Halloween Drawstring Bag

Halloween is just around the corner and my kids love getting a new Trick-or-Treat bag almost as much as they love their costumes. Once Trick-or-Treating is over though, the mess of candy and sticky wrappers all over my living room floor is not something I enjoy. Trying to get all the kids to shove their candy back into their bags so we can get them off to bed is also not that fun. This year I decided that I want my end of "Trick-or-Treating hurrah" to just be simple. So enter in the easy clean Trick-or -Treat Drawstring bags!

Pull the drawstrings and you have a great bag your kids can take around. When you get home, they can just lay it flat, keeping all the candy off your floor. Then when you're ready to have them put it all away, you just pull the cords back in and voile! It's all back in a bag and out of the way.

Let's get started!

Supplies Needed:
  • 2 yards cotton fabric- 1 main, 1 lining (I used Riley Blake Eek Boo Shriek Glow in the dark Skeleton)
  • Interfacing
  • 4 Large Eyelets
  • 2 18ft/5.5m Paracord
  • Thread
  • Grab the pattern HERE

Tools Needed:
  • Large Eyelet Tool

Cut 1 circle main, 1 circle lining, and 4 interface squares.

Use the pattern to mark where the interface squares go.
Iron interfacing onto the wrong side of the main fabric.
Cut a small hole into the center of each interface square.

 Set large eyelets onto the bag. Make sure the main part of the eyelet is on the right side.

Place main circle onto lining circle RIGHT sides together.
Sew around circles with a 3/8"(1cm) seam allowance, leaving a 2"(5cm) opening.
Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and the end.

Turn bag right side out and press well.
Sew along the edge using a 1/8"(.7cm) seam allowance enclosing the opening.

Mark 1/2"(1.5cm) from each eyelet.
Sew a 1/2"(1.5cm) casing starting from the side of one large eyelet to the opposite eyelet.
Repeat with the other side.
Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each casing seam.

Take the paracord and cut 2 strands 58"(147cm) long.
Attach one end of one strand to a safety pin or Bodkin and thread it through one eyelet, all the way around, avoiding the other ends eyelets, and back up and through to the opposite eyelet you first entered.

Repeat with the other strand, but start with the opposite set of eyelets.
Tie each end together.
You're finished!

Happy Trick or Treating!!


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