Halloween is a fun holiday but the merchandising can get over-hyped. The way that cheap plastic stuff is marketed, sold, and later discarded drives me crazy. Buy it here, buy it there. Throw it away everywhere. I want the costume, the Jack O’ Lantern, the candy bag, and of course I want the candy. I want to participate in the fun, I just don’t want to feel guilty about the waste of it all. Thankfully, there are do-it-yourself alternatives. Instead of buying a costume, make one. Don’t buy a plastic pumpkin, carve one. And rather than buy a candy bag, sew one! Start with this skull-and-crossbones DIY trick-or-treat bag.
The idea here is to make something that will last and that your child can use over and over again. If you make a tote with a skull and crossbones on it instead of a pumpkin or a ghost, they’ll be able to use the bag throughout the year — for sleepovers, for traveling, as a book bag, a lunch tote, or as a summer camp bag.
Skull Embellishment Tip: You can drive yourself crazy trying to match an idea in your mind’s eye so don’t get bogged down in the details up front. Look through leftover fabric scraps, see what you have, and let something jump out. If a color theme starts to develop, make a stack. Then go through again and look for something you can use for eyes, nose or mouth. It could be dots, flowers, triangles, a squiggly pattern, etc. Pick something out and go from there. You may have to look through your stacks several times before something grabs you, but be patient. Creativity cannot be rushed!