Halloween Treat Bag & My Spooky Village

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

I've been working on some Halloween related sewing and crafting this month, so I wanted to share two of those projects today. Plus some of my other spooky decor!

I seem to make a new Halloween lined drawstring bag every year, so of course I had to make one. Here is the one I made last year: Tiny Treat Lined Drawstring Bag + Other Halloween Projects

Ta-da! How cute is it? This is the everything size bag (tutorial size) from my lined drawstring bag pattern. I used the peek-a-boo lining variation from the expansion pattern, so we get just a little bit of the lining showing! The exterior fabrics are from Spooky 'n Sweeter by Art Gallery Fabrics*. Adorable fabric. The lining is an old print from my stash, not sure what it is. It's a great match though, lucky me! I finished up the bag with twill tape and wooden beads, both of which can be found in my shop.

Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern
Lined Drawstring Bag Expansion Pattern
Cotton Twill Tape
Round Wooden Beads

My other craft project this season is a spooky village!! I have been following the A Beautiful Mess blog for a long time and I was inspired to make my own village this year after hearing Elsie talk about hers on their podcast. They have a few blog posts about it, but this seems to be the most comprehensive: Our Spooky Village

I found all my birdhouses at JoAnn Fabrics and painted them with acrylic paints. I gave each house a shiny surface with clear sparkle paint at the end. I drew on the spiderweb (still need to find a small spider!), with a silver sharpie paint pen. The bats were cut out of cardstock with my Cricut Maker*, and attached with a little dot of hot glue. I absolutely love how they turned out! I want to embellish the purple house but just haven't decided how yet. This was a relaxing and fun project and I look forward to expanding it in the future!

Thrifted this little ghost for $1 this year. I love him.

Gotta have a giant spider in a plant!

A few Halloween softies. If you've been here for a while you know most of my holiday decor tends to be stuffed animals. :)

We thrifted this galvanized bucket this year for $2.50. I filled it with my two Halloween quilts! You can find them here:

Webbed Quilt (+ Pattern)
Halloween Nine Patch Quilt

I didn't get a good photo of it this year, but I always display my Coffin pillow! Make your own using my free tutorial: Paper Pieced Coffin Quilt Block Tutorial

And here is our fully decorated mantle! I made the Spooky Town Wall Hanging last year. I used Dana Bolyard's Ghost Town Quilt Pattern to make it.

Have a Spooky Sweet Day!

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  1. I love your little fun painted houses on your mantle. Happy Halloween!

  2. I second Ramona above...super great idea.

  3. Love, love, LOVE your fun and festive Halloween decor, Jeni!!

  4. Love your spooky little houses. Idea for a spider....look for a earing or brooch spider at the thrift store.

  5. Oh I have fallen in love with your beautiful Spooky Village, such a collection of colour.

  6. Great work with all your decor - Halloween isn't a big thing here in New Zealand so I love seeing how it is celebrated in the USA. I'm envisioning a skeleton of some sort on that purple house...crawling across the roof maybe??


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