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Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The countdown to Halloween has begun and everyone is putting the final touches on their costumes. Kids are excited to go trick-or-treating, and they’re betting they’ll get more candy than their siblings. But where will all that candy go? Everyone who dresses up and goes trick-or-treating needs a good bag for all that loot, but most of the options at stores look the same or don’t match your kid’s costume. Fix that with this simple and quick DIY Halloween trick-or-treat bag, which is fully customizable and includes reflective straps for safety as you walk around the neighborhood.

Start with a piece of fabric in your favorite coordinating Halloween print. I bought a full yard of this pumpkin fabric so I could make additional accessories with the scraps.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Fold the fabric in half, and then iron it with a high-steam iron like the Durathon to get any wrinkles out. The folded end will act as the bottom of our bag, so it saves us an extra stitch.


Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Gather a pair of scissors, a measuring tape and a fabric pencil to measure the bag to the appropriate size.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The orange and black bag is for a smaller child, so I measured 12 inches across the bottom…

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

…and 14 inches up the sides.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Mark the fabric at your measurements, and cut the fabric into a rectangle.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Unfold your cut rectangle of fabric and re-fold it so it’s inside out. Iron it so the bottom of the bag is creased and flat. The right sides of the fabric should be looking in towards each other.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Pin one side of the bag from the bottom to the top. Repeat on the other side, but be sure to leave the top of the bag open.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Again, make sure the right side of the fabric is on the inside. Later, we’ll turn the bag inside out again, exposing the pretty side of the fabric and hiding the seams.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Sew each side of the bag, starting at the top and going to the bottom, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Your bag is starting to look like an actual bag now! The pretty side of the fabric is on the inside and the top is wide open.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Loop the bag on the end of your ironing board and open up the fabric along the seam.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Use your iron to press the seam, so it’s nice and flat. Repeat on the other side.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

 

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeachFold down the top of the seam ⅝ inch around the entire top of the bag.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Pin the fabric and press it with your iron.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Sew along your top seam at ½ inch, remembering to backstitch at the beginning and end.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

To make handles, measure webbing in your favorite color to 18” and cut two lengths. You can also buy a yard of webbing and simply cut it in half.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Measure the same amount of iron-on reflective tape. Peel off the protective layer, per the instructions on the package, and lay it over the center of the webbing.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Gently iron on the reflective tape.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

When you are finished, your webbing should look like it has a reflective strip going down the center, like this.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Loop the webbing into a U-shape with reflective side down.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Measure one side so the inside of the handle rests three inches from the side seam and about an inch down. Pin it into place, making sure to only pin one side of the bag, so you don’t sew it closed.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Repeat on the other side.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Sew two levels of stitches over the handle, going back and forth a few times to really secure it in place.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Now, you can turn the bag inside out. The pretty fabric and the reflective tape should all be facing out.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

At this point, you can leave the bag as-is and iron it flat, or you can continue to embellish it.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Iron the bag flat to remove any wrinkles.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you want to embellish the bag further, you can. I used a little ribbon of pom-poms that matched the fabric. Just wrap it around the bag, trim it and pin it into place. Sew it on.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The bag looks pretty cute now, doesn’t it?

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach
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But it could use just one more thing… How about some matching glow in the dark paint for a little extra fun (and safety) at night?

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

I chose colors that matched some of the polka dots on the fabric and went over them to make little dots.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Let it dry and then you’re all finished!

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

You can use the same method to create bags in lots of colors and styles, matching any costume a kid can dream up. You can also make bigger or smaller bags by adjusting the measurements in the beginning.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

For this black bag (to match a witch costume), we used 14”x16” measurement and embellished it with beautiful ribbons and a clip-on flower.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

These finished bags will make a little witch and a cute pumpkin happy while they trick-or-treat on Halloween.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

It only takes 15 minutes from start to finish to make these simple bags.

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

You could even make one for yourself in a nice fabric and have a simple reusable shopping tote. Or let the kids use the bags all year for creative play and fun.

