Thursday 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween!

This is the time of year I love the best.  I love the golden autumn colours, the nights drawing in giving a reason to put on the fire and have a cup of tea with a nice slice of Barm Brack.

We have a type of fruitcake in Ireland that you can only get at Halloween and it's a light type of cake not like heavy Christmas cake.  My mum loves it smothered in butter.  I love it toasted!  If you are lucky you will find a ring in your slice and be married within the year and if unlucky you might find the stick or piece of cloth!

But apart from the brack, the fire and the Irish National drink (not Guinness but a cup of tea!) I also love all things Halloween.  Especially Halloween fabric and Halloween sewing!  I signed up this year for the Halloween sewing swap which involved making 3-4 handmade items, sending an item from home and some treats.

I had a blast using my Halloween fabric from RJR's Boo Crew and this year's new range Too Cute to Spook from Riley Blake. Isn't it totally gorgeous?

 This is what I made:

A trick or treat bag using 2 panels sashed with plain black fabric for the outside.

And the bright cute fabric for the inside so the treats will be easily found!  My swap partner has a little girl so this is for her!

In the photo below the other side of the bag can be seen and my favourite thing that I made of all the items:  a boo banner.   I used this Tutorial from Fabric Mill.  I've changed it a bit and made it 25% smaller and I'm so happy with how it turned out.  I'm still loving those dancing skeletons and have no more of this fabric left now! (Must resist the urge to go shopping!)

For my third item I made placemats based on this Tutorial from Fairy Face Designs.  This is a great tutorial for placemats.  It would be perfect for Christmas fabrics as well.

I really enjoyed sewing for this swap and I got the most lovely messages from my swap partner on email and Instagram.  Happy Halloween everybody, hope you all get lots of treats!

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  1. I should have read about the ring before I bought the barm brack! At least the kids took it easy and the lucky finder was king for a day. I love the cute spooky fabric. Gorgeous parcel


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