As I scrolled through my instagram feed the other day I noticed that many of my favorite blogs have been working on Christmas projects for quite some time now. One even had a Christmas tree up and decorated! The rule of thumb, as a blogger, is to work on projects 3 months ahead of the holiday and to post them to your blog 1 month before the holiday. Clearly, I do not follow that rule since I am still sewing for Halloween! I sew when I get an idea, and a lot of time it is last minute or on a whim. That is also how I blog. So today I would love to share our new trick or treat bags with you…that I made yesterday! It may be too late to follow this tutorial for Halloween this year, but switch out the fabric and they make great bags year around! Make one in your child’s favorite fabric and use it as a gift bag. Put a box of legos inside and it instantly becomes lego storage, or a place to keep wooden magnetic dolls, or jewelry! They are so fun and so easy to make.
I made some with one type of fabric and some with a cute contrasting band at the bottom. I found these cute fabrics at Joanns and knew I needed them…for something. Anything! And the kids needed new buckets for trick or treating so I decided to try out cloth bags.
Drawstring Treat Bag Tutorial
You will need:
2 pieces of cotton fabric for bag (21″h x15″ w)**
2 strips cotton fabric for drawstings (2″x32″)
**if you want a contrasting band, cut your bag fabric 15×15 and a piece that is 15×6″ for the band. Sew together. Repeat for other side of bag.
Begin with your drawstring strips of fabric (2″x32″). Fold in half and press.
Open and bring one side to the center fold. Press all the way down the strip.
Repeat on other side, bringing side to center fold and pressing.
Fold in half and press. It should look like a strip of bias tape now.
Stitch along each strip using 1/8″ seam allowance. Set drawstrings aside.
With right sides together, pin 5″ from the top on both sides of the bag (see 2nd photo).
Begin at the pin and stitch all the way around (side, bottom, and other side) until you reach the pin on the other side of the bag. Clip corners. Use a 5/8″ seam allowance.
Your bag will have 5″ flaps like this (see 4th photo)
These flaps allow the bag to open wider. You need to hem them so that they do not fray.
To do this, fold each side over 1/4″ then over another 1/4″. Press and pin. Repeat for the other side.
It should look like this. (see 3rd photo above) The bottoms won’t form a perfect square, it will come to a point like a “v”.
Begin at the top and stitch down one side to the “v” then up the other side. Hem the other side of the bag as well.
I hope that made sense. My photos are a little washed out, I realize now. Basically, just make sure the sides are hemmed somehow to avoid fraying. Serging or zig zagging works too.
Now that the side flaps are hemmed you need to hem the top of the bag to create a casing for the drawstring to slide through. Fold over 1/4″ press. Fold over 1″ and press. Repeat for the other side.
Stitch, close to the edge. Repeat on other side.
Attach a safety pin to the end of one of your drawstrings and slide through casing. Repeat with other drawstring on the other side of the top of the bag.
Almost done! You will now have two drawstrings coming out each end. Tie them together. Repeat on other side. Trim end.
That’s it! Scrunch to close, loosen to open. Perfect for keeping candy safe, even if the bag gets full (heaven forbid!…we will stop trick or treating before that happens.)
What what you use these fun drawstring bags for? Toy storage? Gifts? Treats?