What better way to stay green for Halloween than by giving your trick-or-treater his own reusable bag? This little goodie was made using 100-percent decor-weight fabric I had in my stash (any memories from 2012?). I love the bold orange and festive circles. Our finished bag is 10x10 and a snap to make!

DIY Halloween Bag

Let's get started!

You will need:

  • About 1/3 yard fabric or one fat quarter per bag.
  • Four 1/4-inch or 3/16-inch grommets per bag and a setting tool.
  • Thread to match
  • 1/4-inch cording in the color of your choice
  • Iron, pins, measuring tool, scissors, pinking shears or serger, sewing machine or needle, thread & patience...

To make your own, choose a finish size that fits your needs and add one inch to the width and two inches to the height. My pieces were cut to 11 inches wide by 12 inches tall.

Create the top tab by ironing the top of your raw edge over one inch. Use your small sewing measing stick you have from your sewing essentials bag.

DIY Halloween Bag

Fold over again, this time one inch. Be sure you get a good press to prepare for sewing.

DIY Halloween Bag

Top-stitch on the front face. This means you will be sewing blind on the hem, but you will get a better finish on the outside knowing you are sewing an equal distance from the top.

DIY Halloween Bag

Prepare to sew the bag together. Pin the right sides together using care to align the top edges. These are the edges that give the finished look. You have some wiggle room elsewhere, but if the tops are not aligned, the bag will not look clean.

DIY Halloween Bag

When you start and stop at the top edges, be sure to back-stitch several times to give nice reinforcing.

DIY Halloween Bag

Finishing the inside raw edges has many options and only two are covered here. Option one is the the simplest: Use pinking shears to trim raw edges. This will minimize fraying during use and washing.

DIY Halloween Bag

Option 2: Use a serger to get a clean, professional look. I chose this option because I had the black thread loaded and liked the idea of the contrasting colors showing.

DIY Halloween Bag

A serger cuts and finishes the raw edges to make a clean, finished edge that wears well and prevents fraying in the wash.

DIY Halloween Bag

For this bag, I chose to use grommet-threaded handles: simple and easy for little hands to hold. Of course, there are many options for this! Here I mark my handle locations.

DIY Halloween Bag

Cut your holes for the grommets using care not to over-cut!

DIY Halloween Bag

I use 3/16-inch solid grommets. When you shop for grommets try for solid grommet female pieces. The less-expensive grommets will have notched female pieces that can fray or snag your fabric over time (think smooth!).

DIY Halloween Bag

Install your grommets with the setting base on the outside of your bag. This will ensure the cleanest finish of the grommet, the male piece, to show on the outside of your bag.

DIY Halloween Bag

Thread your 1/4-inch cording thru your grommet locations and tie off. Adjust the length for your user. Our handles were cut to 18-inches. Be sure to fray check the cording.

DIY Halloween Bag

Little STRUCTUREbags is so excited about her very own "mega" treat holder!

 DIY Halloween Bag

I hope a few of you try making your own bag this season. Have fun with the prints. Try different handles. With so few supplies (a fat quarter per bag is plenty!) and so many fun options, let each of your treaters help create her own! Be sure to let me know how you are going green this season!

Happy DIYing!