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31 Days of Halloween – A Pumpkin A Day

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We’re back again with another fun post for 31 Days of Halloween!

Today, I’m sharing a fun, festive and very fall project, first created for a seasonal blog hop several years ago.

Fall Placemat

You Need:

  • 1 pumpkin, pieced at 10 1/2″  or 10″ finished (copy the free, 5″ pumpkin pattern below & enlarge at 200%)
  • 2 maple leaves, pieced at 5 1/2″ or 5″ finished (free 5″ pattern link below!)
  • 2 – 5 1/2″ squares of background fabric
  • 2 – 2 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strips of background fabric (stitch top and bottom)
  • Piece as shown above to create a 20″ x 14″ placemat. Embellish & quilt as desired.

Maple Leaf FREE – 3″, 5″ and 6″ Maple Leaf Paper Pieced Pattern (Or get it on Craftsy!)

PumpkinFREE – 3″, 5″ and 6″ Pumpkin Paper Pieced Pattern (get it on Craftsy!)

Need help enlarging your pattern? I have a tutorial for that!

Fall Placemat

Feeling ambitious? Add some nine-patches or other 5″ blocks of your choice! This layout also includes a 1″ strip of background fabric between the pumpkin and other blocks.

2015 Placemat made with PoD 2015 Pumkpin (week 30)

For a slightly different look, try using the 10″ pumpkin pattern from Week 30 of the 2015 Project of Doom!

More Harry Potter Here!

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31 Days of Halloween – All Hallow’s Eve

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We’re back again with another fun and free project for 31 Days of Halloween!

Get ready to hold your breath, because we’re going way outside my comfort zone today!

It’s…

*gasp*

APPLIQUE!

All Hallow's Eve by Jennifer Ofenstein (2)

That’s right, friends, today we’re turning our paper piecing brains towards applique.

You see, many years ago, my hubby and I were on a super tight budget with one toddler and a baby on the way.

In an effort to make our little home festive for Holidays, I would make decorations for our front door out of supplies I had on hand.

All Hallow's Eve 1997

In this case, those supplies included my little sewing machine, black felt and, no kidding, orange denim.

I remember painstakingly sketching a witch on a broom onto felt with a piece of chalk I’d sharped as much as possible.

The result was a not-terrible banner that we used for many, many years.

That was 1997.

As you can see, the banner (above) has seen better days!

All Hallow's Eve by Jennifer Ofenstein (1)

Download it here OR get it on Craftsy

Don’t want to applique? You can also hand embroider or even stencil this pattern!

My opinion of the traditional Halloween witch has changed greatly since 1997, so our new friend here is much cuter and definitely curvier. I imagine she’s wearing her Halloween best as she rides her trusty broomstick to a fun party, perhaps in Hogsmeade!

The pattern prints at approximately 7 1/2″. If you want something bigger, try out my tutorial for enlarging/reducing patterns!

Omni Arc for Circles

If you are lucky enough to have an OmniArc Ruler, try using the 8″ circle guide to create your moon.

I ironed my fusible webbing in place first and then folded the orange fabric before cutting with my rotary cutter. Follow the instructions as printed on the ruler.

Your moon will be about 1/2″ bigger than the one in the pattern, but it will still work great for, oh, say a 12″ quilt block or fun Halloween cushion!

No such luck? You can also cut around a ceramic plate with your rotary cutter!

Need fusible web? I recommend Misty-Fuse, Steam-A-Seam 2 or Heat’n Bond Light.

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TTMT #340 – What’s a little noise?

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Today’s video doesn’t have much in the way of Halloween (unless you count the end of the video!), I do hope you’ll forgive me! I’ll be back tomorrow with more 31 Days of Halloween!

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31 Days of Halloween – Mixed Spice & Pumpkin Cake

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We’re doing something a little bit different today on 31 Days of Halloween!  Below, you’ll find a fun recipe and video from my dear friend and fellow TTMTer, Cat Magraith.

