Candy Collector is a sweet bag designed by Mary Hertel. Finishing at 11 ½” x 11 ½”, this tote bag is perfect for the kids to use when trick or treating. Constructed with one foundation block and some basic sewing, this bag can be made in a day. One of the great features of Candy Collector is that the candy corn block can easily be swapped out with any other block you feel like creating, making Mary’s pattern usable for any occasion!
Mary’s treat bag can easily be adapted for any holiday or occasion by adding a different block to the front of the bag. I made this sweet Christmas bag by putting a Christmas tree on it – I used Mary’s candy corn pattern and simply changed the color scheme. For some extra fun, I embellished the tree with beads and a star.
Anissa Arnold, Associate Editor
From the designer:
I have fond memories of trick or treating with my children. Wearing their home-crafted costumes, they would gather mounds of candy and treats. This brings to mind my own Halloween memories. I grew up in the country on a small dairy farm and our neighbors did not live close enough for trick or treating. Instead, I would attend a movie in our school gymnasium with my siblings. Every child would receive a small paper sack with an orange, one popcorn ball and some candy corn. It was no where near the huge sack of goodies children bring home today, but I was happy with my small treat! My Candy Corn paper pieced block is super easy and was designed for a beginner. The treat sack can be assembled in an afternoon- so slick! I suggest you stitch the goofy smile on the candy corn before removing the foundation paper. Just follow the mouth outline on the pattern and stitch in reverse.
Mary Hertel, Candy Collector Designer
Bag Designed and Sewn by: Mary Hertel
Skill Level: Easy
Finished Size: 11½˝ x11½˝