You know what I love? Ruffles. I just love ruffles on ruffles on ruffles! And I was inspired by this Urban Outfitters laundry bag to create a sweet ruffled candy corn trick or treating bag. I just cannot wait to take this baby out on Halloween and fill it up with goodies for uh…Stella… :)
- Cotton fabric in white, yellow and orange //
- Drawstring bags //
- Sewing machine //
I bought this drawstring bag from Joann. It came in a pack of three different sizes for $8. I used the middle size and I needed exactly 1/4 yard of each color of fabric. Fold your fabric in half lengthwise 3 times and iron it.
Open two of your folds (so fabric is still folded in half) and cut along the creases you can see from ironing. Now you have 4 long strips of each color. Fold each strip in half lengthwise and iron this down.
If I had a serger, I would have used it to go across the open top of each strip at this point but I’m not so lucky right now :( But the bag is still fine without this step so just use your judgement here.
Now you can ruffle all your strips. I don’t know if this is like common knowledge or not but a few years ago I discovered that you can ruffle stitch simply by holding the top thread taunt while you sew. Don’t hold too tightly or you’ll break your thread, but just keeping the tension while you go down allows the fabric to ruffle. This changed my life. Long lengths of fabric can be ruffled all in one sewing session and no pulling or breaking threads!
After all your strips are ruffled, Pin a yellow one around the bottom of your bag. Sew this on and then repeat that step with all your strips, do about 4 rows of each color.
I sewed a cute ribbon along the top of my bag because I didn’t serge my edges as I mentioned earlier. This step is totally optional depending on the look you like or amount of fray you want to hide.
Once you pull the string, a candy corn cone shape results!
Pretty excited to take this bad boy out for a spin. With my cute little buddy of course.