Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Trick-or-Treat bags made easy!

I'm ahead of schedule this year. I usually don't start thinking about Halloween until October 1st, but this year I've cranked out a few Halloween projects well ahead of time. One of the first projects I finished was a Trick-or-Treat Bag.


Do you remember the Lil' Girl Springtime Totes that I made? Well, this Trick-or-Treat Bag is the same pattern. If you're interested in making one of these Halloween totes, just buy some cute Halloween fabric and follow the Lil' Girl Springtime Tote instructions (sans the fabric flower on the front!).


The fabrics I chose for these bags are the dream child of Alexander Henry and can be purchased at Fat Quarter Shop (and many other places). I was introduced to this line at "Your Fabric Shopper."  I combined Endora's Dots, Witches in Stitches, and Witchy Stitchy Owl with natural muslin to make these adorable Trick-or-Treat bags.


I love the thought of a Trick-or-Treat bag that is used year after year -- at least while the children are small and need only a little tote -- rather than a pillowcase! I'm a sucker for traditions.



Last year I also made some Trick-or-Treat Bags for my grandkids. (Pictures below.) You can see the post about these little bags here. The bags were appliqued, but otherwise the pattern was the same as the Lil' Girl Springtime Tote except the front piece was only one piece of fabric, so its measurements were identical to the back piece of the tote. Before sewing the bag together, I cut out a rectangular piece of fabric and appliqued it to the front piece of the tote. Then I appliqued a piece of "candy corn" on top of the rectangle. Below are a few examples from that sewing spree...

 

All of these totes are so easy to make and they make fun little Halloween gifts for the ghosts and goblins in your life!


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23 comments:

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Very cute! Love the owl fabric!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

These are so cute. I LOVE the fabrics... beautiful!

Monica said...

SOOOO Cute!!!!

Lisalulu said...

love that material... what a great grandma you are!

Charlotte said...

They are all cute, but the Owls are my favorite.

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

These are adorable!! I had the thought that some burlap one's would be really cute too for fall! Love it!

Green Willow Pond said...

Those are some seriously cute Trick or Treat bags. I don't get into much decorating for Halloween, other than pumpkins and general fall decorations, but this could tempt me to break with tradition.

Melissa said...

I really like the owls.

rosie/the fabric shopper said...

Love these, girl! You are such a wiz at creating :-)

Tins and Treasures said...

These bags are just the cutest...
Best wishes to your trick or treaters.

Take care ~Natalie

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Oh, MY, these are cah-ute. Almost make me want to get out the sewing machine again.

. . . almost.

Susi said...

Too Cute...so much nicer than the pillow case I used as a child!

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

The bags are really pretty. Much nicer than the plastic pumpkin pails or plastic grocery bags and pillow cases that children around here carry while trick or treating!

Amy said...

I love the fabrics you have used! They are so fun! I can't wait to check out the tutorial and make some for my own darling trick-or-treaters!

Nancy's Couture said...

I LOVE all the fabric combinations!

RACKS and Mooby said...

Wow! Those are amazing. I can't sew worth a lick! I'm going to say it is hereditary... ;) (p.s. Thanks for stopping by my blog!).

Lorie said...

I am working on a reusable trick or treat bag post at the moment and these will definitely be featured on it! So cute! Too bad they don't let adults go trick or treating!! ;D

Tina Peterson said...

These bags are darling and would make great book bags for kids! OOOOh - wish I had some made up for my booths this weekend to show everyone!

Would you like your etsy shop showcased in my 12 Days of Christmas event? I'd love to show so handmade items and if you have ornaments all the better!

contact(dot)thebooklady(at)gmail.com

I can't wait to try one! Tina "The Book Lady"
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Beth said...

I have had trick-or-treat bags on my to-do list for years! Now I MUST do them!

Okie Chic said...

Wow so nice. Makes me want candy though!!! lol

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Ginger said...

Don't forget to check out The Halloween Scene at SSB!

http://superstinkyboys.blogspot.com/2010/09/halloween-scene-1.html

xoxo
Ginger

pasqueflower said...

Too cute!!