Learn how to make your own black cat treat bag for Halloween 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!
Hello Crafty Friends! For Halloween this year my daughter is going as a little black cat. To complete her costume, I decided to make her a matching black cat 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 layer of black felt.
DIY Halloween Cat Treat Bag
- Free printable pattern – Instructions for how to download 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 fusible interfacing for all the pieces, I like to trace the pattern onto the interfacing first. Lay the interfacing, paper side up, over the pattern page and trace the pattern. Then bubble cut the pattern pieces out, leaving a border around each piece.
Once all of the pieces are cut from the interfacing, 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. The cat’s face is created using the felt eye and nose pieces. Peel the paper backing from the fusible web and iron the pieces in place. Stack the eye pieces starting with the white pieces and followed by the yellow and then black ones.
Use embroidery floss to stitch them using a small running stitch. For the eyes, I added my stitching to each layer before adding the next. The glitter ears can be ironed in place. No need to stitch them.
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 or backstitch. 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: Create the handle. The handle of the bag is also the sides and bottom of the cat bag. It is made by creating two handle pieces that measure 3″ x 16.5″ that are each three layers of black felt thick. If using felt yardage you can cut six pieces of black felt that measure 3″ x 16.5″ and layer them with fusible interfacing to create two handles.
If you are using smaller pieces of felt as I did, that measure 9″ x 12″, you will need to piece together the felt to create the two handle pieces 3″ x 16.5″ and three layers thick. Tip: When piecing together the felt and layering it, stagger where the felt seams are on each handle so there aren’t weak points.
Once you have the two handle pieces created, stitch them together creating a large loop using a zigzag stitch. I butted the two pieces up right next to each other and zig-zagged stitched them together by hand using white embroidery floss.
Next, sew the handle to the cat face pieces. Start with the front cat face 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.
I love how this little treat bag turned out and I am excited for my daughter to use it!
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