Trick-or-Treat Tote

By  Claire Meldrum 

  • Trick-or-Treat Tote


  • Cotton fabrics: orange, 1/2 yd.; light orange, 1/2 yd.; black, 8”x12”
  • Batting, 18”x36”
  • Green grosgrain ribbon, 1”-wide, 1 yd.
  • Optional: Reflective safety tape, 6”


  • Orange quilting thread
  • Black sewing thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Temporary fabric spray adhesive
  • Fabric marking pen or tailor’s chalk
  • Quilter’s ruler
  • Rotary cutting tool and mat
  • Straight pins
  • Wonder Under paper-backed fusible web, 8”x12”
  • Iron and pressing board
  • Optional: Sewing machine and matching thread

Pattern - Trick-or-Treat Tote

  • 1. Using rotary cutter and quilter's ruler, cut both orange fabrics and batting into 14-1/2"x31" rectangles. Set light orange rectangle aside.
  • 2. Spray batting with temporary spray adhesive and smooth dark orange fabric on top.
  • 3. With fabric marking pen, draw vertical lines (with random spacing from 1/2" to 2" apart) down fabric to simulate lines on a pumpkin. Using a straight stitch (L 2.5-3.0) and with the orange thread in the bobbin and upper, quilt the vertical lines.
  • 4. Print and cut out pattern. Trace pumpkin face onto paper-backed fusible web. Follow manufacturer's instructions to fuse tracing onto wrong side of black fabric with dry iron.
  • 5. Cut eyes, nose and mouth from black fabric.
  • 6. Make a mark on quilted bag fabric 6-3/4" down from top edge and 7-1/2" in from left edge using fabric marking pen. This is the center of the face.
  • 7. Position pumpkin face on quilted fabric, referring to the photo for placement and centering face over the mark. Follow manufacturer's instructions to fuse pieces in place.
  • 8. With black thread in the upper, appliqué pieces onto fabric using a narrow zigzag stitch (L 0.5, W 2-3). Stitch around each piece slowly, pivoting carefully at the inside and outside corners.
  • 9. Pin reflective tape on right half of quilted fabric, if using. Stitch around tape to secure.
  • 10. With right sides facing, fold quilted fabric in half and pin along side and bottom edges. With orange thread in the bobbin and upper, stitch using a 1/2" seam allowance. Trim corners and press open seam allowances.
  • 11. With bag still inside out, align side and bottom seams at one corner so they form a triangle. Using the quilting ruler, draw a horizontal line exactly 2-1/2" from bottom corner. The horizontal line will be 4" wide and when sewn will form the box corner. Stitch across this line. Trim seam allowance and press. Repeat for opposite corner.
  • 12. Cut grosgrain ribbon in half. With raw edges aligned at upper edge, center one handle on each side of bag, with each end 3" from edge. Pin in place and then stitch handles in place inside seam allowance.
  • 13. Fold light orange rectangle in half, right sides facing. Pin. Stitch around outside of fabric, leaving a 5" gap on long side for turning. Press seam allowances to one side.
  • 14. Form box corners for the lining as in step 11.
  • 15. Insert quilted bag inside lining, with right sides facing. Stitch around the top of the bag through all layers. Trim and press.
  • 16. Turn bag right side out. Slip stitch opening closed.