Monday, August 6, 2012

Halloween Pattern Testing

I have a confession, I can't sew from a formal pattern to save my life.  I see the books of patterns in the fabric stores and dream about the day that I create some spectacular formal dress for one of my daughters.  That's never going to happen.  Plain and simple, I just don't get it. 

Now tutorials, those are a different story.  These days the Internet is FULL of bloggers ready and willing to post their tutorials on how to make this or that.  Etsy sellers also sell their simple patterns and tutorials that arrive to through your email in simple clear instructions.  They put pictures, explanations, and sometimes even videos to help make the process smoother.  The other bonus, most of the time the items made from tutorials don't have to be that exact.  SWEET!  A small imperfection here or there doesn't really matter when you are making a one size fits all dress or a decorative towel.

When fellow blogger Sheryl from Sher's Creative Blog Space asked some fellow Etsy folks to test out one of her sewing patterns for Halloween treat bags, I was all in.  It's a win-win.  She needed to make sure that her tutorial was perfect before selling it on Etsy and I am always up for trying a free simple sewing pattern.

I am so impressed with the results.  The bags were extrememly easy to make, come in three sizes, and can be as simple or as decorated as you want to make them.  Here are some of the ones that I made...

The large one has a ghost appliqué which was included in the pattern and I added my daughter's name to it to add a personal touch.  It is the perfect size for a nice Halloween gift or even to trick-or-treat with.  The smaller one is adorable and great for Halloween treat bags.  These bags are so easy to make and are a great way to use up scrap pieces of fabric.  They would be wonderful for Birthday party treat bags or for goodie bags. 

The best part of having people test her pattern is seeing all the variations of bags people made.  Sheryl had 5 of us test them out and all 5 had very different and uniquely wonderful results.  Check out all the rest of bags here.

Now if you would like to make some of these bags of your own, head to Sheryl's Etsy shop and purchase the pattern.  I promise, they are super fun and easy to make.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Where am I now?

It's so much fun when other bloggers ask if they can feature you. This week Jeanna from Barnyard Chick asked if I would like to stop by for a visit.  She has a great blog where you can even get some adorable free graphics.  I am particularly drawn to her posts about organization.  Man I could use some of that!  Stop by Barnyard Chick and check us both out!