simple felt trick-or-treat bags: templates and tutorial

As promised, here are the templates and instructions for making my simple felt trick-or-treat bags.  They really are easy, and unless you have to crank out 25 (like me), you should have plenty of time to make them before Halloween.  Hooray!

First I'll show you how to construct the basic bag. 

Main bag piece: 11 x 20 inches felt
Handle pieces:  (2) 12 x 1 inches felt or ribbon
To make the felt handles extra sturdy, cut two pieces of felt 12 x 1 inches and sew them together.  A simple seam down either side will do.  To clarify, cut four total 12 x 1 felt pieces for each bag, and sew two sets together, creating two 12 inch handles.

1.  With your main bag piece laying flat, pin your handles to the inside of the fabric (on the 11-inch side), approximately 2 inches in from the side, and overlapping the edge approximately 1 inch (as pictured below).

 2.  Sew the handle to the bag.  Repeat with the other handle.

3.  Decorate the front of the bag.  Templates and more details on each bag can be found further down this post.

4.  Fold the main bag piece, right sides together, lining up the side and top edges.  Sew a 3/8 inch side seam (about the width of your presser foot) on each side.

5.  Square off the bottom of the bag:  Match the side seam to the bottom fold of the bag, creating a triangle. With the open seam at the middle to lay flat, mark a line at the 2 1/2 inch wide point.  Sew a seam across the marked line and trim off the triangle, leaving about a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Repeat with other side.

It will look like this:

 6.  Turn the bag right-side out and revel in the cuteness.

Now that we have the bag basics down, let's talk about the different variations:

The pumpkin is pretty straight-forward.  Follow the instructions above, using the jack-o-lantern face template provided.  I added a strip of green ric-rac across the top of the front of the bag (you'll need 11 inches), and then sewed a leaf on top.  The leaf was top-stitched for added detail.

For the frankenstein bag, I used buttons for the eyes, and ric rac for the eyebrow (about 4 inches long).  You could substitute felt for both details.  For the neck bolt, cut out the 3 x 1 inch felt strip and fold it in half before sewing to the bag.   I placed the neck bolts 6 1/2 inches down from the top of the bag.  Make sure you pin them facing inward (the cut edge will line up with the bag's edge), so when you turn the bag right side out, the bolts will stick out.

The bat bag has a slightly different shape because I tapered the main bag piece 1 inch on either side (starting from midway up the side of the folded main piece) to give it a rounder appearance.  Otherwise, construction is the same.  Ric rac was added to the handles for a little extra color, and the mouth was stitched on with contrast colored thread.  Buttons for the eyes.  The wings are a single layer of felt, but you could make it a double layer for added stability (they are a little floppy).  Use the template piece from the jack-o-lantern nose for the bat's ears.

Click on the images below to download the pdf templates:

Happy trick-or-treating.  :)


Frau Keks said...

crazy!! they are great!

Kiera said...

what a great idea...may need to make a couple of those for my niece and nephew!

Busy Bee said...

aww they are so fab...Thank you for sharing.. My daughter would love the little bat.. Might have to have a go my self. :O)

Wag Doll said...

Just too cute!

Heather said...

Those are just too cute! I featured them at So Very Creative.

Sandee said...

what is your preference when it comes to felt? im planning to make some felt food for my girls for christmas and dont know whether the extra $$ for wool felt is worth it. what do you think?

homemade by jill said...

Sandee - when I am making gifts for adults, or something I want to be sure will look nice for years to come, I try to use wool felt or a wool felt blend. When I make things for kids, I almost always use regular craft felt (my favorite is the Eco-Fi brand). Just a matter of preference, though!

Shannon said...

Something about FALL puts me in a felt mood. These are a perfect fix for my craving! Thanks for sharing!

Anabella said...

I featured this tutorial in my "Top Ten CRAFTS I loved this week".
It's an awesome tutorial!!!

Art Mama said...

Thanks so much, Jill. I am enormously impressed. I have written a blogpost about ideas people have about homemade gifts and would love you to comment with any ideas you have.
Anyway, I really love your blog!

Team Craftwell said...

such adorable treat bags! thank you so much for sharing!

Team Craftwell

Nicola @ Twisty Noodle said...

These are so cute! They would make great "you've been boo'd" baskets too! We already did our booing this year, but I'm making these next year! Thanks!

Tammy said...

I made a full-size bag and posted about it here:

I also cut down the pattern a lot and turned them into mini-treat bags for my daughter's junior kindergarten class. The kids loved them. I posted about the mini-bags here:

Justin and Breanne said...

I saw these last year and didn't have time to make them but this year I did. Thanks for the great idea! I love your blog, thanks for all the posts!

Cassi said...

So cute and nice that you included the patterns too! I'll be featuring this in a round-up on The Crafty Crow soon!

Amy Huang said...

Thank you! I made these and they were so easy with the templates.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Just made these for use tonight. They look great!