Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags: Spooktacular Series Day 1! (Giveaway too!)

Yes, yes I know it is still July but when I saw this super adorable Spooktacular Halloween fabric from Maude Asbury for Blend fabrics, I knew I had to have it. And more than that, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.

Spooktacular by Blend Fabrics

So I invited a few friends to join me and together we are bringing you 5 days of fabulous Halloween sewing tutorials!

Monday: Jennifer at Ellison Lane 
Tuesday: Alida at Alida Makes
Wednesday: Heather at The Sewing Loft
Thursday: Rachel at Sew Happily Ever After
Friday: Rachel at ps i quilt

All week I’ll be bringing you tips and steps for creating these cute and quilted Trick-or-Treat bags.

Make this bag in 4 steps!
Step 1: Bag Prep (you are here!)
Step 2: French Seams

My friends will be sharing Halloween sewing tutorials too so be sure to check back each day. You won’t want to miss any of them!

Ok, step one: Bag Prep!

Fabric selection is the best part of bag prep.

As soon as I saw these fun, bold prints, I knew they’d be perfect for trick-or-treat bags. The prints are medium in scale great for showcasing on a whole cloth project.

The grey diamond print is perfect for an accent as you don’t want the darker color to overtake your project. The orange mini dot is the perfect lining fabric. It’s light enough to let you see inside your bag easily and ties together the prints from the front. For the same reason that I love it for a lining, it makes a poor choice for an outer fabric as it would get dirty quickly.

Once you’ve selected your fabrics, you are ready to assemble them for quilting.

1/2 yard of feature fabric (pumpkins)
1/2 yard of lining fabric (orange dot)
1/3 yard of accent fabric (grey diamonds)
1/2 yard cotton batting
fat quarter of fusible fleece
rotary supplies
basting spray (I use 505)

pumpkins: (2) 13″ wide x 12″ tall (fussy cut your fabric to best showcase the design)
diamonds: (2) 13″ wide x 2.75″ tall
lining: (2) 14″ x 16″
batting: (2) 1.5″ x 15.5″

1. With a 1/4″ seam, sew the grey diamond piece to the bottom of the feature fabric piece along the 13″ edge. Press & repeat.

2. Center the fabric on the batting piece and place the lining fabric underneath. The fabric is wrong side together with the batting to make a quilt sandwich.

3. Use a Hera marker (a non-permanent marking tool) to mark straight lines on your fabric to guide you when quilting.

4. Quilt with straight lines. Set your stitch length to 3.5 and start and end in the batting. Dense straight line quilting will give your bag some body and structure.

5. Trim your panel to 13″ wide x 13.5″ tall. Be sure to trim both panels the same way so that your grey strip at the bottom is the same width on both pieces.

That’s it for today! Make plans to circle back here tomorrow for step 2 and more stops in the blog hop. Before you go, be sure to enter to win a bundle of Spooktacular fabric from Blend fabrics! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below.

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Good luck!




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