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15 DIY Trick-or-Treat and Loot Bags

Whether you’re planning on making Halloween bags that are better for trick-or-treating or whether you’re throwing a Halloween party that you want to hand loot bags out for at the end, making candy bags is always fun, especially when there’s a cool seasonal theme. That’s why we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for all different kinds of cool tutorials! After all, Halloween candy is a pivotal part of Halloween season, right?

If you’re feeling just as enthusiastic as we are, if not more, about the idea of learning how to make your own DIY loot bags or trick-or-treating totes, check out these 15 awesome ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance!

1. Easy contrasting trick-or-treat totes


When it comes to sewing projects, are you still a little bit of a beginner in the grand scheme of things but you’re also feeling confident enough in your skills to do something like add a simple contrasting element to an easy pattern? Then we think you’ll like this trick-or-treating tote bag from Almost Super Mom that shows you how to add a contrasting fabric to your handles.

2. Lined treat bags with pom pom trim


Just in case you’re interested in the taking the idea we just talking about above a little bit further but you’re also feeling pretty intrigued by the concept of adding some simple embellishment, here’s another awesome tutorial for you! Check out how Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom not only made a tote bag from scratch that is lined, but also added some easy lettering and a pom pm trim.

3. Three-toned trick-or-treat bags


Have we actually still got you thinking about how much you love the idea of making a contrasting Halloween tote bag like we talked about at the very top, but you can’t help wondering whether you might contrast more than just the handles? Then we think you’ll appreciate the way Peek-a-Boo Pages did a bit of colour blocking with three different spooky themed fabric prints.

4. Vinyl transfer candy totes


Are you actually such a beginner when it comes to certain types of DIY that you don’t sew because you don’t often work with fabric, but you’re still feeling on making your kids something snazzy and cute to trick-or-treat with? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at how Housewives of Riverton transformed some pre-made tote bags that already had thanks to a bit of Halloween themed vinyl transfer!

5. DIY reversible trick-or-treat tote


Are you actually feeling very intrigued indeed by the idea of making a trick-or-treat worthy Halloween tote but you’re just not sure that anything you’ve seen so far has been quite challenging enough for that you had in mind? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Paisley Roots made this reversible tote bag instead! Their pattern is even free, which is a great bonus.

6. Easy drawstring trick-or-treat bags


Reversible bags aren’t the only small challenge you can take on when it comes to Halloween bags, without tackling a project that’s a little too overwhelming. If you’re still looking for ideas to consider, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Coral and Co made these little drawstring bags that are actually a lot easier to make than they look.

7. Halloween candy bag from a skirt


If we’re being honest, this next option is actually a totally awesome upcycling project whether you’re looking to make something explicitly Halloween themed or not! We’re huge fans of the way DIY Crush turned a cute Halloween skirt they made for a previous year into a cute little tote in only a few relatively quick and easy steps.

8. DIY felt Halloween treat bags


If you’re going to put in the time and effort it takes to make a Halloween bag from scratch, would you rather make something character based, since your kids are so obsessed with Halloween monsters and spooks right now? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get a real kick out of the way Beatnik Kids used felt not only to make these boxier totes but also to embellish the fronts to look like all kinds of familiar Halloween faces, like mummies, vampires, and Frankenstein’s monster.

9. Trick-or-treat tote bags with a pocket


Are you actually looking to make a better tote for your kids’ Halloween candy because they’re little enough that you know you’ll be the one carrying it, but you always find you have a better time when you have some kind of pocket available to use? In that case, we have a feeling that you might get along a little better with something like this simple tote pattern outlined step by step, complete with an outer pocket in a neat contrasting colour, on Easy Peasy Creative!

10. Custom Super Mario World themed treat bags


Just in case you’re still feeling rather enamoured indeed with the idea of making themed or character based trick-or-treat bags but you’re also convinced that your kids would rather something slightly more pop culture based and a little less explicitly Halloween themed, here’s another idea for the video game lovers out there! Andrea’s Notebook guides you step by shockingly easy step through the process of making trick-or-treat bags shaped like classic features from Super Mario World.

11. Crochet candy corn treat bag


Have you actually been scrolling through our list and thinking about how much you’d like to make your own DIY Halloween bag but you’ve always been more of a yarn based crafter rather than a fabric person? Then we’re pleased to let you know that your patience has finally paid off! Check out how Persia Lou outlines a full pattern for crocheting a cute tote bag that’s coloured and shaped just like a piece of candy corn.

12. Round kitty cat trick-or-treat bag


In our house, literally anything cat themed, whether it’s Halloween season or not, always wins out over other options. We’re sure you can imagine just how pleased we were, then, when we stumbled across this adorably rounded tote bag sewing pattern from The Sew and Tell Project that shows you how to make a bag that’s shaped just like a spooky little black cat!

13. Candy corn ombre dyed pillowcase treat bag


Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of making a bag that’s candy corn themed, but you don’t know how to crochet and you’re in a little bit of a rush? In that case, we’d be willing to bet that you’ll get along a little better with something like this ombre style fabric dyed pillowcase trick-or-treat bag outlined step by step on Craft Gossip!

14. Witch’s broom loot bags


Have you actually been scrolling through our list hoping to come across some kind of tutorial that will help you make a loot bag to send Halloween party guests home with, rather than making a full trick-or-treating tote? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Lolly Jane made these adorable paper witch’s broom loot bags that are easier to create than they look!

15. DIY loot bag candy pockets


Maybe you love the idea of passing out loot bags to party guests, but you’re also the kind of avid crafter who loves to go above and beyond as often as you possibly can? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to give these fantastic DIY triangular candy pouches a try! They’re simple enough for almost-beginners to enjoy but shaped such that they present a bit of a challenge to improve skills. Get the full details for making your own on My Handmade Space.

Have you made other kinds of awesome DIY trick-or-treat bags and loot bags for your kids before that were a huge success but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!