Trick or Treat Tote + Pattern

ChristinaOctober 17, 2009


I wanted to have a little bag for Brice for Trick or Treating this year, and I knew I wanted to make it myself.  I also knew that I wanted to do something with a pumpkin on linen so I combined the two.  I’m not sure when I decided I wanted to do some embroidery, but I started sketching things out and came up with the above design.  It’s absolutely fitting as Brice LOVES his “meows”.


I stared with the cat and added the pumpkin, but kept thinking it needed something else.  Hence the tree.  But it was no easy matter trying to draw a tree that said “fall” but was still fun and cartoonish like the cat and pumpkin.  With my moms advice I finally decided on the tree in the design.


I found the dots at Joann’s along with the lining fabric some months back.  I had thoughts of making them into a trick or treat bag for Brice, but this wasn’t what I was originally thinking, but that’s just fine by me.


I have had the idea of doing a pumpkin appliqué on a bag since my apple bags.  I made it up as I went along, using the sketch from my embroidery for my pattern.  As an after thought I decided to embroider on the pumpkin, but knew embroidery for the vine was a perfect choice all along.


He loves this little bag.  He gave it a kiss and a hug and happily caries it around on his arm.  It’s just the perfect size for treats and will serve us for many years.  Not into Trick or Treating?  I think it’s the perfect size for a little library tote, too.  Now it’s time to go make one for yourself.  The free pattern includes instructions for making the bag as well as the embroidery design and pumpkin appliqué template.

Pattern Edit 5/24/2015 – The pattern does not state the lining dimensions to cut.  You can either cut two pieces the same size at the exterior (9.5″ x 11.5″), OR cut one long piece that is 9.5″ x 23″ and sew up the sides. Be sure to leave an opening in the side as it states in the directions for flipping right side out after sewing the interior and exterior together.

—> Treat or Treat Tote Pattern (PDF) <—

Comments (36)

  • Shanna

    October 17, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    What a cute tote!! I love the kitten! I am so excited about Halloween this year. My girls are finally getting old enough to make it more fun :o)

  • 2ndAvenueStudio-Rachel

    October 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    So cute!!
    really adorable!

  • wishes, true and kind

    October 17, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Very cute and special. He’s going to love it!

  • eriven

    October 17, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    I love them both, but I’m definitely making the kitty one! Thank you for sharing the pattern :)

  • Terri

    October 17, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    super cute idea. We decided not to take sophie trick or treating this year though so maybe we can make one next year.

  • Tracey

    October 18, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Thanks for sharing the pattern! This is so cute and your son will always remember having a special ‘Trick or Treat’ bag!

  • Sahara

    October 18, 2009 at 1:27 am

    I love this tote! Thank you for sharing!

  • Anna

    October 18, 2009 at 1:30 am

    This is so cute, I just posted a trick-or-treat bag for my daughter last night – I like yours better!

    ps. Can I ask where you get your linen? I live in a town that doesn’t believe in linen I guess.

  • The Quilt Buddy

    October 18, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Hey C!

    OMG!…The bag is the perfect size for trick-or-treating….and your stichery design is so stinkin’ CUTE!….I love the cat!

    Thank you for taking the time to make the pattern for us. It is well written and the photos are a great help!

    You ROCK!

  • Thimbleanna

    October 18, 2009 at 2:59 am

    Both of those little bags are adorable! I love that you’ve used linen too!

  • Kristine Hanson

    October 18, 2009 at 3:27 am


  • Aimee

    October 18, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Cute! Thanks for sharing! I can picture a Christmas themed one too tweaking the embroidery and applique patterns!

  • Suzy D.

    October 19, 2009 at 1:50 am

    I’m helping a friend learn to sew. this will be a great thing for her to make for her kids. and if it’s not perfect… who will be the wiser?

  • casserole

    October 19, 2009 at 2:33 am

    This is so stinkin’ cute!!! I’m a sucker for kitties, and for embroidered linen.

    I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  • jennbenn

    October 19, 2009 at 3:22 am

    So cute!!!!!
    Really really cute! Even better how much your son loves it!


  • Heather

    October 19, 2009 at 5:18 am

    So very sweet! I have supplies to make mine, though I’m going with a pre-made bag and some felt. I do appreciate all your work though!

  • Katie

    October 19, 2009 at 7:01 am

    So cute! I am about to try my hand at my own pattern. Thanks for some motivation/inspiration.

  • Katie @

    October 19, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Oh how I love your project! Martin and I are in Germany now (brought my new Bernina over on the airplane), and now I’m trying to figure out how to buy fabric around here. Sewing is almost like a niche thing, which is frustrating.

    Brice will have the cutest trick-or-treat bag of all. Wow!

  • Alisa

    October 19, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    It’s a beautiful bag. Great job on the tutorial. Thanks!

  • [email protected]

    October 19, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Ths is so fantastic! I love this so, so much! Cutest tote ever! Thanks tons, I’ll be linking.

  • Katie

    October 20, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! Your pattern is beautiful! Thank you! Thank you! :) Have a wonderful day!

  • Katie

    October 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    P.S. I am adding a link to this post on my blog so my friends can see it. It is just too cute to miss! :)

  • Sew Create It – Jane

    October 21, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Great tutorial!! It’s adorable!

  • Amy

    October 21, 2009 at 10:09 am

    What is it that makes linen so perfect?

  • Ariane

    October 22, 2009 at 1:32 am

    I love it! It’s so cute. Thanks for sharing.

  • NickiMierz

    October 25, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    What a great idea. Too late to make it for my kids so I’ll file it away for future grandkids.

  • Crafty Girls Workshop

    October 25, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    That pattern is so adorable. I used your drawings as a template to make a cute card. I hope you don’t mind. Please stop by my blog and see a picture of it, if you have time. Thanks for sharing that pattern and instructions. I can’t wait to stitch it up!


  • Maureen F.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:09 am

    These are so cute – love them !!!!

  • Diane

    October 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    This is just too cute! I think I have to make one for each of my grands. Thanks so much!

  • Teresa

    July 16, 2011 at 6:59 am

    I love this bag too – England is just beginning to catch on to the idea of Halloween as a party season – although as a child I remember going out dressed up as a witch and knocking on doors…it was a way of boosting my pocket money and sweet store! Thank you for the pattern, I will be using it. I have just started sewing and am looking for lots of ideas – this is an excellent one :)

  • Rachel@AllFreeHolidayCrafts

    August 17, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Christina, this is so adorable! I’ve linked to your tutorial on my site. Hope that’s okay! Let me know!


  • Mardi

    October 11, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Sweet and simple. Want to make an adult tote just for me

  • chantal

    February 24, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Merci beaucoup.
    Bonne journée

  • Jessica

    May 23, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Maybe I’m just missing it but I can’t find dimensions/fabric requirements for the lining insert? I would assume two pieces cut to the same size as Fabric A backing 9.5″x11.5″, hopefully I’m not way off base?

    1. Christina

      May 24, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      In all these years, no one has mentioned the lining dimensions were missing! You’re right, it’s not stated. Cut two pieces the same size at the exterior just as you assumed (9.5″ x 11.5″), OR cut one long piece that is 9.5″ x 23″ and sew up the sides. Be sure to leave the opening as it states in the directions for flipping right side out after sewing the interior and exterior together.

  • Barbara

    August 31, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Super cute…

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