Thursday, October 27, 2022

Strippy Improv Halloween Finishes!

I've had a flurry of sewing lately and wanted to share a few of my Strippy Improv Halloween finishes. 

I used these two jack o'lantern blocks make this pillow:

and this trick or treat bag! (scroll down for basic assembly instructions)

 I also finished my "Boo" table runner just in time to use it! Woo hoo!

How about you? Have you finished any Strippy Improv Halloween projects? I'd love to see them! Email me at lisaeruble (at) or tag me on IG (@quiltyzest) and use the hashtag #strippyimprovhalloween

And if you don't have the pattern yet, you can get it in my Etsy shop.

Happy Halloween!


Strippy Improv Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

By request, here are basic cutting details and instructions for making the trick or treat bag. I didn't take step by step photos because I was too busy filming the video! 

(See the video on IG: @quiltyzest)

You'll Need:
1 8-1/2" square strippy improv block

Orange tonal: 
(2) 1-1/2" x 8-1/2" strips
(2) 1-1/2" x 9-1/2" strips

White spiderweb:
(1) 13-1/2" x 15-1/2" piece for bag back
(2) 3" x 18" strips for handles
(2) 2-1/2" x 9-1/2" strips for bag front
(1) 2-1/2" x 13-1/2" strip for bag front
(1) 5" x 13-1/2" strips for bag front

Black print:
(2) 13-1/2" x 15-1/2" piece for bag lining
(2) 3" x 18" strips for handles

Assemble the Bag:
1. Sew orange tonal strips to sides and then top/bottom of 8-1/2" square strippy improv block.

2. Sew 2-1/2" x 9-1/2" white spiderweb strips to opposite sides of block. Sew 2-1/2" x 13-1/2" white spiderweb strip to top and 5" x 13-1/2" white spiderweb strip to bottom to complete bag front, measure 13-1/2" x 15-1/2". 

3. Layer bag front and bag back right sides together and stitch around sides and bottom. Layer (2) black print bag lining pieces right sides together and stitch around sides and bottom, leaving a 6" opening along bottom for turning. 

4. Cut out 2" squares from bottom corners of both outer bag and lining. Box corners. Turn outer bag right side out. 

5. To make handles, lay (1) each 3" x 18" white spiderweb and black print strip right sides together. Stitch along both long edges. Turn right side out, press, and topstitch along both long edges. Make (2) handles.

6. Measure in 2-1/2" from outer bag edges and pin handle in place, matching raw edges. Repeat on bag back. Baste handles in place. 

7. Slide outer bag inside lining, making sure handles are tucked in. Match side seams and pin top raw edges together. Sew along the top outer edge. 

8. Turn bag right side out through opening in the lining. Stitch the opening closed. Topstitch along the top edge of the bag to finish. Happy trick or treating!

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