The following Talk to Me Tuesday is a much-watch, with Cat’s young daughter Tara being the star of this Food Network worthy show!

Pumpkin cake!

As you probably noticed in her video, Cat is in Australia, so I’ve made a few recipe notations for my American friends. You’ll find those in italics. Her recipe is the bold text.

Pumpkin Cake

Sift dry ingredients into bowl and add remaining ingredients.

Mix well and spoon into loaf tin or muffin tins.

Bake for 30-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean.  I cooked 50 minutes at 350F, but I started checking around 40 minutes.

Optional: sprinkle powdered sugar on top or make a powdered sugar glaze with 1 cup of powdered sugar and 3 TBS of milk. Glaze when cooled.

Mixed Spice (my version)

There are LOTS Of recipes for Mixed Spice online. Use whatever works best for you. This is the version I currently have in my pantry.

Mixed Spice

  • 1 Tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground Ginger

Store in a container with a tight lid. Use as needed. This also makes a fantastic addition to butternut squash and sweet potatoes!

Here’s another recipe from BBC’s Good Food. Do you have a Mixed Spice recipe? I’d love to know what it is!

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31 Days of Halloween – Easy Felt Bat Tutorial

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It’s been a tutorial kind of week here on Sewhooked, so I thought we’d keep it up by revisiting another old favorite for 31 Days of Halloween!

Bats flying out from under I35 and old McNeil Rd in Round Rock, Texas.

Bats are a fact of life here in Austin. Even though they aren’t just for Halloween around here, they are one of my family’s favorite way to decorate!

Easy Felt Bats

For almost 20 years now, my family and I have decorated our front door with felt bats. They are fun, fast and easy to make!

You’ll need:


Fold the acrylic felt lengthwise in half. Pin the Bat pattern on the fold.


Cut around the bat shaped pattern, leaving the fold intact. Fold fabric out.



Use hot melt glue to attach google eyes, being careful to use only a dot of glue. Use pattern placement as a guide.


 
Use the same method to add the magnets to the back of the bat, using the placement shown on the pattern.



Two sizes of eyes.

I do love spelunking in old blog posts!  My front door hasn’t been this color since 2013!

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31 Days of Halloween – TARDIS Treat Bag

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We’re back again with 31 Days of Halloween! Today, we’re revisiting a tutorial I originally posted way back in 2010!

Enjoy the TARDIS Treat Bag…it’s bigger on the inside for all that candy!

TARDIS treat bag tutorial

You need:

  • 9″ x 12″ acrylic felt sheets – 5 dark blue, 1 white and 1 glitter black
  • scissors
  • thread (I used navy blue)
  • ruler (rotary, if you’ve got one)
  • rotary cutter (optional)
  • sewing machine (optional)

You can definitely do this project without a rotary cutter and ruler and even without a sewing machine, so those items are optional. If you do hand stitch, make sure you make tight, even stitches and use heavy-duty knots so you don’t lose your candy!

Cutting Instructions:

from 1 sheet of blue felt (the other 4 sheets of felt stay 9″ x 12″), cut:

  • 9″ x 9″ square  -bag bottom

from 1 sheet of white felt, cut:

  • 8 – 2 1/2″ x 3″  – Windows
  • 1 – 1/2 x 2″ – Notice
  • (optional) 4″ x 5″ – cell phone pocket
from 1 sheet of glitter black cut:
  • 2 – 2″ x 12″ – Handles
Note: On all acrylic pieces, 9″ is width 12″ is height, so pieces are arranged with the 9″ width being the top and bottom.
 
1/4″ inch seams are used throughout

Using your ruler, arrange the window pieces on the 9″ x 12″ sheets of felt so that they are 1 1/2″ in from the sides and 2″ down from the top.  For the TARDIS front, center the notice under the left window, leaving about 1/2″ in between.

Arrange window pieces on remaining three 9″ x 12″ blue felt.



Stitch windows in place, 1/4″ in from outside of white felt. The TARDIS windows have six panes. My windows are estimated, but you can measure and divide your stitching if you choose. Repeat for the two sides that are NOT the front of the TARDIS.

