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Molly's Sketchbook: Candy Corn Trick or Treat Bags

Halloween celebrates many things, ghosts and goblins, the crisp Fall weather, and of course candy! I wanted to make a quick and easy set of bags for all that trick or treating loot but I was having trouble coming up with a good idea that said "Halloween". After much brainstorming Joelle, Page, and I had an Ah-Ha moment: we could make them in a candy corn shape!

Even though it is the simplest of candies (they are basically made of sugar, and appropriately, corn syrup) I have a soft spot for candy corn. They are such a fun shape and I love their sunny colors. For me they signify Halloween and the Fall, and despite their meager ingredients I love the way they taste!  Plus I thought the idea of putting candy into a candy shaped container was cool!

To make the bags I used our beautiful 100% wool felt. It comes in the most lovely saturated colors and needs no hemming. The finished bags are about 10-inches deep so they can hold a lot of candy, and since it's made from sturdy all natural materials they can be used for years to come. These are so quick and easy and make Trick or Treating all the more special! 

Happy Trick or Treating! --Molly



To make a set of three 10-inch tall bags:

If you'd only like to make one trick or treat bag you will only need one piece of the yellow "Sun" colored felt, to make two you will need two pieces.


Fold the yellow ("Sun") felt in half diagonally and then place the Candy Corn Base template along the fold as directed. Cut the felt along the template. Repeat this for the two other pieces of yellow felt.

Trace the middle template three times onto the orange felt as shown above so that all three shapes fit onto the one piece of felt.

Cut three of the top templates from the ecru felt (you will have no problem fitting them.)

Cut three 20-inch lengths from the grosgrain ribbon.

You will have three of each shape and three lengths of ribbon.

Adding the Stripes

Iron the middle crease out of one of the yellow base pieces.

Place a white piece at the point of the base piece, lining up the sides so they match exactly.

Place an orange middle piece below the white piece so that the middle piece's edges line up exactly with the base. The top of the middle piece will overlap the bottom curved edge of the top piece.

Pin the middle piece down along both of its curved edges. When you pin along the top curved edge make sure that you are pinning through all three layers (the top piece, the middle piece, and the base.)

Using the orange thread top stitch the middle piece along the pinned edges. By sewing the top edge of the middle piece you will also be sewing through the top piece.

Sewing the Bag

Fold and pin the entire piece in half width-wise, right sides together, so that it forms a pie-slice-shape. Using the yellow thread, sew the pinned sides together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

Sew a horizontal line 2-inches above the bottom of the bag as shown above.

Snip off the bottom angle of the bag a 1/4-inch from the bottom horizontal seam.

Hemming the Top

Press the side seam of the bag open.

Fold and pin the top edge of the bag 1/2-inch towards the wrong side all along the top edge. Since this is a curved edge it will not lay 100% flat so do not iron it down, just fold it over with your fingers and pin it.

Using the yellow thread hand stitch this fold down with a small running stitch. The stitches you make should be very small on the right side of the bag and wider on the wrong side. The picture above is a close up of the wrong side, and the picture below is of the right side.

Attaching the Handle

Open the bag so that the seam is in the center. Pin the ribbon 3/4-inch below the rim of the bag at the left and right sides, making sure not to twist the ribbon.

Using the yellow thread and the sewing machine sew the ends of the ribbon down 1/2-inch from the top edge of the bag, along your hand sewing seam. Make sure to backstitch on either end of these short seams to secure the handles.

Turn the bag right side out, repeat for the other two bags, and you're all done and ready for candy!

Reader Comments (21)

Why do you hand sew the top hem, instead of using the machine?
October 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi
I think the hand stitching is necessary because you have to ease the hem quite a bit.

Also, I made these for my daughter and niece who are 2 and 3 respectively, and the ribbon was a little bit long. I shortened it to 14 inches and that worked well.
October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
Hi! I love this craft and I featured it on my blog, Tastefully Crafted. Great job!
October 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Absolutely darling! I hope it is okay if I feature this on my blog later this week in a post about last-minute Halloween ideas. (I'll give you full credit, of course!) This is simply too cute not to share!
October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy @ Positively Splendid
I made a candy corn costume and linked to your project too:
These bags are fab! I have a homemade gift basket ideas website and am always on the lookout for ideas for my visitors of new and creative ways of presenting gifts in containers other than baskets! I have added a picture as an example and a link to your tutorial. You can see it here :

Hope that's OK? Thank you!
July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJackie
Hi Jackie-

That is totally OK. Thanks for letting us know!
July 7, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm hoping to put together a list of cute candy corn ideas for my blog in October, would it be okay if I used one picture that I linked back to you? If not, I can just add a text link. Thanks for such an adorable and easy idea!
September 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAni
Hi Ani-

That would be fine, as long as it links back directly to the story and not just the home page.

Thanks so much for thinking of us!
September 16, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Featuring your awesome idea on my blog today! Feel free to check it out!

Thanks for such a great idea!
October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAni
i love this idea, it's so simple and stunning, and useful. i love candy corn too and thought you might like to see my cc decoration.

thank you for such wonderful ideas and perfect tutorials.
xo lori
October 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlori
Super cute! Have to make one for my daughter. She's a big girl now, but hasn't quite outgrown trick-or-treating. I'm pretty sure she'll be happy to carry this cute bag around. Thanks for posting the pattern. Love the idea of using felt. I might also try a fabric version!
October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Monroe
Thanks Stephanie! You guys should come trick or treating in Soho!- Molly
October 13, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I absolutely love these bags! They're so adorable!
October 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Sews
I love this! I'm a novice seamstress, but this looks like something I can do. I plan on making this before the big trick-or-treat day in a few months! If I link back to this page, is it OK if I post your candy corn bag on my blog? It's too cute!
July 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecky
Hi Becky, Thank you so much for asking and checking with us first... If you link back to this page OF COURSE it's ok for you to post it on your blog. We love that you are so excited about the project. It's a fave of ours! -Laura
July 23, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
This is my first visit to your great site. I'm on a hunt for candy corn projects. I love this yours! I’ll be featuring it on <a href=" "></a> later today. Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button.
October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi
These might be the cutest treat bags ever! Love them! I'll have it up on my FB!
October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeckie
I adore this and had to make one! Thanks for the lovely pattern. You can check out the result on my blog:
October 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
Hi, if I come into your store, can I pick up all these materials (without bringing this list or should I bring the list)?


October 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercat
I made this for my daughters American Girl Doll, I shrunk t he pattern my 56%. She wanted a costume to match her own. Well she couldn't very well go trick or treating without her very own bag. :-)

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLara

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