Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags (Now Listed)

Happy Fall!  It makes me sad that summer went so quickly, but to be honest, I love fall.  I love sweatshirt weather, Purdue football games and watching the farmers harvest their crops.  This also means that Halloween is just around the corner.  I am not the biggest fan the 'scary' and 'disturbing' Halloween scenes.  I detest scary movies and their movie pre-views on the TV at night.  My brain is way to overactive and imaginative for all that. I do love the cutesy, and festive aspects of the holiday.  Cute costumes, little witches and goblins trick-or-treating.  Pumpkins, leaves candles - love all that too.  I am excited to start decorating with all things fall.  The kids are starting to put their requests in for their Halloween costumes.  So far requests are for Frankenstein, a Princess, and a Jedi, and who knows what the twins would like.  I think, I might be sewing for a while.

This brings to me to my latest project that I have been working on.  Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags.   They are now listed in the AddyLou Etsy Shop.  These are perfect for your little one trick-or-treating.   They come in 13 different styles. AddyLou Creates - Trick-or-Treat bags | Spider Web

AddyLou Creates - Trick-or-Treat bags | Monster Face

AddyLou Creates - Trick-or-Treat bags | Happy Pumpkin

AddyLou Creates - Trick-or-Treat bags | Skeleton

AddyLou Creates - Trick-or-Treat bags | Ghost

AddyLou Creates - Trick-or-Treat bags | Black Cat

AddyLou Creates - Trick-or-Treat bags | Candy Corn

AddyLou Creates - Trick-or-Treat bags | Boo & Skulls 1

AddyLou Creates - Trick-or-Treat bags | Boo & Skulls 2

These are just a few of the cute Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags I have for purchase in the Etsy Shop.  Head on over to see what more I have to offer!  Look under the HOLIDAY category to see all the Halloween Trick-or Treat Bags available.

Thanks for reading!

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Banner

With St. Patty’s Day right around the corner, I thought I would share a quick project to help you all get in the Irish mood.  How about a nice little Shamrock Banner?!  It’s quick & easy and no sewing to boot (well maybe a little).  We all need a little project like this every once in a while.



  • Heavy Duty/No Sew Heat N’ Bond
  • Buttons
  • Dark green fabric
  • Light Green Fabric Scraps
  • Cream Colored Fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Tread

Gather your materials

Cut out your flag template and trace the number of flags needed, I did seven, on to the heat n’ bond.IMG_1535IMG_1534

Iron heat n’ bond flags to wrong side of  the cream fabric following the directions on the package.IMG_1537

Cut out top portion of flags, peel off paper backing and iron on to second piece of fabric. Cut out very close to the to the pieces that were just ironed on.  You now have seven flags.IMG_1538



Trace seven of the outer shamrock and seven of the inner shamrock on to the heat n’ bond.  I found it easier to cut out the group of inner and outer and iron on the corresponding fabric before cutting out the shamrocks.


Position on the shamrock in the middle of the flag.  Make sure you like the placement before ironing down. Continue for the remaining flags.


Using a small hole punch, gently punch a hole on either  top side of the flag.


Add your button embellishments.  I used a thicker piece of crochet thread and tied a knot on the back to keep the button on.  You could also just hot glue them if you would like.


Using a 2-4” pieces of ribbon,   tie flag pieces together.  On then flags cut a longer piece and make a loop for hanging.


Hang up, display and enjoy!


Hope you enjoy!  Thanks for reading! And Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Handmade Christmas Cheer : {Project Round Up}

Christmas has come and gone.  My "grand" plans for all of these hand made projects just about drove me insane!  But I managed to finish all but one of them.  I really need to start planning and making things in July, but that's another post for later discussion.

Here are some of the projects that didn't make it to my Handmade Christmas Cheer posts.  I couldn't spoil all the surprises!

 Two Bottle Wine Totes.  These were fun to make!  And fairly quick to sew.  Hopefully I will be posting a tutorial soon.

 Remember the farm mat I made for my kids?  Well I updated the pattern to make it more like a quilt so that it would be a little easier to piece together.  Thought it turned out great!  Hopefully my nephew thinks so too!
I am working on a pattern for it and one for the shop!

Another table runner.  This one has appliqued flannel snowflakes.  I made this one and and a Christmas tree table runner for my mother-in-law.

