Saturday, October 13, 2012

Treat Sacks - A Bullet Point Tutorial

We don't get a ton of trick-or-treaters anymore. We get so few, as a matter of fact, that it's almost not worth it to even turn on the porch light anymore. We do have a few kids on the block, though, that my mom always gives a little something extra to. I was in a very Halloweeny mood this afternoon, so I whipped up a couple candy-corn inspired sacks for her to fill and give.

I say "whipped up" like I didn't spend the first hour trying to be all clever and fancy with something that ended up in the trash, ultimately. You see, I was going to make these with french seams and no lining (but no raw edges either). But when I got to the drawstring part I kind of got all "$%^#&# this!" and started over. I ended up using the method I used in this tutorial here (but without a flat bottom, and with one drawstring instead of 2). Now these I can say I whipped up without it being a lie.

If you want to make a few I wrote down the measurements and some simple directions for you below--it would be helpful to read through this tutorial for the basics and pictures (I didn't take any for this one because sometimes I'm just dumb :) I used one fat quarter each of yellow and orange, and two of white. I also used about  18 inches of piping cord each for my drawstring (but you could use ribbon or bias tape, too).
  • Cut 2 six-inch by three-inch strips of each color. Sew them together (as in the picture above) using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Press seams open.
  • On one of the outside pieces, mark two dots near one of the top side edges--one will be a half-inch from the top, and the second will be three-quarters of an inch below that. That's for the drawstring hole.
  • Put the 2 outsides right sides together. Sew the bottom and side seams using a 1/4 inch seam allowance--make sure you don't sew between the dots you made or the drawstring won't be able to escape.
  • For your lining cut 2 pieces that are six-inches by 7 1/2 inches. Sew the bottom and side seams. This time I left a 3-inch gap in the lining for turning (instead of along the top edge as you'll see in the tutorial).
  • Put the outside into the lining, right sides together. Pin around the top edge and sew all the way around.
  • Reach through the gap in the lining and turn everything right side out. Sew the gap in the lining shut, tucking the raw edges inside.
  • Tuck the lining down inside the bag. Neaten it up around the top edge, and stitch a row of top-stitching about 1/8 inch from the top edge.
  • Make another row of top-stitching about one inch from the top edge.
  • Feed your drawstring through the hole, all the way around and back out. Knot the ends together.
  • Stuff with your favorite kiddos' favorite treats!
These would look cute in prints for a patchwork effect, or in completely different fabrics for some simple striped bags. They would also make super-cute treat sacks for Christmas. If you make some add them to the Flickr group (link in the sidebar) so we can all have a look-see!

And if you have some candy corn colored scraps left, don't forget--you can always stitch up a few softies!

Happy sewing!


  1. Bethany those are cute treat sacks and softies. I use those same words every time I try to sew. I call my sewing machine it possessed!

  2. Very cute and very clever! We go to our oldest daughter's house, and theirs is teeming with kids!!!!
    : ) Happy Weekend to you!
    XO Kris

  3. Striking colours. Love them. A little larger and they can be used as shoe bags also. Thanks for the tutorial.

  4. YUM! Candy corn! My favorite treat as a kid, but the sack is a better, low cal treat for me as an adult ;) Very cute - thanks for the tutorial.

  5. I love these treat bags and those adorable softies! I'd love it if you linked these candy corn project to my Candy Corn Roundup post.

  6. These are cute candy corn bags! thank you for sharing! (found your blog on tipjunkie)

  7. Adorable little bags! They instantly caught my eye on the Whatever You Want Wednesday hop :) Thanks for sharing!


  8. These are so cute! Love candy corn!

  9. Super cute! They look great as both treat bags and softies! Stopping by from Somewhat Simple. Feel free to stop by and check out what I linked up.



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