For the Notice on the front, sew some random stitching onto the  1 1/2″ x 2″ piece of felt (as shown). This gives the illusion of writing from a distance. Stitch on each of the four sides with a short zig-zag stitch in each corner (forgot to take a close up…look about three photos down and you can see what I mean!).


OPTIONAL – After stitching all the windows on, choose a blue side that is NOT the TARDIS front. Align the 4″ x 5″ piece of felt under the window stitching. Straight stitch on the two long sides and across the bottom, making sure to backstitch at the start and stop.

For handles – Fold in half lengthwise and zig-zag down the open side.


Your TARDIS is now ready for assembly!



Find the front (windows with notice) and back (cell phone pocket – or without if you didn’t make one) and bag bottom.  With the insides facing/right side out, place the bottom of the front piece along one side of the 9″ x 9″ bottom piece. Stitch across, leaving 1/4″ at the beginning and end of the seam unstitched (see below).

Seam allowance will be on the outside of the bag.



1/4″ unstitched on the end of the seam (both ends).

Repeat stitching for the back side, making sure the bottom of that side meets the bottom of the bag.



Sew the remaining two pieces on opposite sides, continuing to leave 1/4″ open at each end of the seam.



Find the front and the piece immediately to the left. Bring the two long sides (wrong side) together, right side out.



Stitch from corner to corner.



Repeat for the remaining three corners.



You now have a TARDIS with no handles. That’s the last bit and then you’re done!



The handles attach to the front (windows + notice) and back of the bag. Use a ruler to line up the handles 2 1/2″ in from each side of the bag, with about 2/3″ inside. Pin in place.



Starting at a corner seam, stitch all the way across the top of the bag, backstitching when you get to the handles. For added strength, continue stitching all the way around the bag, flattening out the seam allowance with your fingers before you stitch across it.

Handles…and you can see the cell phone pocket, too!



Snip above and below the top stitching to make the little notches (optional).



The TARDIS Treat Bag is easy to fold, just fold in the bottom and it will fold in on itself.
photo

And… DONE!

TARDIS treat bag tutorial

It’s wibbly wobbly, timey whimey…

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31 Days of Halloween – A Little Haunted

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Welcome back to 31 Days of Halloween!

First thing is first, a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my best girlfriend, Jewells!

*throws confetti*

Now, on to business!

Each Friday in October, I’ll be featuring some of my Halloween-inspired patterns that are available for sale in my Craftsy shop. Free Halloween goodness returns tomorrow!

A Little Haunted Wall Hanging

A Little Haunted – now just $2.95 on Craftsy!

9 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ finished

Today, we’re revisiting one of my first-ever patterns made for sale, A Little Haunted.

halloween drawing by comic_day

This wonky little haunted house was inspired by a piece of artwork drawn by my son when he was still a little kid.

My little kiddo turns 18 in a couple of months, so that was some time ago!

A Little Haunted with owls

A Little Haunted includes all the directions and pattern pieces you need to make the haunted house with boarded up windows or this simplified version, perfect for fussy cutting!

Want a different size? Try out my tutorial for enlarging/reducing patterns!
@ QuiltCon, 2013

Spotted in the wild! A Little Haunted in the BabyLock Booth at QuiltCon 2013!

Quiltmaker's Quilts from 100 Blocks Quiltmaker's Quilts from 100 Blocks

I still have a couple of copies of Quiltmaker’s Quilts From 100 Blocks in my Etsy shop. Included in this magazine is my quilt pattern, Jewels of the Wind. This quilt was inspired by the birthday girl herself. Thanks, Jewells, for always being an inspiration!

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31 Days of Halloween – Tri-Wizard Tee Costume

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Crack open the WAY BACK MACHINE for today’s 31 Days of Halloween!

Today we have a fast, easy costuming option for the Harry Potter fans out there.

