How to Sew an Owl Bag - Halloween Edition

Stacy Davis
by Stacy Davis
6 Materials
30 Minutes

Many years ago, I began sewing these owl bags. I even modified them slightly to make panda and polar bear versions. I knew I wanted to share on how to make the owl bags and then I came across some cute Halloween fabric in my stash and that is how this particular owl bag came to be. Now, I’m not a pattern maker so I am going to try my best to get the pattern to you. I honestly start with a rectangle and just very slightly alter the rectangle and boom… owl bag.

First you will print out the pattern. It will be three pages. I decided to skip the left wing page. You can just flip the right wing over to make a second. Save a tree, right?

Here are the links to each part of the pattern:

Pattern 1

Pattern 2

Pattern 3

Tape bag 1 and 2 together as shown.

I use a Sizzix to cut my circles so I don’t cut those pieces out.

It should look like this at this point.

I pin and cut out the right wing.

Flip it over pin and cut out the left wing.

Fold your main bag fabric in half and place pattern on the fold. Cut two of these. One is the front of the bag and one is the back.

I cut some fleece or felt for hair 12 inches by 2 inches.

Cut fringe like so…

I use nylon webbing for the strap. 55 inches long and I seal the ends with my candle lighter. I’m tall with a long body so my strap might be longer than someone else.

I usually fold my in half to get the placement of the eyes and beak. Pin all pieces in place and then sew.

I’m not going to lie I suck at sewing circles so a black sharpie can help.

This whole eye thing bugged me so much and then I remembered that I used to hand sew the eyes on. So, if you hate sewing tiny circles either glue them or hand sew them on.

After the sharpie.

Once the face pieces are on, fold the top of the back piece down two times. Pin and sew.

Place right sides together and sew around edge leaving the top open.

Pin the straps in place and sew.

And that’s how you make a quick and easy owl bag.

I love them.

Here’s a whole bunch that I’ve made over the years.

I think it would make a great trick or treat bag. Just shorten the strap accordingly for the size of the person.

A very sped up video of my process.

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric   (I had it)
  • Sewing machine   (I had it)
  • Scissors   (I had it)
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