Reversible Quilted Trick-or-Treat Bag

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Fall is just around the corner which means Halloween is coming right up! If your kids are like mine and end up trick-or-treating with a grocery sack then you definitely need this tutorial :) Crafty Betty from the contributor team is here today with a tutorial for these darling trick-or-treat bags!

Trick-or-Treat Bags
Intro Photo

Halloween is right around the corner and every year I try to find some sort of practical treat bag.  We have done the $1 buckets and they are great for the day, but somehow they always get commandeered for sick buckets…hey – we have four kids and when one gets it, we all get it.  It just doesn’t feel right to fill that bucket with delicious candy again (no matter how much it’s been bleached out!)  Last year, out of necessity (read: mom forgot to get the buckets) I decided to whip together some easy treat bags.  How hard could it be right???  Without further adieu…The Reversible Quilted Treat Bag!

Supplies:

  • 2-4 Coordinating Fabrics –you can use fat quarters!
  • Coordinating or Contrasting Thread (depending on the look you are going for)
  • ½” double fold (extra wide) bias tape
  • Quilt Batting (whatever is on sale – use your coupon!)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Serger (optional – if you don’t have one, use pinking shears or zig zag stitch)
  • Cutting Mat
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Quilting Ruler
  • Pins
  • Iron

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Like I always say, this is a FUN project that is wide open to your creativity.  Follow the directions exactly or don’t.  Every single bag I make is totally different and having this basic pattern will allow you to embellish, piece together fabrics, embroider, monogram, you name it! Gather your supplies and get your fabric ironed.   Let’s get cutting that fabric!

Bag Parts:

  • 4 pieces – 13”x 12” – these will make the insides and outsides of your bag
  • 2 pieces – 13”x 2.5” – these will make the handles
  • 2 pieces – 13.5” x 12.5”  – these will be the quilt sandwich guts
  • 2 pieces bias tape – 14” – these are the finishing pieces

**If you are embroidering the main part of the bag, this is the time to do it.  Stay away from the edges!**
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Universal Pacifier Clip Tutorial

***this was posted last week at A Couple of Craft Addicts***
I was so excited when Jessica invited me to be a part of her baby series! It’s always nice to have an excuse to do some sewing for my little man. 
I decided to make something we are in desperate need of. Some paci clips that fit on any type of pacifier!
The only ones they had at Wal-Mart didn’t work with our favorite Soothie brand and let me tell you those pacis can bounce a long way when they pop out!
And you know a guy’s gotta spit that out every now and again for important things like smiling :)
This project takes all of 5 minutes and is cheap too!
1. Grab a scrap of fabric from your stash and cut an 11×2″ piece. Fold it in half with long sides together. In between the layers slip in a small hair elastic (or a loop of ribbon, etc.). Sew up one short end (the side with elastic) and the long edges. 
2. Turn right side out and tuck in the raw edges on the other end. Topstitch around all edges making sure to stitch back and forth several times over the elastic to keep it secure.
3. Slide the end without the elastic through a mitten/suspender clip and stitch down.
And now your pacifiers are always in reach!
***safety note: babies should always be supervised when using a pacifier clip. Do not let your child use a pacifier clip while sleeping***
And in case you’re looking for a few more fun baby tutorials check out some of my favorites:
   
    
   
   
Can you tell I get a bit carried away with my sewing???
See the full collection (trust me this is just scratching the surface) over at Nap Time Crafters

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Thanks for having me!

