October 8, 2012

Felt Trick or Treat Bags - Harry Potter Edition!

I am in love with making these trick-or treat bags!
I started a few years back, and have been making them every year to match my children's costumes! They are quick, easy, fun to embellish, and add so much to the theme of the Halloween costume :)

This year, my kids have decided to be Harry Potter Characters.
We have a Hermione and a Hedwig - so I made trick-or-treat bags along those themes. 

For Hermione, I made a bag to look like 2 of her favorite books. 
Above, one side is Hogwarts: A History.
Below, one side is The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

I made the images using a freezer paper stencil that I had cut out with my Silhouette.  I painted onto the felt with regular acrylic paint. 

I stitched lines along 1 edge and the bottom, to look like book pages...(see below)

And I used a freezer paper stencil to make the spines of the books for the 3rd edge.   The embellishing is fun and different for every bag, but they are all sewn together the same way - so it is nice and easy. 

The other costume is Hedwig, the owl.  I decided to make the bag look like the envelope that Harry gets at the very beginning, inviting him to Hogwarts.  In this case, I did change the shape of the bag slightly, to make it a rectangle instead of a square. 

I found an image of the wording online, printed it out, and placed it behind the felt so that I could trace over the letters with an ultra fine point green sharpie.  I think it turned out great!

I sewed on little owl talons out of felt, to look like Hedwig holding the envelope. 

The back side has a simplified Hogwarts crest and wax seal - made out of felt and sewn down. 

Because these bags are made out of felt - and we usually go trick or treating a few times (you know, trunk or treat at church, town trick or treating the week before, and Halloween night!) - they are perfect for 1 year use.  They are not expensive or time consuming to make, so it is worth making new ones each year.  And the girls feel so special!!

Seriously, try it!  You will love how they turn out.  And as always, let me know if you have any questions when making your own...I'm happy to help :)

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  1. These are awesome! Now I have another reason to get a Silhouette! Maybe I will ask Santa for one for Christmas. I think I have been good enough for one this year. =)

  2. What awesome bags!!! I'm sure you could even use them as Birthday gift bags all year round!

  3. These are adorable! Do you still have the stencil for Hogwarts? I checked the Silhouette store, but they don't have any more Harry Potter files. I would love to make a shirt with it before I take my daughter to Wizarding World next week.

    1. Courtney,
      I created my own stencil in the Silhouette software. I'm happy to email it to you, if you want to send me your email address. Thanks!

    2. Oh my goodness! Thank you SO much! Ahhh! This totally just made my day. :) My email is
      courtney at

  4. I know this is 2 years later, but can you still email the file out? I would love it. My email is Thanks!

    1. Hi There. Tried to email at the address you gave me, and it came back as un-deliverable. Can you check and make sure you gave me the correct email?