DIY Halloween Embroidered Trick or Treat Bag

DIY Halloween Embroidered Trick or Treat Bag

Looking for an easy DIY project for Halloween?  Check out this Trick-or-Tread embroidered felt bag. This is a fast and easy project and the kids will love it 🙂

Supplies

  • Inside of bag:  cut 1 cotton fabric 27” by 14” and cut a 9” circle
  • Outside of bag: cut 1 black felt 27” by 14” and cut a  9” circle
  • Strap:
    • cut 1 black felt and cut 1 orange felt 2 ½” by 19”
    • cut 1 orange felt 1  19” by 11”
  • Plastic or watersoluble embroidery stabilizer –  cut 1 piece 19” by 11”
  • Medium weight Tear-away adhesive embroidery stabilizer 
  • Halloween embroidery designs (I used designs in my Brother Dream Machine; there are other cute designs in ibroidery
  • Embroidery thread
  • Universal thread for sewing bag
  • Faux fur or feather trim (optional)

Embellishing the Bag with Applique & Embroidery

in this step I decided to change the embroidered letters into applique so I could add the contrasting colored felt. You might consider other fabrics such as satin, metallic, or lace for a completely different look.  I will show all the steps on my Brother Dream Machine:

  • Go to the embroidery screed and type in letters “TRICK”.  Click the ARRAY.
  • Change the word into a semicircle.
  • Move the letters into the upper section of the embroidery screen. Edit the letters a little more by spreading the letters out.  This will give us a little more room for the applique.
  • Edit the letters a little more by spreading the letters out.  This will give us a little more room for the applique.
  • ADD the letters “OR”.
  • ADD the letters “TREAT”.  Click on ARRAY to alter the curve of the word and spread the letters out.

To read the full blog, head over to my post as a Brother Expert Consultant on the Brother Stitching Sewcial. Be sure to share photos of  your bags #angleawolf #brothersews

Cheers,

Embellishing – Fabricate with Applique!

Embellishing – Fabricate with Applique!

 

Fab-ri-cate (from dictionary.com unabridged – based on the Random House Dictionary)

  1. To make by art or skill and labor; construct
  2. To make by assembling parts or sections
  3. To devise or invent
  4. To fake; forge

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That definition pretty much leaves the door open for ultimate creativity, wouldn’t you say? One idea includes designing your own fabric or altering a fabric into something totally different, which is what I did with the above jacket.

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The fabric used for the applique trimming is a polyester / satin. A lightweight fabric with fabulous drape, perfect for a blouse or lining (both of which I plan to add to jacket).  That fabric, if left alone, would be a nightmare to create appliques or cut-outs, so I fabricated – sounds like a bad word 🙂 !

heat and bondThe trick – Heat N Bond, now available from my favorite place WAWAK Sewing and comes in 5 yard and 35 yard pieces. At first I wasn’t too sure about this stuff, but basically you iron it to the back of the fabric and it makes it easier for you to cut out an applique – especially if you are using the Brother Scan-n-Cut

 

 

 

This is how easy an applique can be:

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  • Choose a design – for the sleeve I enlarged a design already in the scan-n-cut memory.
  • Place the bonded fabric onto the cutting mat (the paper backing on the heat –n-bond makes it easy to stick)
  • Press the start button (told you it was easy!)

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Peel off the backing and place the appliques on the garment.

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Once you have the perfect placement, use a press cloth and press the applique in place.  Notice I attach the appliques before sewing the sleeve together.

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Even though the cut of the scan-n-cut prevents the fabric edges from fraying, I still stitch the applique in place. I choose the blanket stitch and stitched around each applique. That took some time, but it looks great.  Almost looks like leather!

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I followed all those steps for the jacket front and again used a blanket stitch.

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Of course I could cut these appliques by hand, but I really like the fact that all the front pieces are exactly the same! By the way, don’t look too closely at my studio – can you tell I have been working 🙂angela wolf #wardrobechallenge

 

Well, that’s one fun way to fabricate. Have you ever tried appliqueing apparel?

 

Cheers,

Angela Wolf

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