Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bag

Hello Friends!!! My name is Ashley and I blog over at Mommy by day... Crafter by night! I am so excited to be here for my very first time at eighteen25! I met Jamie, Jen and Jodi at SNAP a couple years ago and I just love them! They are a hoot! 

If you read my blog, you probably know that I kinda like sewing... So I thought it would be fun to share the Trick or Treat bags that I made for my kiddos today!

I wanted to make something simple, but with a little twist... So I used stripe bias tape to trim my bag to give it a little more flair. It was really fun and simple to make... Just a handful of steps!

Ok... Lets start with your supplies.

- 1/2 yard fabric for the outside of your bag
- 1/2 yard of contrasting fabric for the inside of your bag + handles
(optional: I used a scrap of fabric for the handles, but there is plenty of spare fabric from your contrasting fabric for you to use for this purpose if you would rather.)
- 1 package of 1/2 inch double fold bias tape or make a few yards of your own
- 1/2 yard fusible fleece

You can make this trick or treat bag any size you would like... I made a square and rectangle version.

For this tutorial I will be showing pictures of the square version but it would be very easy to change the measurements and make your own size.

To cut your fabric you will need to cut:

- 12 x 12 inch main panels - 2 from the main fabric and 2 contrasting fabric
- 4 x 12 inch side and base panels - 3 from the main fabric and 3 from the contrasting fabric
- 5 x 12 inch handles - cut 2 of whichever fabric you would like
- fusible fleece - cut two 12 x 12 inch main panels and 3- 4 x 12 panels

Step 1: Apply the fusible fleece to all of the main fabric panels (you do not need to apply it to the panels to your lining)

Step 2: I made two versions of the bag- one quilted and one not quilted. I like the quilted one better but you can make either option. Take each of your pattern pieces and line up each one with it's coordinating lining piece. They should all be wrong sides together. You will now make each one a unit... So you can either quilt each piece as desired or you can baste each of your pieces together with basting stitch. To baste them you will take your pieces- for example: to create the front of your bag you would take one main panel piece and one of the main lining pieces and put them wrong sides together and sew around each of the 4 sides with a 1/4 seam allowance using your longest stitch length on your machine. This will hold your pieces together so it is easier to get things all lined up.  Repeat for each of your pattern pieces... In the end you should have 5 units: 2 main panels, 2 side panels and 1 bottom panel.

Step 3: Make your handles. I made handles two ways- one with fusible fleece (pictured) and one without and I prefer the one without, but you can do whichever option you prefer. Take one of your handle panels and fold and press it in half with the wrong sides together. Open up and fold raw edges in to the center fold and press. (At this point you can add a 1 inch strip of fusible fleece if you would like)  Unfold again and tuck the short raw edges on each end in about a half inch and press and then fold back into fourths and press well. Now your strap should be folded into 4 with the raw edges enclosed. Top stitch around all the edges to create one handle. Repeat to create second handle.

Step 4: Attach your handles to your main panel units. I measured and pinned each of the handles to the main panels and sewed a 1 inch square on each side of the base of the handles to secure it to the bag. Be sure when doing this step that you place your handles at least 1 1/2 inch down so that you still have enough room at the top to sew your 1/2 inch bias tape on. (I placed my handles 3 inches from the side and 1 1/2 inch down from the top of the bag- then that 1 inch square of stitches was in an area free of where I needed to sew my bias tape on.)

Step 5: Assemble your bag. You are going to be putting your bag together opposite of how you normally would... you are going to sew it so that the seams are exposed on the exterior of your bag so that you can apply bias tape to finish off the exposed seams. So start by sewing your two side panels to one of the main panels. You will pin them so the lining is together. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance. After the sides are attached to one main panel, attach to the other main panel.

Step 6: Apply bias tape to your exposed seams. Here is a great tutorial if you need help doing that. Be sure to do the proper way of sewing on bias tape so that you have a nice finish and accurately enclose those exposed seams .

Step 7: Pin and sew the base of your bag on. This step will be slightly awkward... Hang in there! ;) The bias tape corners are thick and tricky to get through so sew slowly.

Step 8: Apply bias tape to the base of your bag as well as the top of your bag to finish off any exposed seams... It is slightly awkward once more to sew over those corners that already have bias tape applied. Just go slow and be patient... It will be over soon!

I found it easiest to machine stitch the bias tape to the exterior of the bag and then whip stitch the other side of the bias tape (like you would a quilt binding) to insure that you have  a nice finish and no stray looking stitches... So for the top I machine stitched on the outside of the bag and then folded the bias tape over and whip stitched it to the lining and for the bottom of the bag I machine stitched to the "top" side of the bag and then whip stitched it to the bottom where the bag sits.

That is it! Now you have a fun trick or treat bag just in time for Halloween!

Thanks so much for having me! Be sure to stop by and say hi anytime!
xoxo, Ashley

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