Quilted Halloween Banner

Hi everyone, it’s  Ellie from Craft Sew Create! I realize Halloween is over, but I really wanted to share this quilted Halloween banner with you. Maybe you can just get a nice jump start on next year’s decorations :).

I just love the vintage “smiling” Halloween decorations. I have collected a few items over the years so I wanted to add a smiling pumpkin and cat to my quilted Halloween banner! Minick and Simpson’s Halloween Night fabric was the perfect medium to give this banner a vintage feel.

One Halloween Night by Minick and Simpson Charm Pack

5 yards black ric rac or other ribbon
10″ black felt or other batting
1/4 yard solid black fabric
4 tiny buttons for eyes


First, lay out your fabrics and decide which fabrics you want to use for your banner. You need to save out the following: One solid orange for the pumpkin, one solid black for the cat, one solid green for the pumpkin stem, and one solid cream for the face pieces. After that you can use the fabrics any way you want. I tried to use fewer of the larger patterned pieces so the letters can show up better. I put those on the back. You will need one charm square for the front and one for the back with a felt or batting piece in between.

I used black felt as my batting for the quilt squares as it will show on the edges. You can use regular batting or any color felt you’d like. With a rotary, cut the felt into 16, 5″ squares.


For the lettering you can use any font you choose! The lettering I used was Berlin Sans FB Demi from MS Word. I used all caps and the font size was 400. Print out your letters spelling HAPPY HALLOWEEN (you only need to print one of each letter). I printed in a lt.grey so I wouldn’t use too much ink.

Cut the letters out from the black fabric. You will also need to cut the letters from a fusible applique medium. I used Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite. You can use your favorite.

Next you cut out your pumpkin and cat. Use the template included in this PDF for those. Cut one set from fabric and one from your fusible applique medium.
This is fun part! Take each of your little charm “sandwiches” and quilt them. I tried basting with pins and with a basting stitch, but I found that a basting spray worked the best for me. I used four different quilting patterns. 

The first I just did a 1/4″ straight stitch using my pressure foot as a guide.

 Next I did a spider web! Straight Stitch diagonally from each side and down the center vertically and horizontally.

Then put your embroidery foot on (don’t forget to lower your feed dogs) and let the fun begin!

Starting from the center stitch around and around leaving about a 1/2″ space. Just keep going until you go off the edge.

Next I kept the embroidery foot on did simple stippling.
And last I did a grid pattern. The lines are 5/8″ apart both horizontally and diagonally.
Now you can iron-on your letters to your quilt squares. Peel the backing off of each letter and iron them onto each quilt square sandwich.

Iron the pumpkin and cat face pieces onto the heads. Be sure to leave the backing on the top part of the stem so it doesn’t iron onto your ironing board.

Before you iron the heads onto the squares, do the embroidery work on the faces.

Now you can embroider the faces on your pumpkin and cat. 

I used a simple blanket stitch around the eyes. 

Use a straight stitch around the nose, mouth and for the teeth. (I did the stem after I applied him to the quilt block.)
Sew the tiny buttons onto the eyes. 
I used light colored quilt squares for the pumpkin & cat. I stipple quilted them.
Iron the pumpkin and cat onto the squares.

Use a straight stitch and embroider the pumpkin stem. I used a machine blanket stitch around the cat and the pumpkin.


The last step is to attach ric rac or ribbon to the back for hanging. Cut two, 2 1/2 yd. lengths. Leave about a 1/2 inch space between each square and pin to back. You can use a simple tacking stitch to attach, or any kind of iron-on hemming fusible web to attach the ric rac to the back.


One delightful Halloween banner. It would look so cute hanging on a mantle, an empty wall space, or a doorway! Maybe next year, right?

{Craft Sew Create}

Three Halloween Treats

Hello again! It is LeAnne over at Everyday Celebrations. Today I am bringing you three delicious little Halloween treats that can all be made from one jelly roll!

