Halloween Tricks For Treat Bags

Halloween often includes a mad scramble for a treat bag. When I was a kid, I always wanted a plastic pumpkin, but instead, we were handed a pillowcase and shoved out the door. Because of this, my kids had many different treat bags, both store-bought and homemade, over the years. The homemade ones were always far superior…

On Wednesday, Lori Baker and I did a Facebook Live video to show some of the Halloween sewing we have been doing. We decided to showcase some fun Halloween projects, including several treat bags and other small quilting projects, that you still have time to whip up before the Great Pumpkin arrives. (If you didn’t catch it live, you can watch it now!)

We shared so many great Halloween patterns that you still have time to make. If you read Quiltmaker, you may recognize this covergirl, Bitty Boo.

We just love this adorable quilt, and the projects the staff made for our challenge were just fantastic. Kelly Eisinger’s treat bag was especially cute!

Kelly Eisinger’s treat bag

Kelly Eisinger’s treat bag

One of my very favorite projects is making (or having kids help you make) a Halloween pillowcase. They can sleep on it throughout the month and then use it for trick-or-treating.

This Halloween pillowcase was made from a super-cute panel print and coordinating fabrics.

This Halloween pillowcase was made from a super-cute panel print and coordinating fabrics.

Tricia Patterson decided to insert some Bitty Boo blocks into her pillowcase for added fun!

Tricia Patterson used Bitty Boo blocks in her Halloween pillowcase.

Tricia Patterson used Bitty Boo blocks in her Halloween pillowcase.

If you don’t know how to make one, we have a free pillowcase tutorial you can download from McCall’s Quilting.

When my son went away to college, I had a dream that I went to the store to buy Halloween stockings (like Christmas stockings, only spookier) and they had none! What a silly dream. I woke up thinking about how much fun it would be to make my son a Halloween stocking, fill it with goodies, and send it off as a care package.

Perhaps you will join me this year in making Halloween stockings, too? Mine is reversible. I am planning on decorating a spooky mantel for Halloween and as soon as December rolls around, turning the stocking inside out to be ready for Christmas!

Tracy Mooney made a reversible Halloween/Christmas stocking based on the Holiday Hang-ups pattern.

Tracy Mooney made a reversible Halloween/Christmas stocking based on the Holiday Hang-ups pattern.

I used the Holiday Hang-ups pattern originally published in the November/December 2015 edition of Quiltmaker for my base—it was quick and easy. It also gives several options for finishing. I used a charm pack of Halloween fabric to improv piece the Halloween side and just used a festive Christmas fabric for the Christmas side.

Of course, we showed several different options for treat bags during our Facebook Live presentation. Be sure to watch the full video for more ideas for quick Halloween sewing projects that you can stitch up in no time.

And be sure to tune in to our next Facebook Live video on October 12 when Lori and I will discuss tips for prepping your machine for holiday sewing! Tune in on The Quilting Company Facebook page.

Happy Halloween and Happy Sewing!

Tracy

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