Monday, October 1, 2012

Drawstring Halloween Treat Sacks

I know this took me a while to come up with this's a drawstring sack after all.  But true to form, I over thought this but came up with exactly what I wanted.

A basic drawstring sack was simple enough.  But I didn't like the way it looked. 

Cool, but a tad boring.  I'm making these for my 12 year old to give away to her friends so it had to be spectacular!
The other thing I like to do is take a certain amount of yardage and write my patterns around that to maximize my fabric usage.  For instance, I cut 1/4 yard of this Tula Pink fabric from Nightshade (Apothecary).  This print is super cool with little potion bottles all over! So from 1/4 yard, I trimmed off the selvage, sliced through the fold and cut the 9" strips in half exactly and I was left with a 9" x 10.75" rectangle. 
I decided I wanted to finish the raw edges against my husbands advice.  He figured they were one time use bags but I disagree!  I think even a 12 year old would keep this and use it for something!  Loose change, a little cell phone pouch, maybe it's just wishful thinking but I don't want to think of anything I take time to create ending up in the trash!  So, through the serger it went.  I just finished all of the edges of the rectangle.
Fold the top down 1.5", paying attention to the direction of your fabric.  Press a crease across the top.
Now fold the fabric in the opposite direction, right sides together, using your crease as a guide, and pin on each side 3/4" from the top fold.
Stitch 1/4" away from the edge on both sides.  I like to lock my stitch by taking a few stitches forward, a few backward and then sewing down to the pin, again locking at the end.
Now your stitch is locked down each side of the flap and you can flip it right side out.  I like to take a snip off that corner before turning right side out.  Helps get that sharp corner!
Flip the flap right side out...yes, I know that sounds funny!  Use your Purple Thang, or other appropriate device to gently push out your corners.
Sew 1/4" from the bottom of the flap portion all the way across the bottom of the flap.
Next sew a parallel line to the one you just sewed but 3/4" from the top fold. 
As you can see, I kind of forgot to make that second line to create the channel for the ribbon when I was taking pic's but you get the idea!  I went back and fixed it!
Then snip into the side just a tad under the folded portion.  You want just enough to have that side edge lay flat. 
Fold the bag right sides together and pin from just under the channel down the side, pivot at the corner and sew across the bottom all with a 1/4" seam allowance making sure your serged edges aren't showing on the outside.
Flip it right side out and you're done!  I used a 3/8" wide black satin ribbon, an 18" length for a nice finished bow on the side.  Use a safety pin in one end to feed it through your channel.
So, here is a picture of my finished bag:

Isn't it so much cuter with the lower channel and ruffled top!?  You'll have a 5" x 6" bag, a perfect size for little treat sacks!  So here's the scoop if you want to attempt these:

I got 4 bags out of 1/4 yard of fabric.  You'll need 18" of ribbon for each bag.  If you are thinking of cutting costs, they would look just as cute with a piece of twine rather than ribbon, more affordable too!  Think about it before you take the time serging or zigzagging your edges.  You may feel that finishing it completely is not necessary for the use of your bags.  AND...if you love the look of the Nightshade, here is the link to what we have left of her fabrics:

Unfortunately, it's not much!  Austin pretty much wiped us out at the QuiltFest! 
Do you like these bags but don't want to make them?  We'll make them for you!  Finished edges, black satin ribbon, exactly as shown here:

You will receive 6 bags, 2 of each color (Vapor, Evening Shade and Absinthe), for $15.00.  Any special orders should be emailed to shop{at}ajoyfulsoulfabrics{dot}com.  Limited quantities are available so place your custom order quickly! 
Thank you so much for joining me today in my little sewing journey!  If you have any questions or need clarification, please let me know!