Let’s face it, Halloween is all about the candy. Doesn’t the candy deserve to be carried in a treat bag with character? Make the candy happy. Sew your own DIY Felt Halloween Treat Bags!
I generally consider myself to be a traditional type of person. I believe carrying on family and holiday traditions is important. I make it a point to teach the children all of the awesome things that belong to my childhood era. Here’s the problem. Growing up in the 80’s, kids had two options for carrying their Halloween candy. Option a) ugly, bulbous, plastic pumpkin which held a limited amount to candy or b) pillowcase. Now don’t get me wrong, the pillowcase option held an amazing amount of candy so there was no need to run home and drop off the candy if you wanted more. The pillowcase option had plenty of room. And was heavy. And bulky. And by the end of the night you ended up slinging it over your back or kicking it with your leg just to get it home. So when Shelly of Coral and Co. asked me to be a part of her Halloween Treat Bag Palooza series, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.
And let me tell you how excited the boys are to have a treat bag that will loop over their shoulder AND hold an acceptable amount of candy.
Want to make one? Below are the instructions for the basic bag making with three decorative options!
Fabric Prep- Cut felt pieces for each bag.
Front and Back: Two 13 X 10 inch rectangles
Sides: Two 13 X 5 inch rectangles
Bottom: One 10 X 5 inch rectangle
Handles: Two 4 X 20 inch strips
Eyes- Two 2 inch circles of white felt and two 1/2 inch circles of black felt
For the Mummy also cut Four 2 X 10 strips and One 2 X 13 inch strip for Mummy wrappings
For Frankenstein and Dracula also cut One 4 X 10 inch rectangle of black felt for the hair
Once bag pieces are cut, for the mummy bag, arrange, pin and sew white felt strips to create mummy wrappings. Leave a larger triangle space of black for eye placement.
Sew two black circles to two white circles, then pin and sew each white circle around the outside edge. You can use a satin or zig-zag stitch.
Pin, right sides together, the bag front and one side piece. Sew using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Repeat for the opposite side piece.
With right sides together, pin the back piece to one side piece and sew using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Press seam back and topstitch on the right side of the seam.
Repeat process, sewing the opposite side and the unfinished edge of the back piece. Finish the seam by pressing pack and topstitching.
With right sides together, pin the bottom piece to the bottom edge of the bag. Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance and make sure to pivot at each corner.
Sew across each corner, making a 3/4 inch triangle. Clip each corner 1/4 inch away from the seam.
Fold each strip in half, lengthwise. Pin and topstitch along each long side.
Fold each short side under 1 1/2 inches and pin in place. Make sure that your handle lies flat and does not twist. Sew along the outside edge, starting from the right side, where each piece is folded. Create a rectangle of stitches, pivoting at each corner and back stitching at the beginning and the end. Then sew diagonally from each corner to create an X on the inside of the box. Repeat with the other handle.
The bag making steps for each bag are the same. For the Frankenstein follow the steps above to sew on the facial features before starting the bag making process.
The Steps for Dracula are the same, note the extra pieces for the mouth and the difference in hairstyle.
I went with classic Halloween monsters but there are a hundred different monsters you could whip up once you have the basic bag process down. Bats, werewolves, skeletons, jack-o-lanterns, spiders, ghosts ect. I could probably go on all day.
Now take those felt Halloween treat bags out and fill them with candy!