Ghouls Only

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

These ghouls just want to have fun! Stitch this amusing design to add some “spirit” to your Halloween décor!

Materials

  • Charles Craft 14-count Light Oatmeal Fiddler’s Life, 15”x12”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 1 strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate Finished Size: 8-7/8” w X 5-3/4” h; Stitch Count: 125 w X 81 h

Ghouls Only

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Finish as a pillow using your favorite pillow pattern or as desired.

by Gail Bussi

Trick or Treat Greeting

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

From a spooky ghost, creepy cobwebs, and mystical witch to a jovial pumpkin and smiling moon, this Trick-or-Treat Greeting is loaded with all types of Halloween fun!

Materials

  • Charles Craft 14-count Wheatstraw Aida, 17”x12”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik Mfg. Co. #4 Braid

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 11″x6″; Stitch count: 155 w x 84 h

Trick or Treat Greeting

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Finish as desired.

by Ursula Michael

Apple Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

The warm colors, doily accents, and blanket stitching make this pillow the perfect accent decoration for fall. And just so your apples are not all in one basket, stitch an extra pillow for that special friend.

Materials

  • Cotton fabric prints, 45” wide: black, neutral, 1⁄8 yard each
  • Cotton fabric solids, 45″ wide: tan, 3⁄8 yard; red, 1⁄8 yard; brown, scrap (for stems)
  • Cotton fabric stripes, 45″ wide: neutral, 1⁄8 yard; tan and black, 1-1⁄2”x6” (for bowl)
  • Fabric and crochet lace doilies, 4”, two; 6”
  • Black piping, 1-1⁄2 yards
  • Black pearl cotton #8
  • Off-white flat-backed buttons, 1⁄2” diameter, four
  • Pillow form, 12” square

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Iron, pressing cloth, and pressing surface
  • Lightweight iron-on adhesive
  • Tea bags, saucepan, air soluble marker (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, washer, old towel, pencil

Directions

Pillow

(Note: Sew with right sides facing using 1/4” seam allowances.)

1. Wash and dry fabrics. (Note: For small pieces, it is best to wash by hand and air dry to prevent tangling.) Press fabrics.

2. If desired, tea dye doilies for a vintage look. To tea dye, fill saucepan half full with water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add one or two tea bags for each cup of water used. (Note: The more tea used, the darker the final color.) Let tea bags steep for 15 minutes; remove tea bags and stir. Place doilies into tea, stirring fabric occasionally. Check every five minutes until desired color is achieved. Remove fabric from tea; squeeze out excess liquid. Line dry or place in dryer with old towel (to absorb the tea). Press doilies. Wipe out dryer before drying other items.

3. For center panel, cut a 6”x8-1⁄2” rectangle from tan fabric and a 3”x8-1⁄2” rectangle from black fabric; set aside tan rectangle. Use Fig. 1 as guide to pin 6” doily to right side of black rectangle. Trim doily even with top edge of rectangle. Use off-white thread to sew doily to rectangle.

Figure 1

4. For appliqués, print pattern twice. Set one pattern aside to use for placement in Step 6. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Trace outlines of patterns onto paper side of iron-on adhesive. (Note: To trace pattern in reverse, tape pattern to window during daylight hours, right side of pattern facing window.) Position adhesive over pattern and trace. Cut out appliqués just outside traced lines; remove paper backing.

5. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse iron-on appliqués to wrong sides of following fabrics: apples to red; stems to brown scrap; bowl to tan striped. Cut out appliqués on traced lines.

6. Using photo and pattern as guide, position appliqués on right side of center panel and pin in place as follows: apples; stems; bowl. (Note: Dotted lines on patterns show where a pattern piece is overlapped by another piece.) When pleased with arrangement, use iron and pressing cloth to fuse appliqués to center panel.

7. With black pearl cotton, blanket stitch around outside edges of apples, stem, and bowl. In addition, blanket stitch between fabric and crocheted sections of doily. Sew buttons to apples as indicated by “x” on pattern.

8. Sew black print center panel to bottom of tan center panel with right sides facing using 1⁄4” seams. Press seams outward away from center panel.

9. For border, cut two 2-1⁄2”x8-1⁄2” strips from neutral print and two from neutral striped fabric. For corners, cut four 2-1⁄2” squares from black print.

10. Sew one striped border strip to left side and one to right side of center. Sew corner blocks to ends of remaining border strips. Sew assembled corners/borders to top and bottom of center panel.

