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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

It's all in the bag ....

Though the price of costumes have been steadily rising it seems like the amenities we get in out "goody bag" have been decreasing. Forgive me if I am wrong but what happen to the times when we got little pouches that matched out costumes, an essential carry all for the must have items such as vex money,lip gloss, cell phone and blotting sheets? Nowadays we are lucky to find some ugly container or coin purse with the sponsor's name emblazoned on it in lieu of the cute little pouches that accessorised out costumes perfectly:

The pouch could then be worn attached to the waist band:

Tribe 2005

Attached to the wrist:
Tribe 2005

Extended with a longer string and strapped across the body:
Tribe 2005

For those of us with a little craft skills coupled with time and patience you can make these pouches yourself; it is fairly easy and the good thing is you can make it as big or as small as you like. The hardest part will be finding a matching fabric to your costume. Cratgrrl has an excellent article with drawings and instructions on making your own drawstring pouch here.

Now, for us ladies who have neither time or inclination to whip out a needle and get started on sewing anything there are pouches being sold online at papermart.comfor CHEAP. The ONE caveat is that you cannot buy them single, they only come in a package of say 12 to 20 bags however with prices around $0.29 to $0.75 each it works out pretty cheap still. The best thing to do is to order a package and split it among friends. I have ordered from papermart before and the prices are good with a quality product.

What I love about papermart is the variety of pouches available, they come in metallic fabrics, topped with feathers, leather, faux fur, animal print, faux suede, velvet, beaded lace.. you name it they have it. The pouches also come in different sizes as well, the key is to pay attention to how many inches they are in length, width and depth so you know how big the pouch is. Some people would want the smallest size while others will prefer something a bit larger. The metallic lame bags for example come in the smallest size of 3 inch width and 4 inch depth and the largest at 6 inch width and 10 inch depth.

Here are examples of different style pouches being sold at

TRIBE - Isis B

Island People - Egret

TRIBE - Water Nymph

Island People - Polar Bear

TRIBE - Silver Mist & Mystical India

Island People - Brown Bear

TRIBE - Black Magic

Island People - Zebra

And finally don't be afraid to add some extra embellishments to your pouches by way of some "bling", sequins, feathers or beads... you know the motto.. Go Big or Go Home!
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