Part of the fun in raising Zoey is making things that delight her; I want to create fun, educational crafts for her that are made with love and will be loved! This week we’ll be creating pom pom paintings of bat silhouettes for halloween!
I remember when I was a kid we made halloween crafts at school and my mom would bring them out every year as part of our halloween decor. It made me feel super happy and proud that she would take the time to save and display my art every year and that is the feeling I want to inspire in my own daughter.
I want to begin creating well-made decorations that mean something to us and will last. What better way to start than by something that will go great with Halloween and Thanksgiving, pumpkins! I’ve created a pattern for fabric pumpkins and you’re welcome to use it to create your own! This will work to create either felt or regular fabric pumpkins, I’m excited to create a few different colors and sizes!
Print out the pumpkin patterns I’ve provided, then cut the patterns from the paper.
Pin the patterns on the appropriate colored felt, then use sewing scissors to cut the felt.
Thread orange embroidery floss onto your sewing needle.
Align two of the pumpkin pieces and whip stitch along one side, from one point to the next, concealing the first and ending knot underneath so that the stitching will be exposed.
Repeat step 3 to continue adding pieces of the pumpkin.
Once you’ve stitched the last piece on, join the two ends together with a whip stitch to complete the pumpkin body.
Stuff the pumpkin, then place the circles on the top and bottom of the pumpkin and secure them with sewing pins.
Using a whip stitch, attach the circles to the pumpkin, concealing the first and ending knots underneath. Then remove the sewing pins.
Thread green embroidery floss on your sewing needle and stitch the veins onto one side of each leaf.
Once done with the veins, align the two halves of each leaf (concealing the stitching in between) and whipstitch around the edges of the leaves to make them whole.
Thread brown embroidery floss onto your sewing needle and whipstitch around the outside edges of the stem, leaving the bottom of the stem open. At this point you can leave the stem as it is or turn it around to conceal the stitching.
Stuff the stem, then place it on top of the pumpkin and secure it with sewing pins.
Using a whip stitch, attach the stem to the body of the pumpkin.
Although Halloween may be celebrated a little differently this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t kindle a little Halloween spirit!
Today we’ll be making what I like to call a “pinched” felt garland. Pinched felt garlands are made by pinching small ribbons of different colored felts, poking a threaded needle through the pinched portion of the fabric, and stringing them close together onto a garland.
In the spirit of Halloween (and this tutorial), we’re going with traditional black, orange and white. Other fun variations would be candy corn colors or general fall colors so you can display it from the Autumn Equinox through Thanksgiving.
Black felt, cut into 1 x 3” strips
Orange felt, cut into 1 x 3” strips
White felt, cut into 1 x 3” strips
Scissors or a rotary cutter
Black cotton crochet thread, size 3
Cut the felt into 1 x 3” strips. I started with about 200 pieces of each color, but I only used about 175 of the orange and white and 176 of the black. You can use fabric or sewing scissors to do this, or you can use a rotary cutter. If you use a rotary cutter, please make sure you have a cutting mat so you don’t damage the surface below the felt. I use a ruler to keep my cuts straight.
Measure out 7 feet of the cotton crochet thread, 6 feet for the garland and 6 inches on either side for the ties and knots.
Thread the needle, then knot the tip of the opposite end (I often triple each knot).
Six inches from the first knot, tie another knot in the thread again to create a section to tie the garland up when it’s finished.
Pinch the center of a black piece of felt and poke the needle through the folded pinched fabric and push it down to the knot.
Pinch the center of an orange piece of felt and poke the needle through the folded pinched fabric and push it down onto the black piece.
Pinch the center of a white piece of felt and poke the needle through the folded pinched fabric and push it down onto the orange piece.
Repeat steps 5, 6 and 7 until you’ve created 6 feet of pinched felt garland. The pieces of felt will be pretty close together to hide any exposed thread in between the pinched felt.
Thread one last piece of black felt to frame the garland and then tie a knot in the thread.
Remove the needle and tie a knot on the very end of the thread, creating another tie section on this side of the garland.