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Have I told you how amazing my/our mother is? Well, she is. She always has been, too. She was the mom who was always volunteering in the classroom. She would give demonstrations at school on how to make bread or sew an apron. She made (back when you could take homemade treats) birthday treats for the class when our birthdays came around (keep in mind she had 7 children). She was very involved in PTA (her fundraisers funded the new playground when I was in elementary school). She was/is amazing!
One of the fun things I remember her doing for at least a few of my school classes were pumpkin bags for Halloween. She would spend hours cutting and sewing the bags and then stuff the cute bags with little treats and plastic spiders.
A few years ago, I came across one of my pumpkin bags from my childhood. At this time, Penelope was just beginning to understand how fun Halloween and other holidays were. I made a pattern off of the bag, made 10 bags, and then Penelope and I took them to her favorite people (I think one actually made it back to my mom). We had so much fun doing it that it has now become a tradition in my family and I hope to someday get to take a tray of them to my children's classes.
With special permission from my mother, I am going to share these bags with you. Here we go...
First, you will need black and orange felt and ribbon for the handle. My mom always used green ribbon so that is what I have used. First, cut out a pumpkin, a mouth, a nose and two eyes. For the nose and eyes, I just cut random triangles so each pumpkin was different. If you would like a copy of the template I used for the pumpkin and the mouth, either leave your email in a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to send one to you. I could not get the template uploaded. Next, using your hot glue gun, glue on the eyes, nose and mouth making sure to leave enough room for a seam.
Next, you sew the pumpkin together, making a bag. A few things to remember: (1) be sure to add the ribbon into the first few stitches, (2) make sure to back stitch the beginning and end and (3) make sure to keep the top open - You may be thinking "duh"...I've sewed the top shut before :)
I had quite a difficult time sewing these little guys this time around. My thread kept breaking, my needle broke....needless to say, these bags are in no way perfect but I am sure the children who receive them will still love them. I tried hot gluing the pumpkin pieces together and it worked really well. I just like the look of the black thread on the orange felt :)
When you are finished sewing, this is what your bag should look like.
We like to fill ours with our favorite candy and I always add, just like my mom did, a plastic spider ring. This year, we are also adding Dracula teeth.
Penelope can't wait to hand out her favorite little goody bags.
Now for the giveaway that I promised back here...
I will be giving away TEN pumpkin bags to one lucky reader (treats not included).
All you have to do to be in the running to receive these is leave a comment on what your favorite holiday tradition is in your family. This giveaway will close at 12:00 AM on Saturday morning. That way I can mail the bags to you in time for Halloween.
I hope you guys enjoy these bags as much as we do around here.