I will warn you, this is a loooong post! However, I made one apron, three wall hangings, and six trick or treat totes with one jelly roll! (Along with minimal additional fabrics.)  So if you are looking for some quick projects, just pick up your favorite seasonal jelly roll, some solid fabric, a couple of fat quarters, and get sewing.

p.s. These all would make adorable Christmas projects too!

p.p.s Since I was able to make so many cute little trick or treat totes, I have a couple in need of a home! So click on over to my blog and leave a comment to win one of the pictured trick or treat totes!

1 Haunted Mansion Jelly Roll by Sanae

Below is the breakdown of materials for each project.

Additional fabrics/materials for wall hanging:
1/2 yard Bella Solid in Black
2 Fat Quarters
1 yard jumbo black ricrac
1/4 yard iron-on adhesive, such as Heat n’ Bond Ultrahold – the kind that does not require sewing
(2) 6 foot 1″x 2″  finished or unfinished, mine are finished
hand saw or table/circular saw
staple gun

Additional fabrics for trick or treat tote:

1/2 yard Bella Solid in Black for lining & top and bottom pieces – per tote
30″ of 1″ wide black handle strapping, found with the trimsper tote
seasonal ribbon, optional

Optional: If you want the top and bottom pieces to be from a different fabric you will need
1/2 yard fabric for each the top and bottom pieces – will yield enough pieces for many totes

Additional fabric for hostess apron:
3/4 yard Bella Solid in Black

WOF = width of fabric
RST = right sides together
All seam allowances 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.

Tip: I remember the first time I sewed with jelly roll strips. Boy was I surprised when I had a massive ‘curve in my pieced jelly roll strips! Argh, it was one of those ‘Why do I sew?’ moments. 

To help with this, place two strips RST lining up the selvages (uncut end) as PERFECTLY as you can. Sew the length of the strip. Press seams open. Then sew another pair together, repeating the same process. Repeat till all jelly roll strips are in pairs. Next sew two pairs together, again lining up the selvages as perfectly as you can and pressing the seam open. Now sew the sets of four jelly roll strips together, each time remembering to match up the selvages at the top and pressing seams open. It worked for me. 🙂

{wall hangings}

1. From the black fabric cut the following pieces:
(3) 15″ x 7″ pieces
(1) 1.75″ x WOF, then cut in half

 2.  Select 6 strips from the jelly roll and cut in half at the fold. (You will need 6 half jelly roll strips for this project, save the other halves for the totes or apron.)

3. From the two Fat Quarters cut the following:
(4) 5″ x 5.25″
(2) 5″ x 5.5″
(4) 6.5″ pieces of jumbo black ric rac

 4.  Sew together the jelly roll strips adding a 1.75″ black strip on the top and bottom. Press seams open. Even up the ends of jelly roll strips so the panel is 20″ long.

5. Cut the panel into (4) 15″ x 5″ strips.

6. With RST, sew a 15″ x 5″ strip on both sides of a 15″ x 7″ piece. Press seams open. Repeat again to make an identical wall hanging.

7. Place one of the pieces of ricrac across the 5″ edge of one 5″ x 5.5″ rectangle. Place the ricrac so the dip in the top wave is just about even with the top edge of fabric.

8. Place a  5″ x 5.25″ rectangle on top, RST. Line up the top edges of both rectangles and pin together. Sew in place. Repeat for the opposite end of the rectangle.

9. Press seams open. Top stitch the ricrac in place. Repeat steps 8 and 9 for the remaining rectangles. Sew both pieces to the sides of the remaining 15″ x 7″ black piece like in step 6.

10. Trace the words ‘boo’, ‘trick’, and ‘treat’ onto iron-on fusible webbing. Follow the directions for adhering to fabric for your brand of fusible webbing. Cut out letters. Templates for words are included in the Printer Friendly PDF at the bottom of the post.

11. Fuse the words 3″ up from the bottom in the lower right hand corner of the black panel. Top stitch along either side of the black panel as shown. I used a decorative zigzag with orange thread. Repeat for the remaining panels. (Since this is a wall hanging, I am not concerned about reinforcing the letters with sewing.)

12.  To help stretch each panel evenly, stitch around each panel about 1/4″ away from the edge. Trim away threads and ricrac ends.

