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My New Halloween Purse With Ghost Lights #HandmadeWithJoann

Check it out!  My new Halloween Purse with ghost lights is just too much spooky fun!  I giggle every time I flip the switch and see those glowing ghosts dancing around!  And I’m already kicking around ideas for a lighted Christmas purse!   (Yeah, I know that’s a lot of exclamation points but I LOVE this purse!!!)

Of course, all the supplies for this purse came from JOANN.  I used 3 different cotton Halloween prints for the outside and another, lighter-colored Halloween cotton for the lining.  My daughter got the handles at JOANN and gave them to me in my Christmas stocking last year.  I used Burda Style pattern #7264.  And the mini Halloween lights?  Well, I got them at JOANN, too, in one the Halloween aisles.  So this purse is 100% JOANN-sourced.

Now, you’re probably thinking, “Donna is just so freakin’ creative!  How does she come up with this stuff?!”  LOL  (OK, at least in MY mind that’s what you’re thinking.)  But this isn’t totally my idea.  I got some inspiration from this Missouri Star Quilt Company Youtube video.  I tripped over it one day and I thought it was such a cool idea and if you could do that with a quilt why couldn’t you do it with a purse?

Check out my Facebook Live Tour to see what this Halloween purse with ghost lights really looks like!


How To Tips

Unfortunately, I didn’t think to do up a video while I was making this.  You know how it is.  I got bit by the Creative Bug and just dove right in.  You’ll get the basic idea if you watch the video but here’s a few key steps you’ll need to know if you want to try this yourself:

  • The bag panels are each lined with fusible fleece before they’re sewn together.  This gives the bag more body and helps make a more stable base for the lights.


  • I sewed the pieces for the front panel together, and then the pieces for the back panel, but I did not sew them together at the sides until after I decided on where I wanted to place the lights.


  • These lights are the mini lights.  They’re connected with wires, not a cord like Christmas tree lights.  There are 25 ghosts so I made 25 randomly-placed buttonholes – 13 on one side and 12 on the other.  Note:  Test your buttonholes on a scrap piece of fabric first to make sure the lights will go through.


  • Then I sewed up the side seams and continued with the basic purse construction.


  • Before adding the lining I strung the lights through the purse.  I just poked the ghosts through the buttonholes working from the inside at one of the side seams all the way back around to the first ghost.  So all of the wires are on the inside.


  • I made a little pocket to hold the battery case at the bottom of the lining.  This keeps the case from floating around and makes it easier to turn the lights on and off – no digging through all the junk I carry in my purse.


  • Then I added the lining to the purse.  This way, all of the wires for the lights are covered by the lining so they won’t get tangled in anything I’m carrying in my purse.

What else could you do with this idea?

These mini Halloween light sets only cost a few bucks and JOANN has several different sets:  Ghosts, Bats, Spiders, and Jack o’ Lanterns.  I’m thinking this would be a cool way to add lights to your kids’ Halloween costumes – or your own costume – and so much more fun than those glo-stick things everybody wears.  Think lighted wizard hats and capes, lighted Trick or Treat bags, and OMG! …  add lights to that Princess or Fairy costume!

Donna Anderson

I loved my time working behind the cutting counter at Joann Fabrics but I love shopping at Joann Fabrics even more! What are you making today?

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