How to: Trick your bags for treats

By Andy Garrison

October 23, 2012

Pimp out your trick-or-treat bag this Halloween season by using normal supplies.

Want to go trick-or-treating but you don’t have a holder for your sweets? This how to will show you how to make a do-it-yourself candy bag just in time for Halloween, and well below budget. The price to make two is right around $20.

The bag that I made was for my 6-year-old stepson Kirin, and as such, is kid-friendly. The possibilities, however, are as limitless as your overactive imagination.

Note: All of these materials can be found at Hobby Lobby, or most other craft stores.

What you will need:

• A black fabric bag

• A sheet of white felt fabric

• A sheet of brown felt fabric

• A sheet of orange felt fabric

• A sheet of green felt fabric

• Iron on letters of your choice

• A package of assorted, foam, adhesive skulls or other decorations

• A package of assorted size “googly eyes”

• Fabric glue

• Black fabric spray paint

Step 1: Lay out the bag on a smooth dry surface.

Step 2: Design the top part of the bag, laying out everything to make sure that you will like how it looks before attaching anything.

Note: On my son’s, I put a small foam skull, a large foam skull and then laid out his name using the iron on letters.

Caution: Do not iron anything onto the bags, as often they are not iron friendly. Simply use the fabric glue for everything — it’s much better than burning your dorm down.

Step 3: Once you are completely happy with the “banner” across the top, flip them over one by one and apply a small amount of glue to the back; then, flip them back into place and apply a small amount of pressure.

Note: Most fabric glue dries clear, so don’t worry about the glue being visable.

Step 4: Carefully cut out the outlines of what you want on your bag from the felt sheets.

Note: On mine, I cut out the shape of a ghost from the white, a pumpkin from the orange, a stem for it from the brown, a tree from the brown and some grass from the green.

Step 5: Lay out all of the pieces onto the bag to see what positioning works best for your bag. Also, note at this time any fabric that may overlap so that you will know what to glue down first.

Step 6: Apply the fabric glue to the backs of the cutouts, keeping most of the glue near to the edges to avoid the fabric from flipping up.

Note: On mine, the layers worked out so that I had to apply the layer of grass first, and then put the pumpkin and the tree cutouts on top of it

Step 7: Apply any details to the cutouts. This is where the black fabric paint and the eyes come in.

Note: On mine I used the eyes on the ghost and the pumpkin. I drew, and then cut out a stencil from printer paper in the shape of a mouth for the ghost; and a mouth and nose for the pumpkin. I then taped the stencil in place, and sprayed the fabric paint from about 30 inches away. Allow the paint to dry before removing to avoid dripping.

Happy Halloween