Monday, September 6, 2010

One! Two! Three Halloween Bags! Ah Ah Ah!

A Halloween bag? For me?

This is the first of a series of three Halloween-y bags I had planned to make this weekend. So far I've only completed two but I'm too eager to show them off to wait for the trio to be done. Weirdly, my husband not only wanted to spend time with me this weekend (I know, surprising, right?) but he was also willing to leave the house. Once I got over the shock I figured I'd take advantage of that so my sewing schedule got a bit behind.


This first one's all for me and I've had the fabric picked out for months looking for just the right pattern to use. Finally found a cute little tote pattern I thought would highlight it best. I made a few changes including interfacing the outer fabric, which is the slightly eerie-looking Ikea Saralisa fabric. The inner skull fabric is one of my favorites currently offered at Jo-Ann Fabrics, not only because of the cute but not too cutesy pattern but also because of the price tag. At only $5/yard I was able to snap up several yards the last time I had a 50% off coupon for an even better $2.50/yard. It is a little flimsy but I think it'll hold up just fine with the interfacing and thick Ikea fabric to back it up.


I also sewed on some of this fantastic ribbon for sale at A.C. Moore for only $1 a spool. Needless to say, after seeing how neat it looks here I went back and bought a few more spools for future projects.


I'm definitely recommending this pattern because it's near perfect as written. The bag's a little smaller than what I usually carry, but there's a time and place for a smaller bag like this. I did add a magnetic clasp for a little more security, lengthened the straps (to about 23"), and fidgeted about with the bottom pleats to make it match the bag in the photo but otherwise it was smooth sailing.






23 comments:

Catch A Falling Star said...

It's super cute!
I love the fabric especially the inside fabric.
I'm particularly fond of the green color.
Great job on the purse, I made a couple of simple tote bags before but I can't make a good purse to save my life.

Megan @ Polish The Stars.com said...

Great job! I love the inside fabric! I will definitely have to look for it the next time I go to Jo-Ann's!

janimal said...

Loving the lining fabric. I may have to make a run to buy some of that. And that ribbon! Oooooh lovely. Well done!

Bree said...

This looks like a perfect size/shape bag I've been looking for & I love your fabric choices.

Melissa said...

I love what you did! Your purse turned out beautifully. The Ikea fabric reminds me of something from my childhood, but I can't put a finger on it. LOVE IT!

I'm utterly giddy that someone used my little pattern.

Bumblebee and Sophie said...

What a great bag! I love the fabric and the pleat in the middle! So cute!

PEACHES said...

I dig this something rotten! Especially love the touches of skull and crossbones...it's all in the details! Great stuff.
And big time Kudos to you for the Sesame Street reference!

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mle said...

Oh! Awesome bag! It's halloweeny w/out witches & pumpkins. Love the fabric & ribbon detail!!

Katie said...

I absolutely LOVE it! I am a skull girl and so I love the pop of skulls in the inside. Awesome

Jill said...

So cute! And I like it with the lengthened strap!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

I love it! It's just beautiful, and what a fun find that ribbon is! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

That is DARLING! Seriously! I would use it all the time, not just for Halloween :) Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I hope to see you again next week :)
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Meg said...

So cute! I love Ikea fabrics! This is a perfect Halloween one, too! And I love the pleat in the middle. It's the details!

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The Answer Is Chocolate said...

What an awesome bag! I'm totally in love with this fabric. Great job.

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Sandra said...

How cute and I love the hidden fabric on the inside!

1 Funky Woman said...

This is fabulous, love the fabric and the skull trim, you should sell them!

Megan

Sandy said...

I love that ribbon. Wish we had an A.C. Moore store here. I am always making stuff with skulls on it for my sister, who is just crazy over skulls. I just found more really cool fabric and want to make her a tote bag, maybe I will try this pattern. Thanks for the inspiration.

Jami said...

OMGosh! I LOVE that fabric (outside). That is awesome!

Lucy Designs said...

That fabric is awesome, so cute!!

Nikki said...

Love it, wonderful fabric. Another pattern for my long to-do-list :)

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Adorable! Love it & I love Ikea fabric!

Warmly, Michelle