Saturday, August 7, 2010

Halloween Garland

A garland needed for my craft room window for the holidays, a Halloween Garland Along begun.

Click on image, File, Print Preview, select percentage size right for you! My ornaments are about four inches tall.

Repurposing last year's Christmas pattern, a candy corn cut out, each color layer butted against the next and button stitched in place.

With one ply basting thread, fold under the tip of the corn and slip a hanging cord between folded over felt, and baste closed. Starting at the bottom with matching thread, button stitch sides together without catching any of the white felt. Notice what a nice point the folded down tip has resulted.

Lightly stuff candy corn with fiberfill. In a counter clockwise direction, whip stitch between pinked felt edge.

Make two candy corn for your garland.

I love Halloween because it is the only time of the year you can legitimately decorate with purple, green, and orange. A cute witch for my garland, the only type to know!

Cut out one pattern in purple. Cut out face opening by folding felt in half, fold round pattern piece in half and lay over fold for guide. Button stitch face in place and embroider details 2 strands floss. Lay on top of white felt and pink at bottom edge. Cut white sides slightly smaller than purple pattern. Baste purple to white. Tack stitch belt in place with one ply thread.

On backside, cut away white felt at tip of hat. Following directions from candy corn, bend tip of purple hat down, position hanging cord, fold over, baste closed. Beginning from pinked edge, button stitch closed making sure white felt stays hidden.

Cut out felt hat brim, cut opening in center, slip over hat point.

A garland for hanging ornaments is as wide as my window opening. I have single crocheted a chain using cotton yarn. The tassels at the ends are made by winding yarn around three fingers, tying in the middle, and cutting loops.

I used my rotary cutter to cut lengths of felt 1/4" wide. (NOTE: pattern says, 1/2". I found this size to be too wide) Lay white strip 1/8" in and on top of orange strip of felt. Fold 1/8" orange over white, jelly roll five rotations. Cut white end slightly shorter than orange for smooth appearance. Use 1 ply thread to tack end. Insert needle through all thicknesses to secure.

Cut a total of ten green leaves, five white pinked leaves. Sandwich white felt between green leaves, use 2 ply white thread to whip stitch between pinks catching green felt on the edges. Tack leaf to back of crocheted garland, tack jellyroll to front of garland securing it firmly to leaf.

There you have it! I just adore purple, green, and orange!


NanE said...

AAAWWW, there it is! I was waiting, it is adorable as usual. Thanks for sharing it with us E! Have a great weekend, hugs and blessings, Nan

Cherry Chick said...

They are darling and perfect for Halloween.
Didn't I read somewhere about you taking a "blog break" this month???

Debby said...

Sooooo cute. Love the colors, a softer look for Halloween. Weather is beautiful today, enjoy.

sassypackrat said...

Love this! I still have to finish my Gnome Garland, the heggies need their spikes still. Then I'll start the Halloween one. I really love these garlands you come up with, so fun and adorable!

Posy Linda said...

Elizabeth, you are a felt magician. Great fun. I'm looking forward to more!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I love working with felt. I want to make this garland as it is adorable!!! Have you visited the website of the store Prairie Point Junction? They are a big supplier of felt and felt patterns. I love making the felt food (cupcakes, cake slices, etc). Thanks for sharing your pattern. Love & blessings from NC!

Nan said...

Oh Elizabeth here you are at it again with a very creative garland. Oh my...I must print this as I have finished my gnome garland and hung it out in the Fairy Cottage. Two red birds hold it up and I also added a blue bird to the garland. I left out the paper ornaments for now, will add later if I get those made. Now I must look into this Halloween creation looks like so much fun with those spirals and I have already made a Halloween wooden girl. Thanks Nan

Happy@Home said...

It's so nice to see you popping in to say hello. Is there no end to the cuteness that you create? :).
I was marveling at the adorable piece of candy corn and when I scrolled down to the witch I had to pause and just smile. You have such a gift, Elizabeth and I'm so glad you share it with the rest of us.
Enjoy the rest of your break.

Anonymous said...

Adorable candy corns! ♥

laurie -magpie ethel said...

glad you took the time for a blog break hello...have been missing your posts. And of course it looks like you are keeping busy with that cute garland!

vivian said...

Oh I adore this garland E!! I always say I'm going to make your garlands and never have gotten to do one yet! the candy corn is adorable! well, the whole thing is really!
Thanks for still being "around" We all need our E fix out her in blogland!

Kateyed said...

I just Love Love Love your garland. So cute and, once again, you share and are so generous with your ideas. I haven't seen the Tagalong and I must go peek. I am in SD at my in-laws and have limited computer time but had to check your happy treats!


Yes...they are the cutest Halloween garland. Enjoy your break.
deb :)

Unknown said...

Leave it to you E., to be ahead of the game. I told myself I'd start Christmas in July. Who was I kidding. ha-ha.

Hope you're relaxing and not pushing to much. But I have to say I can't wait to see what's next.

Thanks and hugs...Tracy :)

Home and Heart said...

I have missed your wonderful creations and beautiful stories!!! Glad to be back online and catching up!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love your garland, Elizabeth! Halloween is my birthday and I am a big fan of candy corn and witches! ; ) I have already been looking around at what and how I am decorating for it this year.

On a side note, I want you to know that because of you I am seeing gnomes/Santa's/snowmen, etc., in an empty Pepcid container {with its red lid}! There's gotta be some way to use that, right? Even if I wind up using felt around it somehow. Next time at the fabric or craft store, I'm picking up some felt and will see what comes out of it!

Honey Lamb and I said...

Just found your blog and think I am obsessed! Love your work!

Pieceful Bits said...

hurray for a break from a blogging break;)
This is on my list of things to make of E's...I need to purchase a new pair of pinking sheers...mine tears the poor felt. Do you use Fiskars brand?
I love Halloween just for the fact that you can mix up all those great colors of green, orange, purple, gold, and black!!!

Mona @ la la by mona said...

Oh this has to be the cutest garland ever! I can't wait to try this. I love being able to use these colors also. And in sewing, I love that I can add in lime green to lighten it up. Thanks so much for sharing!

Shirley Pumpkin said...

That is so cute... and I so Love Halloween.. I am going to try to make this garland but with paper.. I wonder if it will work.. I love love love what you do!!!!!!!!!

Shirley Pumpkin

CrisCraft said...

I adore this creation !
You are such a marvellous creator !

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