A fun Pillowcase Trick or Treat Bag tutorial! Perfect for older kids to collect their Halloween candy in!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Then once you have that on, head over to Sweet Red Poppy and finish making the bag using her tutorial!
As you can see, she loves it!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
It should look like this when you’re done.
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.
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.
What do you think? My kids are all so excited about theirs! Plus, they really aren’t hard to make! Even for beginners!
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!