These Halloween Trick or Treat bags are very simple to make and they last for many years. I can attest to that as I made these bags almost 9 years ago and they are still going strong.
It doesn’t mean that you’ll forgo the orange plastic bucket entirely but if you’re on the fence about making them I can reassure you that they hold more sweets than the buckets.
All the instructions are below along with step by step pictures ready to be printed off. If you do make them then please feel free to upload pictures of them to my Facebook page. I’d be delighted to show them off!
Huge love, Cherry x
Halloween Trick or Treat Bags
- 2 squares of felt measuring 30 x 30cm (in the colour of your choice)
- 4 strips of felt measuring 40 x 4cm and cut to a point at each end (in the colour of your choice)
- A square of felt for making the decoration on the bag (i.e. the ghost or pumpkin and in a contrasting colour to the bag itself)
- Some additional felt for any embellishments on the bag (i.e. eyes, nose, mouths etc.)
- Embroidery thread
How To Make The Bag
- Start by drawing out your chosen Halloween image for the front of the bag onto a piece of card, I drew out a pumpkin for one bag and a ghost for the other but you can get as creative or as ghoulish as you or dare, woo ha ha!
- Cut out the cardboard template and draw around the template onto the felt you have chosen and cut the felt shape out.
- Cut out and sew on any embellishments, for example if you are making a pumpkin like I did, now is the time cut out the eyes, nose, mouth and stalk.
- Pin the motif to one of the squares of felt and use embroidery thread to sew it on. I used green thread on my orange pumpkin and black thread on my ghost for contrast.
- Repeat this with the other two strips of felt, thus creating two handles for your bag.
- Pin either end of one of the handles to the opposite side of the felt to which the motif is on. (I pinned mine approximately 7 cm in from each side and approximately 4cm down.)
- Repeat this step using the other felt handle, on the other square of felt.
- Sew the handles in place using embroidery thread and follow the line of the handle point when sewing them on.
- When the handles are sewn together in place it is then time to sew the bag together.
- Pin the bag together in place and the correct way round.
- Use embroidery thread to blanket stitch the three sides of the bag together.
- To finish the bag, I blanket stitched either side of the bag across the the top (the opening) as I found this gave it more definition.
These are very cute! and the idea could be used to make bags for so many other things as well..
I had a go at fabric buildings blocks for my friends baby’s first birthday, i was really pleased with them and surprised how easy they were to make (I haven’t had much sewing practice!) I even went a little further and put a letter of her name on each one. So now when they are lined up in a nice little row they look even cuter!
Maybe I will email them to you for a look..
Hmmm… I think the biggest fan of these will be Tim (I have spent the past three days telling him we do NOT need to buy any more decorations for Halloween, not even the glowing tombstone…)
I shall try and have a go and let you know how I get on, can’t believe it’s this time of year again already!
Dark eyelashes, eyebrows and beautifully expressive eyes seem to run in your family Cherry.
What fun! Off to the fabric store to hunt down felt.
aha. tracked them down. Saw you mention them in the column and wanted to take a peek. I should give these a whirl for my little pumpkin 🙂 x