Halloween Style Challenge, I created some cute, festive treat bags made out of drop cloth. You know the stuff painters use to protect the floor from splatters and such. I love to find new, useful ways to utilize materials that was otherwise intended for another purpose.
The great thing about this project is that you can adapt it to any holiday or occasion! Birthdays and classroom parties come to mind. Today, I'm going to show you just how to make these polka dot Halloween treat bags. It's pretty simple!
- canvas drop cloth
- rotary cutter or scissors
- cutting mat, only if you are using a rotary cutter
- craft paint
- foam pouncer
- sewing machine and thread (or fusible webbing)
- iron and ironing board
- treats of choice
ONE | Cut the drop cloth for your bags. My bags measured 4.5 x 13 inches unfolded and 4.5 x 6.5 inches folded. You can make these bags any size you wish by either making a template of your measurements out of cardboard to use or you can tear this material at your measured location, it does tear in a straight line, but I did mine a tad bit different.
You should now have a long folded piece of cloth that measures approximately 5 feet by 6.5 inches. Using the rotary cutter, mat, and ruler cut out individual bags from your material every 4.5 inches. You will end up with roughly 12 to 13 bags.
TWO | This is where you can get creative. For my bags, I chose orange polka dots. It was simple and paid homage to Home Depot. Using a foam pouncer, I added the polka dots in various patterns. Each bag is slightly different. On one bag I just put one dot, it cracked me up!
I chose to paint before I sewed up the bags, you can always do this step afterwards, there is no right or wrong way to do this.
THREE | Using your sewing machine, with right sides facing, sew up sides of the treat bags using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I did not finish the top edges of the bags, I simply left them raw and I love the look.
FOUR | Fill with treats and tie closed with ribbon!