Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"T" is for Treat

 A pumpkin bag for all those treats.

This pumpkin holds 3 whole bags of candy.

Batman didn't mind giving it a test drive, of course there was a candy incentive involved.

He's almost four and I sure hope he doesn't come home with that much candy.

I modified a tulip bag pattern (thanks Mom) making the body smaller, handles shorter and sewing process easier.

You can find the original pattern here.

With the tulip pattern you have an almost square base without making mitered corners (and all that bulk when you miter), see the bottom detail:

Perfect for any bag you want to stand alone and fill with stuff, in this case candy!

My bag measures about 5" square with a handle height about 4.5".

Here's how I made the treat bag:

Notes: all seams 1/4", press as you go.

1. Cut pieces:

4 - outer body
4 - lining
4 - lightweight fusible interfacing
2 - handles (10" x 2.5")
2 - heavy interfacing (10" x 3/4")

I used the 'petite' pattern from here and modified it even smaller for a 'mini' version.

2. Press handles around interfacing with finished edge.

3. Straight stitch down both sides, 1/8" from outer edge:

4. Iron fusible interfacing to wrong side of outer body fabric: 

5. Sew side seams of body pieces, 1 to 2 and 3 to 4:

6. Sew remaining center seam: 

View to inside:
(Repeat steps 5 and 6 for lining pieces.)

7. Turn body right side out and pin handles in place:

8. Keep lining wrong side out and stuff outer body inside lining, matching up seams.
Pin at seams around top edge:

10.  Sew all around top edge except one section leaving open about 4":
(Be sure to double back at handle points for extra stability.)

11. Turn bag right side out by pulling through the opening left in top seam:

12. Push lining down into bag, press top edge smooth, top stitch 1/8" from edge for finished look:

Ready for trick or treating!

Batman is ready too.

A quick, easy pattern with so many possibilities.

I have another project coming soon with this same pattern, stay tuned!

I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Textiles @ Freckled Laundry
Weekly Challenge @ The CSI Project


  1. This is so cute!! Very well done!

  2. This is so cute and would make a great gift..

  3. Ma che carino!!:)

  4. Very cute! I have been sewing too. Something less festive, though!!!

  5. What a great bag! My poor kids used plastic grocery bags.

  6. That is adorable! It would be cute for Easter too.
    And a very cute model as well!

  7. Fantastic idea! You did a great job.The little one is so cute.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  8. How darling! I love the colors/fabric!!

  9. I love this idea! Thanks for giving and showing us the details. New follower and hope you follow me back. Thanks!

  10. This sweet bag is darling...and it can hold a bunch of candy! What fun.

  11. That's a really cute little bag. Perfect for collecting Halloween candy! Thanks for showing us how it's done!

  12. That's fantastic! Love it! Would you consider linking to my pumpkin craft challenge? This is just the kind of thing I'd love for my readers to see. :)


  13. I thought the same thing as Lisa--this would be great for Easter too! I like how it kind of stands without any help. The spider accent is clever :)

  14. Love your bag! What a cute idea. The fabric is one I've been looking for...do you know where you purchased it?

  15. VERY cute treat bag! :)

    Visiting from Midwestern Sewing Girl's Everything Halloween Linky Party today,
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

  16. That is a really cute treat bag (and an adorable Batman in his flip flops.) Around here it is not uncommon to wear snow boots for trick or treating! Stopping by from the everything Halloween party at Midwestern {Sewing} Girl.

  17. Oh my gosh, my kids would flip if their bags held that much candy!!! I love the design! And I have to laugh at your little Batman's rolled up pant legs...I have a little Boba Fett with extra long legs...;) Just how tall do these costume makers think our kids are??? Thanks so much for linking up, Jaime!!!!!

  18. This is so cute - and such a great tutorial. Feel free to link up to the Success U - Wednesday Link Party at www.thestuffofsuccess.com.

  19. Oh my this is sooooooooo super cute!!

  20. This is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing a tutorial!! I pinned this to my Fall board : )
    Jaimee @ craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

  21. These are the cutest bags! Thank you for sharing your ideas. I put a photo and a link to this post on my blog because I thought it was so cute. I loved going through your blog and seeing all the fun stuff. I enjoyed your writings, too. Gook luck with everything.

  22. So cute! Have you made these as Easter Baskets yet?

  23. These are wonderful, the link took me to a Chinese site that I couldn't read? Is there a way for me to get a copy of this pattern? Thanks!