We took a short trip up the mountain to see some leaves changing colors,
and we weren't disappointed by the brilliant oranges (just in time for Halloween!)
There were lots of yellow leaves, too.
Those spooky looking trees tried to scare me with their creepy limbs.
After we got home, I stared at my cute snap bags and decided I needed to make more.
FYI--I think the guys with the strait jackets should be arriving soon for my fitting.
Why, oh why, would I start anything new!
There is a stack of should-be-sewing-it on my left,
almost finished projects to my right,
and over in the corner is the just-put-it-away-already stuff.
And don't even talk about the thing hanging on the design wall!
But, who cares! It's Halloween
and these snap bags are so fun to make!
I needed some gift card/money holders for my Monkey Boys,
so I checked out the internet for ideas (there were tons and tons of ideas for snap bags!)
I took a little from here, there, and everywhere and made some small snap bags
that are perfect for gift cards or money...even some treats.
I started with two different pieces of fabric.
Cut one for the front piece - 3 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Cut one for the lining piece - 3 1/2" x 12 1/2"
Cut one fusible fleece interfacing - 3" x 8 1/2" and iron it to the wrong side of front piece.
Yes, it's smaller so the seams aren't so bulky.
Fold over the end of each lining piece 1" to the inside.
Center the front piece on the lining piece, wrong sides together, between the two 1" folded ends.
Fold the lining ends over the front on both ends and stitch close to the edges to create a casing.
To make the "snap" part of a Snap Bag you'll need a metal tape measure.
I dug out my old 1/2" wide metal tape measure and snipped off a couple pieces.
I used an inexpensive tape measure because my husband would get a little upset
if he saw a couple missing pieces from his favorite tape measure.
I would get upset if those pieces were missing from my favorite tape measure, too!
For this little bag I used two pieces that were 1/2" x 2 3/4" long.
To avoid slicing off a finger tip, the ends need to be rounded and covered with duct tape.
You can use painter's tape if that's all you have sitting around.
FYI--make sure those little metal pieces you clip off end up in the garbage not the floor.
Fold right sides together and stitch one side a 1/4" from the edge.
Slide the ruler pieces into the open side of the casing.
This is important! Face the number side of the ruler towards the lining.
This will create the "snap."
Sew up the other side of the bag. Be careful not to hit the metal ruler
while sewing....not that I would know about that! Zig-zag or serge edges.
Turn inside out and stuff with money, cards, candy or toys.
Several websites have tutorials for small, medium, and large snap bags. Here's a couple to check out:
MooseStash Quilting has a cute snap bag tutorial with a pocket HERE.
If you want to add a ruffle to a snap bag, Just Another Hang Up shows you how HERE.
I need to go now, I have LOTS more snap bags to make for Halloween,
and then there's Christmas, and birthdays, and Easter, and, and, and....oh my!
I'm not sure if she's offering a trick or a treat!