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How to make a fabric trick-or-treat bag

Trick or treat time is just around the corner and it is time for costumes, candy, and fun! Does your kid have a special Halloween trick or treat bag?  This reversible candy tote bag is perfect for Trick-or-Treating and can be made in less than an hour.

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Make a trick or treat bag that your child will love and it will last for many years.  Just go to your favorite fabric store and allow your child to choose two colorful Halloween fabrics. Then follow this simple tutorial and the free pattern instructions to sew a quick and easy lined Halloween bag in a few hours.  Your child will be delighted to use the bag to carry all their sweet treats.  Since the tote bag is reversible, it makes it even more fun to use year after year.

Do you want some fun Halloween crafts such as a Halloween fabric wreath, Halloween fabric garland, Halloween placemats, and more project? Our Halloween fabric crafts and DIY kids craft pages have lots of free Halloween project ideas.

Watch this video and continue reading this post for a photo tutorial with step-by-step instructions to make a DIY trick or treat bag.



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Skill Level: Beginners
Finished Bag Size (without handles): 12" wide x 13 1/2" long.

FABRIC AND SUPPLIES NEEDED For the tote bag:

  • 1/2 yard Main Fabric and Straps
  • 1/2 yard Lining Fabric 
  • Scissor
  • Rotary Cutter/Mat/ Ruler (optional)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Basic Sewing Supplies

Note: If you would like to make the straps in a different color, you will need 1/4 yard of fabric.

Fabric Trick-or-Treat Bag

DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Tutorial

STEP 1: CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

To make the Halloween bag cut the following pieces:
Main Fabric - 13" x 28"
Lining Fabric - 13" x 28"
Strap Fabric - 2 pieces 3" x 18" Fabric Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial - Cut Fabric

STEP 2: HOW TO MAKE THE STRAPS

To make the first strap, fold the strap fabric in half lengthwise with the right sides together.  Then, with the sewing machines straight stitch, sew along the long side using a 1/4" seam allowance.Fabric Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial - Sew Straps

Turn the strap right side out.  An easy way to turn the strap right side out is to use a Dritz Quick Turn.  If you don't have one, use your favorite method. 

However, if you would like to purchase a Dritz Quick Turn, we have a link at the end of the article.  If you don't know how to use a Dritz Fabric Turner we have a quick tutorial on How to use the Dritz Fabric Turner.Fabric Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial - Turn Straps

After turning, with an iron press the strap flat with the seam on the side. 
To finish the strap, sew a row of stitches on both sides of the strap close to the fold.  This is called edge stitching.  If you are not sure how to edgestitch, watch our Edge Stitch Tutorial.Fabric Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial - Edge Stitch Straps
Repeat the process for the second strap.

STEP 3: SEWING THE MAIN BODY OF THE BAG

With the main fabric (outside fabric), fold the fabric in half with the right sides together.   Using the sewing machine straight stitch, starting at the top of the bag, sew the side seam using a 1/2" seam allowance. Fabric Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial - Sew Bag Body
Repeat by stitching the other side seam, again starting at the top using a 1/2" seam allowance. Clip the corners on a diagonal.  Then with an iron, press the seams open and flat.

STEP 4: ASSEMBLING THE LINING

Sew the lining fabric in the same manner as the main fabric using a 1/2" seam allowance but leave a 3" opening at the bottom of the seam on one side. This opening will be used to turn the bag right side out.
Again, stitch the other side seam, starting at the top using a 1/2" seam allowance.Fabric Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial - Sew Searm
Clip the corners and iron the seams open and flat. The lining piece is complete.

STEP 5: ATTACHING STRAPS TO THE MAIN FABRIC

The straps will be placed 2 1/2" from the side seams. Begin, by turning the main fabric (outer fabric) right side out. 

Fabric Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial - Place Straps
Then, pin the raw edge of the strap to the top of the main fabric 2 1/2" from the side seam.Fabric Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial - Place Straps Pinned
Without twisting, pin the other raw edge of the strap to the top of the main fabric 2 1/2" from the other side seam.  Repeat this process by placing the second strap on the other side of the bag.

STEP 6: JOINING THE BAG AND LINING

To join the outer piece and lining piece together, slip the main fabric inside the lining fabric with the right sides together.Fabric Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial - Place Bag In Lining
Match the side seams of main fabric and lining fabric, pin the lining to the main body fabric aligning the raw edges all the way around the top. Then, stitch all the way around the top edge using a 1/2" seam removing the pins as you sew.Fabric Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial - Sew Top
With your hand, reach into the hole at the bottom of the lining and pull the main fabric out through this opening. To close the opening in the lining, fold the raw edges to the inside and stitch close to the edge.Fabric Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial - Sew Hole Closed Push the lining inside the main bag body matching the side seams. With an iron set on the cotton setting, press the top edge of the bag.

To hold the outer fabric and lining fabric in place, top stitch all the way around the top of the bag close to the edge. If you don't know how to topstitch, watch our Top Stitch video tutorial.

Fabric Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial - Top Stitch Edge

The bag is completed. This easy and quick trick or treat bag can be whipped up in an evening.Fabric Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial - Finished Bag

The lined, sturdy trick or treat bag is ready for kids to fill with all those Halloween treats.Fabric Trick-or-Treat Bag

Enjoy your trick or treat bag. It will hold lots of candy.

Below is our Trick-or-Treat Tote Bag made with orange cat faces on the outside and black ghosts on the inside.Trick-or-Treat Tote Bag Tutorial - Finished with Cats outside 

Below the photo is the same bag with the black ghosts turned to the outside.  So, the bag is perfectly reversible!Trick-or-Treat Tote Bag Tutorial - Finished with Black Ghosts outside

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about this project, contact us through the YouTube Video comments or our Contact Us page. We respond to questions in e-mails and YouTube comments regularly.

Some Other Fun Halloween Crafts TUTORIALS

Egg Carton Spiders - fb Spooky Egg Carton Spiders - These are a fun little craft to make for Halloween to decorate or as a school craft project.

Lollipop Ghosts - fb Lollipop Ghosts are a quick and easy project and can be made for favors or school projects.

Pumpkin Lollipop Holder - fb Pumpkin Lollipop Holder - Use the lollipop ghosts with this fun pumpkin lollipop holder.

Fabric Pumpkin - fb Fabric Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin - This fabric pumpkin project is SO easy, SO quick and SO inexpensive.

Fabric Wreath - fb No-Sew Fabric Wreath for Halloween or Fall - Decorate your door with this fun and easy fabric wreath.

Pumpkin Mug Rug Pumpkin Mug Rug - Learn how to make a cute pumpkin mug rug with this free pattern.

Candy Corn Fabric Banner DIY Candy Corn Fabric Banner - Sweet as candy, this candy corn banner is a pretty addition to your Halloween decorations.

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