A plain white cloth bag becomes a special Trick or Treat bag using your imagination, Freezer Paper, and fabric paint. I used a free jpg traced in MTC for one side of the bag and created a haunted house design in KNK Studio for the opposite side. I then cut my designs out of Freezer Paper. I ironed the bag perfectly smooth, then ironed on the cut Freezer Paper. I placed some scrap paper in the bag in case the fabric paint bled all the way through. As a side effect, it made it much easier to show the cut design through the white paper on white cloth. I had to add a row of painters tape at the bottom to cover the remainder of the bag in case of overspray.
Next I applied the airbrush style fabric paint.
Then, I simply peeled off the freezer paper – no need to wait for it to dry.
And Voila! A neat and clean graphic.
For the opposite side, there were all these little pieces, so I transfered the entire design to the bag, ironed it on, and then pulled off only the house – leaving the each of the windows in exactly the right spot. This design had a great deal more area to be covered with color. My daughter was helping me and, yes, got a little overzealous with the paint. On this design I had to wait for the paint to dry or it would have dripped all over the place.
My daughter got the pleasure of pulling off the Freezer Paper.
Finally, the finishing touches – adding a little color to the picture. I used a piece of scrap vinyl cut in a simple circle to create the ‘moon’. As you can see, the places where she really doused the fabric with paint actually bled under the freezer paper. However, my daughter thought it looked like shadows and ‘creepies’ in the windows. If you try this method I recommend the freezer paper doesn’t have any ‘pooling’ of fabric paint. 🙂
For the final step, we painted the windows and the moon with Glow-in-the-Dark Modge Podge. I cannot capture a good picture to share with you, but the Modge Podge definitely glows! My daughter has claimed the bag as her own, and says she is going to go Trick or Treating just to use it (she’s 16).