Clever Charlotte

Trick or Treat

Of Notecarla macklinComment
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Halloween is nearly upon us and I realized today that my girls' only options for gathering loot were either an Easter basket or plastic grocery bag.  During nap time today I created a preferable alternative.

The girls plan to be matching fairy princesses.  (ugh.)  Of course their costumes are pink and purple so I naturally gravitated to some scraps of our mauve sateen and cotton plaid to make the totes.  The tote is a basic rectangle modified by sewing perpendicular to the side seams, thus closing the corners off.

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My original thought was to sew some small seed beads on the totes in some sort of fairy fashion but decided that wasn't realistic with my time constraint.  After rifling through my bead drawer (yes, I have a bead drawer) I found these toggle beads... perfect for creating butterflies.

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Turning to my ribbon drawer (next to my bead drawer) I found some suitable ribbon to make the wings.

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I highly recommend using sheer ribbon with a thin wire on the edges.  Two of the three ribbons I chose did not have this feature which made it difficult to thread the loop back through the holes, so I simply snipped the wings.  Also, grosgrain turned out to be a bit thick for the toggle bead holes but I persevered due to my lack of any other color-coordinating ribbon.

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Snipped wings on the left, looped on the right.

Here is the completed tote, holding over 2 pounds of candy.  Do you think that is sufficient?

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Happy Sewing! ~Carla