Today I’m showing you how to make these adorable Halloween Treat Bags inspired by vintage Halloween graphics and cards, This All Hallows Eve you can fill the bags with treats for all the ghosts and goblins in your life.
Vintage-Inspired Halloween Treat Bags:
The holidays seem to bring out the crafter in me. To start things off, I made a couple of wreaths out of finds from my yard. Then I (re)created a fun chalkboard drawing for my family room. Next, I crafted a Jack-O’-Lantern garland. (Jack-O’-Lantern Garland coming soon!) My latest project: Vintage-Inspired Halloween Treat Bags.
The idea for these Halloween treat bags came about during a recent antiquing adventure. In one of the shops, I saw vintage paper treat bags with a cute Halloween graphic on them. They reminded me of the DIY Christmas Cookie Bags I made a couple of years ago. That’s when I decided to put the two ideas together to create these Halloween Treat Bags!
For the graphics, I wanted something vintage. As usual, I found amazing vintage art at The Graphics Fairy. She has the best selection of vintage clip art, graphics, and illustrations.
Remember this past Christmas when I used a bunch of vintage graphics to craft printable holiday gift tags? It was so much fun collecting and sourcing the graphics for those. They filled me with nostalgia and the magic of Christmas traditions.
However, my love for these Halloween graphics is different. While they are cute and have an old-timey feel, they are also quirky and maybe a bit creepy, which is perfect for Halloween.
Here’s a look at the eight I chose:
Aren’t they fun?
Anywho, that’s enough about how and why I wanted to create these Halloween Treat Bags. Let me walk you through the quick and easy steps for putting them together!
How to Make Vintage-Inspired Halloween Treat Bags:
For this project you will need:
*If you use a different type or brand of fabric transfer sheets, please follow the directions on the package.
**There are a variety of bags that you can buy. You will find the ones I used HERE. They are constructed from a thicker material, so they’re a bit more expensive. For a more affordable option, I recommend THESE.
Begin by downloading the printable file:
Vintage-Inspired Halloween Treat Bags Download:
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With your PDF download successfully saved to your computer, load the printable fabric transfer sheets into your printer.
Adjust the printer settings to the highest quaintly and then print.
(You’ll notice that the printable looks backward or mirrored. This is okay. Since you’ll be ironing these transfers with the printed side down, you want the image of the graphic mirrored so it will read correctly when the paper backing is removed.)
Once printed, cut out each graphic as neatly as possible.
Next, make sure your iron is empty of water. Turn off the steam and then set the iron on high heat (cotton setting).
Iron the bag to remove any wrinkles. Then place the graphic on the bag so that the printed side of the graphic faces down. I positioned the graphic a bit closer to the bottom of the bag rather than in the center of it to allow for the gathering at the top when the bag is cinched shut.
Using the iron, apply heat to the transfer for 45-60 seconds. Apply medium pressure and be sure to move the iron around to avoid scorching the bag.
Repeat this heat transfer process with all of the bags and graphics. Let each bag sit until it’s cool (2-3 minutes) before gently peeling off the paper backing.
The Halloween Treat Bags are now complete and ready to be filled with candy or treats!
I am majorly pleased with how these turned out! They are even better than I envisioned.
I do love these particular cotton bags. As I mentioned above, they are a tad more expensive, but in my book, they are worth it. Of course, if you are making a lot of treat bags, a more affordable option may be preferable.
I filled my Halloween Treat Bags with candy, but you might tuck in other treats: gift cards, money, lottery tickets, small bottles of liquor (for adults), or even baked goods. And if you go with the sturdy bag, you could probably reuse it for seasonal storage or as a change purse.
There are plenty of options for gifts or personal use.
Looking for more Halloween DIY Projects? Try these:
- Printable Halloween Recipe Cards
- Halloween Flower Arrangement
- Spider Cheeseballs
- Halloween Treat Buckets and Luminaries
- Chocolate Skull Cake
I hope you enjoyed this project. Did it stir up a little seasonal creativity in you?
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