Trick or Treat Bag Tutorial

When you’re putting together Halloween costumes for your kids, don’t forget that they also need a bag or something to put their treats in. I just finished this little trick or treat bag for my son and wanted to share! It’s super easy to make and took me about 20 minutes.

Follow the tutorial below to make trick or treat bags for your own kids. The pattern is the perfect size for my toddler. If you’re making one for an older child, I suggest you add two to three inches to the edges when you cut out the pieces.

Cut Out Your Pieces

I bought 1/2 yard of Halloween fabric and then used some scrap cotton from my stash to make this trick or treat bag. It has a lining, but you can skip that step if you’re in a hurry.

Follow the diagram below to cut out your pieces:


Lining: 12″ x 9″     Straps: 13″ x 3″     Top: 9″ x 4.5″     Bottom: 9″ x 9″

Sewing Instructions

This tutorial uses 3/4 inch seams unless otherwise noted. Topstitching should be done close to the edge. Before you begin, preshrink your fabric and thread your sewing machine with coordinating thread.

Step 1

Start by sewing the lining for your trick or treat bag. Put right sides together and stitch three sides shut, leaving the top open. Then, trim all of the seams so that the lining can nest inside the trick or treat bag nicely. I used felt for the lining, but you can use whatever you want.


Step 2

Next, sew the straps. Fold them in half longwise with right sides together and stitch them shut. Turn the tubes right side out and press them with the seam in the center. Finish by topstitching all the way around the edges. When you’re done, set the straps aside for later


Step 3

With right sides together, attach the black piece of fabric to the candy corn fabric. Do this for both the front and the back of the bag.

This is also a good time to embellish the front of the trick or treat bag with names or whatever you want. That way you don’t have to start completely over if you mess up. I used my Brother SE4oo embroidery machine to put my son’s name on the front of his trick or treat back. You can use fabric markers or anything else you want.


Step 4

With right sides together, sew the front of the bag to the back of the bag. Stitch three of the sides shut, leaving the top open. Clip the corners so that the bag turns right side out nicely.


Step 5

Insert the lining into the trick or treat bag, making sure that the seams are hidden. Then, fold both the top of the lining and the top of the outer bag down 1/2 inch so that they meet nicely to form a seam. Pin as you go.


Also, pin the straps in the seam you’re creating. Make sure they are all lined up about 1″ from the edge.


Step 6

Topstitch all the way around the opening up the trick or treat bag. Make sure that you backstitch over the straps so that they have some reinforcement.

Congratulations, you’re finished!


Feel free to share this sewing tutorial with others and use it to create your own trick or treat bags to use or sell.