I haven’t shared anything aside from Talk To Me Tuesday since having surgery, and since it is October, my favorite month, I couldn’t resist doing a roundup of my own Halloween and fall patterns and tutorials!
I’ve included both Free Patterns & Retired shop patterns below. As a compromise for those who want access to my previously for sale patterns, I will share the pattern of your choice for a small donation to a local-to-you non-profit. More info below with the Retired Patterns.
To date, wonderful quilters have donated over $300 to a wide variety of charities, donated food, clothing, and hundreds of masks to those who need them. Your charitable efforts make my heart swell with happiness and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
What are your favorite things to make for Halloween? I’d love to see! Let me know in comments or share over in the Sewhooked Facebook Group!You can also tag me on Instagram – @sewhookedjen.
RETIRED SHOP PATTERNS
I retired my online quilt pattern shop December 31, 2019 but I still receive quite a few requests for retired patterns.I decided the best way to address that was to have those interested in a retired pattern make a small donation to a local-to-you non-profit of your choice. Email your receipt and I’ll be happy to send the pattern. Please, only one pattern per receipt.
If you’re unsure if a pattern is FREE (I have loads of those, check out the main menu on sewhooked.com), or RETIRED, just drop me an email or comment and I’ll let you know.
I often share optional quilt layouts and other suggestions with blocks for inspiration.
For this’s week’s freebie, I jumped in my TARDIS and I traveled in time to a few years ago when I shared the following ideas, as ideas only, for a blog hop.
These fun fall themed placemats are now together in one complete pattern! Pattern document includes project instructions, 2 different pumpkin patterns, maple leaf pattern, paper pieced nine patch (because it’s way easier than cutting out 2 3/16″ squares!), and layout charts for both projects.
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This is just one of the patterns available in my Craftsy shop!
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)
Press both 22″ strips in half, pressing one end of each strip under 1/4″. Press in half again.
Stitch across the turned under end and down the length of each green strip.
Now you’ll have this!
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.
Run a long basting stitch along the raw edge, being sure to leave long tails on each end.
Use the basting to gather the towel. Now, set aside for the fun part!
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.
Baste the orange fabric you just traced on to the batting with a few dots of washable school glue.
Using your fun thread and a wide stitch (I used a 3 on my Juki), trace the pumpkin line.
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!
Mine looks like this.
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.
Using the same stitch as before, stitch around each facial feature, being sure to back stitch as needed.
Trim the entire thing with pinking shears. The face is done, yay!
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.
Sew around, on top of the original stitch, leaving the 4″ opening at the bottom. Back stitch at the beginning and end.
Insert the previously prepared towel in the opening (the back fabric is still untrimmed).
Adjust as needed until it is as even as possible.
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.
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.
Whimsical, fun, happy patterns are my favorite to create. To be frank (or Jennifer, as the case may be!), I make what I like. It’s as plain and simple as that. Making what I like makes me happy, and hopefully, you will feel that when you’re working on a pattern that I designed. If not, then I’m clearly doing it wrong!
If you’re looking for even more quilty goodness for Halloween, try one of these blasts from the past, designed by me and available on the Harry Potter page over on my other site, Fandom In Stitches (click the image for the free pattern!):
Mmmmm, mellowcreme pumpkins, the yummy little sugar bombs that are really just candy corn kicked up a notch! In homage to these tasty Halloween treats, how about a fun, easy craft that is cheap and makes enough to share with your friends?
I made the cute pumpkin earrings for a Halloween swap I was recently participated in. You can make one pair or several!