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

Necktie Flower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Recycle Dad’s old ties into this fun flower pillow to add a memory-filled conversation piece to your home décor. Flea market or vintage ties work great too!

Materials

  • Printed fabric, 3/8 yd.
  • Neckties, eight
  • Cording, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Fiberfill stuffing

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Dritz Aluminum 1-1/2” Cover Button Kit

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

For pillow front and back, cut two 11-1/2” squares from printed fabric.

STEP 2

Using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew around squares, leaving 3” opening for turning. Trim seam allowance; turn pillow right side out. Stuff; slipstitch opening closed.

STEP 3

Cut eight 3-1/2” lengths from end of each tie. Arrange “petals” in center of pillow, forming flower. Adhere petals to pillow, gathering cut petal edges as needed.

STEP 4

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to cover button with printed fabric. Adhere button to flower center.

STEP 5

Sew cording around pillow.

by Rebekah Meier

Burlap and Butterflies Pillow and Table Runner

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Something other than a sack made from burlap? You bet! Stamp butterflies onto burlap to create this pillow and table runner, plus learn the trick to cutting straight, even edges on burlap fabric!

Materials

  • Natural burlap fabric, 36” or 45”-wide, 2 yds.
  • White cotton fringe, 4” long, 3-1/4 yds.
  • Pillow form, 16” square

Tools

  • Stamps: butterfly, fern
  • Plaid Apple Barrel Colors White Acrylic Paint
  • Fabric-painting medium
  • Glaze sponge
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, iron and pressing surface, ruler

Directions

Sizes

Pillow, 16” square; Runner, 21”x35”

Pillow/Table Runner

1. Apply adhesive to cut edges of burlap; let dry. Wash burlap in hot water without fabric softener. Press to remove wrinkles.

2. For straight-edge cutting guide, pull two threads across width of burlap; cut along line. Measure 18” from straight edge and pull two threads across width again for 18”-wide fabric piece.

3. For pillow, cut two 18” squares from burlap. Cut 21”x35” rectangle for runner, using same thread-pulling method for straight edges.

4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to mix paint with fabric-painting medium. Use sponge to apply paint to stamp. Stamp runner and one pillow square. See Tip.

5. To assemble the pillow, pin fringe around edges of stamped pillow square, with fringe ends toward center. (Note: Gather fringe slightly in corners to prevent puckering.) Pin remaining square to pillow.

6. Sew pillow together with 5/8” seams, leaving 12” of one side open for turning. Trim corners close to stitching and turn right side out. Insert pillow form; slipstitch opening closed.

7. Zigzag or overcast stitch around runner edges. Press 1” to wrong side along 35” edges; straight stitch in place. Pin fringe along 19” edges, wrapping ends around to back side; topstitch in place.

Tip

  • Practice stamping on scrap burlap. Mark center with pin. Press stamp firmly, then lift straight up; do not rock from side to side.

by Barbara Matthiessen

Eiffel Tower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Use stamps, die-cut felt, and a rolled muslin flower to decorate a trendy burlap pillow cover with French-vintage style.

Materials

  • Pillow form
  • Fabrics: burlap, 1 yd; black felt, one sheet; muslin scraps; white cotton scrap
  • Ivory lace
  • Pearl stick pin
  • Jeweled button

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Fleur de Lis & Eiffel Tower Die
  • Sewing machine and cream thread
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Stamps: Wood-Mounted Paris Mark E2-1463, Postes Francaise J1-1075, French Collage V2-1674; Cling-Mount Cirque Alphabet CMS065
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Acrylic Grid-Blocks
  • Black permanent ink pad
  • Adhesives: fusible web, fabric glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, iron and pressing surface, pressing cloth, sewing needle

Directions

STEP 1

Measure pillow form. To create cover, add 3” to height and length of pillow form and cut two panels of that size from burlap.

STEP 2

Cut white cotton piece 4” less than height and length of pillow form. Using photo as guide, stamp designs onto fabric using black permanent ink; leave space in word for die-cut Eiffel tower. Cover design with pressing cloth and heat set ink.

STEP 3

Iron fusible web onto back of felt sheet. Die cut Eiffel tower from felt. Remove paper backing and fuse tower to stamped panel, creating “A” in “PARIS.” Stitch letter in place, if desired.

STEP 4

With wrong sides together, sew burlap panels together along three sides using 1-1/2” seam. Insert pillow form and machine-sew last side closed.

STEP 5

Beginning on one side, pull several threads from unfinished edge of burlap to create fringe. Continue around pillow until all sides are fringed.

STEP 6

Tear and roll long strip of muslin into flower shape, securing with fabric glue; let dry. Adhere or sew button to flower center; adhere or sew flower to pillow near upper right corner of stamped panel.

STEP 7

Tear additional muslin strip; cut lace strip to same length. Fold lengths in half and adhere or sew to pillow below edge of flower. Insert stick pin into pillow as shown.

