Bag of the Month: Reversible Trick or Treat Bag

This month’s bag is a quick, little tote bag perfect for trick or treating. It’s reversible so your little ghost or goblin can have their pick of which fabric shows. We kept the straps short so little ones won’t drag it on the ground. Firm interfacing at the bottom helps the tote keep its shape.
Bag of the Month - Reversible Trick or Treat Bag
Since all our trick or treaters already have their own custom bags we’d like to give this one away. To enter just leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite thing to get in your trick or treat bag. Please only one entry per person. We’ll pick a winner on Wednesday, October 24th. This contest is open to everyone world-wide, but we can’t guarantee delivery outside the US in time for Halloween.
Bag of the Month - Reversible Trick or Treat Bag

Reversible Trick or Treat Bag

Supplies:

  • 1/2 yard each of two cotton fabrics (if you have a design with a pattern that needs to go in a particular direction you may need 3/4 yard. For example to have our stripes go up and down we needed the larger pieces of fabric.)
  • thread
  • sewing machine
  • scissor
  • iron
  • 3″ x 13″ piece of firm fusible interfacing

All seam allowances are 1/2 inch unless otherwise noted.

Cut two rectangles of each fabric 18″ x 15″
Cut two straps from each fabric 15″ x 1 1/2″

Straps:

1. Put two straps of different fabric together right sides facing each other. Sew done each long side with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Bag of the Month - Reversible Trick or Treat Bag
Turn inside out.

2. Press the straps and then top stitch along the long sides.
Bag of the Month - Reversible Trick or Treat Bag
Bag:

1. Take the two pieces of your outside fabric and put them together right sides facing each other. Sew a 1/2″ seam along one long side. Press the seam towards one side

2. Iron the interfacing on the wrong side of this fabric centered on that bottom seam.
Bag of the Month - Reversible Trick or Treat Bag
3. With right sides facing each other, sew the two short sides.

4. Sew a 3″ gusset on each side of the bottom. Turn right side out.
Bag of the Month - Reversible Trick or Treat Bag Bag of the Month - Reversible Trick or Treat Bag
5. Take the two pieces of your outside fabric and put them together right sides facing each other. Sew a 1/2″ seam along one long side and both short side. Sew a 3″ gusset on each side of the bottom. (For more details on making a gusset see this post.)

6. Put the outside of the bag in the inside, their right sides will be facing each other. Match up the side seams and tops.

7. Figure out where you want the straps placed.. We did ours in 5″ from the edge of the bag on each side.
Bag of the Month - Reversible Trick or Treat Bag
Pin the strap in place in-between the outside and inside layers on both sides on the bag. Make sure to not twist the strap and that the right fabrics face each other (unless of course you want the handle to be contrasting.)
Bag of the Month - Reversible Trick or Treat Bag Bag of the Month - Reversible Trick or Treat Bag
8. Sew around the top leaving a 3″ – 4″ gap.

9. Pull the right sides out through the gap. Push the lining fabric inside.
Bag of the Month - Reversable Trick or Treat Bag
10. Press around the top seam, making sure to fold in the seam allowance at the open gap. Top stitch around the top closing the gap.
Bag of the Month - Reversable Trick or Treat Bag

And now you have a strong bag just ready to fill with tons of treats!

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12 Comments to Bag of the Month: Reversible Trick or Treat Bag
    • Jesslin
    • I’ve been looking for new bag/tote patterns recently, and I like both the simplicity and versatility of this one. The fact that you use interfacing and gussets to form the bottom is great.

      I was always a fan of Butterfingers and, wierdly enough, Smarties (the little sugar tablets, not the British chocolates). Which was great, because I could usually trade off the stuff I didn’t like for more Smarties. Ah, Trick-or-treating, how I miss you 😀

    • VickiT
    • Great looking trick or treat bag. I love that you’ve made it reversible.

      I’d have to say the first thing I grabbed for were the Reese’s Peanut Butter cups.

      Thank you for the chance to win this super cute bag.

    • Marcia
    • Oh – I forgot- my favorite in my Trick or Treat bag would be Heath Bars and the new Milky Way with the soft carmel centers. I have already become a fan of them and have had to go back to the store to restock for Halloween. LOL

    • Maxine
    • I don’t want in your contest, but i have been making these bags for about 10 years now. On some of the bags i made, i would sew some plastic canvas to the bottom to make them more durable. For the second generation, i would make decorations on them and found a bloody dripping font that i would trace on to the front to put the childs name on it. Then paint the name to make it look real. The grandkids, mostly boys like the dripping names. Girls would need sparkly, shiny names in a pretty font.

      • Kat
      • Maxine – I’ve done the same thing with plastic canvas in the past, it makes a great bag bottom. Personalizing them is great.

    • I enjoy what you guys are usually up too. Such clever work and coverage!
      Keep up the amazing works guys I’ve you guys to blogroll.

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