Halloween is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about Halloween sewing projects. Halloween is one of the holidays with cutest decorations and crafts to make and one outstanding question is always, “What do we our put candy in?” Traditional store-bought candy bowls and candy bags are a great way to go if you don’t have time to sew, but if you can eek out a few hours of sewing time this fall, try making your own candy bowl or Halloween bags for treats.
Collect that Candy!
Check out the September/October 2018 issue of McCall’s Quilting for Mary Hertel’s Candy Collector bag pattern. It’s a quick and easy candy bag for your little ones to use to collect their goodies in on Halloween night. Mary, of Made by Marney madebymarney.com, designed this super-cute tote bag pattern that can be customized with any design you like.
The candy corn center block of Candy Collector can easily be changed out to showcase any block you would like. The finished block measures 7”, so all you need to do is come up with your own block and size it to 7” finished.
A Cat to Cross Paths With
If you like spooky cats, you could pick up a copy the September/October 2018 issue of Quilty where you will another sweet pattern by Mary called Black & Boo. This pattern features 7” cat blocks that fit perfectly in place of the candy corn center block on the Candy Collector tote bag. Easy peasy!
Want More Spooky Inspiration?
A couple of other great resources for finding blocks to use are Quiltmaker’s 1000 Blocks Book by Fons & Porter and the September/October 2018 issue of Quiltmaker magazine where you’ll find several Halloween bitty block patterns – re-size a block to 7” finished and you’re ready to go!
Feeling like learning something new?
Try making a fabric clothesline bowl to hold all the candy for your upcoming trick-or-treaters. Our acquisitions editor, Lori Baker, whipped up one of these bowls in an evening! It turned out so pretty and making one would be a creative way to use some of your Halloween prints. If you are inspired, you can find a tutorial for making this type of bowl using fabric scraps at The Quilting Company.
I hope you have enjoyed my short but sweet encouragement. Everyone needs a bit of time for themselves, so try to carve out (no pun intended!) some “me-time”, dive into your stash of Halloween prints, and see what you can make for yourself and/or you’re your kids this Halloween!
Happy quilting – Anissa