Tip

  • Look for other stamp themes like botanicals, animals, or text for your pillow designs. Try stamping designs in color, or dye burlap and/or muslin before creating pillow cover.

by Debi Adams for Sizzix (www.sizzix.com)

Chenille Bedspread Cat Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Turn an old chenille bedspread into a decorative pillow. Use your favorite car, dog, or teddy bear pattern and sew a vintage menagerie!

Materials

  • Chenille bedspread
  • Cat pattern of choice
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Gold or black buttons, two

Tools

  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Position pattern on bedspread to determine placement of design.

STEP 2

Follow pattern instructions to cut and sew pillow, leaving opening for stuffing. Stuff pillow firmly; hand-sew opening closed.

STEP 3

For eyes, sew buttons to face.

by Karen Smith

Bless My Bloomers Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Blooming with color, this whimsical pillow is embroidered with all the fun inhabitants of a garden and will be the perfect addition to your summer décor.

Materials

  • Muslin, 11”x18”
  • Cotton fabrics, coordinating spring solids and prints of choice
  • The Warm Co. Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting, 11”x18”
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss: 310, 367, 780, 817, 839, 844, 3350, 3362, 3821, 3834, 3835, 3852, 3853, 3862
  • Fairfield Processing Poly-Fil Stuffing

Tools

  • Pink chalk or powdered blush
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, transfer paper, straight pins, iron and pressing surface

Directions

STEP 1

Cut the following from fabrics of choice: back, 16”x23”; top strip, 2-1⁄2”x18”; bottom strip, 2-1⁄2”x20”; right strip, 2-1⁄2”x13-1⁄2”; left strip, 2-1⁄2”x16”; bow, 1”x12”.

STEP 2

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.) Transfer design to muslin.

STEP 3

(Note: Use two strands floss and backstitch, except where noted differently, to embroider design.) Backstitch as follows: Rabbit and shovel handle, DMC 844; “Bless My Bloomers”, whiskers, shovel loop, bees and solid line on bee bodies, dotted line around bees, and ladybug outline, DMC 310; eyes (French knots) and nose (satin stitch) DMC 310; star on rabbit, third flower from left and dashed lines on bees, DMC 3852.

STEP 4

Backstitch ladybug dots/circles, DMC 817; watering can handle, sides, checkerboard, spout outline, radish outline, and right flower center, DMC 3834; watering can spout, watering can top and bottom, spout dots (French knots), left flower, and inner radish lines, DMC 3350.

STEP 5

Backstitch carrot and second flower from left, DMC 3853; right flower, DMC 3835; left flower center, DMC 3862; center of second flower to left of shovel, DMC 839; center of third flower from left, DMC 780.

STEP 6

Backstitch stem/leaves on left flower and third flower from left and carrot top, DMC 3362; stem/leaves on second flower from left, and right flower, radish top, and ground line, DMC 367; sunflower, DMC 3821.

STEP 7

To assemble, sew fabric strips to muslin, with right sides facing, in the following order: top, right, bottom, left. Trim as needed; press.

STEP 8

Use small straight stitches to attach small fabric scrap to ear. Tie fabric bow; sew to rabbit. Blush cheeks.

STEP 9

Sew pillow front to back with right sides facing, leaving 3” opening for turning. Turn right side out and stuff. Whipstitch opening closed.

by Melinda Brooks

Monogram Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add a bit of style and flair to your home décor by stitching this beautiful easy-to-make monogram pillow.

Materials

  • Fabrics: Floral print, 1⁄2 yd.; Coordinating solid, 3⁄8 yd.
  • Flower trim: 1⁄2″, 1-1⁄2 yds.; 1⁄4″, 2 yds.
  • Self-adhesive stitched monogram, 4″
  • Fiberfill stuffing

Tools

  • Needle and matching thread
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Tea bags and paintbrush (optional)
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, iron and pressing surface

Directions

(Note: Sew seams with right sides of fabrics facing, using 1⁄4″ seam allowance.)

Step 1

From floral print fabric, cut two 3-1⁄2″x10″ strips and two 3-1⁄2″x16″ strips. From coordinating solid, cut one 10” square and one 16” square.

Step 2

Sew short floral strips to top and bottom and long floral strips to sides of 10″ square. Press seams open.

Step 3

With right sides facing, sew pieced pillow front to 16″ square, leaving 3″ opening for turning. Trim corners at angle; turn right side out. Stuff pillow; hand-sew opening closed.

Step 4

Hand-stitch 1⁄4″ trim to outside pillow edge. Adhere flower trim around solid square edge on pillow front. (Note: Use straight pins to hold in place while adhering.)

Step 5

To antique monogram, if desired, make a strong cup of tea. Paint tea onto monogram; let dry. Remove backing and apply monogram to pillow.

by Rebekah Meier