I don’t know what it is, but I just love a reverse applique. Don’t let the term fool you though, these DIY trick or treat bags are so easy to make! You don’t even have to add the hand stitching if you don’t want to, but the cuteness is definitely worth the effort. My kids are already getting so excited to fill them with Halloween candy!
- canvas tote bag
- paper-backed fusible interfacing (Wonder Under or Heat ‘n Bond)
- embroidery floss
- free patterns: cat, bat, pumpkin
Trace your pattern onto the paper side of the interfacing.
Cut out the design. Remember that this is a reverse applique, so the inside is your scrap piece. You’ll notice that the cat pattern I’ve provided is slightly different than the one you see on my bag. That’s because I cut into the wrong part of the bag and had to improvise. Oops! Learn from my mistake!
Cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than the interfacing, and lay it face down on top of your bag. Make sure it’s covering all of the interfacing so you don’t gunk up your iron. Follow the instructions on your interfacing, and iron the fabric down.
Turn the bag right-side-out. Do a running stitch around the outside of the design with a full strand of embroidery floss. Like I said, this isn’t 100% necessary, but I recommend using a strong interfacing if you aren’t going to sew it. (Heat ‘n Bond Ultrahold or Pellon 725 should do the trick)