TriWizard Tee Tutorial sewhooked.com Craftster Swap - HP for our kids

Originally created in 2006 for a Craftster Swap, I’m breaking this tutorial out today for anyone that might not have a costume in mind, or, like me, might need something a wee bit cooler to wear come Halloween!

The best part about this project is that you can sew it by hand if you don’t have a machine or use a serger to finish it even faster!

You’ll need:

  • 1 red t-shirt
  • 1 black t-shirt in the same size and style as the red t-shirt
  • Rotary cutter, 24″ rotary ruler & cutting mat
  • OR a straight edge, pencil and sharp scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine, serger or needle and thread
  • Freezer Paper, cut into 2 8 ½” x 11” sheets (print Hogwarts Crest Stencil & Potter/Star Stencil on these sheets)
  • fabric paint in red, green, blue, yellow, white and gold
  • foam paintbrushes

Instructions

t-shirt black t-shirt red

  • Find the center of each shirt by folding in half towards the front and matching the sleeves.
  • Mark the top and the bottom with a pin.
  • If using a rotary cutter, this is your cutting line.
  • If using a straight edge, draw a pencil line from top to bottom.
  • Cut as straight as possible.

Sleeve Reconstruction

t-shirt left right sleeves

  • Select the red shirt right (right side when the shirt is worn) and black shirt left and carefully remove the sleeves from each side of the shirt using a seam ripper. Be very careful to not stretch the fabric.

t-shirt left right sleeves2

  • Swap the sleeves so that red sleeve is with black shirt piece and the black sleeve is with red.
  • Turn the shirt half you are working on inside out and place the sleeve, right side out inside the
  • sleeve hole (right sides will be together), matching the top and bottom creases. Pin the sleeve in place, being careful not to stretch the fabric.
  • Using a serger or a stretch stitch on your sewing machine, stitch in a 1/4″ to 1/2″ seam all the way around.
  • If stitching by hand, take small stitches.
  • Repeat for second sleeve.

Shirt Body Reconstruction

t-shirt 2

  • Place one shirt half inside the other, right sides together so that the wrong sides of the seam lines will be on the outside. You will have two seams, a front seam and a back seam.
  • Carefully pin every few inches starting at the t-shirt ribbing and work your way down, trying not to stretch the fabric.
  • If the bottoms hems do not meet, pin the bottom edges together and ease along the middle of the shirt (t-shirts can be really wonky, but you can make it work!).
  • Carefully stitch along this line as for the sleeves.
  • Snip the corners of the inside seams on the diagonal.
  • Turn the shirt right side out.

Stenciling the front (Hogwarts Crest)

  • Cut out the four sections of the Hogwarts Crest stencil.
  • Place cardboard or newspaper inside the t-shirt to protect from bleed through.
  • Using a warm iron, carefully place the stencil on the upper left side of the shirt (the black
  • side).
  • Stencil the upper left section red, the upper right section green, the lower left section yellow and the lower right section blue*.
  • Gently peel stencil away and allow to dry.
  • Optional: Paint a cursive “H” over the four sections in gold paint.

Stenciling the back (Potter & Star)

  • Cut out the Potter and Star stencil.
  • Optional: Create a stencil with your own name using a Sans Serif font OR use purchased iron on letters.
  • Place cardboard or newspaper inside the t-shirt to protect from bleed through.
  • Using a warm iron, carefully place the stencil in the middle of the back of the shirt, matching center lines.
  • Stencil the name and star with red paint.
  • Gently peel away and allow to dry.

*I recommend testing your paint on dark fabric before you start. Some paints will need multiple layers. If the paint doesn’t cover, you can start with a white base coat.

TriWizard Tee Tutorial sewhooked.com

Need more information on stenciling? Check out my post from last week!

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31 Days of Halloween – Jack-O-Lantern Dishcloth Tutorial!

