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Halloween tote bag and other fun Halloween ideas
Halloween is approaching pretty fast and tons of fun Halloween ideas and activities to do as a family come to mind around this household. We love it when we do stuff together and particularly my daughter Ellie is super excited this time a year when everything seems to be all about fun. If you’re like us and enjoy family time more than anything below the Halloween tote bag tutorial are a few activities we do together, hopefully they’ll inspire you.
Trick or Treat Halloween tote bag tutorial
This is a simple lined tote bag with a boxed bottom, easy to complete in just 30-45 minutes at a pretty low cost. I’ve made a toddler size but this can easily be adjusted for an adult size too. The tote is great for carrying around books, magazines or toys but in this particular case it will be wonderful if it ends up full of candy.
- 45 cm = 1/2 yard of black exterior fabric (this would work wonderfully: 60″ Wide Canvas Outdoor Fabric Black Fabric By The Yard)
- 45 cm = 1/2 yard colorful interior fabric (these are nice alternatives: 3/4th Inch Polka Dot Poly Cotton Fuchsia Dot on Purple 60 Inch Fabric by the Yard (F.E.) and Dotcha! Black Multi Fabric)
- If your going to appliqué something on the outside you’ll need those supplies too. I used exterior fabric with owls pattern and just cut some owls to make a pocket. (fabric alternative: black designer fabric with colourful embellished owls (per 0.5 yard multiple) or these cute appliqué: Orange Cute Owl Bird Kid Baby Jacket T shirt Patch Sew Iron on Embroidered Applique Badge Custom Gift, Orange Owl Patches 6.5×9.3 Cm Iron on Patch/embroidered Patch This Appliques Are Great for T-shirt, Hat, Jean ,Jacket, Backpacks)
- Thread of choice. I used black.
- A few Halloween stickers to apply just temporarily (witches, ghosts, bats etc)
How to make the Halloween tote bag:
- Cut 2 rectangles each of your exterior fabric and lining fabric of 30 cm by 38 cm = 12″ by 15″.
- If you want to appliqué something on the outside of your bag or sew a pocket as I did, now is a good time to do it.
- I used a different fabric, with an owl pattern to cut about 12 by 15 cm = 4,5″ by 6″ to make the pocket.
- Iron all edges and only sew the top one.
- Place on the exterior fabric and sew the other 3 edges on.
- Sew around the sides and bottom of the exterior using a 0.60 cm = 1/4″ seam allowance then press side seams open. Leave a pin on the top edge to remember to skip sewing.
- Box the corners by lining up your side and bottom seam making a nice triangle. Stick a pin about 5 cm = 2” in from the corner and repeat on the opposite corner. Sew where you placed the pins, sewing a straight line perpendicular to the corner. Cut the extra fabric off or keep it on if you want your bag to have a more stable bottom.
- Do exactly as above with the lining fabric . This is how it should look once done.
- Turn your lining right side out and place into your exterior with the wrong side out. Right sides should be facing each other as a rule of thumb.
- Match up the top side seams and edges, pin, and sew leaving a 1.25 cm = 1/2″ seam allowance around the top of the bag.
- Don’t sew all around the top but leave 6 to 10 cm = 2,5″ to 4″ open. This is where you’ll turn the bag right side out.
- Turn the bag right side out through the hole.
- Place the lining down into the bag, iron your top edges, and top stitch 0.30 cm = 1/8″ from the edge.
How to make the straps:
- Cut 2 rectangles 12 cm by 40 cm = 5″ by 16″ from the leftover lining fabric.
- Iron edges 0.60 cm = 1/4″ in on both ends.
- Fold strap in half and iron a crease in the middle.
- Iron both edges into the crease.
- Fold over creased edges to hide raw edges and sew around all sides of each strip as close to the edge as possible.
- Attach to the bag with a pin, about 5 cm = 2″ from each side and 3 cm = 1.5″ down. You can attache the straps to the lining or exterior. I prefer them inside.
- Sew the strap to the bag crossing in the middle for strength.
Voila! You’ve got yourself (well, your kid) an adorable Halloween tote bag that can easily be used anytime a year once the Halloween stickers are off.
Fun Halloween ideas and activities for families
- If you’ve never done it, challenge yourself and try your hand at pumpkin carving. Draw eyes, nose and mouth together with your little ones and then carefully carve following the pattern. Have your little munchkin take the content out (yes it’s messy but they’ll laugh their tiny hearts out) and then place a light inside. It may not be the best looking carved pumpkin but the fun you’ll have together is priceless.
- Buy a few super cute, teeny tiny pumpkins to decorate your Halloween table. Just spread them around the table and they’ll instantly brighten up the setting and the mood.
- If you like cute as much as we do, purchasing or making a little owl is a must. We’ve got ours from a talented street artist who made it out of leaves, straws and twigs. It’s now Ellie’s bed time companion as apparently owls are great at keeping monsters away at night time. What do I know? I’m just an adult.
- Look for a makeup artist and ask them to try and do makeup on your kids, inspired by their favorite cartoons characters. Ellie’s favorite is Anna’s from Frozen so we went out looking for someone able to do an Anna makeup, practiced a little and decided this is exactly what we want, instead of a whole costume (yes, I know she doesn’t really look like Anna but she’s convinced she is so that’s all that matters).
- Throw a Halloween party for your friends and family using fully cooked, hassle free meals such as Farm Rich Smokehouse BBQ #SmokehouseBBQ. This new line is for families who are health conscience but need the convenience and peace of mind that they are serving their families good foods. The Farm Rich Smokehouse is a new line in the multi-serve meal category at Walmart. The line features all natural meat:
– Pulled Beef Brisket in a Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce
– Pulled Pork BBQ
– Double Rubbed Dry Smoked Pork
– Double Rubbed Dry Smoked Chicken
The items are priced at $6.97. The dry rub products are a high protein quality item that has no preservatives. The un sauced items are perfect to have on hand to throw into a favorite recipe (pizza, casserole, tacos, etc) They are fully cooked and hand pulled, making family dinners that much easier. Try a recipe with Farm Rich Smokehouse Double Rubbed Dry Smoked Pork or Chicken for this Halloween!
Towards the end of the month there will be some Farm Rich Smokehouse BBQ tasting events at Walmart. Check your local Walmart for more details and don’t forget to bring along this coupon!