Tea towels and pom pom tiebacks, not two things which naturally go together, right? One performs a humble household task and the other adds a touch of frivolity or glamour to your curtains. But let me tell you, combined in the right way, they are crafting dynamite. Well, dynamite might be a slight exaggeration but a few minutes spent on a sewing machine can leave you with a seriously cute bag. Yep, a little drawstring bag made from an inexpensive cloth and a length of cord. Crazy! And actually, even if you don't have a sewing machine, you can probably manage using a sewing needle. They are that easy to make.
I rarely hang on to any of my craft projects. I'm not particularly sentimental. Wonky hems and skewed seams bother me and keeping hold of past, less than perfect projects just reminds me that I need to invest more time in practising. And until I forgo sleep completely, that's not going to happen any time soon. But these ... not only have I made one each for the boys for trick or treating, I made one for myself, too! What can I say? Pom poms have my heart!
You clever things may have already figured out how the bags are made but my full tutorial is over on the Laura Ashley blog. I'm a novice sewer and stare at my sewing machine with a confused look on my face for at least five minutes before remembering how to switch it on. Even with my basic skills, it only took me ten minutes to make each bag. By using a tea towel, a lot of the hard work is done for you, and there are some super cute patterns and prints out there. I chose an autumnal fox and check print but thinking ahead to December, festive versions would be lovely. And could make a really sweet alternative to a Christmas stocking.
Never ones to pass up an opportunity to collect sweets and treats, the boys put their bags to the test last week and came home with a combination of Haribo, leaves and conkers. A rather successful foraging mission! Personally, I'd like to fill mine with something other than the forest floor but I'm more than happy to indulge in the odd Tangfastic or ten.
Happy not quite Halloween!
If you have a go at making one of these bags, do let me know, or tag me in a photo.