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Embroidered Jeans Pockets; Free Halloween Embroidery Patterns

Learn to embroider jeans pockets with our free Halloween designs! Turn them into delightful treat bags for a unique Halloween craft.

With Halloween swiftly approaching, it’s time to delve into some DIY fun! Instead of the usual store-bought bags, how about crafting fun treat bags from embroidered jeans pockets? I’ve got some spellbinding designs to help you along the way.

Why Jeans Pockets?

Everyone has that pair of old jeans gathering dust in the wardrobe. Instead of letting them go to waste, transform them! The denim pockets offer just the right space for Halloween treats and are the perfect canvas for embroidery.

The Halloween Embroidery Patterns

Choose from these three enchanting patterns:

  1. Jack-O-Lantern: That classic Halloween grin, shining bright against the denim backdrop—Orange & black embroidery thread.
  2. Ghastly Ghost: A friendly phantom floating amidst a starry night. White & black embroidery thread.
  3. Spider & Web: A crawling critter and intricate web that’ll send shivers down your spine. White & black embroidery thread.
Halloween embroidery patterns for denim pocket treat bags

You’ll find more free Halloween embroidery patterns here.

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Crafting Your Embroidered Halloween Treat Bags


Embroidering Jeans Pockets

Step 1: Preparation, using scissors, cut out the back pockets from a pair of jeans. Then, using the seam ripper, open up the pocket to stitch through the front without going through to the back.

Should you wish to embroider pockets on jeans you’re still sporting, use a seam ripper to delicately detach the front of the pocket by removing the stitches.

Cutting out the jeans pocket for embroidery
Unpicking the pocket back

Step 2: Trace your chosen Halloween embroidery pattern onto the water-soluble embroidery paper. Position the paper onto the pocket and secure it (using pins and an embroidery hoop).

Water-soluble embroidery paper is perfect for projects on darker fabrics like denim. Its high-contrast visibility ensures the patterns stand out clearly on such textiles. After embroidery, a simple dampening dissolves the paper, leaving only the stitched design.

Tracing out the Halloween embroidery design.

Step 3: Pin the embroidery design onto the front of the pocket and then secure it with an embroidery hoop.

You can use sticky embroidery paper instead of pins to secure the design, but I wouldn’t say I like to use these as they can leave a residue.

Halloween web embroidery pockets

Step 4: Start the embroidery.

  • Jack-O-Lantern – First embroider outline in black with a simple split stitch (see here). Then, fill in the eyes and mouth with a satin stitch in black. The pumpkin was then finished with orange thread and a satin stitch.
  • Ghost – Outline in black split stitch, face with satin stitch and then fill with white long and short stitches.
  • Web & Spider: Use a split stitch in white for the web. Use a combination of split and satin stitches in black for the spider.
Embroidering a jeans pocket for a cute Halloween treat bag
pumpkin stitched pocket

Step 5: Dissolve the Paper: Once you’ve embroidered the entire design, dampen the water-soluble paper, and it’ll dissolve away, revealing your flawless design on the denim.

Dissolving the embroidered paper

Making the Hanging Halloween Treat Pockets

Step 6: Restitch (or glue) the front of the pocket to the back. Then, add a hanging loop to the top of the pocket. I used the jeans hems for this, just like I did with my painted denim pockets.

Adding a denim seam hanging loop to jeans embroidered Halloween pockets
three embroidered jeans pockets for Halloween

Step 7: Celebrate: Fill your crafted bags with goodies, candies, or small toys, and revel in the festive Halloween spirit.

Embroidered jeans pockets halloween

These Halloween embroidered jeans pockets are great mini treat bags and can be hung as part of your Halloween decorations.

Hanging upcycled denim Halloween pockets

Other Denim Pocket and Halloween Ideas

If you love repurposing jeans, check out my other upcycled denim projects. You’ll find some handy ideas of what you can make from the rest of the jeans.

For more denim embroidery ideas, check out these Sashiko denim bookmarks.

I have upcycled jeans pockets for other holidays, such as these Christmas applique and denim Christmas decorations. You’ll find more denim treat bags in my collection of Valentine’s denim ideas with my popular applique heart pockets. I also have a group of embroidered denim pockets in my craft room.

If you want to make Christmas versions of these pockets, check out these free Christmas embroidery patterns.

The blog also has a great collection of upcycled Halloween decorations, including stylish embroidered skulls and stitched paper treat bags.

Yield: Three different embroidered Halloween denim treat pockets

Embroidered Halloween Jean Pocket Bags

Hanging Halloween embroidered denim treat bags 3 designs

Revamp your old jeans into Halloween magic. Our step-by-step guide shows you how to embroider and create the perfect hanging treat pockets.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $2


  • Old jeans with back pockets intact
  • Embroidery threads in white, orange and black shades
  • Water-soluble embroidery paper


  • Embroidery needle
  • Small scissors and seam ripper
  • Embroidery hoop (optional but helpful)


  1. Cut the pocket off the back of an old pair of jeans. Then, carefully open the pocket using a seam ripper down one side. This is so you can embroider the front of the pocket without going through to the back.Unpicking the pocket back
  2. Print out the free Halloween embroidery designs; there are three to choose from. Place the water-soluble paper over the design and trace the outline with a pen.
  3. Pin the paper pattern to the front of the pocket and put the pocket in an embroidery hoop.
  4. Embroider the pattern using black thread with a split stitch for the outline. Then, fill in with colour using either a satin stitch for small areas or a long and short stitch for larger ones.Pumpkin pocket embroidery
  5. Place the denim pocket in water to dissolve the paper when the embroidery is finished.
  6. Sew or glue up the back of the pocket where you had used the seam ripper in step 1.
  7. Cut the hem off the jeans and use this to make a hanging strap for the embroidered jeans pockets. Sew the strap in place.
  8. Fill your denim Halloween pockets with treats and toys!
Halloween embroidered denim treat bags


Saturday 30th of September 2023

Brilliant as always, thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 2nd of October 2023

Thank you so much.

Donna via Funky Junk

Saturday 30th of September 2023

Your embroidered denim pockets all decked out for Halloween are positively precious! You always think of the coolest denim ideas and this one's extra special with all that custom embroidery!

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 30th of September 2023

Thank you, they were a fun little denim upcycle.

Natasha Mairs

Tuesday 19th of September 2023

These are so fab!! I can't decide which one I like the most

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

Thank you, I think I like the cheeky Jack-o-lantern the best!

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