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Pillowcase Trick-or-Treat Bags




For the serious Halloween reveler, the trick-or-treat bag isn't merely a vessel for the evening's spoils; it must also be a spooky accessory to his or her costume. To create a bag equal to the task, all you'll need is an old pillowcase, a bit of rope, and some iron-on patches. Choose from our assortment of ghostly faces, or you can create your own gruesome expression.


  • Pillowcase trick-or-treat templates
  • White pencil
  • Scissors
  • 2 black 5-by-5-inch iron-on patches, such as Dritz patches
  • White or light-color pillowcase
  • Press cloth
  • 1 1/2 yards heavy rope or string
  • Safety pin


  1. Step 1

    To make the eyes and mouth, print out our templates, and cut them out. Lay each template on the back of an iron-on patch and trace it with a white pencil. (You can also draw the eyes and mouth yourself). Using scissors, cut them out.

  2. Step 2

    Lay the pillowcase flat. Place the eyes and the mouth, fusible side down, about 12 inches from the pillowcase's opening. Lay a press cloth over the eyes and mouth, and press with a dry iron set on medium.

  3. Step 3

    To make a drawstring, cut 2 oval-shape re-enforcement holes about 1 1/2 inches long and 1 inch wide from the remaining iron-on material. Iron them onto the inside of the pillowcase hem, on either side of the seam. Using a small pair of scissors, cut vertical openings about 1/2 inch long at the center of each oval. Cut a piece of rope, such as clothesline, to approximately 54 inches. Attach a safety pin to one end of the rope, and pass it through the pillowcase. Remove the pin and knot the ends together. If you have a small child, shorten the pillowcase by cutting the bottom and sewing it closed.

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Reviews (1)

  • CraftyVala 23 Jul, 2009

    I've made these bags before and they are fun and easy! The kids and I took one of the pillow cases and dyed it orange so one could have a ghost and one could have a pumpkin.