DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

I’m going to let you in on a little blogging secret today.  Sometimes, it takes me a year to get a post up.  Often, I have the blog all written, photos edited and ready to go…but the timing just isn’t right.  Today’s post is an example of just that.  Last year, I couldn’t for the life of me remember what candy bags my kids used the previous year.  It was the day before Halloween and I had nothing for them to fill up.  So I decided to (in true last-minute-Shara fashion) to “whip up” some cute Halloween trick or treat bags for them.  Luckily, I happen to have a craft room full of supplies perfect for last-minute projects.

Unfortunately, no one is interested in a trick or treat bag tutorial AFTER Halloween.  So the post sat.  For a year.  Until now.A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylI wanted to keep the bags simple, but also experiment with Heat Transfer Vinyl a little bit, since I was new to using it.  And now, I love it!! I use it with my Silhouette, but you could totally just trace a design and use an Exact-o knife to cut it out if you don’t have a cutting machine.  Although I’m loving my Silhouette more and more every time I use it!A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylSo I just made Jayna’s letters in PicMonkey and saved them as .png so I could import them into the Silhouette program.  Then I cut them out and weeded around each letter, leaving the clear plastic protector on top….because it’s sticky, it also helped with positioning the words on the bags.  Then I covered it with my Teflon Heat Pressing Sheets {or a scrap piece of fabric} and put my iron on the cotton setting.  Then I pressed down with the iron for about 15 seconds before lifting straight up to move to another area and repeating the process.  Don’t slide the iron!  Then, just peel up the plastic and you’ll see that your Heat Transfer Vinyl will stick to your fabric!  Done!

 I left Lincoln’s bag alone, with just his spooky letters.  I made some ruffles out of scrap fabric and sewed them onto Millie’s bag.  And I decided to put a big bow on Jayna’s bag.A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylI cut three rectangles out of my fabric, keeping in mind that the fabric will be folded in half and sewed together.  The sizes totally depend on the size bag that you are using, but you’ll want your middle piece of fabric to be about 2 inches shorter than your bigger piece.A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylThe smallest piece will be the middle part of the bow that wraps around the bigger parts, so it just needs to be proportional.A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylThen I folded and ironed along the long raw edges and sewed the two shorter raw edges together to make a tube.  I did this for all three pieces.  Turn them right side out.A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylA DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylYou’ll put the middle-sized piece on top of the largest piece and scrunch them together in the middle with your fingers.A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylI ended up tying a string around the middle to keep the pieces in place so I could kind of arrange them to how I wanted them to lay.A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylThen wrap the smallest piece of fabric around the middle of your bow.  It just needs to overlap to your preference on the back of the bow, so trim off any excess.  Then hot glue it around the middle of the bow.A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylA DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylI added a large safety pin to the back of the bow to attach it to the bag, but ended up also hot gluing the bow on…it was a little top heavy on the bag to stay looking nice.  But a little dab of hot glue on each of the bow’s corners makes it more secure on the bag, and definitely looks better!A DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylA DIY Tutorial on how to whip up some cute Halloween Trick or Treat bags with a Silhouette and vinylI love how these turned out, and can’t wait for the kids to use their Halloween Trick or Treat bags every year!

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Bach to Rock

A couple of weeks ago, our family got to attend the grand opening of the newest music school in the Lowcountry, Bach to Rock.  Although it’s located in the Belle Hall Shopping Center of Mt. Pleasant (which is a bit of a drive for us), we had an absolute blast exploring this musical hub for kids!The building is made up of a series of small rooms, used for individual and small group instrumental lessons.  During the grand opening, the kids loved playing on the keyboards and exploring the computer games that teach them about rhythm and notes.Jayna got a private guitar lesson, and I was really impressed that she learned two chords and how to properly hold the guitar in about 10 minutes.  She was perfectly happy strumming those two chords over, and over, and over again.  And she was so focused and serious while she was playing!Millie and I found a small practice room that some of the employees were jamming in.  It’s just one of the practice spaces they have available for students and small bands to use to rehearse.Across the front of the building (with glass windows for a sidewalk audience), is another full band space (room for keyboard, guitar, full drum set and vocals).  And to the girls’ delight, it’s also a recording studio.  So they took turns on vocals singing Taylor Swift and Moana while an overly patient employee recorded, and then played back, their songs.  They felt (and sounded!) like rock stars!!The maze of small practice rooms leads to a big room where Bach to Rock can allow for small concerts and classes for younger children.  They have a glee club and several toddler and preschool classes, in addition to birthday parties and camps.I loved that how in just an hour or so of being there, Lincoln was right at home behind the drums, Millie came out of her shell on vocals and Jayna became a recording artist! I can’t wait (fingers crossed!) for a closer location to open up so we can take advantage of all that Bach to Rock has to offer.  In the meantime, even if you aren’t local to the Mt. Pleasant, SC location, check out one of their other franchises!

Wanna hear Jayna’s playback of her song? Click the link below to watch the clip!

Jayna’s Recording Debut

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