Amy

Piddle Pad Tutorial

With a recently potty trained toddler and lots of road trips this summer I decided to take some precautions…
Because I really can’t think of much worse than having to sit in a soggy car seat for 4 hours- ick…

But… even if you aren’t potty training right now you could also whip one of these up for trips home from the pool- sitting on a towel is a little tricky in a car seat. And… they also fit in infant car seats which is great if your little one has infamous diaper blow outs
This whole project takes less than an hour- well worth my peace of mind. I put it through a test run and it held about 1/2 cup before it started spilling over. If you want a little more protection I have some tips that too
Let’s get started!
Materials:
  • 1/3 yard terry cloth- the thicker the better
  • 1/3 yard vinyl- I used marine vinyl left over from my storage bin project
1. Cut your vinyl to fit your car seat- remember you’ll have a seam allowance so cut it a bit bigger- I should have made my cut outs by the straps a bit smaller

2. Cut a 2nd layer from your terry cloth- if you want extra protection cut 2 layers- don’t make a cut-out for the center buckle just yet. I also cut 2 small pieces as some extra protection by the buckle
3. With right sides together sew your vinyl and terry cloth together leaving a gap along the bottom edge
4. Turn right side out and topstitch around all the edges. Apply some scotch tape to the bottom of your presser foot to help it slide along the vinyl
5. Cut a hole in your terry cloth for the buckle and snip towards each corner of the opening. Fold back the flaps and stitch down. For extra reinforcement and to prevent fraying I went around the whole opening with a zig-zag stitch
6. With right sides together sew your flap pieces together around the curved edge. Turn right side out and topstitch around all edges
7. Sew in place with the terry cloth sides together. This will flip up between your tot’s legs to protect the buckle
Happy Travels!

Amy

Pee Pee TeePee Pattern

Boys are messy! Turns out the whole mess making business starts at birth so I whipped these up after we had 2 incidents in one day. And I have the pee pee teepee pattern to share with you today
Little owls for fun on the outside and terry cloth on the inside to get the job done
let’s get started!

Materials:

  • 1/4 yard terry cloth- the thicker the better!
  • 1/4 yard flannel
  • Pattern
1. Head over to Craftsy and download your FREE Pee Pee Tee Pee Pattern
2. Cut out 1 piece from flannel and 1 from terry cloth. Or go ahead and cut a few so you always have a spare on hand when one is in the wash
2. Fold each piece in half to form a cone and sew the raw edges together
3. Slide the 2 layers of your tee pee together with right sides together. Sew around the bottom edge leaving a 1″ gap for turning
4. Turn right side out and tuck in the raw edges. Sew all the way around the bottom edge
With your left over fabric you could whip up a couple burp cloths and give this as a baby gift to a friend with a sense of humor:)
Happy diaper changing!

Owl Baby Mobile Tutorial

Since we’re living in a temporary apartment this summer the kids’ room is a bit barren. I decided that it could use a little livening up and came up with this quick and easy owl mobile. It will match our nursery back in Provo perfectly so we’ll get to use it this fall too!
I love all of those little owls and hopefully they will lull our little man right to sleep:)
Let’s get started!

Materials:
  • Felt, fabric scraps, etc.
  • Embroidery Floss
  • 2 Dowels
  • 4 Wooden beads that fit on dowel ends
  • Polyfill
  • String to hang with

 1. Cut out all of your pieces- I used a mix of felt and fabric scraps. Since this won’t ever be washed or played with you don’t have to worry about fraying too much. For the eyes I did buttons
2. Sew on all of your applique pieces- I used embroidery floss and a simple running stitch. I made sure to sew the eyes on super well- don’t want buttons falling into the baby’s bed! After everything is sewn to the front you can sew the front and back together. Add in a little stuffing before you sew it all the way shut to give your owls some poof
 3. Cross your 2 dowels (I actually used skewers because we already had some on hand) and secure together. I used hot glue and then wrapped around the 2 with a twist tie. Next I added wooden beads to the end of the skewers to hide my pointy ends
4. Tie a length of embroidery floss to each corner of the mobile. Thread it through a cloud and knot on the other side and then knot it to the back of the owl. I tied it to the owl about 1/4 of the way down from the top and mine hang so the baby can see them and they’re visible from an adult point of view
Happy little flock of owls all ready to go…
Hang it from your ceiling with a piece of string and enjoy!
***Make sure you tie everything securely so pieces can’t fall into the crib. I triple knotted everything and reinforced with glue
Amy

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