Thanks for checking out our latest DIY with the Durathon iron. Happy Halloween!

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

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Halloween Jack-o-Lantern and Witch Stuffed Peppers from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

In the midst of costumes, candy, tricks and treats, the last thing on anyone’s mind is getting a healthy and well-balanced dinner on Halloween night. But what if you could do just that without a lot of hassle or prep? And what if your kids actually wanted to eat what you made them? That’s where these adorable Halloween-themed stuffed peppers come in to save the day – or night.

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern and Witch Stuffed Peppers from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Use orange peppers to make little pumpkins by cutting out a traditional jack-o-lantern face. Stuff it with plain rice or blend rice, meat and veggies from the grocery store hot foods bar, pop the top back on and serve. It’s really that easy, and you end up with a very entertaining meal in a secretly healthy vessel.

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern and Witch Stuffed Peppers from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

To make a witch, use green peppers and make cutouts for the eyes and mouth. Cut out a circle in the middle, and insert the stem of the pepper to make a pointy witch nose. It’s okay if it’s not perfect. Wicked witches are known for their moles and warts anyway! Stuff it, cut out a paper hat and your kids can decide if this is a good witch or bad witch. Happy Halloween!

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern and Witch Stuffed Peppers from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

 



Halloween is coming up this weekend, and we’re excited about all the costumes, parties and kids trick-or-treating. Whether you prefer your costume to be funny or cute, silly or scary, everyone can agree this Halloween graveyard-themed party dip is a hit.

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Despite its appearance, this dip is actually really easy to put together. You just need a 9×13 casserole dish or lasagna pan, a ton of spinach dip, and some crackers, veggies and chopped kalamata olives. Additional decorations like the skulls and pumpkins can be found at most craft stores this time of year.

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you want to take the dip a step further, you can do what we did here, and find a festive tray to set your dip in. We filled in the space between the dip pan and the tray with curly kale. It held everything in place and looked like grass, so it was perfect for the job.

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

We found a little black tree decoration, an owl, a few skulls and some pumpkins at the craft store. (Don’t forget to tell your guests they aren’t edible.) We made additional trees and foliage with celery stalks, broccolini and chopped parsley. We love the way this section turned out.

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

To make the headstones in the graveyard, we used crackers with a unique shape. There are many types of cracker shapes out there, so you can use whatever look you prefer. Write on the crackers with an edible decorative marker, and place them firmly into the spinach dip. Sprinkle chopped kalamata olives in front to look like fresh dirt.

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you want, bury your friends by adding their initials to some of the crackers. (There I am below.) Decorate with candles and other Halloween decor and you’ll have quite the conversation starter at your Halloween party!

Halloween Graveyard Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

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Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

 

Chicken stock is the key to many recipes, and you’re probably buying loads of the canned stuff from the grocery store. I was, too, until I started making it myself. It only took one batch of homemade stock to make me a convert. I never went back to store-bought because the flavor, texture and price are so much better when it is homemade. You can do it, too, and it’s easier than you think.

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

In my house, we roast a whole chicken almost every week. We have some of it that night and use the leftovers in everything from tacos to soups throughout the week.

Previously, the carcass got tossed in the trash. One day, I decided to toss the scraps into my slow cooker with some leftover vegetables, and I realized making chicken stock was one of the easiest and most convenient things I’d ever made. And when it was done? It was delicious!

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

 

Since I’ve been at this for a few years, I developed a system that works well for my family. Anytime we use carrots, celery, onions or herbs, we save the scraps (the peels, the stems, the leaves, etc) in a bag in the freezer. We do the same with the carcass after roasting a chicken. When the bags fill up, we pull out the slow cooker and make beautiful homemade stock.

