Create your own DIY Halloween Cat Treat Bag with this free pattern and tutorial. This cat bag makes a fun trick-or-treat bag or a fashionable purse perfect for Halloween – or any time of year!
Good morning! I am in the midst of some serious Halloween crafting! I have both kids’ costumes started and just finished up this cute little treat bag for my daughter! She is going as a little black cat this year and I thought it would be adorable to make a matching treat bag! I made it small and a bit more like a purse, which I love. She carries it on her arm and it is small enough it won’t drag on the ground as she is walking.
I made my son a felt treat bag a few years ago and really liked how cool the white blanket stitching looked on the black felt. I did the same thing on this treat bag but made this one much sturdier. This one is made with three layers of black felt fused together with interfacing instead of just one. You can download the free pattern below and make your own! :)
DIY Halloween Cat Treat Bag
- Free printable pattern – Link located at the end of this post.
- Black felt – You will need 10 sheets (9″x12″ sheets)
- White Felt – small piece for eyes
- Yellow Felt – small piece for eyes
- Pink Felt – small piece for ears
- Wonder-Under Fusible Web
- Silhouette White Silver HTV or Silver Cricut Glitter Iron On
- Embroidery floss in black, white, yellow, pink
- DMC Pewter Light Effects Embroidery Floss (for whiskers and mouth)
- Sewing notions – scissors, needles, and pins
Step One: Use the free printable pattern to cut out all of the pieces needed. Since you will be using wonder under for all the pieces, I like to trace the pattern onto the wonder under first. Lay the wonder under over the pattern page and trace the pattern onto the paper side of the wonder under. Then cut the pattern pieces out , leaving a border around each piece.
Once all of the pieces are cut from the wonder under, you can iron them onto the felt and then cut each piece out along the actual pattern line. Now, all of my pieces are ready to go. I used felt for everything except the inside of the cat ears where I used Silhouette Heat Transfer Material in silver glitter that I had on hand. I like the little bit of sparkle it brings to the bag :)
Since the treat bag is made from three pieces of black felt, two of the layers will need fusible web so you can fuse all three layers together. This applies to the front and back pieces as well as the handle. The handle is made from two pieces each measuring 3″ x 16.5″. Both of the pieces are made from three layers.
Step Two: Add the cat’s face to the front piece. For the eyes, start by ironing the white pieces on first and then stitch them on with white embroidery floss and a small running stitch. Next, iron the yellow pieces on and stitch them down and finally finish the eyes with the black pieces. Add the pink nose the same way.
Step Three: Next, stitch the whiskers and mouth onto the cat. I used DMC’s light effects floss for a little shimmer. For these parts I used a split stitch but you could also use a running stitch again. This video, How to do a Split Stitch by Cutesy Crafts, is super helpful to learn the split stitch. I like it for the whiskers because it is a little thicker than a running stitch.
Start by drawing the whiskers and mouth onto the cat using a white pencil, then stitch following your pencil lines as a guide.
Step Four: Finally it is time to add the handle! The handle wraps around the entire bag and is sewn on using a blanket stitch. I fused three layers of black felt together to create two handle pieces that each measured 3″ x 16.5″. The sheets of felt I was using measured 9″ x 12″, so to create strips that were 16.5″, there were seams. I staggered the seams, though, so all three layers didn’t have their seam in the same place.
Once you have the two handle pieces created, stitch them together using a zigzag stitch. Sew the handle to the front and back pieces. Start with the front piece and stitch it to the handle with a blanket stitch in white embroidery floss. Make sure to position the handle seams so there is one centered on the top and one centered on the bottom. Once the front is stitched to the handle, repeat for the back. The bag is all finished! Yay!
I love how this little treat bag turned out and I am excited for my daughter to use it! Check out the rest of her little black costume! If you love black cats also check out my black cat banner – it is a similar project but on a smaller scale :)
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