Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pirate Booty Bags

Hello me hearties!  On Tuesday, I guest posted over at Darling Doodles about one of Munchkin's Christmas gifts - a Pirate Kit assembled by your truly.  One of my favorite elements of the kit are these cute pirate booty bags filled with loot:


These were super simple to make.  They're just stenciled muslin sewn into little drawstring bags.  I used the oh-so-awesome freezer paper stenciling technique.  Here's a great tutorial on freezer paper stenciling if you haven't seen it before.

To start, I cut two strips of muslin to size.  I used one long strip, folded in half, to make the bags.  Once I knew my bag size, I found a royalty free crown image and cut it out of freezer paper (shiny side down) using my Silhouette (you could also easily cut an image out of freezer paper using a craft knife)


To stencil the crown, I ironed the freezer paper (shiny side down) onto the muslin (in the center of what will be the bag front)


Then applied craft paint by dabbing it on lightly with a foam brush


After the crown is dried, just peel the freezer paper off to reveal your image


For the typography, I used the same technique and painted right over the dried crown image


Thy Queen's Gold font is Carrington and the Crown Jewels font is Dumbledore 1 Outline.

Once all the paint is dry, it's time to sew up the quick bags.  Start by hemming each side (I hemmed them a 1/2 inch, but a 1/4 would have been just as good)


For the drawstring channel, fold the tops down 1 1/2 inches (cut off any excess - I ended up making my bags a little smaller than my original measurement, which is why you see so much excess in the picture below)

And then pin the two sides (wrong sides) together.  Sew a straight line from the bottom to 3/4 inch from the top seam, sewing right over top of your existing side hems


For the draw string, I used two pieces of simple twine, knotted at ends.  You will be threading your drawstring in the channel created by folding the top of the fabric over.  For easy threading, pin a safety pin onto the end of your string and use the pin to help guide the string through the channel.


Once you pull the string through the front, simply pull the string out the side and then through the channel on the back side of the bag.

Now you're all ready to fill the bags up with some our case, gold coins found at the Dollar Store and precious gems aka vase filler found at Walmart.  Arrrgh - time to set sail to find more treasure!

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Amanda said...

These are so cute, will have to knock a few up for my boys who are just crazy about anything pirate!

Stephanie LaRae said...

These are adorable! They would be perfect as a little travel bag for jewelry!


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