see all the other fun ideas I share on my creative blog!

Blue Cricket Design is my collection of craft projects, recipes, tutorials, giveaways and more!!!Come back often and join in on the fun!!!

Thanks Amanda!!!!


House Queen said...

What a great idea! I also love the blogger swap thing! Very cool!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is really cute! I used to hate all the candy in the house, too {mine are older now}. You reminded me that I had made a Halloween trick or treat bag for my kids years ago. I should see if I can find them.

Runner Mom said...

What a cute bag and darlin' poem!

A Southern Rose said...

What a cute idea! I don't like all of that candy either! I usually hide it and spread it out over the mext couple of months. I like this idea of exchanging it for a prize.

That is a 'cool' idea of blog swapping too!

Nice to meet you Becca. I will go and check out your blog now.

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

I love this idea and LOVE the poem!!! I actually like the candy my kids get, but I like it for me, not them so I need to come up with a poem about mom keeping the candy, kids get a prize!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Very cute, Becca. :) I'm getting ready to make ToT bags for my little girls, but I'm not sure my sewing skills are quite on par with yours. That bag is too cute!!! :)

Kelly said...

I found your website from blue cricket design and LOVE It! The Halloween porch is one of the best home decor crafts I have EVER seen! I wondered around your website and found your darling signs (from the craft fair). I am in the middle of a similar project for my nursery but am having a hard time finding cute templates that I like. I love the giraffe and elephant you have. I know you can't share all your secrets but do you mind telling me where you got your templates?

Bossome Sue said...

That's awesome! I have 4 trick-or-treaters, so this is a great idea!
Stopped over from Blue Cricket Designs. :)

{Rebecca Fellows} said...

What a super cute idea! Thanks, Becca :) (My sister always called me 'Becca' when we were little because she couldn't say my full name:))

Tami and Aaron said...

I love the idea of a "magic bag"! I think I'll have to start that tradition this year!

Brittany said...

Where did you get your cute fabric. I came over from Mimi Lee and i love your blog!

Becca said...

Hi guys!!! Becca here!!! I bought my fabric from Walmart!!! Super cute selection of Halloween fabric all for $2.50 a yard!

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