Halloween Project: Learn How to make a Halloween Trick or Treat Bag with this FREE pattern and easy to follow tutorial. Make a bag that will last several Halloween trick or treatings!
This pumpkin tote is a fun addition to your Halloween collection that you can use year after year to collect candy or decorate your home!
The Halloween Tote Bag is a free pattern and tutorial and comes in two difference sizes. The small size (9″ X 9″ X 4″) is perfect for trick or treaters or for children to carry treats for their friends at school. The large size (14.5″ X 16″ X 7″) is designed for adults or those trick or treaters that like to visit their entire neighborhood! It is large enough to fit a standard binder, and would make a perfect teacher gift.
The bag features a simple pumpkin face applique. If you’ve never done applique before, don’t worry! It is very simple with fleece because you don’t have to worry about the raw edges.
The bag also features a hard bottom for an improved shape and stability.
YOU WILL NEED:
This pattern can use a couple of different fabrics – go with what will work for you.
- orange fleece or felt – 2/3 yard for large size, 1/2 yard for small size
- small scraps of black fleece for pumpkin applique
- nylon webbing – 2 yards for large size, 1 yard for small size (I often salvage this from broken backpacks or purses)
- small piece of stiff cardboard, chloroplast, or plastic canvas for stiffening the bottom of the tote
- hot glue
- glue stick
- Fleece Fun’s free sewing pattern (available at the end of the post)
- Sewing Essentials (scissors, pins, etc.)
How to Make a Halloween Trick or Treat Bag:
Step 1 – Cut out the Elements to the Trick or Treat Bag
Gather your materials.
Cut out 2 trick or treat bag pieces and
1 set of the pumpkin face. Cut two if you want a face on each side of the bag.
You will also need a rectangle of your cardboard/plastic (14.5″ x 7″ for large size, 9″ x 4″ for small size) as well as a scrap large enough to wrap around it.
Step 2 – Add the Jack O’Lantern Face
I find it helpful to cut out the face on the pattern piece and use it as a template to place the face pieces.
Stitch around the edges with a straight stitch or zigzag. After trying both I prefer the straight stitch.
Step 3 – Sew the Sides and Bottom to the Halloween Trick or Treat Bag
All seams on the bag are 1/2 and inch. With right sides together, sew the two sides and bottom of your Halloween treat bag.
Step 4 – Sew the Corners
To finish the bottom of the back fold the corners and make the seams meet.
Fold the corners so that the side seam matches up with the bottom seam.
With right sides together, sew the corner shut.
Step 5 – Make the Bottom Sturdy (For candy)
Place your cardboard/plastic on the scrap of fleece.
Hot glue the fleece to wrap around, and trim any excess.
Step 6 – Reinforce the Tote Bag Bottom
Place it in the bottom of the trick or treat bag. Now your bag has a sturdy bottom!
Step 7 – Finish the top edge of the Pumpkin Tote
Fold over the top edge to the wrong side by 1″ and stitch hem in place.
Step 8 – Add The Straps
Cut two lengths of webbing for the straps (18″ for small, 36″ for large).
Melt the ends with a lighter so that they don’t fray.
Place the ends on the inside of the top hem, matching up with the markings printed on the pattern.
Stitch in place with a box and an ‘X’ so that it is secure. You just finished the How to make a Halloween Treat Bag tutorial.
This pattern has been drafted by Gracious Threads for Fleece Fun.
Download the Pattern Below:
More Halloween Tutorials:
- Boo Witch Mason Jars
- Candy Corn Bowling activity/ printable
- All Hallows Eve Printable Party Pack
- Fabric Pumpkin
- Jack O’Lantern Finger Puppet
- Halloween Printable Treat Box
- Jack O’Lantern Tote
Other Free Bag Patterns:
- All of the Free Bag and Purse Patterns available
- No Sew Hobo
- The Blogger Bag
- Leather Tote Bag
- Quick Sew Hobo
- Wine Bottle Gift Bag
- The Easy Book Bag
- Diaper Bag Tutorial
- The Man Satchel
- Shave Kit Case
- The Tablet Cover
- Quilted Leather Clutch
- Little Purse Tutorial
- Child Sheep Purse Tutorial
- Drawstring Backpack Tutorial
- Sleeping Bag Pack
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You can see a quick version of How to sew a trick or treat bag here.