Burlap and Polka Dot Halloween Treat Bags

Fall is in the air, which means Halloween is right around the corner!  I’m not one to do much decorating or celebrating for Halloween, but there are some projects within reach {giggle}.  Today I’m sharing one of those projects.  These burlap Halloween treat bags are perfect for treat giving or festive gift giving.  I absolutely adore them!

Burlap-Halloween-Treat-Bags-Crafts-UnleashedSupplies needed to make your own burlap Halloween treat bags:

Step 1: Cut your burlap to the appropriate size. I cut mine into sheets of 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″.

Step 2:  Start by sewing the top edges of the burlap bag.  Now, I have to confess, I’m not a serious sewer.  I like to wing it and it seems to work for me…  hope that’s okay {hee-hee}.  If you like to be a little more formalized, feel free to pin and iron your hem.  My hem was about 1/4″.

Step 3:  Sew both sides and  the bottom of the bag.  Be sure that you are sewing the bag inside out and I encourage you to sew your stitch twice for a little extra support on the hem.  Burlap can be a little tricky and frays easily. (I speak from experience.)

Step 4: Once all the bags are stitched, you’ll want to turn the bags right side out and iron them flat.  As you can see, it’s a little puffy {hee-hee}.

Burlap Treat Bag StepsSooo, we go from a scrappy piece of burlap to a fabulous burlap treat bag!  Love!

before and after of burlap to fabulous halloween treat bagNow, we’re going to embellish with some festive black polka dots.  Let’s grab our black acrylic paint and dabbers. Oh!  Wait.. before your start painting, be sure to place paper/cardstock/cardboard between the two sides to ensure it doesn’t bleed through.  You’ll want to paint each side individually, allowing each side to dry before moving on to the other.

painting on the dotsNow all that’s left to do is fill your Halloween treat bags with treats of choice and tie off the bag with your orange ribbon.  If you are adding edible and/or unwrapped treats to your bags, make sure to put them in a reclosable plastic bag then place inside the burlap bag.  I thought the orange fit the bill perfectly for these festive Halloween treat bags.  All kinds of fabulous!

Burlap-Halloween-Treat-Bags-Crafts-Unleashed-2I’m excited to fill these cute Halloween treat bags with one of my favorite seasonal treats — candy corn and peanuts mixed together, it tastes a bit like a PayDay candy bar!  Nom nom nom.  Happy crafting, sweet friends!

About Kelly

Kelly is the crafter, cook and writer behind the creative lifestyle blog, livelaughrowe.com. There you will find that she blogs about DIY projects, crafts, recipes, and life’s moments. She has a love for vintage finds, the color turquoise and has a mild addiction to coffee. Kelly lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband and their two furry friends, Parker and Buster. Grab a cup of joe and stop by to say hello!


  1. Olivia says

    Hi Kelly, I am so happy to come across your site:) Ive always wanted to make lil treat bags but im a bit sewing machine challenged:( I have a small entry level machine but struggle. So how about hand sewing these lil bags?? what do you think about that? Im looking to make them for my 5 yr. olds classroom..yikes!


    • says

      Hi Oly! I think hand sewing is doable, just be sure you double stitch due to the fraying of burlap. It will take a little longer, but is a perfect option if you’re a bit sewing machine challenged {wink}. I’m sure your 5 yr. olds friends will LOVE them. Hugs!

  2. JaneEllen says

    Don’t know what I’ll do with them but need to make some of these adorable bags. So cute and so handy. We don’t get trick or treaters but they’d be really cute for little gift bags. Put little stuff in at Christmas or B/d’s. Now that I’ve finally figured out how to sew burlap on my machine I can go crazy, can hardly wait. After I get thru making Fall stuff that is. Sure glad you shared this great project. Happy week

    • says

      Hi Carrie! Thanks so much for loving on my bags :) You’ve presented a very good question. I’ve never used fusible tape with burlap, but it’s worth a try… I would love to know how it works. You could hand sew the hems too. It might be a little more time consuming, but it’s an option. All the best, Kelly

    • says

      Hello sweet friend! What a flattering compliment… the cutest treat bags you’ve ever seen? Seriously, I blushed. Thanks so much for loving on my project. Hugs.


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