This is not meant to be a Trick or Treat bag, it is a gift bag – to put in special “spooky” things for a special “trick or treater”. It could be used for a Trick or Treat bag if the treats aren’t real heavy.
Start off with a plain paper bag and iron on some shapes. I got the plain bag at Joann’s. I’m sure the Party Supply stores would have plain bags, also. The above bag was from last year for my grandson.
I found the above design by searching for “pumpkin carving stencils”. The design I downloaded was not the right size for the bag, so I took the image into EQ6 and drew (traced) it from the design. The beauty of EQ6 is that you can make the design to your specs and I could put the moon and bat where I wished. I made the windows and door “crookedy”. And could print out the templates any size I wished.
I cut the shapes from fabric fused to “Wonder Under” (or “Heat & Bond”). Same as you would if making an appliqué for a quilt. Then iron the cutout shapes to the bag – no sewing involved.
I’m going to make another decorated paper bag this year cuz last year’s was neat. I think I’m going to use the skull stencil I found at
Another source for images to use on the bag would be from a Desktop Publishing program on your computer.
Gift bags with ironed-on stencils can be used to decorate plain bags for any occasion. And makes them very personal.