10.  Cut both 6 foot long 1″ x  2″s every 10.5″ with a hand saw or table/circular saw. Arrange as shown below. Repeat for other two frames.

11. Secure in place with two staples at each joint. Flip frame over and staple from the other side at each joint. Repeat for the other two frames.

12. Place one of the wall hangings right side down. Place the blunt side of the frame on top of the panel. (The rounded edge should be facing up.) Center the frame 1.5″ from the top and bottom and 2.25″ from each side.

13. Fold up the top and bottom edges and staple in place, slightly stretching as you go. Stretch evenly. (It is helpful to have one person fold the fabric and the other staple.)

14. Fold the side pieces as shown below. Secure with a staple.

15.  Finish folding up the sides like you are wrapping a present. Secure with staples. Repeat for other wall hangings.

{trick or treat tote}

1. Cut the following pieces:
5 jelly roll strips
(2) 4″ x 12.25″ bottom – from FQ or solid fabric
(2) 2.5′ x 12.25″ top – from FQ or solid fabric
(2) 12.25″ x 16″ lining
(2) 15″ pieces of 1″ wide handle strapping, found with the trims

2. Cut three of the jelly roll strips in half at the fold line. (The orange strips. You will only need 3 halves for this project.)  Trim the two remaining jelly roll strips to 2″ wide then cut in half. (The gray strips. You will use all four halves for this project.)

Arrange the half strips in this order:

4. Sew strips RST. Press seams open.

5. Even up the panel so it measures 21″ long. Then cut into (2) 10.5″ pieces.

6. Take one of the 4″ x 12.25″ pieces and pin to the bottom of one panel. Sew RST along the bottom edge.

7. Repeat with the 2.5″ x 12.25″ piece and sew RST along the top edge. Press seams open. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the other panel.

8. If desired, cut a 3″ piece of ribbon for a ‘tag’. Fold in half and pin in place about 1″ from the top edge on one of the panels. Match up the raw edges of the ribbon with the raw edges of the bag.

9. Pin both panels RST and sew. Leave the top open. Press seams and clip the bottom corners. Turn right side out.

10. Pin handles in place  3.25″ from the side of the bag. Repeat for other side. Baste handles in place using a long machine stitch about 1/8″ away from the top edge.

11. Pin the two lining pieces RST and sew together. Leave the top open and a 6″ opening at the bottom of the bag. Press seams and clip corners.

12. Place the outer bag inside the lining, RST.

13. Pin the two bags together and sew the two bags together. Do not leave an opening.

14. From the opening in the bottom of the lining, turn the bag right side out. Press along the top edge of the bag making sure the lining isn’t peeking out. Top stitch about 1/8″ from the top edge of the bag.  Tuck the raw edges in the raw edges of the opening in the lining and press. Sew the opening close.

{hostess apron}

Note: The finished size of this apron is 26″ wide x 21″ long. The ties measure 37″ long on either side. To add/subtract width to the apron just add/remove jelly strip halves.  For each strip added/removed, you will add/reduce 2″ to the width of the apron. The length is also adjustable. I am 5’10” and the apron comes to just above my knee and ties generously around me.

1.  Cut the following pieces:
14 jelly roll halves
(1) 6.5″ x 27″ top band (add/subtract an additional 2″ to/from 27″ for each strip added/removed)
(1) 4″ x 27″ bottom band (add/subtract an additional 2″ to/from 27″ for each strip added/removed)
(2) 6.5″ x 36″ ties

2. Sew the jelly roll strips together in pairs lining up the selvages at the top.Press seams open. Then join all the pairs together.Press seams open. The cut edges will be slightly uneven and all at the opposite end. (See second picture in this step.) The panel should measure 27″ wide.

3. Even up the panel and trim to 17″ long.

*Note: You can cut the panel to any length. The bands/hems will add about an additional 4″ to the apron.

5. You will want to finish the raw edges. Either serge or zigzag each seam of the panel.

6. Along the long edge of the 4″ x 27″ bottom band, fold under 1/4″ and press. Then fold under another 1/4″ and press again. Sew hem in place 1/8″ from the edge. Pin the raw edge of the bottom band and the bottom raw edge of the apron RST together and sew in place. Zigzag or serge to finish the seam.

