AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: October 9, 2012 | COMMENTS: 7 Comments
CATEGORIES: Glass City Parent, Holidays, Love This...Not So Much,
That’s all I have to say about Mary Vogel’s latest contribution to Mama on The Fly! She’s whipped up a darling Halloween inspired treat bag that is so simple to make and is sure to brighten a friend’s day! MK and I will be making a couple this afternoon! Enjoy!
Halloween is just around the corner and I have a simple treat holder to share with you. And a treat to put inside as well, so let’s get to it!
Here’s what you need:
2 felt squares – black
1 felt square each of white, orange and yellow
No-Sew fabric glue
Black ric-rac – wide
Ribbon * See note below*
Black thread and needle
Scissors to cut fabric
*Note: When I got to the step in which to add the ribbon, I realized that the ribbon I had chosen (see above) didn’t work well as the print is not on both sides. Therefore, I changed the ribbon to one that doesn’t have a specific right and wrong side. The ribbon I used looks like this:
To start, fold one piece of black felt in half long-wise. Mark the center with a pin.
Using the corner of the folded felt as point A and the pin marking the center as point B, place your tape measure from point to point. Run pins along the tape measure. This will create half a triangle.
Cut along the outside line of the pins. Remove the pins and open the felt. You now have one triangle.
Repeat the process with the 2nd piece of black felt – or use the first triangle as a pattern for the second.
When both pieces are cut into triangles, measure 2 1/2 ” down from the top along the widest side. Cut this area off. This will create 2 triangles that are approx. 9 1/2″ long.
Now grab your three colored pieces of felt. Cut a 3″ wide strip from each. Pin these strips to one of the black triangles, leaving a little space between each color. Orange goes in the middle, white at the tip and yellow at the widest end:
Cut the ends of the strips even with the side of the black triangle.
Unpin and set the colored pieces aside. Now let’s assemble. Start with one black triangle and apply glue along the long edges. This is what the ric-rac will adhere to:
Repeat along both long edges. You can leave the ric-rac overhang at the top and bottom for now.
Add glue to the long edges of the second triangle and adhere to the first one, sandwiching the ric-rac between the triangles.
At this point, you should allow the glue a chance to dry before moving on. You can leave it glued, as is, or add some stitching to make the piece more durable. To do this, I threaded a needle with black thread and simply added a few stitches at the points along the sides between the ric-rac bumps like this:
Whip stitch at each ric-rac “valley” (bring your needle up through one side, wrap around to the reverse side and repeat. To get to the next point to stitch, slide your needle between the layers of triangles. This will hide the thread along the way. If you are comfortable with machine sewing, you can also zig-zag stitch along these long sides for even more durability.
Once you are finished tacking everything down, if you chose to do so, you can trim off the excess ric-rac at the top and bottom. To prevent it from fraying, rub a little glue along the edges with your finger and allow to dry.
Now we are ready to add our colored pieces. I added these with glue. Be sure to leave space between the strips so some of the black background shows
Again, allow glue to dry. Our last step is to add a ribbon so you can hang the treat holder. Cut a length of ribbon, about 20″ long. I used this length because I tied a bow at each end but if you prefer to add the ribbon without bows, you can adjust the length of the ribbon to a length that works for you. Once I had tied the bows, I added the ribbon to the top corners and stitched them through all of the layers of the piece. While you can forego the stitching that was suggested earlier, stitching the ribbon in place is a necessity as the glue will not hold as well once you put anything in the treat holder. So add the ribbon with 4-5 stitches in order to secure it to the candy corn treat holder.
And your project is ready for filling!
I made a simple Halloween bark to fill mine – here are the directions.
You will need the following:
At least 1/2 pound white melting chocolate (this picture shows a 1 pound package)
Package of candy corn
Bag of small pretzels
A microwave safe bowl and spoon
You can also add peanuts if you wish – just decrease the amount of pretzels and fill in with peanuts instead!
Break pretzels into small pieces in a bowl and add candy corn to the same bowl. I used approximately 3/4 c. of pretzels and a large hand-full of candy corn.
Spread a piece of waxed paper on your countertop or a cookie sheet. Place 1/2 pound of chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high power for 1 minute. Stir. There will probably still be some lumps so microwave a little longer – 15 seconds at a time – until smooth. Do not overheat heat or the chocolate will start to break up. Once the chocolate is smooth, you will need to work quickly. Add the pretzel/candy corn mix to the chocolate and stir well to coat. Spread the entire mixture onto the waxed paper. You can add a few additional candy corn pieces to the top, pressing into the bark and add sprinkles, if you wish. Orange sugar works well but I had some yellow cake sprinkles on had so I added those. Allow to cool completely – this works best of you can transfer the waxed paper with the candy to the refrigerator for a short time.
Once the candy is set, break into chunks, wrap in plastic wrap and insert into the candy corn treat holder. One batch of candy will make 2 nice sized packages of treats – one for you and one to give away! (To keep the candy from settling to the bottom of the treat holder, stuff the tip with some bunched up paper towels). You can also add candy bars or other treats to your felt candy corn holder or fill with other goodies. Make one for a special neighbor and hang on their door knob or maybe on your child’s bedroom door Halloween morning.
All materials to make treat bag were purchased at Hobby Lobby!