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Trick or Treat!

Its Halloween time!  And who doesn’t like free candy?!? Especially all the cute mini humans.  So what better craft for this month than making trick or treat bags? Even if you don’t have your own little ones like myself, they make cute shopping bags for October.

I have to admit this has been my favorite project thus far! These bags just turned out so darn cute I can hardly stand it!!! The best thing about them (besides being this freakin cute) is they are so quick and easy. Now when I say “quick” for crochet, that means you can get it done in a day.

Supplies

  • 1 skein of orange yarn (I used Red Heart with Love – Tigerlily)
  • 1 skein of black yarn for the handles
  • Felt – 1 sheet of black , 1 sheet of yellow, 1 sheet of white
  • Crochet hook (I used a 5.5mm hook)
  • Embroidery Thread (I used the thicker Pearl Cotten kind like this)
  • Needle for sewing
  • Straight Pins

Pattern for “Trick or Treat” bag

This pattern is worked in the round and uses the Half Double Crochet Stitch and assumes you as the maker know general crochet terms. Hook size used it 5.5mm and finished bag is 15″ x 10″.

Abbreviations

  • CH-Chain
  • HDC-Half Double Crochet
  • ST-Stitch
  • RD-Round

Pattern

RD 1: CH 46, working in the back of chain only (see photos below), place HDC in second “bump” from the hook, and repeat until the end of the row – [45 stitches]

To work in the back bumps, simply turn your chain over and look for the “bump” on the back , place your hook under the 2nd bump from the hook and crochet as normal.

                                              Front                                                   Back

When you reach the last ST (ST 45) place two more ST in the same ST for a total of 3 HDC’s in the last ST – [47 stitches]

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Instead of turning our work keep working your round by crocheting on the opposite side, placing HDCs in each ST along the row – [92 stitches]

When you reach the last ST place an additional HDC for a total of two ST in the last ST – [93 stitches]

This should give you about 15″ in width.

RD 2-end – Continue placing a HDC in each ST around until your bag reaches 10″ in height. Once height is reached end your row on the side, making sure both sides of your bag are even, and weave in end.

At this point choose which side of the bag you like better, the inside or the current front side.  The look is slightly varied and can simply be turned inside out!

Handles

Make two – start chain with about a foot of tale for sewing

Row 1 – CH 6, working in back bumps, place HDC in 2nd bump from the hook and across, CH 1, turn [5 stitches]

Row 2-end – HDC in first ST and across row [5 stitches]

Continue until your handle is 12″ in length, leaving 12″ of tail after ending row for sewing.

Attaching Handles

Count 11 stitches from each end of the bag and place a stitch marker as shown below.

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Then from each stitch marker count 5 stitches inward and place another stitch marker.  There should be 11 stitches between each end of the handle.

Sew in ends of the handle being sure not to twist the handles during placement.

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Sew across the bottom of the handle and top of bag about 2-3 times until secure then weave in the tail and repeat for other end and other side of the bag.

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Felt Embellishments

Next cut out your felt letters and candy corn pieces and pin them to your bag, being careful not to pin both sides of your bag together (I may or may not have learned this the hard way…).

Then begin sewing on your letters! This is where all the cuteness happens right before your eyes!

Now theres only one step left… and it’s by far the best step. PUT IN CANDY!

I hope you enjoy making this bag as much as Jen and I did. Even my neighbor’s cat Lily was in love!

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Lily photobombs

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