Last week, I showed off last year’s Halloween costume, Wednesday Addams. I really feel like the candy bag deserves it’s very own post. This thing was so much fun to make. I think it had a lot to do with the fact I had ZERO clues what I was doing and just sort of went for it. In this case, it really worked out!
If I had really thought about it, I probably would have made the bag gray and white rather than green, but you know sometimes you just have to have fun and do something for no other reason than you like it. Suck it authenticity!
To get the house on the bag, I used an embroidery stabilizer, free motion zig zag stitch, felt, and tulle. I knew I wanted an Addams family house, but again, suck it authenticity! Any old haunted looking house with a spire would do. I used one of my favorite tricks in my applique design bag and did a google image search for “haunted house coloring pages”. I found 100’s and one really stood out. I knew it was too complicated for what I was trying to do so I made some edits to simplify the shape and window cut outs. Once I was happy with the house, I traced it on to a stabilizer. Using a tulle sandwich like a described in this post, I hooped a stabilizer, two layers of yellow tulle, the felt and a top layer of stabilizer with the house tracing. I used my FMQ foot with a zig zag stitch to outline the roof and windows on the INSIDE of the cut out. I added pockets with yet another layer of tulle. I just hand tacked them right to the felt on the back side with black thread. The red lines in the following image show where the pockets went.
After the felt house had the details sewn into the center, I cut out the shape of the house and used the satin stitch all the way around the house directly on to the green fabric. I did not stitch down the top of the roof or spire because I wanted access to the tulle pockets. A little piece of velcro holds the roof to the bag after the lights are inserted.
I bought LED’s from the wedding section at Micheal’s. They are little battery powered lights that are turned on by twisting their bottoms (lol @ that innuendo). When it was time to trick or treat, we dropped them into the tulle pockets like you see here.
Since we’re talking accessories, here’s a close up of the doll. She was one of those super cheap plastic dolls they sell at the craft stores. I ripped its head off and painted it. The dress was made from Wednesday’s scraps and sewn right onto the doll. I had no intention of spending a million hours on miniature collars and cuffs – fabric paint to the rescue! I hand tacked a row of crazy small buttons and this accessory was done! Creepy awesome right??
Here’s the whole look one more time because she’s so darn cute!
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