Halloween 6 Square Patchwork Tote

This is the last yardage of Halloween material I had left.
Now, all I have are small pieces.
I made a 6 square patchwork tote.


I couldn’t decide whether to add any more orange or black to the green and the pumpkin fabric, so I consulted with my sisters. We agreed to keep it simple and just add solid black.
Two pockets made of remnants

Finished tote measures 15″ W x 13″ L

Halloween Madness

The day I purchased some Halloween fabric, I think I got carried away.
I made another tote today with new fabric, and I have two more fabrics that can make another large tote.
There will be enough remnants to make a Potato Chip bag and another treat bag.
Once the large pieces are gone, I think I will try to make a wonky square with all the pieces.
I have a bin of fabric that I use for lining.
In this bin, I found a black and white chevron that I thought would soften the orange and black of the tote I made today.

I was trying to make a new design, but I reverted to the 9 square pattern I have made before.
Each square was cut at 6″ x 6″ in order to get the as many bats in a square as possible.

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Monster Book Bag

October has always been my favorite month.
My classroom would turn into a pumpkin patch with scarecrows, bats, and harvest all over.
My favorite unit during this time was our Monster unit.
The students were given a week to make a monster of their own at home.
I would send a letter to parents with craft suggestions ranging from cereal boxes to fabric.
The parents loved this unit.
One parent even made monster pins out of felt for all of the students.
I made a sock monster puppet named Bartholomew Books.
Students, teachers, and even the principal, would bring their monster to school.
We had Monster Math, Monster Reading, Monster Writing, and Monster Science.
There are so many great monster books, starting with Maurice Sendak’s  book,
Where the Wild Things Are.
Amanda Noll’s book, I Need My Monster was always a classroom favorite.
I decided to make some Monster book bags for some friends who are still teaching.
The Monster Book Bag has a front pocket that looks like a mouth with teeth.
The students can take turns taking home the bag that is filled with Monster Books and activities that can be completed at home.
I sure miss the classroom!

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The tote measures 14″ L and 15″W with a front pocket that eats up books.

Spiders and Monsters

Yesterday, I made four, child-sized trick or treat totes out of a purple fabric with spider design; and a black fabric with monster eyes. I also used some purple and black polka dot and some black and white fabric pieces that I had.
As I was cleaning up my cutting table, the remaining fabric pieces from these totes posed a challenge for me. I knew that I could make something with these fabric pieces , but the different sizes required some thinking.
I pulled out my graphing notebook planner and after measuring the different fabric pieces, I started drawing some possibilities.
There is nothing more fun for kids than pulling out a pillow and a Halloween book on an October night.
So, I made a small travel pillow that had a pocket to hold books and goodies.
When I was teaching, we always had fun during our Monster Month of October.
I have plenty of monster books left in my teacher book collection.

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I used two remaining pieces of fat quarters for the back.

There were enough pieces of the purple and black spider fabric to make an adult-sized tote.
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I had about a yard of the white and black polka dot fabric in one of my bins, so I used it for the lining.
It was a fun Saturday afternoon!


Quilted Halloween Treat Totes

Yesterday, I met for lunch with my Granny Group of friends.
It just so happened, that the restaurant was right next to a Hobby Lobby
that I had not yet visited.
So, of course, I had to go take a look.
I just couldn’t resist purchasing some of the cute Halloween fabric they had.
Last night, I planned and designed 4 quilted treat totes that are child sized.
I cut out all the batting, lining, measured strips, appliques, and batting at one time.
This morning, I quilted the pieces and added appliques.
Then, after supper, I got busy putting the bags together.
Front View

Back View

Front View

Back View

Halloween Treat Totes

Last October, my friends and I were busy making seasonal banners and prayer flags.
I had purchased some Halloween fabric to make banners for my two youngest grandchildren.
My granddaughter and I had a Craft Day and made some for her house.
As I was rummaging through my closet, I found the box where I had stuffed all the remaining Halloween fabric. There were odd size pieces, but I knew they were good for something.
The challenge to create a quilted tote bag out of a limited supply of Halloween fabric was interesting and quite fun.
I combined the Halloween fabric with remnants of black, and black and white design fabric that I had left.
I also had just enough orange polka dot to make the lining for one bag.
The bag had to be smaller, since it was for children to use for trick or treating.
Also, I wanted to use what I had.
I decided the tote could be 14″ in height and 12.5 ” in width.
Then I cut strips to fit this measurement.
One bag would have horizontal strips, and the second bag would have vertical strips.
I cut all the strips, batting, and handle fabric for both bags.

