Friday, October 1, 2010

diy: Ghost Halloween Treat Bag

I love these Pottery Barn Kids Tote Treat Bags for Halloween, especially the personalization. 

However, if you don't have the scratch for the tote + embroidered name ($16 + $6.50 = $22.50). Try out this DIY project and make your own for as little as $2.50. I did and I am pretty happy with the result.

Here's What You Need:

--orange tote bag (made of felt or similar material--I got one for $1.39 at Hobby Lobby. Size is 13.5" H x 9.75" W x 2.75" D.)
--9" x 12" felt pieces: (1) white and (1) black for this design (25 cents/piece at Hobby Lobby)
--embroidery floss: white and black (35 cents/piece at Hobby Lobby)
--embroidery or similar needle
--Tacky Glue

Here's What You Do:
1) Cut out LHC ghost pattern including the eye holes and mouth hole. Pin to white felt and cut around ghost pattern. Cut out eyes and mouth.

2) Adhere ghost to bag with Tacky Glue.
3) Choose letters you need for personalization. Cut out letters from letter pattern. Pin letters onto black felt. Cut around letters.
4) Adhere letters to bag with Tacky Glue above the ghost.

5) Use contrasting embroidery thread and stitch on the ghost using a basic straight stitch. Begin stitching about 1/8 inch away from the edge of the eyes, mouth, and shape of ghost. Stitch about 1/16 inch from edge of letter. The Tacky Glue will hold the pieces in place while you stitch.

Stitches on ghost should be about 1/4 inch long and you should leave about 1/4 inch between stitches. 

Stitches on letters should be 1/8 inch in length and 1/8 inch between stitches.

6) Fill with candy and enjoy!