Trick-or-treating! My kids, heck any kid, has been talking about it for weeks now! As the official candy-hander-outer at our house, there’s nothing I dislike more than fumbling with numerous candies, trying to give one of each kind or however many number to the little hooligans. Let’s be honest, I end up just giving handfuls and get frazzled when I have 10 kids standing there staring at me. So this year, I decided to simplify handing out candy and make treat bags. I love them!! The kids helped a ton and now I can chill out on Oct 31 … maybe.
Materials + Supplies
- Candy or Treats
- Kraft Paper Roll (I used those cute little rolls, available at most craft stores)
- Ink Pad
- Sewing Machine
- Rotary Cutter or Exacto Knife
- Self Healing Mat
- Decide on how big you want your pouches. For mine I made them 6″ wide + 12″ long since that was how wide my paper roll was. I cut them using my rotary cutter, ruler + self healing mat. This honestly makes everything a breeze! (Just an FYI about using your rotary cutter, make sure to either change your blade before cutting fabric or have a different cutter all together).
- The kids folded the cut strips in half lengthwise, creating a square.
3. I threaded my machine with some Halloween colored thread + sewed down one side of the square, backstitching at the beginning + end. Continuously add another square after the other one, without cutting your thread so it makes a big chain. For all you quilters out there, it’s just like piecing a quilt. I did mine in small batches of 7 or 8, so that I could sew down one side + then the other (pictured below). The fold should be on the bottom + the top should be open.
4.Take some scissors or thread snips and cut the the thread inbetween each square.
5. The kids then stamped ‘Trick-or-Treat’ onto the pouches using various colors of ink + we laid them all out to dry for a bit.
6. We created an assembly line (Once again, we looooove our assembly lines! Makes the job go by so much faster!) to fill up the pouches. We added a sucker, 2 chocolate bars + popping candy to each.
7. Then I sewed the tops closed, using the same method as I did for the sides. After they were all sewn into a big long chain, I snipped them apart and they were done!
So cute right?!! Now I won’t be fumbling at the door Halloween night and it’s a fun little surprise as to what’s inside!