Halloween is going to be here before we know it, but that doesn't mean that we've run out of time for spooky crafting. In fact, my own lack of time is what made this into a no-sew project, and I pretty much love it. My werewolf embroidery pattern has been enlarged and transformed into a piece of hoop art that can be put together in no time.
After I finished my furry friend, I realized that it reminded me of the amazing Star Wars hoop art by Love and a Sandwich. And while I wasn't trying to imitate her work, I was no doubt influenced. If you haven't see her pieces, go check them out!
Now, let's make some felt artwork!
Here's what you need:
8-inch embroidery hoop
background fabric (you can use one piece, or strips as I did)
brown and tan felt
blank and white felt scraps
12mm safety eyes (optional)
crop-o-dile (optional, but helpful for the safety eyes)
Werewolf Hoop Art Pattern PDF
You can use one piece of fabric as your background, or, for more texture, tear a few pieces of fabric into strips that are 3-5 inches wide. Tearing adds the frayed edges that remind me of werewolf clothes!
Lay them across the bottom of your embroidery hoop, then tighten the top piece over them. You may need to pull the edges a bit to get them laying flat.
Cut out the head from brown felt. Position it on the hoop so the bottom is extending past the hoop by about 1/2". Spread fabric glue on the back of the head, but not on the section that extends over the edge. You don't really need a lot, just be sure to get around the edges, and a little through the center.
Flip the hoop over and press it from the back. Make sure it sticks and is flat without messing up the fabric tension. This is especially important if you have the layered strips for the background.
Cut out the ear and face pieces from tan felt, the teeth from white felt, and the nose from black felt. If you're not using safety eyes, you can cut the eyes from black felt too. Glue them all in place.
After the glue has had time to dry, remove the fabric from the hoop. If you're using safety eyes, make a small hole at the center of each eye shown on the template. You'll need to go through all of the layers, which is where a Crop-o-dile Big Bite helps immensely. Sharp scissors or an awl should also work for you.
Insert the eyes through the holes and add the locking ring to the back.
Place the fabric back in the hoop again, and this time, push the top hoop over the felt to hold it in place. Now you can finish off the back of your hoop however you'd like. The simplest option is to just trim the fabric down and leave it showing with a bit of fray. Or, read about more ideas for preparing your hoop for hanging.
If you'd like, tear a strip of fabric and add a hanger, and perhaps a little bow too. I like how it softens it and adds extra detail.
But really, the beady eyes are my favorite part about this. They shine and add some dimension, and it makes me think about how much fun it would be to use these in other hoop art. Hmmm...I might have to work on that.
Happy Halloween Crafting!
I thought I'd take a quick look back at a few Halloween projects that I've shared here. Maybe you've seen them before, or maybe not! They're not-so-scary to get done before Halloween...I promise!
Click the name of the project to see the full post. Oh, and the "Pin It" button will allow you to pin the original post so that you can find the full tutorials when you're ready to start crafting!
"The pumpkins were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that the Great Pumpkin soon would be there."
That's how that poem goes, right?
For those of you who are new to Wild Olive, let me start this by introducing my family. I'm the oldest of six kids and my youngest sister is 9 years old. We love holidays and generally enjoy a bit of silliness.
In the last few years, we've started talking more about the Great Pumpkin (you know, as in, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown). We've left notes out in yard near where the pumpkins were growing, and other such things. My little brothers and sister know that it's all in jest, and they love it!
So this year, my little sis said that I should make some pumpkin "stockings" so we could hang them on the mantle. It was just too fun to pass up! Read on for the pattern and DIY, as well as some fun ways to use this, even if you aren't inviting the Great Pumpkin to your house.
You will need:
1/4 yard orange fabric (or two pieces if you would like contrasting lining)
1/4 yard mid-weight fusible interfacing
15-inch piece of ribbon
2 buttons (I used leaves, but plain ones will do!)
needle and thread
Pumpkin Stocking PDF Pattern
A note on fabric: I was making six of these, so I bought six cuts, then staggered the fabrics for the linings, so I got contrast without waste. Also, if your fabric store doesn't always give you straight, full cuts, you may want to be safe and get 1/3 yard, as you will need a full 1/4 for this.
Iron the fusible interfacing onto the back of your outside fabric. The width of the interfacing will be just enough for the shapes to be cut.
Using the templates and adding a 1/4-inch seam allowance, cut two outside pieces and two lining pieces.
Pin an outside piece to a lining piece with right sides together. Sew across the top edge. Repeat for the other pieces.
Now, place the sewn pieces right sides together, so that the lining matches the lining and the outside matches the outside. Sew around the shape, leaving an opening in the lining section. You can see where I pinned the opposite direction to make sure I didn't sew it closed. Also, you'll want to back stitch at the start and stop, since you'll be turning this right side out.
Clip the curves, and carefully snip the indent. Just don't cut through any stitches!
Turn the pumpkin right side out and smooth the curves. You'll notice that on the sides where the shapes meet, it's a little puckered. Don't worry, that will go away soon.
Stitch the opening in the lining closed. I used ladder stitch, but whip stitch works too.
Push the lining into the pouch and again, smooth everything out. Give it a nice ironing too, because it will be wrinkly from turning it.
Trim the ends of your ribbon piece and sew it on at the two edges of the opening. You can stitch through all of the layers, the ribbon, and the buttons at one time using three strands of orange embroidery floss.
Cut out the face pieces from black felt and use fabric glue to attach them.
You could stitch these on before you start sewing the bag together, but remember...I had six to make. Glue sped things up, and it looks nice and neat!
Hey! Your pumpkin stocking is finished! Now, I realize that your family may not be quite as quirky as we are, so instead of hanging these by your fireplace, consider these options:
Halloween purse for your little girl
Trick-or-treat pouch for your little one in a stroller
Super special gift bag
But come on. You've gotta admit that a row of pumpkins on your mantle would be pretty sweet, right?
I've heard that the Great Pumpkin will be filling these with each person's favorite candy treat (because you never seem to get enough of your favorite while trick-or-treating). However, they would be perfect as a way to give kids healthy treats, let kids with food allergies have some special treats, or even some fun little non-sweet treats!
I'm hoping for Almond Joys in my pumpkin...what would you be wishing for from the Great Pumpkin?
Today I was going to share a tutorial post, but got a little distracted. My mom was clearing some things out and handed me a box. A box full of old fabric. Suddenly I found myself looking through each piece and there were only a few fabrics that I even considered parting with. They're probably mainly from the 80s and 90s, with lots of Christmas prints, but they have potential.
Now as if it wasn't bad enough to lose a day being distracted by looking through the box, I can foresee the next few months melting away as I make plans to put them all to use!
Back to our regularly scheduled posting tomorrow!
By Mollie Johanson at Tuesday, October 14, 2014