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Halloween Patchwork Trick or Treat Bag Tutorial


You will need for the Halloween Patchwork Bag:

What You Need to Make the Halloween Patchwork Bag

~Main Multi-coloured Halloween Print Fabric for the bag lining -
12½" x 35" (front, bottom & back of bag - all one piece) + 2~15½" x 5" (side panels)
~Black Tone on Tone Fabrics - Cut 25~2" squares + scraps for the face and pieces for the bag: 12½" x 29" for the front, bottom & back of bag (all one piece); 2~12½" x 5" for the side panels & 2~12" x 3" for the handles.
~Orange Tone on Tone Fabrics - Cut 60~2" squares
~Green Tone on Tone Fabric - Cut 1~2" square

~Black & Orange Embroidery Floss
~2~12" length orange rick rack (optional)


1. Cut the fabrics the size required [Rotary Cutting~ #F].

2. Make the template [Cardboard Templates] for the Jack-o-lantern shapes.

Request the free Halloween Patchwork Bag Templates here

3. Lay out 35 orange & 1 green small squares for the Jack-o-lantern into a pleasing arrangement, with 6 squares across and 6 squares down. Use the picture below to place your green square.

Block Layout

4. When you are happy with the arrangement, collect the patches into 4 Patch sets, taking them from the left to the right & top to bottom and stacking them with the most left patch on top.

Tip: Number the sets (I have small cardboards with numbers I keep for this) and hold the sets together with a clothespin.

Block Layout

5. Sew [Machine Piecing] the patches into 4 Patch units by sewing the patches into pairs first.

Tip: Before placing two squares right sides together, place a pin in the top left corner of left patch of the pair. Keep these pins in until the corner is joined to the next patch. This helps you keep track of which is the 'top left' of the pairs/sets of pairs, keeping things straight while you chain piece your patches.

6. Press [Pressing #1] the seams open.

7. Sew the pairs together into 4 Patches, matching the seams (*See the pinning tip below).

*Perpendicular Pinning Tip: Place a pin in each seam of both the rows you are joining. Don't anchor them. Hold the pin perpendicular (90*) with your first two fingers (underneath) and your thumb on top. Now place an anchor pin (going in at an angle) beside it. Remove the perpendicular pin after you've anchored it. Do the same for the other seams along the row, aligning the raw edges at the top.
This pinning method keeps the seams from shifting out of place.

Perpendicular Pinning Tip

When joining 4 Patch blocks, adding an extra pin through the center of both blocks, before you add the anchor pin, is also helpful.

Adding an extra pin, before the anchor pin is also helpful.

8. Press the seams open.

9. Sew the 4 Patch units together into rows, matching the seams.

Patchwork Rows

Sew the rows together into a block, matching the seams.

Patchwork Block

10. Press [Pressing #3] the patchwork block.

11. Lay out the remaining orange & black small squares (for the checkerboard band at the top of the bag), into a pleasing arrangement. Use the pictures below as your guide.

Patchwork Bands

Front & Back Bands

Patchwork Bands

Side Bands

12. Sew them into units, and then together into rows, matching the seams, as before. Press the seams open.

Patchwork Bands

13. Sew the bands to the ends of the large black tone-on-tone bag fabric, and to one end of each of the side panels.

Bag Fabrics Cut to Size

14. Fold the front/back bag fabric in half.

15. Center the pumpkin template on the right side of the bag front, leaving 3¾" between the bottom of the pumpkin and the folded edge.
Draw the outline of the pumpkin onto the fabric with a chalk pencil.

Tip: Placing the fabric on a sheet of sandpaper taped to cardboard, will help hold it in place, for a neater finish.

Draw Pumpkin Shape with Chalk Pencil

16. Cut out the inside of the pumpkin shape, about ¼" from the chalk line, using pinking shears.

Cut away Pumpkin Shape with Pinking Shears

17. Finger press the seam allowance over to the back of the shape and baste in place [Stitches-#3c].

18. Pin the patchwork block behind and covering the pumpkin shaped opening.
Then baste into place.
Be sure to align your green square as shown below.

Blanket Stitch the Pumpkin Shape to the  front of the bag

19. Draw the face shapes onto black tone-on-tone fabric with a chalk pencil.
Cut out the shapes, just beyond the chalk line, using pinking shears. Baste them in place onto the patchwork block.

Baste Heart Shape

20. Using two strands of the black embroidery floss, Blanket Stitch [Decorative Stitches·#1] around the pumpkin shape to the patchwork block.

Sew the face shapes onto the background with long running stitches [Stitches-#3a], along the chalk line.

Stitching Complete

21. On the wrong-side of the jack-o-lantern, trim the extra patchwork fabric around the pumpkin shape.

Trim Extra Patchwork Fabric

22. With a chalk pencil draw the words Trick or Treat where shown in the picture below. Stem Stitch the words with orange embroidery floss. The how to & lettering guide are included with the templates.

Stitch the Trick or Treat Words


23. On both the bag and the liner, stitch the side panels along the front, stopping ¼" from the bottom edge of the side panels. Match the seams of the patchwork band units, when you join the side panels to the bag.

Sew the side panels to the front of the bag  & liner.

24. Stitch the side panels to the back of both the bag & liner, as you did in step #23.

Press the seams open.

25. Align the bottom edge of each side panel* with the bottom edge of the bag, and sew from one stopping point, across to the other. Finger press the seams open.
one of the bag liner ends open for turning later (step #28).

Stitch bottom edge from side to side.

26. Fold the long edges of the handle patches toward the center back, and then fold in half again, pinning along the folded edge. Top stitch the edge closed.
Stitch the orange rick rack to the top of each handle (optional).

Prepare the handles

27. Turn the outer bag right-side out and tuck it into the liner bag, which should still be wrong-side out. The two bags should be right-sides together.
Tuck the handles in between the bags, pinning on both sides (front & back) at 3" in from the side seams. Pin the top edges of the bags together.

Pin bags together

28. Sew around the top edge, double stitching across, where the the raw edges of the handles are.

Turn the bags right-side out, going through the opening you left, in the bottom of the liner bag. Top stitch the liner opening closed.

Top stitch the liner side panel opening closed.

29. Using black thread, top stitch ¼" in, across the top and bottom edge of the patchwork band

Halloween Patchwork Trick or Treat Bag Tutorial



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