Freeze it flat so you can stack them in your freezer! Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

 

Once the stock is made, I store it in 2-cup increments in freezer bags, since they stack well or can be tucked into unused corners between the ice cream and the frozen berries. If I know I’ll be using the stock within the next week, I store it in mason jars in the refrigerator*. I label the type of stock and the quantity, and now flavorful homemade chicken stock is always there when I need it.

Try this recipe at home, and let us know if it changes the way you use chicken stock in your kitchen.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stock DIY from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - everydaygoodthinking.com

 


Slow Cooker Chicken Stock
YIELDS: 6 servings

Ingredients
1 roasted chicken carcass
4 medium carrots, peeled, cut in 2-inch pieces
2 ribs celery, cut in 2-inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 medium onion, quartered
1 dried bay leaf
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 sprig each fresh thyme, rosemary, basil and parsley
8 cups water
Instructions
Place chicken carcass in slow cooker crock.
Arrange carrots, celery, garlic and onion around chicken. Add bay leaf and sprinkle with peppercorns.
Tie herbs together to make a bouquet garni. Place on top of chicken and vegetables.
Pour water over ingredients in crock.
Cover and cook for 3 to 4 hours on HIGH or 6 to 7 hours on LOW.
Strain mixture into a large measuring cup or bowl with a spout.
Serve immediately or freeze in serving-size portions.
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*Do not freeze stock in glass mason jars.



DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

Bedroom curtains are important for privacy, but they should also help create a peaceful atmosphere that inspires rest and relaxation. This was not the case in this city condo, so we removed the old curtains from the window and started from scratch to create beautiful window treatments without having to pull out a big sewing machine or a ton of equipment. These no-sew curtains can be made for any room of the house, and this technique can be used to make sheers, curtains or valances.

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

 

Because the home is located near other homes, a window covering offering plenty of privacy is a must. Natural light is also important to the homeowner, so we decided on a two layer window treatment with a textured sheer and a neutral, natural material for the curtain.

Supplies:

  • Sheer fabric
  • Curtain fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Fusible Web (¾” for regular and heavy fabric; ⅜” for lightweight fabric)
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Curtain Rods (We used 2 tension rods since these curtains are nestled into the window frame)

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

 

Step 1: Choose your fabric and measure the appropriate length for your window and curtains. Add 5” on to the length you want your curtains to be. These curtains are 62” long when finished, so we cut the fabric to 67”. To make it easier, we left the fabric as wide as it originally came.

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

Step 2: Make a 1” fold on the long sides of your fabric and pin into place. Press fabric with your iron to make a definitive crease; remove the pins.

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

 

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

 

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

 

Step 3: Pick up hem fold and insert a line of fusible web in the crease. Trim the fusible web to the edge of the fabric, and fold the hem over the top.

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

 

Step 4: Use a dry iron to press the seam, sealing the hem and creating a nice, clean edge.

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

 

Step 5: Repeat Steps 2-4 on the bottom of your curtain. You don’t have to make an angled corner, but it does make a nice, clean look to the bottom corners of your curtains.

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

 

To make your corners, press a corner fold into the fabric, then add a triangle shaped piece of webbing under the corner flap and iron it into place. Do this on both bottom corners.

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

 

Then, cut the fusible web on an angle and measure a strip across the bottom, just as you did on the other sides. Iron the webbing into the crease to create a hem, as before.

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

 

Step 6: To make the top of the curtain, where the rod will go, make your 1 inch hem as before. Then, repeat the process with a 3” hem, placing the fusible web where the fabric meets, instead of in the crease. Iron the web into place. This creates a 2” pocket for your curtain rod.

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

 

You’re finished! One curtain panel is complete. Repeat the steps for your second curtain panel. Follow the same steps to create a sheer panel and put it on a separate curtain rod. Make sure to iron your curtains with lots of steam (and the Durathon iron has lots of steam!) before hanging them, so you don’t have any creases or wrinkles.

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

 

To hang the curtains, put up the sheer in the back and the curtain panels in the front, creating a layered look that allows the light to shine through.

DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Durathon

 

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