Are you expecting any very special Halloween treats? Maybe you just want to hand out candy to a few favorite coworkers and neighbors. If you have 15 minutes, you can make a bag of treats to surprise someone very ghoulish.
Sew a Halloween Treat Bag
- A 9″ x 12″ rectangle of craft felt
- A piece of stiff felt (optional)
- All-purpose coordinating thread
- Pinking scissors (optional)
- Temporary spray adhesive (optional)
- Halloween shape pattern
These cute treat bags are designed to be made from a single rectangle of craft felt. Decorate the exterior with the Halloween silhouette template or add a Halloween embroidery design.
From the felt rectangle, cut a 6″ x 12″ strip. Save the remaining 3″ x 12″ strip. From the larger strip, cut two 2½” x 6″ rectangles designated as the sides of the bag. Also from the larger strip, cut two 3½” x 6″ rectangles, designate them as the front and back of the bag. From the smaller strip, cut a 2½” x 3½” rectangle, designated as the bottom of the bag.
If desired, pink the sides of the bag, top front and back edges.
If you would like to add a treat bag template as shown in the featured project, click here to download the templates. Print the templates and cut out. Select one model per bag. From the piece of stiff felt, cut out the desired template.
If you prefer to add an embroidery design, sew the design onto the front, back, or sides of the bag; size the design if necessary. Sew a name into the CME Boo Bones alphabet using glow-in-the-dark thread for a spooky personalization touch.
Pin one side of the bag to the front of the bag. If it is jagged, align the top edges. The project shown shows the contrast stitching with seams on the outside. If you have embroidered your bag, consider whether you want the seams exposed. If so, place the wrong sides together to sew. Otherwise, place the sides right sides together. Pin the remaining side of the bag to the back of the bag. Sew the long edges using 1/4″ seam allowances.
Pin the remaining side of the bag to the front of the bag, aligning the top and bottom edges. Pin the other side of the bag to the back of the bag. Sew the long edges.
Pin the bottom of the bag to the bottom front edge of the bag.
Sew along the long edge, keeping the body of the bag folded and away from the needle. Repeat to attach the remaining long bottom side of the bag to the back of the bag. Follow the same instructions to secure the sides of the bag to the short edges of the bottom of the bag.
If you haven't added embroidery, decide now whether you want the seams exposed or not. The project shown features stitching to highlight the contrast stitching.
If you are added a Halloween template, determine how you want the pattern to be placed on the front of the bag. Cover your work surface with newspaper or paper towels.
The models are designed to hang on the bag in certain places for an extra 3D touch. Cover overhanging areas with masking tape. This will secure the template to the paper towel and ensure the bag won't be strangely sticky when finished.
Following the manufacturer's directions, spray the template upside down with temporary spray adhesive, then remove the masking tape. Press the template firmly onto the front of the bag.
Sew the pattern onto the bag using medium basting stitches. If you're in a big hurry, use permanent spray adhesive or fabric glue to adhere the template to the bag. Now fill the bag with treats and get ready to hand them out to the grateful ghosts and goblins.
Make the sack out of burlap and place a flameless candle inside to create luminaries for elegant Halloween decoration.
If using a ghost template, cut out the eyes and mouth from black felt and sew or glue the ghost's body before gluing the template to your bag.
Now hand out these bags to the special ghouls on your Halloween list and send them off to gather Halloween tips!
This article was originally published on October 31, 2014 and was updated on October 23, 2023.