Posted On October 11, 2015
Join us this Autumn and learn how to make your very own felt decorations ready for Halloween! We have created a pattern for four different decorations; pumpkin, bat, spider and ghost. Why not check out our corresponding YouTube tutorial and sew-along with us – Click Here!
Start by collecting the materials that you will need to create the decorations:
– Felt (orange (pumpkin), black (spider & bat), grey (bat), white (ghost))
– Stuffing (100% Polyester)
– Embroidery Floss (Black, White, Pink)
– Beads / Buttons (eyes)
The following equipment will also be useful:
– Template (download for FREE – click here)
Start by downloading the patterns from the website (click here), or draw out your own patterns onto paper or card. Position the card template onto the felt and drawn around the template using a pencil.
Cut around the drawn line.
For ALL of the decorations you will require 2 of each template. Either complete the same process of drawing around the template and cutting out the shape, or alternatively pin the first cut out shape onto another piece of felt and simply cut out the second piece of felt (cutting around the first).
You will need to complete the above for ALL of the templates you wish to make.
Sewing a Blanket Stitch
We used the blanket stitch to sew around the outside edge of the decorations. The blanket stitch is great at joining two edges together and creates a very neat finish to a project. For more information check out our blanket stitch blog post and watch the YouTube tutorial.
However if you would prefer you are welcome to sew a simple running stitch around the edge of the decorations.
To sew the blanket stitch we used embroidery thread and divided the thread in half (3 threads). Thread a needle and tie a knot at the end of the needle. Start by positioning the needle into the WRONG side of the felt (between the two layers), this will hide the knot from view.
Sew the blanket stitch approximately 1/8″ (3mm) from the edge of the felt and 1/4″ (5mm) in stitch size.
Pumpkin Only: If you are working with the pumpkin I would recommend starting about 2″ (5cm) to the RIGHT of the stem. The blanket stitch will be sewn to the left, towards the stem.
Cut a piece of ribbon for hanging the decorations that measures 5″ (12cm).
Fold the ribbon in half.
Position the raw edge of the ribbon between the two pieces of felt. Place the ribbon 1/2″ (1cm) from the edge of the felt. We have marked the position of the ribbon on the patterns with a notch (top centre).
Pumpkin Only: the ribbon should be placed in the centre of the stem.
Pin in position.
To fasten the ribbon into the felt we recommend that you complete a simple running stitch approximately 1/8″ (3mm) from the edge of the felt, and 1/8″ (3mm) in stitch size.
Once you have attached the ribbon into the decoration you will need to continue sewing the blanket stitch around the shape. Leaving a small gap at the start of approximately 2″ (5cm) to stuff the decoration.
Stuff the shape using a 100% polyester toy stuffing, to your required plumpness.
Once you are happy with the amount of stuffing you have added. Continue sewing the blanket stitch to fasten the gap, sew back to the start.
Pumpkin Only: For the pumpkin we are going to sew 2 groove lines along the pumpkin shape. Use the same embroidery thread and stitch using a running stitch that measures 1/4″ (5mm) in stitch size.
Start sewing about 3/8″ (1cm) from the centre of the bottom and stitch towards the top dip in-between the two curves. It is easier to sew from the bottom to the top, as you have something to aim for. You are welcome to draw on your stitching line if you would prefer.
Try and be consistent with the running stitch so that the stitch is neat on BOTH sides.
Bat Only: Start by placing the two pieces for the bats wings together. Start sewing the blanket stitch to the LEFT of the centre at the TOP. The top of the wings have a sharper point than the bottom edge.
Complete the blanket stitch around the the wing shape. Stop sewing about 2″ (5cm) away from the start, you will need to leave a gap for stuffing the wing shape.
Stuff the wing shape to the desired plumpness.
Fasten the gap with a blanket stitch.
Position the two pieces of the bat’s head around the centre of the wings. Pin in position.
You will need to sew the bat’s head to the wings, unfortunately you will not be able to complete a blanket stitch. You can either sew a slip stitch to attach the head shape onto the wings. This will need to be completed on BOTH the back and front of BOTH wings (4 times in total). Check out the video on YouTube to watch a demonstration of the slip stitch.
Alternatively complete a simple running stitch as completed previously to attach the ribbon onto the decoration. Sew through all layers using an even stitch length of 1/8″ (3mm).
Once the wings have been attached to the bat’s head you will need to sew the blanket stitch along the top of the head. Attach the ribbon in the appropriate position with a running stitch.
Once both wings and the top of the head have been completed. Stuff the bats head either sides of the black wing using a 100% polyester toy stuffing.
Spider Only: Position the two layers of felt together. You will need to pin the spiders legs together individually for ease.
Start a blanket stitch at the bottom of the spider and sew up and along each of the legs, until you reach the end of the top leg. This will need to be completed on BOTH sides (starting at the bottom and sewing up to the top). This will make it possible to stuff each of the legs individually as it is tricky to stuff them once the whole decoration has been sewn.
Start sewing the blanket stitch at the bottom of the spider and sew along the first leg until you reach the TOP of the knee joint. Sew along the bottom of the leg, around the foot area and up to the knee.
When you reach the TOP of the knee you will be able to stuff from the knee to the foot of the leg. Use a pair of scissors or a pencil to help force the stuffing into the shape.
Continue sewing the blanket stitch from the knee to the top of the leg.
Stuff the top of the leg, use a pencil or small pair of scissors to poke the stuffing into the leg.
Once you have complete the first leg you will need to continue this along each of the legs until you reach the top edge. Complete the same sewing from the bottom to the top along the other side.
Stuff the body of the spider from the top opening to the desired plumpness. Sew the blanket stitch along the top edge and attach the ribbon in the centre with a running stitch.
Ghost Only: Start sewing the blanket stitch at one side and sew all the way around the shape. Attach the ribbon using the running stitch along the top edge. Stop sewing approximately 2″ (5cm) from the start of the stitching to leave a gap for stuffing.
Stuff the shape to the desired plumpness and fasten the gap using the blanket stitch.
Sewing the Face
The following details are the same for all of the decorations. Start by marking the placement of the eyes onto the decoration, you are welcome to work with buttons or beads.
We pinned the beads onto the shape to determine the placement.
Work with an embroidery thread (3 threads) without a knot at the end of the thread, and pull the thread into the felt (so that the end (without knot) it is almost hidden from view). Sewed over yourself to secure the stitching before sewing into the bead (or button) and back into the felt repeatedly to secure the bead (or button).
To sew the mouth continuing using embroidery thread and complete a simple back stitch. Mark the curve and shape of the mouth onto the felt with a pencil or pins. If you would like to learn how to sew a back stitch, check out our back stitch blog post and YouTube tutorial.
We decided to sew little cheeks onto the felt decorations, for a cute finished look! We used a pink embroidery thread (3 strands) and marked the placement onto the decoration with pins. Before stitching a star like shape; why not watch our YouTube tutorial to see how we did this!