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Cute Halloween Goody Bags Made from Wool

Sew these cute pumpkins and cats out of wool to use as goody bags for Halloween.

What You'll Need

  • Applique patterns (downloadable below)
  • Scissors
  • Scraps of black, gold, and rose wool
  • Fusible web
  • Pencil
  • Iron
  • 8x8-inch square orange wool (for the pumpkin bag)
  • Needle and cotton thread: orange and black or gray
  • 8x8-inch square black or gray herringbone wool (for cat bag)
  • 9-inches gray baby rickrack
  • 24-gauge copper wire

Download the free patterns.

How to Make It: Pumpkin Bag

Note: Measurements include a 1/4-inch seam allowance unless otherwise stated. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

1. Download and print the free applique patterns.

2. Cut out the applique templates: from black wool, cut one each of patterns A and C (nose and mouth) and two of pattern B (eyes).

3. Lay fusible web, paper side up, over the patterns. Use a pencil to trace patterns A and C once and pattern B twice, leaving at least 1/2 inch between tracings. Cut out each fusible-web shape roughly 1/4 inch outside traced lines.

4. Following the manufacturer's instructions, iron fusible-web shapes onto the backs of the designated fabrics; let cool.

5. Cut out the fabric shapes along the traced lines and peel off the paper backings.

6. Fold the solid orange wool 8-inch square in half; sew together the long edges (Diagram 1).

7. Tuck in one end, wrong sides together, to fold in half and align raw edges. With seam centered in back, gently press flat.

8. With matching thread and a running stitch, hand-sew 1/4 inch from the bottom edge through all layers (Diagram 2).

9. Pull up threads to gather. Tie off the gathering thread.

10. Stitch across the bottom edge again to secure the bag bottom.

11. Referring to the photo, lay out the black cutout wool pieces on the orange wool: the nose (A), eyes (B), and mouth (C); fuse into place.

12. For the hanger, cut a 20-inch length of wire. Working from the inside of the bag, push one end of wire through one side of the bag top, about 1/4 inch from the top edge. Repeat for the opposite side, using the other end of the wire.

13. Center the bag on the wire, allowing a 6-inch long loop between the sides for hanging. Wrap one free end of the wire around the loop to secure (Diagram 3); repeat for opposite side.

14. To complete the bag, wrap each free end of the wire around a pencil to curl as desired.

How to Make It: Cat Bag

Note: Measurements include a 1/4-inch seam allowance unless otherwise stated. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

1. Download and print the free applique patterns.

2. Cut out the applique templates: from black wool, cut two of pattern E (cat eyes); from gold wool, cut two of pattern D (pupils); and from rose wool, cut one of pattern F (nose).

3. Lay fusible web, paper side up, over the patterns. Use a pencil to trace pattern F once and patterns D and E twice, leaving at least 1/2 inch between tracings. Cut out each fusible-web shape roughly 1/4 inch outside the traced lines.

4. Following the manufacturer's instructions, press fusible-web shapes onto the backs of designated fabrics; let cool.

5. Cut out the fabric shapes on the traced lines and peel off the paper backings.

6. Fold the solid black or gray herringbone wool 8-inch square in half; sew together the long edges (Diagram 1).

7. Tuck in one end, wrong sides together, to fold in half and align raw edges. With the seam centered in back, gently press flat.

8. With matching thread and a running stitch, hand-sew 1/4 inch from the bottom edge through all layers (Diagram 2).

9. Pull up threads to gather. Tie off gathering thread.

10. Stitch across the bottom edge again to secure the bag bottom.

11. Referring to the photo, fuse the pupils (E) to the eyes (D); then fuse both pieces to wool bag. Cut three 3-inch lengths of rickrack and crisscross them below the eyes as whiskers, referring to the photo for placement. Place nose (F) atop rickrack; fuse into place. Using black thread, hand-stitch nose to bag.

12. For the hanger, cut a 20-inch length of wire. Working from the inside of the bag, push one end of wire through one side of the bag top, about 1/4 inch from the top edge. Repeat for the opposite side, using the other end of the wire.

13. Center the bag on the wire, allowing a 6-inch long loop between the sides for hanging. Wrap one free end of wire around the loop to secure (Diagram 3); repeat for opposite side.

14. To complete the bag, wrap each free end of wire around a pencil to curl as desired.

Download the free patterns.

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