11. Using photo as guide, pin doilies to corner blocks. (Note: Outer edges of doilies will extend over edges of pillow front.) Trim doilies even with edges of pillow front. Sew doilies to pillow front using matching thread. With black floss, blanket stitch around center fabric edge of each doily. (Note: Stitches should point toward center of pillow.)

12. Beginning and ending in a bottom corner, sew piping around pillow front, 1⁄4” from edge. Clip piping seam at corners as you work to round edges.

13. For pillow back, cut a 12=1⁄2” square from remaining tan fabric. With right sides facing, sew pillow front to pillow back along piping seams, leaving a 10” opening at bottom. Trim corners; turn right side out. Insert pillow form into opening; hand sew opening closed.

Tip

  • To ensure even stitches when blanket stitching, use an air-soluble marker to draw stitches before stitching.

by Mary Ayres

Maple Leaf Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Maple trees will soon color the fall landscape with their changing leaves in brilliant shades of red and gold. Capture the beauty of the season with this decorative pillow made from soft, textured wool felt.

Materials

  • Wool felt: light brown, 1⁄4 yd.; burnt orange, scrap
  • Off-white cotton fabric, 3⁄8 yd.
  • Brown flat buttons, 7⁄8″, eight
  • Jute twine
  • Brown pearl cotton
  • Pillow form, 12″ square

Tools

  • Embroidery needle and off-white sewing thread
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, dryer, transfer paper, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Wet felt; dry in dryer for “crinkly” look. (Note: Wet colors separately and wring out excess water before placing in dryer.)

STEP 2

Cut two 8″x12-1⁄2″ light brown rectangles. Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Cut leaf from burnt orange. Adhere leaf to one rectangle. Transfer details and lettering. Blanket stitch around leaf edges and stem stitch words.

STEP 3

Adhere jute twine to leaf veins and stem. Blanket stitch over twine. Sew buttons loosely to both rectangles, 3″ from corners.

STEP 4

Cut two 12-1⁄2″ off-white squares; sew together with right sides facing using 1⁄4″ seam; leave 10″ opening at bottom. Trim corners; turn right side out. Insert pillow form; hand-sew opening closed.

STEP 5

Place light brown rectangles on off-white pillow. Wrap twine around buttons on both sides; tie into bows at sides and trim ends.

by Mary Ayres

Whimsical Flower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add some summer charm to your patio or porch décor with this soft and cheery floral pillow. Combined with a refreshing glass of lemonade, this comfy pillow is the perfect way to relax on a hot summer day.

Materials

  • National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Natural, 1/3 yd.; Blushing Bride, 1/2 yd.; English Rose, 1/8 yd.
  • Pink floral print cotton fabrics: large floral (borders), 1/4 yd.; coordinating print, scraps, four
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Pink rick rack
  • Buttons, two
  • Embroidery floss

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Sewing needle and button thread
  • Iron and pressing board
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Disappearing ink marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 10” square from Natural wool felt.

STEP 2

Cut two 2-1/2”x10” and two 2-1/2”x15” strips from floral fabric. With right sides together and using 1/4″ seam allowance, machine-sew shorter strips to top and bottom of 10” Natural square, trimming strips even. With right sides together and using 1/4″ seam allowance, machine-sew remaining strips to sides of sewn panel, trimming strips even. Press seams.

STEP 3

Cut backing square from Blushing Bride wool felt to same size as pillow front.

STEP 4

With right sides together and using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew front and back squares together, leaving a 3” opening. Trim seam allowance and turn pillow right side out. Stuff pillow with fiberfill.

STEP 5

Use button thread to whipstitch opening closed.

STEP 6

Print patterns. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Using two fabrics, with wrong sides together, trace one large flower onto fabric with disappearing ink marker. Repeat with small flower. Machine-sew on traced line of each flower. Using scissors, cut very close to stitching outside of traced line, being careful not to cut thread. Flowers should have a frayed edge.

STEP 7

Trace yo-yo pattern onto fabric. Use button thread to sew a running stitch very close to raw edge of fabric. Pull gathers tight; knot and clip thread. Create two yo-yo’s. Use floss to sew buttons to yo-yo centers, knotting on front of button.

STEP 8

Use decorative-edge scissors to cut 1/2”-wide strips (stems) from wool felt. Trace and cut leaves from wool felt.

STEP 9

Arrange flowers, stems, and leaves onto pillow, trimming stems to desired lengths; adhere to pillow.

STEP 10

Adhere rick rack trim to pillow as shown.

by Rebekah Meier