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In today’s demo, I’m going to show you how to make a fab trick or treat bag with fusible appliques, great for filling with sweets. – Stuart Hillard
Prepare the fabrics for fusible applique. Cut out a rough square from the fusible web. It needs to be bigger than the shape you want to cut out. Then you can start to fuse it to your fabric. Make sure you fuse the glue side to the wrong side of your fabric.
Start cutting your fabric, place your fused fabric over the 3” circle die, put the cutting mat over, and pass through the machine. This will be a moon.
Take your cat and bat die and, again, place your fused fabric over the shapes with the right side facing up. You want two bat shapes so fold a fused piece of fabric in half and place over the bat. Place the cutting mat on top then pass through the machine.
Remove the paper backing from the shapes, take a pin and scratch a cross into the paper – then you can tear off quickly and simply without damaging your shape.
Now you can make the bag itself. Start with a rectangular piece of fabric 16” x 32”. Back with medium weight fusible interfacing. Turn a 3” hem at the top and bottom of the bag, fold in half, and press. Measure an inch square either side of the folded bottom half and cut out with scissors.
Fuse the cat, bats and moon shapes to the front of the bag, position, and face the adhesive side of the fabric to the outside of the bag and fuse in place.
Next, add some stitching around the shapes to hold them firming in place. Attach a darning foot to your sewing machine and sew around each shape a couple of times. You can even create some whiskers for the cat!
Now you can make up the bag. Swap the sewing foot to a quarter inch foot. First, prepare a folded strip for the handles, 2 ½ inches in width, and apply fusible interfacing to the back to give the handles a bit of body. Press in half right sides together and stitch around the strip across the lower edge first, then all along one edge and turn to the right side.
Open up and flatten the short end and then push the end in to start it off. Next, use the fat end of a chopstick to push against the indent and carry it all the way through to the end. Pull off and down the strip. Trim in half and you have two bag handles of around 17 inches.
Place on the bag and measure in an equal distance ether side on the top of the bag. Pin in place and sew down. Stitch a little box so that the handles are secure.
Fold the bag and match the right sides together. Pin down the sides and sew a straight stitch along the sides. Use a reverse stitch to reinforce the seams at the start and finish. Open up the bag and put your hand inside, find the hold and flatten the seam. Sew across the indent square to create a gusset. Do this for both sides.
Clip off any loose threads and neaten off any raw edges. Turn the bag right side out and your bag is complete.