Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day
Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble – it’s time to make this wall hanging, on the double! Put a spell on all of your Halloween guests with this bewitching decoration.
- Natural osnaburg, 1⁄4 yard
- Cotton fabrics, 45” wide: black/brown plaid, 1⁄2 yard; orange solid, 1⁄8 yard
- Black felt, 6” square
- Wooden items: split eggs, 2-1⁄2” long (witch head), 7⁄8” long (bat body); ball (witch nose), 3⁄8” diameter; split ball (spider body), 1” diameter; holly leaves (bat wings), medium, two
- Black grosgrain ribbon, 5⁄8” wide, 16” length
- Black buttons, 1” diameter, two
- Black embroidery floss
- Quilting thread: ecru, black
- Low-loft batting, 11-1⁄2” square
- Fiberfill stuffing
- Pumpkin curly raffia doll hair
- Plastic wiggle eyes: 3mm, two; 4mm, two
- Plastic spider ring, 2” across
- Pull-apart spider web (or fiberfill stuffing)
- Forked branch, 16” long
- Wire: black, 19-gauge, 14” length; black floral, 6” length
- Acrylic paints: flesh, black, white, red
- Embroidery and quilting needles
- Embroidery hoop
- Sewing machine and matching threads
- Powdered blush
- Air-soluble pen
- Adhesives: double-sided tape, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
scissors, pencil, ruler, tracing paper, straight pins, sandpaper, toothpick, cotton-tip swab
11” square (not including hanger)
1. With pencil, mark a 6” square on osnaburg fabric. Do not cut out. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Set hat patterns aside.
2. Using lettering pattern and air-soluble pen, line up pattern with pencil lines on fabric so spider line is 3⁄4” from left edge. Trace letters and spider line onto center panel. (Note: For easier tracing, tape pattern to window during daylight hours. Position and tape fabric over pattern; trace letters.)
3. Place panel in embroidery hoop. With two strands of black floss, backstitch letters and spider lines. Make French knots as indicated by dots on pattern. Cut out center panel 1⁄4” beyond pencil lines.
1. (Note: Sew with right sides facing in 1⁄4” seams. Press seams away from center panel. Use photo as placement guide throughout.) Cut a 1”x28” strip from orange solid fabric. Sew strip to one side of panel; trim even. In same way, sew strip to other side, then top and bottom, of panel. Top and bottom strips will cross over side strips.
2. For plaid border, cut one 2-1⁄4”x44” strip from black and brown plaid fabric. Sew to center panel in same way as orange strip.
3. For backing, cut an 11-1⁄2” square from plaid fabric. Place batting on flat work surface; smooth away bumps. Place backing, right side up, on top of batting. Lay center panel, right side down, on top of backing fabric. Pin layers together. Sew edges, leaving a 5” opening at bottom edge. Trim batting close to stitching; clip corners. Turn right side out; press. Fold in excess seam allowance at opening; whipstitch opening closed.
4. Using ecru quilting thread, stitch as close to seam as possible (stitch in the ditch) between the center panel and orange border. To make quilting easier, pin through center of border edges. Use black quilting thread to stitch in the ditch between orange border and plaid border. (Note: To save time, quilting may be done by machine.)
1. For nose, sand one side of ball flat. Paint nose and head flesh. (Note: To keep the nose from rolling while painting, use double-sided tape to hold it in place.)
2. For eyes, dip handle end of paintbrush into black paint and dot on face. (Note: Wide end of egg becomes forehead and narrow end becomes chin.) With white and toothpick, add a highlight dot to each eye.
3. For mouth, use handle end of paintbrush and red to paint two dots side-by-side about 3⁄4” below eyes. Use toothpick to pull dots to a point, making a heart; make lip lines on each side. Use cotton-tip swab to apply blush to cheeks and tip of nose. Adhere nose to face.
4. For hat, use pattern to cut materials as indicated. Sew hat pieces together, leaving bottom open. Clip curves and turn right side out. Stuff lightly with fiberfill.
5. For brim, cut slit in center as noted. Insert top of head through slit in brim so 3⁄8” of head is exposed above brim; adhere to secure. Fold back of brim to back of head. Adhere head to lower right corner of wall hanging. Adhere top of hat to brim.
6. For hair, cut four 4” pieces of raffia; gently pull curls apart. Fold each length in half and adhere folded end to head under hat. For bangs, adhere a small piece across forehead.
1. Paint remaining wooden items and floral wire black. Set floral wire and spider body aside.
2. For bat, adhere 3mm eyes to narrow end of body. Adhere wings to back of body. Wrap black wire around pencil to curl; pull curls apart. Place one end of wire behind top of witch’s hat; sew in place with matching thread. In same way, tack top spiral to wall hanging. Adhere back of bat to wire end.
3. For spider, cut floral wire into three 2” lengths for legs. Adhere center of each length, evenly spaced, to back of body; bend ends of wires to curve. Adhere 4mm eyes to center top of body. Adhere spider to end of line, next to “for”.
4. For hanger, cut ribbon length in half. Fold one piece in half and place folded end 1” from top and 3⁄4” from right edge of wall hanging. Place button over fold and sew through both layers to secure. In same way, sew ribbon and button to left side.
5. Set wall hanging on a flat work surface; place branch 1⁄2” above top of hanging. Spot glue sides of ribbon to branch; knot ends of ribbon on top of branch. Trim ribbon ends into a “v”.
6. Stretch small amount of spider web across branch. Adhere plastic spider to left side of branch.
- If you don’t sew, try making just the witch to put on a door hanger or plant poke.
by Chris Malone