7. Fold the side raw edges under 1/4″ and press. (From the top to the bottom band.) Then fold under another 1/4″ and press again. Sew in place 1/8″ from the edge.

8. Sew the ties and top band together RST. (The top band needs to be in the middle and a tie on either side.) It will be WAYYYY long. Press seams open.

7. Center the WAYYY long band/ties over the apron panel RST and pin. The seams should be on either side of the apron panel. Sew only to the apron panel. Do not sew onto the free hanging ties.

8. Press the seam and place the band/ties up as shown below. You should now see the right side of the band/ties. Press well.

9. Now fold the band/ties down, RST so the raw edges of the free hanging ties meet. Pin the free hanging ties as shown below.

10. Start sewing at the end of one tie and continue sewing. Stop when you get to the apron panel. Skip over the apron panel and continue sewing the other tie together. Clip corners at the ends. Press.

11. Turn the ties right side out. Push the end back through the tie with a wooden spoon.

12. Tuck the raw edge of the band/tie to the inside and press. Pin in place from the front, being sure to catch the back of the band with your pins. Top stitch 1/4″ from the edge starting at one of the ties continuing onto the apron, closing the opening, and ending at the end of the other tie. Press well when completed.

I hope you enjoy your yummy Halloween Treats. 😉
Happy Baking!!

1 hostess apron
3 wall hangings
6 or more trick or treat totes

LeAnne Ballard
{Everyday Celebrations}

Monster Pillow

Hello again! I just love creating things for my little boys and this Monster Pillow has been the biggest hit so far. We love Monsters in our house! And my boys have really enjoyed the little secret pocket in this Monster Pillow. They keep their Leapster, games, books, movies, and treats all tucked inside. And let’s not forget the great handles, which make for some awesome pillow fights! For more fun Halloween tote and bag ideas, you can hop on over to my blog at {http://tinyseamstress.blogspot.com}.

For this pillow I used my absolute favorite Halloween collection, Halloween Night by Minick and Simpson….Seriously the cutest! For this project you need:

  • 2 Fat Quarters for outside fabric
  • 2 Fat Quarters for inside pocket
  • 1 Charm Pack
  • 8″ by 8″ white scrap fabric for eyes and teeth
  • 6″ by 2″ black scrap fabric for eyes
  • 9″ by 2″ red scrap fabric for mouth
  • Batting
  • Magnetic Snap or Velcro
  • Wonder Under

  • Fusible Fleece


1. Outside Fabric: Cut (2) 16″ by 16″ squares. Cut fusible fleece to match and apply to wrong sides.
2. Pocket Fabric: Cut (2) 12″ by 12″ squares. Cut fusible fleece to match and apply to wrong sides.

Cut (4) 15″ by 2″ strips for straps and cut 2 fusible fleece to match and apply to wrong sides of 2 strap pieces.
3. Charm Pack: Cut 12 large triangles 5″ wide by 5″ tall, with angles slanted inward 2.5″ as shown.Cut 12 medium triangles 3″ wide by 5″ tall, with angles slanted inward 1.5″ as shown.Cut 14 small triangles 4″ wide by 3.5″ tall, with angles slanted inward 2″ as shown.
4. White of Eyes: Cut (2) 4.25″ by 3.25″ ovals. Apply Wonder Under to wrong sides.

5. Black of Eyes: Cut (2) 2.5″ by 1.5″ ovals. Apply Wonder Under to wrong sides.

6. Mouth: Cut (2) 8.5″ by .75″ strips. Apply Wonder Under to wrong sides.

7. Teeth: Cut (1) 3.5″ by 1.75″ large tooth. Cut (1) 2.5″ by 2″ small tooth. Apply Wonder Under to wrong sides of both teeth.

1. Match 2 triangle pieces right sides together. Sew down long edges, leaving base open. Turn right sides out, press, and top stitch. Repeat with the rest of triangle pieces. You will have 19 triangles when finished.
2. Pin triangles around 3 edges of one of your 16″ by 16″ squares. Make sure all points are facing inward. Top stitch in place.

