Trick or Treat bag for older kids - a drawstring pillowcase! From

Pillowcase Trick or Treat Bag

A fun Pillowcase Trick or Treat Bag tutorial! Perfect for older kids to collect their Halloween candy in!

The perfect trick or treat bags for kids - Pillowcase Trick or Treat Bags with a drawstring top! From!

Hey friends! I have wanted to make some Halloween themed pillowcases for my boys to use while trick or treating for a few years and finally got around to them this year! I even added a drawstring top so they won’t lose any of that precious candy!

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I got the idea of adding the drawstring top to the pillowcase after making my daughter one of these cute Kids Drawstring Bags from Sweet Red Poppy!

Drawstring Trick or Treat Bag for Kids |

Before I get into the Pillowcase Trick or Treat Bag, I’ll quickly share with you what I made for my daughter. I used the tutorial from Sweet Red Poppy, except I didn’t add the bottom loops to make it a backpack. I just made it a simple drawstring top. I knew my daughter wouldn’t be putting it on her back between houses. And I also wanted to add a little something to the front, so I used the contrasting fabric to add a pocket!

DIY Kids Halloween Bag - a simple bag for little kids to use when trick or treating!

I got all my fabrics for the Halloween bags from Riley Blake Designs and I’m obsessed with them! They’re fabric is so cute and such great quality!

To add the pocket to the front, all you need to do is cut a 6″ wide by 5″ tall piece of the contrast fabric.

Fold the edges in a quarter of an inch and iron them down.

Halloween toddler trick or treat bag -!

Then before sewing the two main bag pieces together, attach the pocket to the center of one of the main bag pieces. I always pin it down first of course! You’ll sew the two sides and bottom of the pocket on using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

DIY Trick or Treat Bag for Kids |

Then once you have that on, head over to Sweet Red Poppy and finish making the bag using her tutorial! 

Easy Halloween Trick or Treat bag for kids |

As you can see, she loves it!

Small Pillowcase Trick or Treat Bag |

Okay now onto the Pillowcase Trick or Treat bags I made!

After making Dylan’s bag, I knew I wanted to add the fun drawstring top to the pillowcases. 

Pillowcase Trick or Treat Bag for kids |

Pillowcase Trick or Treat Bag

Supplies Needed:

Main Bag (cut 2): 20″ wide x 23.5″ long

Top Contrast (cut 2):  23.5″ wide x 4 long”

Ribbon (cut 2): 60″ long 


Start by making all your fabric and ribbon cuts according the cuts specified above. Then iron the fabric.

(Note: some of the pics are taken when I’m making my daughters bag, so the bag itself is a bit smaller. The steps are the same though.)

Take the two main bag pieces and pin them together wrong side together.

Halloween Pillowcase for Trick or Treating |

Sew the front and back together leaving the top of the bag open using your serger or the zig zag stitch, making sure to pivot at the corners.

Easy beginning sewing trick or treat bag |

Trim any loose threads and then turn the bag right side out and give it a quick press with the iron.

Take your contrast pieces and fold the sides in 1/2″ and iron them. Then fold the pieces in 1/2 with the wrong sides together and iron them. This will be the casing for the ribbon.

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Take each casing and pin it to the open side of the bag with the open side up on both sides of the bag

Sew the casing to the main bag using 1/2″ seam allowance and then finish the edges using a serger or the zip zag stitch. 

Halloween Pillowcase Trick or Treat Bag - perfect for kids to collect all that candy in! From

It should look like this when you’re done.

Pillowcase Trick or Treat Bag for kids |

Take your iron and press the casing upwards.

Attach a safety pin to the ribbon and feed it through the casing until it comes out the other side, right next to where you began. Repeat this same process on the opposite side.

Kids Halloween Bag for Trick or Treating |

When both ribbons are threaded through, just run a quick stitch up the ribbon on both sides of the bag to keep the ribbon from unthreading.

Drawstring Pillowcase - perfect for kids to collect candy on Halloween with! From!


What do you think? My kids are all so excited about theirs! Plus, they really aren’t hard to make! Even for beginners!

Halloween Pillowcase Trick or Treat Bag for kids - this is such a simple tutorial that anybody can do! From

Trick or Treat bag for older kids - a drawstring pillowcase! From

Don't loose your candy on Halloween! Your kids need this drawstring Pillowcase this Halloween! From!

I think it turned out perfect and my kids are all excited about them!!

I’d love for you to pin the image below if you have a second! Thanks friends!

Pillow Case Trick or Treat Bags for kids! The drawstring top won't let them loose any candy! From!

Pam Dana

Pam is a stay at home working mama that enjoys all phases of life! Between her 3 kids, fur baby (a beyond cute Goldendoodle), wonderful husband, friends and working, she stays pretty busy! But, she is loving every aspect of her life! Here on Over the Big Moon, she loves to share DIY's, recipes, printables, organization tips and more!

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