After weeks of anticipation, time spent shopping for or making costumes, putting up Halloween décor, and eating way too much Halloween candy, the day has finally arrived…it’s Halloween! With all the preparation you and your family have been doing, however, there may be one thing you have failed to think of (I know it’s the one thing my family always forgot about when I was a kid): a trick-or-treat bag.
Yes you can use one of those plastic pumpkins with a handle that is starting to look a little worn. However, those are boring and carried by every other child on the street. Why not take a few extra minutes and make your own trick-or-treat bag out of a pillowcase. It is much more fun and you’ll have it put together in no time at all. All you need is an old pillowcase, a bit of rope from your garage, and some iron-on patches.
- White pencil
- 2 black 5 by 5 iron on patches, such as Dritz patches
- White or light-color pillowcase
- Press cloth
- 1 ½ yards thin rope or heavy string
- Safety pin
- Print out the templates on MarthaStewart.com for the eyes and mouth and cut them out. Use the white pencil to trace around the template on the iron-on patch. If you’re feeling especially creative, feel free to draw the eyes and mouth yourself. Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut out the mouth and eyes.
- Lay the pillowcase flat and place the eyes and mouth, fusible side down, approximately 12 inches from the opening of the pillowcase. Lay a press cloth over the top and press firmly with a dry iron set to medium heat.
- To make the drawstring, cut 2 oval-shape holes about 1 ½ inches long and 1 inch wide from the remaining iron-on material. Iron them into the inside of the pillowcase hem on each side of the seam. Use a small pair of scissors to cut openings about ½ inch long in the center of each oval. Cut a thin piece of rope, such as a clothesline, to approximately 54 inches. Attach a safety pin to the end of the rope and draw it through the pillowcase. When you are finished, remove the pin and knot the ends together. If your child is especially small and the pillowcase is too long, cut the bottom of the pillowcase and saw it closed again.