Fall is just around the corner which means Halloween is coming right up! If your kids are like mine and end up trick-or-treating with a grocery sack then you definitely need this tutorial 🙂 Crafty Betty from the contributor team is here today with a tutorial for these darling trick-or-treat bags!
Halloween is right around the corner and every year I try to find some sort of practical treat bag. We have done the $1 buckets and they are great for the day, but somehow they always get commandeered for sick buckets…hey – we have four kids and when one gets it, we all get it. It just doesn’t feel right to fill that bucket with delicious candy again (no matter how much it’s been bleached out!) Last year, out of necessity (read: mom forgot to get the buckets) I decided to whip together some easy treat bags. How hard could it be right??? Without further adieu…The Reversible Quilted Treat Bag!
- 2-4 Coordinating Fabrics –you can use fat quarters!
- Coordinating or Contrasting Thread (depending on the look you are going for)
- ½” double fold (extra wide) bias tape
- Quilt Batting (whatever is on sale – use your coupon!)
- Sewing Machine
- Serger (optional – if you don’t have one, use pinking shears or zig zag stitch)
- Cutting Mat
- Rotary Cutter
- Quilting Ruler
Like I always say, this is a FUN project that is wide open to your creativity. Follow the directions exactly or don’t. Every single bag I make is totally different and having this basic pattern will allow you to embellish, piece together fabrics, embroider, monogram, you name it! Gather your supplies and get your fabric ironed. Let’s get cutting that fabric!
- 4 pieces – 13”x 12” – these will make the insides and outsides of your bag
- 2 pieces – 13”x 2.5” – these will make the handles
- 2 pieces – 13.5” x 12.5” – these will be the quilt sandwich guts
- 2 pieces bias tape – 14” – these are the finishing pieces
Catch the rest of the tutorial after the jump!
Alright, we are going to make a quilt sandwich. Fun right? You will lay a piece of fabric with the right side down. Then, lay a piece of quilt batting on top. Finally, lay a piece of fabric right side up. See the sandwich? Some people may prefer to use a quilt basting spray (it’s like hairspray for fabric), but this is such a little quilt I like to use pins and speed it up a bit.
Repeat. You will now have two quilt sandwiches. Now comes the fun part! You can quilt your sandwich in any way your heart desires. I prefer straight line quilting so I don’t have to fuss too much and don’t have to change my sewing machine foot – sew lazy. Hahaha. Some ways I have quilted bags:
- Crazy lines in every direction
- Horizontal lines
- Vertical lines
- Tic Tac Toe
There are so many great machine quilting patterns available. You can tackle really intricate ones or even just take a fabric pen, draw out a shape/letter/whatever and just follow it with your needle. Remember, anything other than straight line quilting will require an open quilting foot. For my bag, I chose crazy lines. Start at one point and straight stitch to the other side of the quilt sandwich at a diagonal. Then, turn the sandwich and do it again.
Pro Tip – Go slow to keep your quilt layers together. If you see your fabric slipping, STOP! It’s super duper hard to pull stitches out of quilt batting without destroying it. Fix the error if you can and if you can’t chalk it up to handmade charm!
Right – back to the quilting. Don’t you love it? If you have some spots you are not pleased with, don’t worry, when you wash your bag it will crinkle up like a quilt and no one will even see the part that bugs you…I promise! Quilt both the front and the back and set them aside.
I used silver bobbin thread to match the silver bias tape. 🙂
Take your handle pieces and iron them in half the short way so they start to look like handles. I like to use my serger to make things speedy, so serge the long open edge and the short ends. It’s super cute to use contrasting threads here!
Your handles should look like this. Go ahead and trim the threads. If you don’t have a serger, you can zig zag or create traditional handles by sewing the fabric right sides together and stitching the long end closed and turning it. Another super easy option is using ribbon!
Go back to the cutting table and lay your quilt sandwiches on top of each other. See that quilt batting sticking out? Let’s trim that down with the ruler and rotary cutter so we can make a straight edge with the serger.
Grab that bias tape and pin it along the tops of your sandwiches.
Be sure you are pinning both sides of the bias tape.
Sew them down with a zig zag stitch. There will be tails and it’s ok, the serger will take care of them.
Stack your quilt sandwiches right sides together and pin in a few places. Serge the ends on three sides (not the top with the bias tape). I used a ¼ inch seam allowance here, but if you need to go a bit bigger to get everything in there go ahead. Go SLOW! Your serger is working through six layers including the batting. If your thread is snapping or not catching, you may need to turn down the tension on the left needle. My machine is set at 3 4 4 4.
If you don’t have a serger, you can zig zag stitch over the edge of the bag.
Lay your bag on the cutting mat and trim the threads. At this point, my bag was 11 inches wide (lost a little trimming and using the serger). Find the middle of your bag and place your strap three inches from either side. There should be roughly three inches in the open space of your handle. Pin down the straps and flip the bag over and do the same thing. Make sure the length of the handle matches.
Using a zig zag stitch make a square to hold down your handles. Be sure to backstitch here so your handles don’t pop off when the bag is filled to the brim with candy.
Turn your bag right side out and admire your handiwork! You are amazing!
Way to go! Now, you can make the Reversible Quilted Treat Bag in any size imaginable; but as a mom I like to make my treat bags this size so they fill up a little faster, my littles can carry them, and everyone feels like they got a TON of candy, when they maybe only got a half ton. Be sure to post photos of your cuties with their treat bags and be on the lookout for my next tutorial in October featuring a sweet little costume to match this bag. Can you guess what it will be???