Trick or Treat bag

A plain white cloth bag becomes a special Trick or Treat bag using your imagination, Freezer Paper, and fabric paint.  I used a free jpg traced in MTC for one side of the bag and created a haunted house design in KNK Studio for the opposite side.  I then cut my designs out of Freezer Paper.  I ironed the bag perfectly smooth, then ironed on the cut Freezer Paper.  I placed some scrap paper in the bag in case the fabric paint bled all the way through.  As a side effect, it made it much easier to show the cut design through the white paper on white cloth.  I had to add a row of painters tape at the bottom to cover the remainder of the bag in case of overspray.


Next I applied the airbrush style fabric paint.


Then, I simply peeled off the freezer paper – no need to wait for it to dry.


And Voila!  A neat and clean graphic.


For the opposite side, there were all these little pieces, so I transfered the entire design to the bag, ironed it on, and then pulled off only the house – leaving the each of the windows in exactly the right spot.  This design had a great deal more area to be covered with color.  My daughter was helping me and, yes, got a little overzealous with the paint. On this design I had to wait for the paint to dry or it would have dripped all over the place.


My daughter got the pleasure of pulling off the Freezer Paper.


Finally, the finishing touches – adding a little color to the picture.  I used a piece of scrap vinyl cut in a simple circle to create the ‘moon’.  As you can see, the places where she really doused the fabric with paint actually bled under the freezer paper.  However, my daughter thought it looked like shadows and ‘creepies’ in the windows.  If you try this method I recommend the freezer paper doesn’t have any ‘pooling’ of fabric paint.  🙂


For the final step, we painted the windows and the moon with Glow-in-the-Dark Modge Podge.  I cannot capture a good picture to share with you, but the Modge Podge definitely glows!  My daughter has claimed the bag as her own, and says she is going to go Trick or Treating just to use it (she’s 16).

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About Cuttin' with KNK (Michele)

I am the proud mother of 2 grown children, waiting for grandchildren some day. I've been married to my best friend since 1988. I have been crafting since I was a girl - I can't even remember a time when I wasn't creating something, and I've tried nearly everything. I discovered KNK in 2009 and have loved the company and its products ever since. The machines are so versatile and enhance my own creativity. It is rare that I make something without my KNKs.

39 thoughts on “Trick or Treat bag

  1. What an awesome project! You now have my mind spinning with ideas for personalized bags for my grands. Thanks for sharing!

    • And as long as you don’t apply too much paint, the way the freezer paper adheres to your fabric makes the outer border or line very precise! And yet it releases from the fabric with ease.

  2. I LOVE IT!!! So when you cut the freezer paper is it like cutting vinyl and you just don’t weed it (like to the house? I assume you need to use a mat and then transfer tape if you don’t weed itl? Same type of pressure and speed. Any old freezer paper? I have to try this one 🙂 and then add some bling! LOL
    Thanks for sharing! love hugs and prayers

    • I actually adjusted my pressure slightly so the corners didn’t cut all the way. The second time I cut it, it was perfect. When I pulled the freezer paper from the (not too tacky) mat, all but 4 windows stayed with the house and I simply transferred those by hand. I also worked on rhinestone patterns to go with the Trick or Treat side but ran out of time trying to perfect one. I would have loved to bling it and may still do that!

  3. Very Clever and a great application for our cutters!!! Another whole new world of things we can use our cutters for. Turned out super.

  4. Is there a video tut for the freezer paper ? What a great project…makes me want to go trick or treating tho I am 67 lol

  5. Love this! Great job, Michele. Something I need to try down the road. You certainly make it look easy.

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  7. I am not a Halloween person but love the bag. It is super cute and I have to agree with your daughter I love the shadowing of the yellow at the top of the night. Gives the night time ambiance that is needed that time of year. Super cute and great job. Thanks for sharing

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