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‘Trick or Treat’ Blood Bucket by Debbie Shore

Halloween is all about trick or treating. What better way to prepare your little ghoul or goblin for a hard night’s doorbell-ringing than with this fantastic homemade treat bucket? It looks fantastic once completed… and even better when it’s full of sweets!

  • Sewing
  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner

You Will Need:

  • 20” x 6” Bosal Foam Stabiliser
  • 2 x 9” Red Felt Squares
  • 6” Black Felt Square
  • Black Embroidery Thread
  • Wet Fabric Glue


  1. Cut a length of Bosal Foam Stabiliser measuring 15” x 5”. Next, take the two red felt squares and cut a wavy line through the centre of each, as shown in the picture, to resemble drips. Cutting out a few teardrop-shaped pieces to add can look great, too! For added accuracy, you can draw this first with an erasable ink pen if you wish. Once cut out, glue these strips and drips to the top of the Bosal Foam strip.

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  3. Take your embellished strip of Bosal Foam and glue the short ends together to make a tube. Once the glue is dry, stitch this seam with black embroidery thread; using uneven stitches will give it a fantastic ‘Frankenstein’ look!

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  5. Now to create a base. Cut a 5” circle of Bosal foam and hand-sew this to the bottom of the tube (the end without red foam) with embroidery thread, in the same primitive way.

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  7. To add a handle, cut a length of Bosal foam measuring 10” x 1”. Hand-sew each end of this to either side of the bucket rim with a cross stitch. To make the spider, cut out a piece of black felt in a ‘snowman’ shape (two overlapping circles) measuring about 3” long. Hand-sew around the edge of the larger circle with a running stitch, and pull this to gather the edges slightly.

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  9. Glue this to one side of the bucket using your fabric glue, then sew four legs to each side, leaving the embroidery thread raised slightly for a 3D effect. Now, you’re officially ready for Halloween… get on your costume and start trick-or-treating!

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