How to Make Halloween Treat Bags

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How to Make Halloween Treat Bags
Halloween candy will find a special home in your personalised treat bag. (halloween candy 4 image by samantha grandy from

A personalised Halloween treat bag is simple to make with a few easy-to-find items. Kids will enjoy picking out designs and adding decorations to it. They can even make bags to match their Halloween costumes, add spooky prints or give them personal charm that will make them usable year-round. Best of all, these bags are durable enough to hold Halloween candy season after season.

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Things you need

  • Pillowcase
  • Scissors
  • Needle & thread
  • 2-3 pieces of paper
  • Iron-on material
  • Press cloth
  • Iron
  • Rope or ribbon

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  1. 1

    Choose an old pillowcase. For a ghost face trick-or-treat bag, choose a white pillowcase. Otherwise, Halloween colours such as orange or black make wicked holiday-themed bags. Also consider choosing a theme to match your personal taste or your costume, such as a pink pillowcase to match a princess costume.

  2. 2

    Turn the pillowcase inside-out and trim the bottom off to make it a suitable size. For instance, small children may need a half-sized bag so it doesn't drag on the ground. Hem the bottom shut.

  3. 3

    Draw the outlines of images that you want to place on your bags, such as pumpkins, cats or ghosts, on paper. Make them the correct size to fit on the bags. Cut these out to make templates.

  4. 4

    Lay templates on iron-on material and trace around templates. Cut the pieces out from the iron-on material.

  5. 5

    Set the pillowcase flat on an ironing board. Place the iron-on patches where you want them to go on the pillowcase. Cover them with a press cloth; use a dry iron on medium heat to adhere them to the pillowcase.

  6. 6

    Take the leftover iron-on material and cut 1 1/2 inch by 1 inch ovals to make drawstring holes. Iron them onto the inside of the pillowcase, one on each side near the seams.

  7. 7

    Cut two small holes in the pillowcase where the drawstring holes are located. When you are finished, you should have a small hole on each side of the pillowcase, reinforced on the inside with the iron-on material.

  8. 8

    Cut a rope or ribbon 4 1/2 feet long. Thread it through the pillowcase holes and tie the ends together.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want handles instead of drawstrings, simply sew cloth handles onto the top of the pillowcase. If you're short on cloth, cut a strip off the bottom of the pillowcase for the handles and sew the bottom shut again.

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