I decided to try the “quilt as you go” method.
This made things run a bit smoother and quicker.
First Bag: Vertical strips with a horizontal top strip
The top strip on this bag measures 3.5″x 12.5″.
The vertical strips are 11″x 3.5″
Iron one strip onto the fusible fleece.
Sew the next strip onto the first strip.
Press the second strip and then continue to add the strips.
The top strip goes on last.

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I cut bat appliques from the remaining scraps and used Wonder Under .

After piecing and quilting the exterior of both bags, I made the linings.
One was a bat print, and one was a black and orange polka dot print.
I used a half inch seam when I sewed the lining and the exterior of the bag.

I boxed the corners by cutting a 1.5 inch square on both the linings and the exteriors.

The handle is made from fabric that is cut at 4″x 22″.
I made 2 handles for each bag.
Next time, I think I will use webbing.
Pin the handles 2″ from each side.
With right sides together, insert the quilted bag into the lining.
Make sure the handles lay flat between the lining and the quilted bag.
Sew along the top edges, leaving a 4″gap.
Pull the bag through the opening.
Top stitch along the top edge.
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Front of Bags 1 and 2                                              Back of Bags 1 and 2

Halloween in August?

The stores are filled with Halloween and autumn decorations, and it is the first day in August…and it’s 100 degrees outside!!
But looking at all of this cute seasonal stuff made me think of the seasonal flags my friends and I made last year. We got together and cut out Halloween fabric flags and strung them with ribbons and scraps.
I made one strand for each of my youngest two grandchildren.
I knew I had some fabric left over, so I dug deep in the boxes in my closet.
I had some green and black spider scraps; orange, green and purple cats;  and ghosts and pumpkins.
There wasn’t quite enough to make a patchwork tote of 32 squares, so I dug out some of the last of the black and white polka  dot fabric I had. I also had enough black to make the straps.
I had a half yard of and orange and black pumpkin and bat fabric, and I was going to use this for the lining. But the fabric would make cute smaller totes for children to use as candy bags, so I bought some orange and black polka dot fabric for the lining.
I think I m going to stock up on all colors of polka dots.
Cut : 5 inch squares
32 squares total:

  • 12 green squares
  • 12 black an white polka dots
  • 4 purple
  • 4 cats
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    Front and back panels:  
  • Piece the squares, using a 1/4 inch seam.
  • Use fusible fleece pellon to back the front and back panels.
  • Quilt the panels ( I stitched in the ditch and also had parallel stitches on each side of the seam.)
  • Cut one 4 inch x 22 inch strip. ( No picture, sorry!)
  • Fold and iron the strap in half.
  • Open the piece and fold over each side section, but do not touch the center crease.
  • Place a strip of 1.5 X22 inch pellon inside along one of the folded edges.
  • Fold over the top edge and press.
  • Sew a 1/8 inch seam along each side
    After I quilted and squared the front and back panels, they both measured to be 18 1/4 x 18 1/4 inch blocks. I then cut the lining to match these measurements.
    I used whatever fabric I had left to make the pockets, so they are two different sizes.
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Iron on interfacing to both pocket pieces.  Place pieces right sides together and stitch around three sides Clip the corners.
Center the pocket onto the lining and draw a line
Place the raw edge side to the center, with the sewed end facing down.
Sew the raw edge to the lining.
Pull up the pocket and pin.
Sew both sides and the bottom of the pocket using either 1/8 seam or 1/4 seam.
Sew the two sides and the bottom of the lining, right sides together.
Boxing the Lining:
Mark and cut a 2 or 3 inch square. I chose 3 inch for the size of this bag.
Cut the 3 inch square on both sides of the lining.
Open the square you just cut and match the seams.
Sew across the bottom with a  1/2 inch seam.
Front and Back Panel:
Sew these two panels together using a 1/2 inch seam.
The repeat the boxing process.

Center and pin the handles.
I choose to sew the handle tops at 1/4 inch seam in order to keep them in place when I assemble the bag.

Insert the quilted exterior inside the lining with RIGHT SIDES together.
Make sure that the handles are placed inside, between the quilted panels and the lining.
Pin the lining and the quilted exterior.
Leave a 4-5 inch gap between the straps on one side of the tote.
Reinforce this gap with a back stitch on  your machine so that it will not rip when you pull the tote through.


Pull the tote through the top gap.
Set the lining inside the tote bag, finger press the top.
The top stitch all around the top, and close the open gap.

Inside view of two pockets
I forgot to mention that I addend pumpkin buttons before I sewed the exterior panels.