Kids love a special bag to capture all their loot from the big Halloween event. This simple DIY trick or treat bag is charming and not a bit scary to make.
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Halloween Trick or Treat Bag
I’ve adapted this post from my original blog, Designers Sweet Spot. Enjoy!
Remember going door to door saying the phrase trick or treat on Halloween? Each year we had a different Halloween treat bag with which to collect our candy. Sometimes it was as simple as a homemade fabric drawstring bag. Sometimes it was a candy bucket, simple tote bags, or even decorated paper bags. This adorable goody bag is easy to make using two different fabric scraps and a bit of leftover quilt binding.
This Halloween candy bag has plenty of space for treats. It’s also easy to pull closed to keep all that good stuff from spilling out!
The top of the bag is full of glow in the dark eyes. How fun for the littles to play with at their school Halloween party or on October 31! I used less than a 1/4 yard of fabric of each print for this project. These fabrics came from my local fabric store. However, you can use fabric you already own or even a festive fabric napkin or tablecloth from your local dollar store! Since I made this project several years ago, I’m going to share fabric options that are similar to the ones I used.
- Cat Eye print fabric (1/4 yard)
- Fat Cat print fabric (1/4 yard)
- black quilt binding (2 pieces, 24″ each)
- pinking shears
- plastic one-gallon milk jug
- sewing supplies
There is a secret to this bag design! It has a plastic bottom that allows the bag to retain it’s shape, even before your child says the word trick or treat and it’s full of candy. The plastic is nothing more than the bottom of a gallon milk jug.
- Cut out the main fabric. Two pieces (each 11 ” wide by 15″ long).
- Stitch the side seams with the right sides together.
- Stitch 45-degree corners at the lower edge of side seams. Turn right side out and press.
- Cut Cat Eye fabric to size (4 1/2″ wide x 11″ long), use pinking shears to trim the lower raw edge.
- Sew the right side of contrasting Cat Eye fabric to the wrong side of bag fabric using a 1/2″ seam. Turn right side out.
- Topstitch 1 1/2″ away from the edge seam.
- Topstitch again 1″ away from the first row of stitching to create drawstring casing.
- Insert quilt binding. Use two pieces cut to 24″ each. Sew ends together with a zig-zag stitch.
- Cut the bottom of a plastic milk carton to a height of 4″. Insert into the fabric bag. Enjoy!
How fun is this project? It’s an excellent way to use up fabric scraps that may be sitting idly in your sewing room. Even if you choose to purchase fun Halloween fabric for your candy corn bag, it is a very inexpensive project. Do you sew your own Halloween Trick or Treat bag each year? It’s such a fun tradition to start with your family!
Are you still looking for more sewing inspiration? Here are a few other projects you will also love:
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