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}


Kera said...

I love this! I am going to make a Christmas one.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Very cute! I wonder if I can gather enough Halloween energy to get this made before I put my Halloween fabric away!!

Kimberly said...

Very fun! I love the spider web!

Did you know that 'happy halloween' and 'merry christmas' have the same amount of letters... so a reversible wooden banner can be made with painted letters?

Ellie-CraftSewCreate said...

Kimberly, I was thinking the same thing AFTER I made it. I think I will make one for Christmas anyway. Actually you could make one for ANY holiday!

Quiltjane said...

Great project. Yes, you could make it for any celebration. I would love to do a Christmas one.

Magicaldamselfly said...

I'm not gonna wait till next year, I'm gonna make it now for next year. So love this.

Jane said...

I LOVE it but can't get the Printer Friendly Version to work. Is anyone else having problems with that or can tell me what I am doing wrong? I only had to click on it before.

Sherry said...

I love this! I used some of these charms this year to make some Halloween/Fall table runners. I can't get the PDF to work either but will try again later. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome project.

sariah said...

I love the vintage feel and embroidery details! Usually I'm not real excited about Halloween crafts but I want to do this one. Thanks for sharing this with us all. :-)

Jane said...

Yes it (PFV) is working today!! :)

Jan said...

Oh my trick or treat! So cute I can't stand it! So beautifully sewn and so creative. I love, love, love, it. jan

Sandie said...

Oh SO CUTE! This is something that I WILL be making for next year! It's also a great idea to make for any holiday or even birthday's and anniversaries! Thanks for the inspiration!

carlyn said...

That is awesome. I love the simplicity of it. Thanks for sharing.

The Window Scene said...

I love this Idea!

my happy bluebird said...

I love this too! Great job!

on vacation with di and Paul said...

just discovered your blog...I'm in love!

Buzzy Bees said...

Love this! I made a Christmas one last week using the Adoring charm pack by Moda. Turned out great! Here is a link to the photo: http://m.flickr.com/photo.gne?id=5213036579&
Not too great of a picture but you get the point :)