Using Picasa I made my parents and our Christmas cards. For my card I also used some free digital scrapbook paper I found here.  Super easy and fun to do!

Hope you have enjoyed!  Thanks for reading!

Handmade Christmas Cheer: {Card Table Tent}

Mom & Dad don't look at this post!!

Sorry about the lack of posts!  Its been crazy busy around our house as we are preparing for Christmas.  Between keeping up with the kids, teaching them the Christmas story, keeping house and attempting to get sewing projects done - it has left little time for posting about my creations.  
Here is one that I finished the other day.  After seeing some inspiration on Pinterest.  I tackled a card table tent.  This is going to my parents as part of their present. And no, its not for them to use! (Although I could see them playing in it with the kids)  Its for the Grand-kids who, as soon as they walk in the door are asking for a tent to be built.  So I thought this would make that job easier than throwing tons of blankets on a table and chairs.  

Excuse the bad pictures.  The kids wanted to play in it and my table is not the right size.  I made it for a 37" resin card table (not what I have),  so sorry about the canning jar boxes holding it up.  

I didn't go off of any pattern.  I just started cutting.  Yikes!  I did get some inspiration from this tutorialette.  But like I said...i didn't use it.  I used a set of queen sheets I had and fabric left over from various sewing adventures.  The only thing I bought was the netting I used for the windows...and that was only $1!  

Curved pup door with roll up cover.

Door shut.

The other door.  I was going to put more ties here...but then decided it probably wasn't worth the effort since the kids really don't know how to use them yet.

I lined the whole thing to give it a little more stability using both the flat sheet and the fitted sheets to make the sides. 

I know its kinda plain, but I wanted to make sure it fit the table before I made it all pretty.  And since we don't have the table yet...we all are going to have to use our imaginations!  :)

Hope you have enjoyed!.  Thanks for reading!

Handmade Christmas Cheer {Tree Table Runner:Tutorial}

 UP DATE::  August 11, 2014

Due to popular demand and many inquiries, pattern pieces and a small-scale layout have been added.  Please let me know if something doesn't work correctly.
UP DATE #2::  October 25, 2014 : Pattern was reconfigured to a more web appropriate size.  Sorry about all the confusion. :)
Happy December!!! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Sorry there has been a lack of posts.  I have been busy getting ready for Christmas, crafting and being Mommy!
Here is the first of many posts on our Handmade Christmas Cheer segment.  Hope you enjoy!
Christmas Tree Table Runner
2 yards background fabric
2 yards backing fabric
(this will yield enough to make 2 runners)
scraps of Greens for the Trees
scraps of Brown from the stumps
Lite Fusible Web
Woven Fusible Interfacing (optional)
Cut your  background fabric and backing to your desired length.  My finished table runner came to 14"x69".  So I cut my fabric to 15x70" allowing for a 1/2" seam allowance.
Cut out your triangles for your trees by 1st determining the size of the trees, then tracing them on to the fusible web and then attaching it to the fabric.  I used my Cricut to make five different triangles and cut those out of 5 different fabrics. I did this with the stumps as well.
After I cut the triangles out, I determined my placement.
I used the backing of the fusible web to attach the corners of the trees together without attaching it to the background just yet.  This method kept the tackiness of the fusible web, but allowed for a little flexibility.
I traced my placement so I could easily place my trees for the rest.
I ironed the overlapping edges trying my best not to re-iron the whole thing.
Attached and movable!
I did the same thing for the stumps.
After attaching the stumps to the trees, I placed the Christmas trees on the background, and ironed them on.
 Now is the fun part.  Sewing the edges.  I did a different decorative edge for each tree.  I think it gave each tree its own personality. Be warned it did take a little while to do this.  But I think it paid off.  You could keep it simple and either zig zag or straight stitch around each tree/stump edge.
With right sides together, pin the backing to the finished top.
Sew along the sides using a 1/2" seam leaving about 4" open on one edge to turn it out.
 Iron edges smooth after turning right side out.  Then stitch 1/4" and 3/8" from the edge.  Creating a  decorative finish.  This will sew the opening shut.
If I had to make this again, I might add some woven fusible interfacing to the top give it a little more stiffness/crispness.
The finished product!



Hope you have enjoyed!  Please keep coming back to see what I have been up to!
Thanks for reading!