Quilted Trick or Treat Bag Tutorial

It is officially OCTOBER!!! Bring on the Halloween decorations, the candy, the spooky and the sweet! When creating the Boo Bunting pattern I realized how well those little blocks could be repurposed into the sweetest trick or treat bags. Read on for a free tutorial on how to make a quilted trick-or-treat bag for the little people in your life!

This quilted trick-or-treat bag finishes at 14″ wide by 13″ high, making it big enough to hold lots of candy, but still manageable for little hands.

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Materials:

  • Boo Bunting Pattern
  • 1/2 yard exterior background fabric
  • 1/2 yard interior lining fabric
  • 1 1/8 yds 1″ cotton webbing for handles
  • 4″ x WOF strip or scraps for BOO blocks
  • 3″ x WOF strip or scraps for ghost block
  • Batting scrap at least 16″ x 28″

Cutting Instructions:

1. Refer to Boo Bunting pattern to cut and create the BOO and Ghost blocks.

2. Out of exterior background fabric, cut the following:

  • (1) 15″ x 14″
  • (1) 10″ x 6.25″
  • (1) 15″ x 2.5″
  • (1) 15″ x 2.25″
  • (1) 3.75″ x 2.25″
  • (2) 2.75″ x 4.5″
  • (1) 2.25″ x 6.25″
  • (2) 1″ x 4.5″

3. Out of interior lining fabric, cut (1) 15″ x 27″ rectangle.

4. Out of cotton webbing, cut (2) 19″ lengths for handles.

Create Bag Exterior:

1. Sew together the bag exterior front by following this diagram:

2. Sew together your bag exterior back (15″ x 14″) with the bag front with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Your rectangle should measure 15″ x 27″. On my bag I didn’t have enough blue fabric left so I pieced it together with a pink stripe. Get creative!

Make the Quilted Trick or Treat Bag:

1. Baste the bag exterior to batting and quilt as desired. There’s no backing at this point, just the bag exterior and batting. I chose to do free motion spiderwebs on my domestic machine. Here’s a tutorial if you want to do that too!

2. Trim excess batting and zig zag around the perimeter if desired. I like to add a zig-zag, it helps keep all the layers together. Find the center point on the top of the 15″ side and mark with a pin. Then measure 3.5″ from either side of center and mark with a pin.

3. Pin a handle in place, using the 3.5″ markings as your guide. You want your handle to stick up 1/2″ past the edge of your fabric.

4. repeat the same thing on the other side to create your second handle, then baste in place with 1/4″ seam allowance at your machine.

5. Place exterior of bag right sides together and stitch the two side seams with 1/2″ seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and the end of the seams.

6. Turn bag right side out and set aside while you work on the lining.

7. Place lining rectangle right sides together and stitch down the two side seams with 1/2″ seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and the end of the seam.

8. Place exterior of bag inside the lining, right sides together. Clip or pin in place.

9. Stitch all the way around the top seam with 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a 5″ opening for turning the bag. I like to leave the opening between the handle on the back of the bag.

10. Turn bag right side out.

11. Press lining flat inside the bag, and topstitch all the way around the top edge with an 1/8″ seam allowance, closing up the opening you had to be able to turn the bag and ensuring the lining stays put.

You’re done! And ready to fill ‘er up with alllll the candy! What’s your favorite? I love Reese’s peanut butter cups, twix bars, and Haribo gummy bears.

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