This year, I made each of the boys their own, unique homemade trick or treat bags using a rag quilt pattern that I found online. It was so simple and they came together very quickly—each bag took about an hour and a half to make including cutting the material and about another half hour to clip all the rag edges.
I found a really easy video tutorial on YouTube that outlines each step. It’s a little long to watch the whole thing, but once you get the general idea, you can tweak it to fit your own style and ideas. If you watch the video, you’ll see I changed my dimensions to make the bag better for carrying candy without it falling out, making it three rows down and two across, with a thinner bottom and sides. And I used some fun orange roping that I found at JoAnn’s for the handles.
For fabric I used some adorable Halloween fabric called Monster Bash that I got on sale at Craftsy. I got a Layer Cake that I then cut into 24 5-inch by 5-inch squares for the front and back of the bags, and 16 3-inch by 5-inch rectangles for the bottom and sides. I used scrap batting left over from another project that I cut into 12 4-inch by 4-inch squares and 8 2-inch by 4-inch rectangles by to sew between the fabric. Then I pieced them together according to the instructions in the Youtube tutorial with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. And last, I added the handles, reinforcing those seams a few times so they would hold up when the bag is weighed down with candy. Finally, I snipped all the rag quilt edges and ran them through the washer and dryer. Simple!
I think the bags came out really cute, and I hope the boys will be able to use them for many years to come! I love that they are something that is unique and that I made especially for my boys. No store bought buckets for them. Just homemade Halloween fun!