How to make a personalized trick-or-treat candy bag
Your kids will be the hit of Halloween when they go around the neighborhood asking everyone to feed their candy-hungry pumpkin! This is a simple sewing project that even the beginning sewist can accomplish by following these simple steps.
Items needed to complete this project:
For the Hungry-Pumpkin candy bag
- orange cotton fabric or felt -for the body of the pumpkin
- contrast fabric -for lining
- black fabric -for the pumpkin face
- green fabric -for the pumpkin stem
- cotton webbing -for the handle
- craft-weight fusible interfacing -for the body of the pumpkin
- buttons -for the eyes
- heat 'n bond (light)
For the personalized tag
- small fabric square
- freezer paper -for stencil
- paint, paintbrush, craft knife
- orange ric-rac
- black ribbon
Step 1: Cut out your pumpkin shapes
Cut the pumpkin shape out of orange fabric as big (or little) as necessary to accommodate your trick-or-treater. As shown, the unfinished piece is 18.5 inches tall x 17.5 inches wide. This bag would be perfect for an older child. Cut 2 identical orange pumpkin shapes and then use these as a pattern to cut one coordinating piece that will serve as the lining.
Step 2: Iron on the interfacing and face
Carefully affix interfacing to both orange pieces using a dry iron and high heat. Then, cut out triangles for eyes and the nose and a mouth shape out of the black fabric. Carefully affix, on the upper end, to the pumpkin shape using heat 'n bond or similar product, then stitch around in contrasting thread to secure. For the mouth only, carefully stitch around several times. Then, using sharp scissors, cut out the mouth as shown, to create a hole for the candy to be placed in the bag. This will be the bags only opening, so take care that it will be large enough for your child's hand, as well as any big candy, to easily be placed inside. Cut out a stem shape and interface to prevent fraying.
Step 3: Stitch the bag together
Pin cotton webbing in place at top end of bag, cut to desired length, and baste. Repeat for trunk shape. Layer the bag pieces as follows in preparation to stitch together: orange pieces, right sides together, sandwiching in the bag handles and trunk, then 1 pc bag lining, right side out, on top of right side of backside of pumpkin. Stitch around entire perimeter of bag. Turn right side out through mouth. Press. Affix buttons on eyes, if desired.
Step 4: Make the nametag
To make the nametag, first create a stencil out of freezer paper by writing desired name in block letters, then using a craft knife to cut out name. Temporarily adhere the stencil, shiny side of freezer paper down, to your fabric piece using a dry iron. Once affixed, paint in the opening of stencil. Allow to dry completely, then remove freezer paper and discard. Stitch orange ric-rac around perimeter. Tie a bow in one end of your ribbon and sew on the end. Loop onto the finished bag.