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s Talk to Me Tuesday, we continue with the fun of 31 Days of Halloween by sharing a new tutorial!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Hot off the sewing machine, a festive, Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel topper!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

You’ll need:

  • Pumpkin Template
  • Dish Towel of your choice
  • small amount of batting
  • small amount of orange fabric
  • scrap of black fabric
  • 2 – 2″ x 22″ strips of green fabric (fat quarters work great or you can sub-cut a WOF)
  • fun thread color (optional)
  • pinking shears (optional)
  • sewing machine
  • iron

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Press both 22″ strips in half, pressing one end of each strip under 1/4″. Press in half again.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Stitch across the turned under end and down the length of each green strip.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Now you’ll have this!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Depending on the size of your towel, you may need to cut it in half. My towel was 23″ long. If you don’t cut your towel in half, then cut the seam allowance off the top end.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Run a long basting stitch along the raw edge, being sure to leave long tails on each end.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Use the basting to gather the towel. Now, set aside for the fun part!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Cut your orange fabric into two pieces approximately 7″ square (mine was a little wider, so I just left it). Cut out and trace the Pumpkin Template onto the right side of one piece of orange fabric with an erasable fabric pencil. I used my white Sewline pencil.

I marked a four inch space to help with the opening later on. This is optional.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Baste the orange fabric you just traced on to the batting with a few dots of washable school glue.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Using your fun thread and a wide stitch (I used a 3 on my Juki), trace the pumpkin line.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Starting at the top of the pumpkin, echo the shape  an inch or so inside the line. You don’t have to be perfect here, every pumpkin is unique!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Mine looks like this.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Using your black fabric scraps and a pair of scissors, cut out the face you’d like for your Jack-O-Lantern. I decided to go super simple, trimming as needed until it was just the way I wanted.

Baste these pieces on with the washable school glue. Hit it for a few seconds with your iron to dry the glue.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Using the same stitch as before, stitch around each facial feature, being sure to back stitch as needed.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Trim the entire thing with pinking shears. The face is done, yay!

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Place completed face right side up on the remaining piece of orange fabric.

Slide the unstitched ends of the green ties into the top center and secure with a pin.

Measure a 4 inch opening at the bottom (this is what those marks were for back when I was tracing), Mark each side with a pen or erasable fabric pencil, marker, etc.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Sew around, on top of the original stitch, leaving the 4″ opening at the bottom. Back stitch at the beginning and end.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Insert the previously prepared towel in the opening (the back fabric is still untrimmed).

Adjust as needed until it is as even as possible.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Sew the opening closed. Depending on your machine, you may need to raise your presser foot or use a walking foot. You know your machine best, so do what works best for you.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Now, it’s time to trim off the back! Use scissors or your pinking shears to trim close to the stitching, being sure not to cut the front fabric.

Jack-O-Lantern Dish Towel Hanger by Jennifer Ofenstein, sewhooked.com

Here we go, all done! What a happy Jack!

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31 Days of Halloween – Caramel Apple Bites

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Here we are again and we’re one day closer to my favorite holiday as we continue on with  31 Days of Halloween!

Today, I’m sharing a quick and easy caramel apple fix. Do you have five minutes? Then you can do this!

Caramel Apple Bites

What you’ll need:

  • One Granny Smith or your favorite tart apple
  • Caramel candies
  • chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • wooden toothpicks
  • microwaveable plate*
  • parchment paper

*Don’t want to microwave? Try this under the broiler, but keep any eye on it, the candy will melt fast!

Caramel Apple Bites

Slice and core the apple any way you like, I like to cut my apples in 8ths for a nice apple bite! Place apple slices on parchment lined microwave-safe plate.

Caramel Apple Bites

Using toothpicks, attach one caramel to the center of each apple

Caramel Apple Bites

Microwave until the caramel just starts to melt. It takes my microwave about 1 minute and 20 seconds. Time may very with yours, so keep an eye on it.

Some of your caramel slip off? That’s okay, just scoop it up and dump it back on top!

Caramel Apple Bites

As a finishing touch, sprinkle chopped pecans or walnuts (shown) on top while the candy is still warm. I recommend eating these warm, but you can refrigerate them, too. The candy may settle a bit, but it’ll peel right off the parchment paper!

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