Create a Trick or Treat Bag that’s nice enough to use year after year with this free Trick or Treat Bag Sewing Pattern. This bag features a fun and roomy bucket shape and leather handles.
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Don’t your kids need a new Trick or Treat bag??? Come on; you know you want to sew up some of that Halloween fabric in your stash!!
I always LOVE all of the Halloween fabrics that you see in stores every year, and I tend to buy more than my fair share. I’ve got quite a collection of Halloween fabric now!
As much as I love to collect Halloween fabric, I also love to sew with it. I realized that I’ve never sewn a Trick or Treat bag for my kids and decided it was time to change that.
I also decided that if I was going to make a trick-or-treat tote bag, that I’d make it nice enough to last for a few years and big enough to tote LOTS of candy!!
How to Get the Pattern
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About our Trick or Treat Bag Pattern
This tote bag has a canvas bottom to make it nice and sturdy and a leather handle to dress it up a bit! Yep, a leather handle. Trust me; it’s not complicated to add the touch of leather; let me tell you a secret — it’s actually a leather belt blank that you can get at many craft stores for about $5!
Here’s what you’ll need to make the bag:
- Fabric cut to 12″ tall x 17″ wide for the tote front and back; 2 pieces
- Fabric cut to 16″ tall x 17 wide for the tote lining; 2 pieces
- Canvas 17″ wide by 5″ tall; 2 pieces
- Heavyweight sew-in interfacing (I used Thermoweb Sew In Non-Woven, Firm)
- Lightweight Fusible Interfacing
- Leather Belt Blank
- Heavy-Duty Hole Punch
- Grommets for Leather
- 2 purse rings
- 2″ wide ribbon
- Fray Check
All seam allowances are ½″ unless otherwise stated
Step One: Sew the Bag
Begin by cutting a 3″x3″ square from the bottom two corners of the 17″ side of the 17″ x 5″ canvas pieces and the 16″ x 17″ lining pieces.
Next, sew the 12″ x 17″ tote bag front piece to one of the 5″ x 17″ canvas pieces. Press the seam open. Repeat for the tote bag back piece.
Cut a piece of heavyweight, interfacing the same size as the tote bag’s front and back pieces.
Pin the interfacing to the wrong side of the tote bag’s front and back pieces. Top stitch along both sides of the seam between the tote bag fabric and the canvas. Do this for the front and the back pieces. This will help to keep the interfacing in place as you sew and give you a nice finished look.
Sew the tote bag’s front and back pieces together along the bottom seam. (Just the straight seam, don’t sew in the spot that you cut the 3″ square from) Press the seam open.
Sew the two sides seams of the tote. Press seams open.
Pinch the bottom corners of the tote so that the raw edges of the portion of the bag with the 3″ square cut-out meet.
Stitch with a ¼″ seam allowance, making sure to backstitch.
Turn right side out.
Cut two pieces of lightweight interfacing the same size as the two lining pieces. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the lining pieces.
Sew the lining pieces together the same way that you sewed the tote bag’s outside pieces together.
Step Two: Add the Loops for the Leather Handles
Cut a piece of ribbon to 3″. Feed the ring through and pin it to the tote bag’s outside piece on top of the side seam. Repeat for other side. Use a bit of fray check on the ends of the ribbon to keep the ribbon from fraying and tearing out of the seam.
Slip the tote bag outside into the tote bag lining. RIGHT sides facing. Pin.
Sew around the entire perimeter of the tote bag, leaving a 5″ opening on one side to turn the bag right side out. Turn the bag right side out. Press. Top stitch catching the opening in the tote bag as you go.
How to Add the Leather Handle
Cut your leather belt blank to the length you like; mine was 28″ long. Using a heavy-duty hole punch, punch two holes in the ends of the leather (hint, to cut the leather use a rotary cutter).
Feed through the O ring and attach with a leather grommet. If you’d like more information about using leather handles on sewn bags, you can visit this tutorial on my blog.
That’s it!! I hope that your little trick-or-treater enjoys their bag!!
This Trick or Treat Bag Sewing Tutorial first appeared on Tatertots & Jello. I’m bringing it back home to share it with all of you!