3. Press triangles so they point out as shown below.

4. Apply the “black of eyes” to the “white of eyes” according to Wonder Under instructions. Apply “white of eyes” about 4″ from top center, overlapping a little. Press in place with Wonder Under.

5. Measure 6″ from bottom center of outside fabric and press a mouth strip in place at a slight angle. With top of teeth inline with mouth strip, press teeth where desired. Press second mouth strip on top of teeth, also at a slight angle.

6. Using your favorite applique stitch, stitch around edges of all Monster Face pieces.

7. Measure 2″ from top center of both pocket pieces and apply magnetic snap or Velcro.

8. Place one strap with fusible fleece and one strap without, right sides together. Stitch down long edges, leaving ends open, turn right sides out, press, and top stitch. Measure 2.5″ from each side of pocket piece and stitch ends of strap in place, with raw ends facing up, as shown below. Repeat with second strap and pocket piece.

9. Center one pocket piece on one body piece with right sides together. Top stitch across the top only. Repeat with other body piece and pocket piece as shown below.

10. Lay both pillow pieces right sides together as shown below, with body pieces and pocket pieces lined up together and pin in place. Sew around all edges, leaving a 4″ opening in pocket to turn. Turn entire pillow right sides out.
11. Stuff pillow through 4″ opening in pocket.

12. Hand stitch or top stitch opening closed. Stuff pocket back into pillow for secret stuff. 🙂

Makes one Monster Pillow.

The fusible fleece is optional. I used it to keep a stiff structure to the Monster Face.

Tiffany Jenkins

Fabric Ornaments

Hi! This is Jera in Seattle from http://quiltingintherain.blogspot.com sharing a quick weekend project that doesn’t involve sewing for a change, though it does involve getting your hands a bit messy! I used the “Halloween Night” charm pack by Minick & Simpson; I’d love to see someone do a Christmas version. To make roughly 7 ornaments, you will need approximately 15 five inch squares (aka charm squares). You can use the leftover charm squares to make a matching table runner. All of the ingredients below (other than the charm pack) can be found at a crafts store.

  • Foam balls (2″ in diameter and/or 3″ in diameter)
  • 1 charm pack, Halloween Night
  • ModPodge
  • Clear brush-on glaze finish
  • Paint brush
  • Wire (I used fabric-coated wire from the floral section)

  • Ribbon
  • Halloween tree (from JoAnn’s); or make your own similar to the one below using branches:

Step 1 – From your charm pack, choose about 10-15 charm squares. Cut these into strips no wider than 1”. If you’re using smaller foam balls, I wouldn’t cut them any wider than ½ ”.

Step 2 – Get your hands messy! (Tip: I covered my table with parchment paper). With a paint brush, apply a single coat of Mod Podge where you plan to place a fabric strip:

Place the fabric strip over the Mod Podge and smooth down with your fingers. Then, secure the strip by brushing it down with more Mod Podge. Don’t brush it on too thick:

Repeat the above steps but with another strip. Simply layer the fabric strips as needed until the entire foam ball is covered:

Let the fabric/Mod-Podged ball(s) dry on parchment paper overnight.

Step 3 – After the fabric balls have dried, apply a thin coat of clear brush-on glaze coating and then let it dry again overnight.

Step 4 – Create the ornament hanger. As shown below, cut approximately 4” of stem wire. Bend 2” of one end over to create a ½”-1” loop, and using the remaining wire secure the loop by wrapping the wire around the main stem to create a little knot.

Step 5 – Using a thin blade (e.g. the tip of an old pair of appliqué scissors), make a small incision on the fabric ball so that the blade cuts through the fabric. Insert the end of the wire hanger (the end that doesn’t have the loop) into the incision until it stops at the knot. The foam secures the wire better than I thought, but you can also apply clear glue around the base of the knot to reinforce it. If desired, add a bow using ribbon at the base of the loop.

That’s it! You can use the leftover charm squares to make a matching table runner. The tutorial can be found here 🙂

Approximately 7 ornaments

Quilting in the Rain