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Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

Prep Time1 hr 30 mins

Equipment

  • 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
  • Needle
  • Pins

Instructions

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.
  • Next for the handles. Sew two of the 40 x 4cm strips together, sewing them together will make the handles stronger. I used a blanket stitch all the way around the handle in a white thread. If you'd like to learn how to do blanket stitch then search on this site as I have a tutorial for that also.
  • 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.