Trick or Treat Tote | Purl Soho

Halloween tastes are ephemeral. One year your kid might insist on dressing up as a pink princess, while the next year nothing but a ghoulish ghost will do. It’s all part of the fun!  But while costumes change from year to year, one thing abides… candy!

To celebrate this most timeless aspect of Halloween we sewed up this sturdy little Trick Or Treat Tote. It’s easy to sew but so well engineered that it will serve its purpose year after year. Plus, with Orange Reflective Ribbon as the handle, your little goblin will be safer in the dark!

Small and simple, this project would be a great first bag. It’s so quick and satisfying that you may find yourself making them for all the little witches, warlocks, princesses, and ghosts you know! –Molly

ps- The beautiful candies in the photo above are from our favorite Swedish candy shop in New York, Sockerbit!


Trick or Treat Tote | Purl Soho

  • A fat quarter of Big Duck’s 15-ounce cotton Canvas
  • 1 yard Orange Reflective Stripe Ribbon
  • 1/2 yard Neon Bias Tape in Orange
  • 1 spool of 100% Cotton Thread in color 1040
  • 1 spool of Neon Thread in Orange


Finished Size: 7-inches tall, 7-inches wide, and 4-inches deep.



Cut the Canvas into two rectangles 13 inches wide by 11 1/2 inches tall. Assign a right and wrong side to the fabric.

Cut a 29-inch length from the Reflective Stripe Ribbon

Cut two 5 ½-inch lengths from the Bias Tape. Put the Bias Tape aside for now.


Press one long edge of a Canvas rectangle ¼-inch twice towards the wrong side and edge stitch down the fold. Repeat for the second Canvas rectangle. These hemmed edges are the top sides of the rectangles.

Trick or Treat Tote | Purl Soho

Starting at the bottom edge of the right side of one of the Canvas rectangles, pin the 29-inch length of Reflective Stripe Ribbon up the center of the piece. Then, with the top hemmed edges of the rectangles facing one another (as shown above), pin the opposite end of the Reflective Ribbon to the other rectangle in the same manner.

Using the Neon Thread, edge stitch the Ribbon to the Canvas. Make sure to stitch it to the top and bottom of the bag as well.

Trick or Treat Tote | Purl Soho

Pin the two rectangles wrong sides together along their raw sides and bottom (do not pin the top closed). Using the Cotton Thread, sew the two rectangles together along the pinned sides with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Trick or Treat Tote | Purl Soho

Turn the bag wrong sides out and pin the two sides together along the left, bottom, and right sides, as shown above.

Sew these pinned sides together with a 3/8-inch seam allowance. This will encase the raw edges and create a French Seam.

Trick or Treat Tote | Purl Soho

To create the boxed bottom of the bag, pull apart the sides at one of the bottom corners so that the side seam is directly on top of the bottom seam and the corner forms a sharp point. Orient the seam allowances so that they are facing opposite directions and laying flat.

Mark a line perpendicular to the side seam at the point where the corner is 4 inches across, as shown above.

Sew along this marked line and then trim off the excess fabric, ¼ inch above the sew line 

Repeat for the second corner.

Trick or Treat Tote | Purl Soho

Trim off the corners on the 5 ½-inch lengths of Bias Tape. Place it over one of the raw boxed bottom seams and fold the raw ends of the Bias Tape ½ inch over towards the wrong side. Then fold the Bias Tape over to encase the raw boxed bottom seam.

Trick or Treat Tote | Purl Soho

Pin the Bias Tape over the raw boxed bottom seam.

Trick or Treat Tote | Purl Soho

Using the Neon Thread, edge stitch the Bias Tape into place.

Repeat with the second length of Bias Tape for the opposite boxed bottom seam

Turn your Trick or Treat Tote right sides out and you’re all done!

Trick or Treat Tote | Purl Soho