Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bag

Even though it’s only the middle of September, I have been itching to start Halloween projects. When I came across this Aztec pumpkin design a couple years ago, I wasn’t sure how I wanted to use it. I really like this design because it a more grown up version of a Halloween pumpkin.

After a little bit of creative exploration, I decided to use the design for a trick-or-treat bag. As my two younger sisters are getting older, I figured they should have a trick-or-treat bag that wasn’t for “little kids.” Having a pumpkin on a trick-or-treat bags makes it reusable from year to year, instead of having to change the bag with every costume. Even better, this bag was super simple to whip up!


  1. Find an Aztec pumpkin design that you like. I couldn’t find the exact one that I downloaded from a couple years ago, but there are a few similar styles here, here and here.silhouette-studio-display
  2. Design your monogram. I would suggest going with a simple monogram since the aztec pattern is very busy. I used the Monogram It! app. After I designed my monogram, I saved the picture and emailed it to myself. From there, drag the picture into Silhouette Studio and trace the monogram. Open the Trace tab and click “select trace area.” Highlight the area you want to trace and adjust the high pass filter until the entire design is completely highlighted. Click the trace button under the “apply trace method.”
  3. ALWAYS remember to mirror your design before you cut it. This will ensure that the design is correct when you flip and iron it onto your bag.silhouette-studio-mirror-display
  4. Face the shiney side of your HTV (heat transfer vinyl) down onto your cutting mat and load it into the Silhouette machine. I had my blade set on 4, but remember to do a test cut before cutting your final design. Depending on how old your blade is, you might have to adjust it.
  5. Weed your pumpkin. I found it helpful to look at the picture on my computer screen, since it is such an intricate design to weed. I actually just read a tip on the Silhouette Cameo Creations Facebook page to help with HTV weeding. One of the ladies suggested dusting just a tiny amount of baby powder over your cut vinyl. This will make the lines stand out better so it is easier to weed. I didn’t have baby powder at home, but this is a trick that I am definitely going to try soon!aztec-pumpkin-htv-weeding-2
  6. Heat your iron to the maximum setting. Expressions Vinyl recommends 305 degrees, but my iron doesn’t get that hot unless it is on maximum setting. While this is heating, center your design on your canvas bag.
  7. Now, this step takes some time and patience. Begin by laying a piece of parchment paper over the HTV. Iron on the design applying hard pressure for 30-45 seconds. Continue until you have pressed the whole design.aztec-pumpkin-htv-iron

I seriously am in love with this design and I’m trying to figure out what else I could make with it. Maybe a cute Halloween shirt? Let me know if you have any suggestions!



Happy {Halloween} Crafting!




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