Frustration and fun

October 12, 2010 at 10:48 pm (Uncategorized)

A month or so ago, I was asked to start hosting craft events in my house with my local moms group.  The last kids’ craft was a huge success and I fully expected this one to be as well.  Not a single person showed up.  Besides Junior and I, 5 mom and 7 kids had RSVP’ed yes to be here.  About an hour before the event, two of the moms (and four of the kids) canceled due to illnesses.  Hey, it’s fall, I get it; colds happen.  However, on our website at this very moment, the other moms and kids are all still listed as “yes”.  Funny, because here I am, sitting on my couch, blogging, watching Junior play the Wii.  The “playdate” started 55 minutes ago.  Lame.

I spent an hour and a half last night sewing 10 trick-o-treat bags.  I spent 2 hours this morning cleaning my house and cutting out the stencils for the bags.  I have to say, I’m a little heartbroken.  I love crafting and teaching.  I was really looking forward to this.

Since the day didn’t go like I’d planned, I’ll share my project with my virtual friends!

Trick-or-treat Bags

  • Two pieces of orange fabric (roughly11x14, but the exact size is totally up to you)
  • One piece of green fabric (about 4×20, again, size can totally vary based on your taste)
  • Freezer paper
  • Black Acrylic paint
  • “Paint Medium” – You can find this with the acrylic paints at most large craft stores
  • Of course, you’ll need the tools too; a sewing machine, iron, scissors, paint brush, etc.

To sew the handle, fold one long edge of the green fabric in about half an inch and iron in place.  Do the same thing on the other edge.  Fold in half lengthwise and sew together.  Set this piece aside while you sew the body of the bag.

For the body of the bag, lay the two pieces of orange fabric together and sew along three of the sides (leaving whichever edge you want to be the top open).  Fold the top edge down about half an inch all the way around.  Remember, the part you’re looking at right now will end up being the inside of the bag, so when you’re folding this edge down, fold it to the outside (later, we’ll turn it the other way).  Now, pin the handle on.  One end of the handle should attach to each of the side seams.  Sew all the way around the top.  Turn the bag right-side-out and you’re good to go!

Cut two pieces of freezer paper just smaller than the inside dimensions of the bag.  On the non-shiny side of the paper, draw your jack-o-lantern face (or whatever pattern you want) and cut it out.  Lay the whole piece of freezer paper inside the bag with the shiny side up; put the cut out shiny side down on top of the bag.  With the iron on medium-high heat, iron over the surface of the paper; the sticky side will stick to the fabric and makes a great stencil.

Now, you’re ready to paint!  Mix 2 parts acrylic paint with 1 part of the fabric medium.  Paint in all the areas exposed in the cutout freezer paper.

Let it sit to dry for a couple of hours before removing the top paper.  Do not remove the bottom paper until the paint is completely dry (this will keep the paint from bleeding through).

In 24 hours, iron over the part you painted to set it.  Then it will be machine washable.  It’s certainly not the same as screen printing, but it will hold up ok to several washings.  You can use the same painting technique for lots of other things too!  We painted a tie on a t-shirt for Hubs last summer.  It was pretty stinkin’ cute!



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