I have several friends who pull out their sewing machines just once a year: Halloween. They explain to me sewing a costume that only needs to hold up for one night is less stressful than sewing curtains they'll be looking at all year. I explain to them sewing curtains is a whole lot easier than creating a bat costume with fully-functioning wings. We have this argument every year. And every year, I get at least one convert. So, in an effort to capture more once-a-year-sewers in my creativity web, we've collected our nine popular Halloween tutorials plus three additional everyday tutorials that would be totally spooktacular re-done in some of the scary new fabric collections. Altogether, that's a dozen ways to make it a happier Halloween.
We spent some time browsing the Halloween offerings available now from our Marketplace fabric vendors. Below are some of our favorite finds, several of which are available at multiple vendors, so look around. Click on the image to go to the fabric.
From Fashionable Fabrics:
From Fat Quarter Shop:
From Renaissance Ribbons:
Our tutorials, in alphaBATical order
Our very cute Halloween Mobile boasts five friendly bats with felt fangs and button eyes. Stuffed with polyester fiberfill, they're soft and chubby and ready to fly above your door to welcome trick-or-treaters.
Charm Pack Halloween Pennants
Make it a more Green Halloween by forgoing the paper and plastic decorations in favor of this cool fabric banner that can be used year after year. Ours is made using a "charm pack," a bundle of 5" x 5" pre-cut squares from within one coordinating fabric collection. It's a great way to go when you have something that calls for patchworking. You save time with the pre-cut squares and the bundles are very inexpensive.
Every Halloween witch needs a kookie cape. Ours is stylishly short and made of witchy wedges cut from Fat Quarters, lined with Green Slime satin, and tied 'round the neck with black velvet ribbons. You're on your own for a flying broom.
Dead Roses Witch Hat
With a scrunched top, wilting flowers and a stowaway spider, this haunted Halloween hat is the perfect topper to a witchy wardrobe. The dead roses were made using our very own (and very popular) Organza Flowers tutorial.
It's A Graveyard Smash Hostess Apron
You'll be ghoulishly gorgeous while serving bubbling potions to your ghastly guests in our haunted hostess apron. It has a fluttering batwing organza overlay, velvet waistband and a poison rose accent.
Jeweled Spider Mask
This spellbinding mask is what all the wickedly glamorous witches are wearing this season. It combines spider web construction on the front with a practical soft fleece backing.
Ruffled & Reflective Tote Bag
Why must Halloween totes only come in the shape of big plastic pumpkins? Raw-edged ruffles made from Jelly Roll strips decorate both sides of our beautiful bag along with a bright strip of reflective tape to catch the beam of a headlight or flashlight. Fully lined, it's just as pretty inside as out.
Spooky Table Runner
Roll out this fast and easy table runner and spread out your goodies in style. The simple design is made up of a colorful grid of 40 squares. It's a little bit spooky and a little bit kooky. HA! Now you have the Addams Family TV theme stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
Terrifying Treat Bags
Our easy patchwork pattern is bright and fun. And, heavy-duty webbing handles mean your little goblins can fill up with lots of tasty treats. Plus, it's another Green Halloween alternative to traditional throw-away decorations.
Need a little something fun to wear to go out trick-or-treating with the kids or to answer the door for the ghosts and ghouls? Our Wicked Apron is the perfect choice. It's fun to make from pre-cuts, and with the faux front lacing, you'll be the most stylish witch on the block.
Three Non-Halloween Tutorials to Re-Imagine & Renovate in Halloween Fabric
Be a Grinch Apron
Originally created with three of Robert Kaufman's whimsical Suess® prints, this holiday apron would be frighteningly fabulous in pumpkin prints with black organza ties. The bib and skirt are actually two separate pieces that button together along the waistband.
Hot Cup Jackets
Chilly trick-or-treat nights call for hot apple cider and witch's brew. Whip up a few of our hot cup jackets in Halloween style and don't forget those ghoulish gathers! Our design is super fast and easy, just cut-ruffle-stitch.
Bring treats to the door in our colorful structured baskets. These are one of our most popular storage solutions; you'll use them long after the mini Snickers® bars are gone (at our house, the mini Snickers® bars are gone by about 6:10 pm).