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How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Here’s a spooky DIY trick or treat bag free pattern with ‘sticky’ spiderwebs and creepy spiders that can move and crawl around.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

The spiderwebs are cut thin strips of VELCRO fasteners…

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

…and the spiders have a bit of VELCRO Sticky Back on their backs to attach to the trick-or-treat bag.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

I’m kind of obsessed with our Halloween candy bowl with painted spiderwebs, so for Elise’s DIY trick-or-treat bag I riffed on the idea to make something interactive for the kids to play with while they collect treats.

I can barely contain how much I love this free DIY trick or treat bag pattern. It is crazy fun to move the spiders around!

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Luckily, my partner-in-crime, Buzz Lightyear, wholeheartedly agrees.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

The DIY trick or treat bag free pattern has a hard bottom so that your trick-or-treaters can set their bags on the ground without the bag tipping over and spilling candy. Don’t you love this fabric? It’s from Joann. And thanks very much to VELCRO USA for providing the VELCRO fasteners.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

EEK! THE SPIDERS ARE GOING FOR THE CANDY!!

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Whew! Luckily, we clearly have a bag full of it. Don’t worry, spiders. We’ll share.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

WANNA MAKE IT? Free sewing pattern, step-by-step tutorial and supply list for making my DIY Trick or Treat Bag with Sticky Spiderwebs and Moving Spiders –>

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Supplies for making a DIY Trick or Treat Bag:

Outside fabric
Lining fabric
VELCRO Fabric Fusion fasteners in black (or if you want to sew it on, I recommend VELCRO Soft & Flexible fasteners)
VELCRO Sticky Back fabric
Heavy interfacing (I used drapery lining)
Thread
Plastic spiders (make sure the ones you get have bodies that are close to the the legs)
Pins
Sewing machine
Good iron
Piece of cardboard or plastic
Tape
Rotary cutter, clear plastic ruler, self-healing mat

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag:

Cut your trick or treat bag pattern pieces from fabric:

11-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ for outside (cut 2)
11-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ for lining (cut 2)
9″ x 3-1/2″ for outside bottom (cut 1)
9″ x 3-1/2″ for lining bottom (cut 1)
3″ x 18″ for straps (cut 2)
11-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ for interfacing (cut 2, I use drapery lining, it’s my little interfacing trick because it gives a good weight and feel to bags, but you can use a heavy sew-in interfacing if you want)

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Had to take a close up of this mini crosshatch fabric. I love it.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Mark a tiny mark on the top of the trick-or-treat bag outside 2-1/2″ from the left and right sides. Do this on both outside pieces. It marks where the bag corner is going to be.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Sandwich the trick or treat bag pieces in this order: interfacing (my drapery lining “interfacing” is shown here), outside pieces right sides together, and the the other piece of interfacing. Sew 1/2″ seams on left and right sides.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Iron bag seams open.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Baste around the top and bottom to make the trick-or-treat bag easier to work with later.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Now you’re going to cut VELCRO fasteners into thin strips to make spiderwebs. Grab the loop (soft) side of the fasteners. Tape the ends onto your self-healing mat.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Run your rotary cutter down the edge of your ruler (slowly so the VELCRO fasteners do not shift). If you’re using VELCRO Fabric Fusion, you may get some adhesive on your rotary cutter that you’ll need to scrape off.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Here are your webs.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Peel, stick and cut your webs. Here’s my sketch of what I was going for.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Make your webs go around the bag.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

It will start to look like this:

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Now if you are using VELCRO Sew-On then you’ll want to sew down your webs each time before adding on another piece. I used the iron-on VELCRO Fabric Fusion though for this. Now start doing your cross pieces.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

I did this during nap times so I put heavy books on them between sessions so that they wouldn’t move.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

OK, now time to iron to set that adhesive on the VELCRO Fabric Fusion. Follow the package instructions and get that iron super hot!

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Webs are done. Time to sew. Put your lining pieces right-side together and sew 1/2″ side seams.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Take your bottom piece, fold it in half. Fold your bag in half so that you can match the centers. Pin one side.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Sew it and then pin the other side and sew it too.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Now sew the two short sides.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Clip the corners, carefully.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Here’s your bottom. Now repeat the same steps to put your outside bottom in, making sure to sew carefully through your VELCRO fastener webs.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

With the lining and outside wrong-side out, match the bottoms and sew one long side.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Then sew the other long side. Cut a piece of plastic (I used to use industrial plastic when I made handbags for sale, but you can use like a Trapper Keeper, or just cardboard like I did this time – just know if you use cardboard that you can’t get the bag wet).

Slip the plastic/cardboard between the bottoms.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

And sew the ends to enclose it inside the trick-or-treat bag.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Now for the trick-or-treat bag straps. I put interfacing in the middle here to make it a little more substantial. Fold it in half, then fold those halves in half again (like the bottom of these two straps) and iron.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Sew close to the edge. A little trick – sew the open edge first, then the folded edge.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Pin the straps onto the trick-or-treat bag, right sides together, and sew close to the edge to secure.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Turn the DIY trick-or-treat bag right side out. Here’s that cute bottom.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Fold down the outside 1/2″, and fold down the lining 1/2″ and pin together.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Sew close to the edge, making sure to catch the lining as you sew.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Cut some VELCRO Stick-Back hook (scratchy) side and stick onto the back of your spiders.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

I used the round coins and just sliced off the sides.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

Stick it onto your DIY trick-or-treat bag. Now go get some good things to eat.

How to make a DIY Trick or Treat Bag Free Pattern

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7 Responses to “DIY Trick or Treat Bag Pattern with Sticky Spiderwebs and Moving Spiders”


  1. louise Says:

    Great idea! Love the Velcro!

  2. Anne Says:

    That is so awesome!! I’ve linked to your how-to over at Craft Gossip:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-trick-or-treat-bag-with-a-velcro-spider-web/2013/10/26/
    –Anne

  3. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Marni, so glad that you like it! I’m not sure about the fabric – I got it at Jo-Ann. Your trick-or-treat bag is cute! I’m a new follower :)

  4. Marni @ Haberdashery Fun Says:

    Love this. Super cute idea.. Saw you on CraftGawker. Is the black fabric from Carolyn Friedlander?

  5. Sheryl Says:

    OMG this is so cute! I saw it on Pinterest – it’s very creative and my son would love it! He likes Spider-Man so I will make a red version. Thanks!


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