DIY 2-in-1 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bag

This DIY 2-in-1 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bag will be a lifesaver come Halloween night because it goes from this stay-open tote to…

An easy to close drawstring bag, perfect for keeping Halloween treats tucked away.

Palak from Make It Handmade came up with this cute idea when she knew her little toddlers were going to want to trick-or-treat without any help. Genius! She is also a wiz at coming up with quick solutions like a 2-Minute Hair Bows and Simple Stuffed Toys. If you own a serger and find yourself getting frustrated all too often, check out her Relationship Rescue: You and Your Serger series.

Keep reading for the DIY 2-in-1 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bag tutorial after the jump…

DIY 2-in-1 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bag

Hello there! I’m Palak from Make It Handmade.  I love simple handmade solutions to life’s little problems– so I’m thrilled to share this TOT bag tutorial at Prudent Baby today!

This year I’ll be Trick-or-Treating with two toddlers in tow so I’ve been thinking about logistics. Both my kids are in a big ‘Me do it myself!’ stage, so I wanted to find a way to make a Trick-or-Treat bag that would stay open so my kids can collect candy without assistance.

After a lot of noodling, I came up with closeable-stay-open trick-or-treat Bag– designed especially for toddlers and their moms!

The way this bag works is that there is boning sewn about midway down the drawstring bag, along with a pair of handles. When the bag is held by the inner handles it stays open, forming a candy collecting basket.

To close, simply flop the top part of the bag up and cinch the drawstring– the extra handles and casing are hidden inside along with all your candy!

These little bags can be used for for a variety of fall fun– collecting acorns and pretty leaves on those long fall walks. The best part is that unlike those plastic pumpkins, these stow away in very little space along with the rest of your Halloween decorations.

This is a fairly quick project that should just take a few hours– even if you are interrupted by your little ones! Let’s get started!

-3 yards of 7/8 grosgrain ribbon
-Rectangle of fabric 36 x 22
-1 yard of boning (I used Dritz)
Note: To make this project super quick, I used ribbon for the handles, casing, and drawstring. You could substitute fabric/or bias tape if you prefer.

Drawstring Bag:
This is the way that I make unlined drawstring bags for toy bags, gift bags and grocery bags. I’d just like to throw out a disclaimer– there are hundreds of drawstring bag tutorials and they all have advantages and drawbacks.  To be honest, the only thing my method has going for it is that it’s the laziest and quickest I’ve ever seen. If you have a preferred method, or want to add a lining, or want to use an existing bag, that’s ok! Just skip ahead to adding the boning.

1. Take your rectangle and finish all the sides either by overcasting or zig-zagging the edges.

2. Fold and press down an inch along the 36 inch long edge. Sew right over the overcast edge to form a casing.

3. Now you should have a a long rectangle with a casing along one edge.  Fold your rectangle in half and sew the side seam with a narrow seam allowance (I use about 1/4 inch) starting from the bottom of the bag.  When you get about half an inch from the casing, sew in diagonal to the edge of the casing as shown in the picture below.

4. Back stitch this small diagonal seam– this will get a lot of wear and tear as the bag is opened.

5. Sew up the bottom of the bag.

6. Cut a yard of grosgrain ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the casing with a safety pin, and then stitch or tie the ends of the ribbon together to prevent the ribbon from being pulled out of the casing.

The main drawback to this method of making a bag is that you’ll be able to see a tiny bit of the overcasting in the half inch where we cut across the seam allowance in step 3. You can see that in the picture above.

Add the Stay Open Boning

The casing for the boning is grosgrain ribbon that is topsitched onto the inside of the bag.

1. Mark a line about 7 inches down the bag. Pin a yard and an inch of ribbon along this line, inserting handles about 5 inches from each edge. (My handles are 16 inches long.)

2. Fold one edge of the ribbon to cover the raw edges.

3. Sew both edges of the ribbon down leaving a small gap. Thread the boning through, and sew the gap shut.

4. (Optional) stitch two small lines over the the edges of the boning to make sure everything stays in place.

That’s it! Your toddlers are well on their way to trick or treating– with or without help from mom.

Is the candy in there yet?

I hope these little bags make your Halloween go smoothly too! Stop by Make It Handmade for more easy sewing tutorials– I’d love to see you!



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