FrankenZombie Gift Bag

I’m bringing home a post I did for Go To Sew last year. yes, it was last year, but we still love it, so I hope you do too!! I thought about making a treat bag! A treat bag in the shape of candy corn would be cute and easy, right? Yep! But then I realized we’d never use it…

Frankenzombie-ImFeelinCrafty-Title1And then came the FrankenZombie Treat Bag! The kiddo has a treat bag that he loves and doesn’t want to replace. We use it every year. And then I remembered the zombie birthday party invitation that he brought home the other day!  So why not make a zombie gift bag that can then be used as a treat bag??? Oh yeah!

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We got the whole family together for a design meeting! And then we got started!

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The materials we used were cute Halloween fabric for the inside of the bag, green felt for the outside, random fleece and felt and yarn scraps for the embellishments, felt glue, some ribbon and cutting utensils.

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Step 1- First I cut out the outside fabric. I made mine 14 inches tall by 11 inches wide.

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Step 2- I found a circular item to round off the corners. Draw the circle and then cut.

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Step 3- Next, I used my felt outside as a template to cut the inside fabric.

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Step 4- The fun part is cutting out the scraps into zombie parts!

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Step 5- Deciding what to sew and what to glue was tricky! At first the kiddo wanted to glue everything. Then glue nothing and sew everything! So I decided to sew the eyeballs, scars and mouth yarn. So I sewed those pieces down.

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Step 6- Place the front and bag of the bag, right sides together. (I did add hair to the back, too!)

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Step 7- Sew the inside pieces together, right sides together. And don’t forget to leave a hole!

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Step 8- Turn the inside of the bag right sides out and insert into the outside of the bag.

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Step 9- Don’t forget to also pin in the ribbon strap. Put this in between the inside and outside of the bag!

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Step 10- Sew along the top of the bag! Then pull the bag right side out through the hole you left in the lining.

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Step 11- Now glue down the pieces you have decided to glue! I glued the teeth, the nose pieces and the eyeballs! I also inserted a piece of paper inside the bag, just in case any glue went through, it wouldn’t glue the bag together! Then take that paper out once everything is dry.

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Step 12- Sew the lining hole closed.

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Step 12- And topstitch!

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Step 14- Then get ready for some monster trick or treating!

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Or use it as a gift bag!  I love how the tissue paper looks like hair!

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I thought it was going to be kinda small, but once we added goodies, the size seemed to be just right! What kind of treat bags do your kids use? Do they have a special one? Happy Trick or Treating!!

 

Fabric Gift Bag Tutorial

Have you wrapped all your gifts yet? I’m about to get back to it! We just got back from a fabulous vacation to Palm Springs!! So I need to get back to wrapping.

aGiftBag-Main-ImFeelinCraftyI try to use as little paper as possible. About three years ago I posted a tutorial for fabric gift bags and each year I make a few more, but for the most part I just pull the bags out of the box and the presents are wrapped! My son and I were wrapping the other day and I looked over and he had his head in the box and bags were flying all over while he was looking for the right size bag! Too funny!

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Since I love these so much, I thought I’d update my tutorial for ya!

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Step 1: Gather your materials, Fabric, ribbon, a cutting device and the present.

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Step 2: Measure for the right size bag.  For the length, I measure about half the width of the present on the bottom and about half the width of the present on the top plus about 3 inches on top. Then I wrap the fabric around the present for the right width. Honestly, I’m not real exact when it comes to measuring mostly because who knows what will be in the package next year!

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Step 3: Cut!

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Step 4: Sew the top, fabric right sides together. Iron flat the top seam.

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Step 5: Fold the bag so that right sides are together. Right side of lining to right side of lining and right side of outside fabric to right side of outside fabric. Leave a hole in the lining seam.

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Step 6: Rotate the fabric so that the seam is centered on one side of the bag. Sew the bottoms of both the inside and outside fabric. (bag is still inside out)

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Step 7: This step isn’t required, but I like it. Sew the corners. Pinch the bottom corners to create triangles. The side fold and the bottom seam should be aligned. Sew across the corners and trim.

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Step 8: Pull bag through the hole.

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Step 9: Sew the hole closed.

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Step 10: Turn the bag inside itself, iron the top edge and topstitch.

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Step 11: Add the ribbon. I stitch the ribbon on for 2 reasons. 1. Next time I or whoever else uses the bag won’t have to look for ribbon. And 2. It makes it easier to keep the bow in place! Tack it down about 3 inches from the top at the seam on the back.

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And there, a reusable gift bag!

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Our tree is full of these little guys!

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I hope you can make a few to put under your tree a well. Get rid of a little bit of paper each year!

Giving Gifts…. A little late

Are you ready for a confession??? I have a problem. I love giving gifts. You’re right, that doesn’t sound like a problem, does it? Nope, that’s not the problem. The problem is that I have a problem giving the gifts on time…

Like for instance these graduation gifts. Yes, these girls graduated in May and it’s what… August? September???? oops! It took me a little while to figure out what to get them. Then I ordered the gifts and it took a little while to get here. Nope, I didn’t order it from Zappos. I LOVE Zappos and thier free next day shipping!Yes, I did just get a package from them today! Totally beside the point, but…. So then the gifts were here and I had the boxes to mail the gifts in sitting around the house and driving my husband insane!

I finally got them wrapped and in the mail this week! I used my gift bag tutorial and whipped up some gift wrapping. I just happened to have coordinating fabric for each girl’s school colors! Then I punched their school emblems and embellished with those. It really doesn’t take me much longer to make these than to wrap in paper, so I really have no excuse as to why they sat around the house for so long…

The not so bad part of my problem. I do get the gifts and I do give them. Sometimes it’s just a little late. So if you’re a someone who should be getting a gift from me… It will come, just maybe not on time. My apologies up front!

 

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