Have you checked out all the fun Halloween fabrics yet? I had trouble picking just two for these trick-or-treat bags so I lined them with coordinating prints which, of course, meant I could justify buying a few more. If you’d prefer to use the same fabric for the outer bag and lining, I’ve noted adjustments to the measurements and assembly for that option.
Let’s get started!
- 1/2 yard fabric for the outer bag*
- 1/2 yard fabric for the lining*
- Scrap fabric for the appliqués
- Steam-A-Seam 2 or similar double-sided iron-on adhesive
*If you’re using the same fabric for the outer bag and lining, you’ll need one yard of fabric total.
Download the templates for the appliqués here.
From the outer bag fabric, cut:
- Two 16″ x 16″ squares
- Two 4″ x 20″ strips for the straps
- Two 2-1/4″ x 16″ strips for the lining bands*
From the lining fabric, cut two 14-1/4″ x 16″ rectangles*
*If you’re using the same fabric for the bag and the lining, omit the lining bands and cut two 16″ x 16″ squares for the lining.
Assembling the Bag
- Fold each of the strap pieces in half, wrong sides facing, and press. Open the strips up and fold the long edges to the center, then press again. Fold the strips in half, enclosing the raw edges.
Top stitch the straps 1/8″ from the edge. Set the straps aside for now.
- Cut a 2″ x 2″ square from two corners of the bag body pieces. The edge between these two squares will be the bottom of the bag. Set one of the body pieces aside. Lay the other body piece on your work table right side up.
- Cut out the templates for the appliqués and trace them onto the scrap fabric. Apply the iron-on adhesive to the wrong side of the appliqués, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Center the appliqués on the body piece and iron them on, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Zigzag around the appliqués with matching thread and a narrow zigzag stitch. **For the bat bag, attach and sew down the circle for the moon first, then attach and sew down the bats.**
- Pin the bag body front and back together, right sides facing. Sew the sides and bottom of the bag.
- To make the boxed corners, open up the notches at the bottom of the bag and match the side seam to the bottom seam.
Turn the bag right side out. The bottom corners should look like this:
- Pin the straps to the front of the bag, centering them 4″ from each side seam. Repeat for the strap on the back of the bag. Set the bag body aside.
- (If you’re using the same fabric for the bag body and lining, skip this step.) Pin a lining band to each of the lining pieces, right sides together, and stitch. Press the seam allowance toward toward the lining. Cut a 2″ square from the bottom corners of the lining pieces.
- Pin the lining pieces together, right sides facing, and sew the sides and bottom. Leave a 4″ opening in the bottom edge for turning the finished bag. Box the corners the same way you did for the bag body.
- Put the bag body inside the bag lining with the right sides facing and pin the top edges together.
Sew all the way around the top, then turn the bag right side out through the opening at the bottom of the lining.
Stitch the opening in the lining closed.
- Push the lining down into bag and press the whole thing.topstith around the top other bag about 1/4″ from the edge. Top stitch a second line about 3/4″ below the first one. This helps the lining lay flat inside the bag.
…And, you’re done!