Make a trick or treat bag from an old t-shirt in a matter of minutes, and then decorate it with homemade stamps that even a toddler can use.
Halloween here in Spain is a little bit different. Each year the stores dedicate a bigger percentage of their shopping area to the holiday. More and more bars have also begun to hold Halloween parties complete with costume contests.
Trick or treating, however, hasn't really caught on. I have seen a few kids doing it, and certain neighborhoods do set it up in a way that the kids in their neighborhood can go to a few houses and enjoy the experience, but most kids don't get that chance.
My in-laws just happen to live in one of those special neighborhoods, though. The year that my son was only a month old at Halloween, he was already able to go trick-or-treating. It was mostly symbolic, of course. He only was paraded around to show off how cute he was in his lion costume, and any candy that he was given was promptly given away to the other kids. I was happy, though, that he was able to live an experience that I had loved growing up; even if he didn't really know what was going on around him.
The last two years we missed the trick-or-treating experience. The kids in the neighborhood are growing up and last year the activities didn't start until around 10PM; by that time we had already gone home so that my son could go to bed.
This year I want to be prepared, just in case. I don't really know what to expect, but I would like to try to get my son involved because I think he is starting to get to the age that he might actually find it as fun!
So, any trick-or-treater deserves to have a cute trick or treat bag to complete the costume look. I raided my old t-shirt bin to make one for my son. Luckily, I just happened to have one of his stained, old orange t-shirts with a hole on one sleeve, perfect for making a trick-or-treat bag. By using one of his own t-shirts, it makes a bag around the perfect size for him.
I know Halloween is only a few days away, but you still have plenty of time to make a trick-or-treat bag as easy as this one. It only uses a few cuts and one seam. Plus, it's a great way to reuse an old t-shirt.
To begin making your bag, fold the t-shirt in half vertically.
Cut off the neck and sleeves of your t-shirt. You can save and use the sleeves to make small drawstring pouches, if you like. This cut will become the bottom of your bag. I kept mine rounded to make it more pumpkin-like.
Unfold your shirt and turn it inside out before sewing across your cut.
Turn the shirt right side out again. You are almost done!
Cut small slits through the top layer (only) of the hem in your t-shirt. Make four small slits, one on either side of the side seams of your shirt.
Find some cording or ribbon that you want to use for your handles. I wanted my trick or treat bag to slightly resemble a pumpkin, so I chose a dark green thick ribbon.
Pin a safety pin to one end of the ribbon and pull the ribbon through the front hem of the t-shirt, going from one side to the other. Then go through the back hem of the shirt back to the side you started on.
Before you cut your ribbon, pull enough of it out on either side of the bag to make a sort of handle. Keep in mind that it looks better slightly gathered when you are deciding how much cording or ribbon to leave.
Cut the ends and tie the ribbon on one side. If you don't like seeing the knot, you can always pull it into the hem of the shirt to hide it.
Your bag is done!
Now, you just have to decorate it.
I was going to make a freezer paper stencil of a jack-o-lantern face, and paint the bag with some black fabric paint. I decided, instead, that I wanted to let my son be part of the fun. So, I made up some craft foam stamps for him to be able to help me. He did love stamping on the balloons on our Up t-shirt!
So, I started making some craft foam stamps for decorating our bag.
Because the bag looks like a pumpkin, I decided to make it look like a jack-o-lantern on one side. I also wanted to try stamping it with random Halloween shapes, though, so we stamped the back with those.
My son didn't want to let go of his balloon to help, but he did have fun with it. After stamping on the eyes, he asked for more.
For the mouth of the jack-o-lantern, we just repeated the same stamp 3 times across the bottom.
On the other side we stamped on some simple ghost and pumpkin shapes in a random pattern.
Quick, easy and fun!
Remember to set your paint with an iron before washing it.
Now we are ready to go Trick-or-treating!
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