Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Haunts

 In case you missed it, here is the project I posted over at Doodles and Doilies.  

Remember my Felt Dot Garland?  I love it.  Really, I do.  But it is Halloween and it needed some spookifying.  

Here's what I did:

I added some haunts to the garland.

Here's how I made them:

The first thing I did was find a circle cookie cutter and trace out 3 circles.  Then I sketched out the faces that I wanted.

I'm going to focus just on the ghost for the sake of space.  Hopefully, that will give you the basics enough to run with it, but if you need help or advice, please feel free to contact me!

Once you have your sketch/idea in mind, move on to some felt. 
Trace out and cut 2 circles.

Using the sketch, cut out the features for the face.
This was the mouth for my ghost. 
Please ignore my chipping nail polish.  It was late at night and I really wanted to finish this.  I figured it was better to have unfinished nails than an unfinished ghost.  I hope you'll understand.  =)

Now, using black embroidery thread and a running stitch, I sewed that mouth into place on one of the circles. 

On the second circle, I drew the letters.  BOO! 
Then, with the black thread, I embroidered those letters.

Now, it is time to create the ghost.  

I grabbed some purple ribbon to hang it with.  Place it on one of the circles in the position you like and pin it (take a lesson from me, pin on the right side so you don't lose your pin).   
I also grabbed a scrap of tulle, folded it up into a kind of a messy gather and pinned that in as well.

To sew the two pieces together, I used white thread and a running stitch again, being careful to keep my knots on the inside.  I was also very careful to make sure that my thread caught the ribbon and tulle to hold it in place.

Before you close it up, stuff it just a little with some fiberfill... 
which, by the way, was pretty much impossible for me to get a good picture of with my little camera.  You get the idea, though, right?

Finish sewing it up and, *bing*, you're done. 
He's kind of cute!   
For a ghost.

The possibilities are endless.  You can use any design you want!

These could even work at Thanksgiving (how cute would a turkey be?) or Christmas (reindeer?)  
What would you make?

I'm linking these haunts up here!


Luanne Hardy said...

Sarah, you are amazing. You make it seem so easy but I know mine would fail. I know because I made those ghost thingys and failed. They were no where as cute as yours.

shopannies said...

these are really cute good Idea to save for next year to do come visit me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Cute project. Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.


Ashley said...

aw so fun, u r so talented!!

Aimee from Classified: Mom said...

Awesome idea- I just pinned it on Pinterest! Thank you for sharing this with us on The Sunday Showcase

Danielle said...

These are so fun and festive!I'd love to have you link this up at my party.