This post has a little bit of it all! Before I get to the bags I thought I would give a little background on how I got creating the bags.
I wanted to make my sons costume his year. I wasn’t sure what exactly he was going to be, but I was going to make it. Then one day on a trip to Old Navy my son discovered their creepy life like manikins. He tried so hard to figure out if they were real. He would hold their hand and he would shake them trying to figure out what these things were. Well one of them happened to be wearing a dragon costume and that was it, my son had made up his mind on what he was being for Halloween. He wanted to be a dragon just like the manikin. We tried the costume on and he was not going to take it off for anything. I couldn’t even get it off to purchase it. I had to bring him to the scanner. Ha!
Below are a few pictures of this experience. At the time I was only trying to get a picture of the costume, but you can see a little glimpses of him holding the manikins hands.
So then I figured if I wasn’t going to be able to make his costume then I would at least make him a trick or treat bag. I experimented with a couple of different options- which I will get to later in this post. I finally decided that I wanted his bag to match his costume. I tried to think of an accessory for a dragon. The only thing that came to mind was fire. Dragons + Fire = perfect idea for a trick or treat bag. I set out to make him a trick or treat bag on fire!
Here is what I came up with.
I have yet to get him to touch it. He thinks that it is hot, so he wants nothing to do with it. This is as close as he has come to it.
I did trick him into touching it for a second, by putting his favorite ball inside of the bag. I am hoping that once he figures out that the bag is used to put candy in that he will forget about the “hotness” of the bag. We’ll see.
Before I created him the fire trick or treat bag, I made him two other versions. I made him a Frankenstein and a Bat.
I thought I would share a tutorial and pattern on how to create these bags.
You will need a variety of colors of wool felt. Bat Felt Colors- Black, White, Purple. Frankenstein Felt Colors- Green, Black, White, Purple. I suggest using wool felt over the regular because it is a little more sturdy. You will also need to print out my pattern. Now I just want to apologize about the pattern right now. You will probably laugh at it ghetto-ness after you download it. But even though it may not be the prettiest pattern, it will work just fine.
First, you will want to cut out all of your felt pieces.
Then you will either hot glue or sew the face pieces together.
The bat requires a two step process. You will glue on your wings and ears to the back of your face. Then you will cover that with another felt circle or the front of your face. Then glue or sew on eyes and fangs.
Then you will hot glue the middle piece to the back of your face. You will want to draw your hot glue in the shape of a smile around the edge of your face and then stick in your middle piece. Repeat for the other side as well.
Then you just glue your handles together. Then glue them to the inside middle piece of the bag.
Then you are complete!
Let me know if you have any questions. I am happy to help.
Now are you saying to yourself, “this is cute, but I don’t know if I have time to make this before Halloween.” Well today is your lucky day, because I am giving away one Frankenstein bag to a lucky winner. And I am giving away one Bat bag to a lucky winner. That is 2 winners!
Here are the giveaway rules:
-This contest is open only to followers of Better Together, because we love our followers! We want to give back to you. If you are a follower, than just leave a comment telling me which bag is your favorite- and be honest because that is the one that you will get if you win.
You have 3 chances to win your own trick or treat bag.
The giveaway will be open until 8 p.m. MST Sunday, October 23. I will contact the winner Sunday evening. I need to hear back from you within 24 hours. I will be shipping these out on Tuesday morning so that they will arrive in plenty of time for your Halloween weekend.
Thanks and Good luck!
And P.S. Are there any moms of dragons this year? If so, email me and I will send you the pattern for the fire trick or treat bag!
*Giveaway is now closed, but I am still leaving the comments open incase you have something nice that you would like to say. Thanks!