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Variations of a treat bag using Northcott’s Happy Halloween fabric

 

Yesterday I showed you how to make a small treat bag. Here are the instructions to make a larger bag with pockets on the outside of the bag.

Here’s what you’ll need. Again the fabric is from the Northcott Happy Halloween collection.

2 – 14″ squares. I used the all-over monster print (21189-74).

2 – 5½” x 12½” pieces for the outside pockets. I used the wide stripe print (21188-84).

3 yd grosgrain ribbon 1″ wide (or something similar) for the handles

To make the pockets, fold the 5½” x 12½” rectangles in half, wrong sides together to make
2 – 5½” x 6¼” rectangles. Press.

Center the 5½” raw edge of one pocket on the right side of a 14″ square, 2″ up from the bottom. Stitch across the raw edge with a ¼” seam.

 

Stitch the pocket to the bag, 2" up from the bottom.
Stitch the pocket to the bag.

 

Flip the pocket up on the 14″ square. Press. Baste the long raw edges of the pocket in place. Sew the other pocket on the remaining 14″ square.

Fold under ¼” on the top of each 14″ square. Press. Fold over again so you have a double-fold ¼” hem. Stitch in place.

 

Baste the pocket in place.
Baste the pocket in place.

 

Handles: Cut the grosgrain ribbon in half to make 2 handles. Center one handle over the raw edges of the pocket and pin in place. You can “try on” the bag for size now and adjust the length of the handles if necessary.

Stitch along both edges of the handle. I like to use a walking or even-feed foot when sewing this part of the bag.

Stitch the other pocket and handle on the remaining 14″ square, making sure they are placed the same as on the first 14″ square.

 

Stitch the grosgrain handle in place, covering raw edges of pocket.
Stitch the grosgrain handle in place, covering raw edges of pocket.

 

Sew the bag front and back, wrong sides together, using a scant ¼” seam. Don’t stitch across the top. Backstitch at the beginning and end to secure the seams.

Turn the bag wrong side out and press along the seam lines.

Using a generous ¼” seam, stitch along the sides and bottom. Backstitch at the beginning and end to secure seams. All raw edges will now be enclosed.

Turn right side out and press.

Now you have another fun bag for your favorite trick or treater!

 

Another Halloween treat bag made with Northcott's Happy Halloween fabric
Another Halloween treat bag made with Northcott’s Happy Halloween fabric

 

You can see how easy it is to make these treat bags, and it’s easy to personalize them as you wish – with or without pockets, pockets inside and out and fun trims for the handles. TheNorthcott Happy Halloween fabric is perfect for this project!

 

Treat Bags made with Northcott's Happy Halloween fabric
Treat Bags made with Northcott’s Happy Halloween fabric

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4:  Making a Happy Halloween treat bag

 

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

12 Comments

  1. Brenda J

    I love your fabric and I love halloween

  2. Patricia Hersl

    Thanks! Need these for the grands.

    • Thanks Patricia. Glad you liked this project!

  3. Nicole Sender

    This would be perfect for my grandson! So cute!

    • Glad you liked it, Nicole

  4. Dawn Lee

    What a great idea!!!! Cute fabric

    • Glad you like these projects!

  5. Chris

    This Halloween fabric is too cute….would love to make something for my granddaughters!!

    • And I’m sure your granddaughters would love a Halloween project too!

  6. Kathy Pitirri

    love the Halloween Bags and pillow cases

    • They are easy to make. Hope you will try them soon!

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