Way back when I only had two children, I made a couple Halloween treat bags for my little ones. I used fabric my mom gave me, and just threw them together. Fast forward 6 years, and my bag making has evolved, as well as my applique skills.
Those first bags have had a lot of use...and since the younger kids came along, there was a bit of fighting over who got to use the bags. That problem should now be resolved.
You can see where I got the idea for the candy corn applique. :)
To make the kitty bags, I followed my Easter Basket tutorial pretty faithfully, with just a few alterations. I made the bags an inch longer. Another change from the tutorial, I completed the applique prior to assembling the bag. With the more complicated design, it made things easier. Because I did so, I was sure to apply some interfacing to the back of the applique before I started satin stitching.
I was given a ruffler attachment for my sewing machine last summer by Stephanie. It made making those little ruffles so quick and easy!
The bags are lined with a black zigzag design. Although this isn't "Halloween" fabric, using orange and black fabric in my stash worked just fine.
I used green buttons for the kitty's eyes, and used a double needle for the topstitching on the handles.
I've had readers ask me why I use heat n bond lite in applique, and wanted to show the difference using an adhesive for applique makes in the final product.
I didn't use any heat n bond lite OR interfacing when I appliqued the candy corn. The fabric is a bit wonky, and it stretched a bit as I satin stitched. The kitty applique is very flat and has extra weight to hold everything in place.
1. Cut a large rectangle of fabric 25" by 16.5". Cut a 17" by 3" rectangle for the handle.
2. Identify where you want the candy corn, and applique it in place (USE heat n bond LITE!). For this larger bag, you'll want to increase the size of the design I shared by 125%.
3. Sew the large rectangle together along the 25" side. I used french seams to make it strong and finish the seams.
4. Sew the short seam together, and then box the corners to create a bottom for the bag. (You can see a great tutorial on how to box a bag from Sew 4 Home HERE.)
5. Hem the top of the bag by folding down 1/4", and then folding again 1/2". Topstitch down.
6. Sew the handle together, right sides together, with 1/4" seam. Turn right side out, tucking the unfinished edges inside the tube, and then press and topstitch. Sew to the sides of the bag, making an X to give some strength to the handles.
I hope that gives you some fun ideas for making Trick or Treat Bags for your family. I may not be a big fan of Halloween, but my children are. Making a fun bag for trick or treating helps me support my kids, while not making things too scary. :)
Are you doing anything handmade for the coming holiday?
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