Halloween is fast-approaching, and what better way to get the house ready than with a few great sewing projects? If you’re lacking in the free time department but still have the “urge to serge,” take a look at these 37 ideas for decorative (and simple!) Halloween sewing projects. Choose one, two, or a few and start decorating and celebrating the spooky time of year!
Buntings, banners, and garlands
1. Penant bunting – A penant bunting can fit any holiday with the right fabrics, and the Halloween colors used for this one make it a perfect addition to the holiday decorations you already have.
2. Burlap ghost banner – This simple banner requires very little sewing and just a bit of paint. Perfect for a quick craft during the kids’ naptime!
3. Candy corn ruffled garland – This garland is inspired by the candy of the season and will bring some color to any room!
4. Witchy banner – Fashion a few of these witch’s feet (and some spiders, if you please) and craft a banner to walk your guests to the door.
5. Candy corn banner – Hang this tasty banner anywhere you please – it’s reversible!
6. Fabric pumpkins with ruffles – This basic tutorial for these cute fabric pumpkins is easy to follow. Add ruffles to your pumpkins for extra fun!
7. Fabric pumpkins with video tutorial – The Alison Show has a great video tutorial you can follow for more fabric pumpkins. Her video also includes instructions for adding yarn accents that give the pumpkins defined sections.
8. Burlap pumpkins – These pumpkins are basically the same as the fabric variety, but this tutorial includes a few extra tips for working with the burlap.
9. Hand-sewn upcycled shirt pumpkins – If you’re interested in trying a sewing project but lacking a sewing machine, follow the directions for these hand-sewn pumpkins made from old shirts or sweaters.
10. Primitive pumpkin characters – these little fellas are meant to be pincushions, but they’re so cute, why not display them instead? Fill a bowl or line a mantel with these whimsical pumpkin heads.
11. Witch graphic pillow – Give any room a vintage holiday feel by adding a pillow with one of these fun graphics attached.
12. Pumpkin pillow – It’s a pillow and a fun stuffed pumpkin, versatile enough to rest on the couch or anywhere else you choose!
13. Fun felt bat pillow – The fun flapping bats on this simple felt pillow will bring a smile to the faces of your Halloween visitors.
14. Glitter striped pillow – Make a basic pillow form using drop cloth fabric and get crafty with some glitter paint and a fun iron-on.
15. Glitter sprayed “Trick-or-Treat” pillows – A plain drop-cloth pillow is made glamorous when finished off with glitter spray paint!
16. Iron-on pumpkin pillow – Pick some fun patterned fabrics to make the iron-ons for this pumpkin patch pillow. Use a contrasting thread to sew around the pumpkin edges and make them really pop.
17. Dish towel pillows – Grab a couple of seasonal dish towels and you’re half-done with this project. And don’t tell anyone, but… you don’t actually have to sew these pillows!
18. Felt pillows – White paint + black felt and outline stitching = quick, easy, and awesome pillows.
19. Halloween face pillows – Play with different kinds of spooky (or smiley!) faces and pile these friends on your sofa for a cuddle.
20. Mummy wrapped pillow – Take a peek at this clever mummy pillow inspired by one seen at Pottery Barn! Start with a basic pillow form and start wrapping!
Table runners and table décor
21. Ribbon table runner – You may have seen this table runner floating around Pinterest – and it’s because it’s so easy! Use up your ribbon ends and put together this tabletop treat.
22. Burlap table runner – A little spray paint goes a long way to style this burlap table runner for a very classy Halloween.
23. Scrappy table runner – Got a few black and orange fabrics lying around? Use them up by making this scrappy table runner.
24. Ruffled table runner – Choose some fun black and white fabrics for this runner and add a pop of orange with a sweet ruffle on each end.
25. Halloween place mats – Use a creative stitch and some fun stencils to whip up a few of these Halloween place mats.
26. Pumpkin chair backers – Another great project to try when you don’t have a sewing machine, these pumpkin chair backers can be stuffed with goodies and customized for all of your Halloween guests.
Dolls, plushies, and other decorations
27. Giant felt porch spider – Replace the same-old shlumpy plastic bag spider with a fabulous felt one this year. The kids will love making friends with this friendly arachnid.
28. Hanging witch’s legs – This clever décor will be the talk of the party! Just stuff a little here and sew a little there and you’ll have this pair of witch’s legs done in no time.
29. Bat plushies – Stash a few of these bat plushies around the house to brighten even the darkest corner!
30. Ruffle Halloween trees – Create a spooky forest for your mantle or as a centerpiece for your next costume party with these ruffle trees.
31. Happy hanging spooks – They can hang from just about anywhere! Try bring in some small tree branches and placing them in a vase, then hanging your spooks on their “Halloween tree.”
32. Hand towels – Try these two fun ways to style a pair of plain hand towels and dress up your bathroom for your spooky festivities!
33. Kooky primitive cat plushies – Just freehand a crooked cat form, cut two, and stitch it together (like a pillow) to form the base for these crazy kittens. Follow the tutorial for some great ways to add their fun features.
34. Sweet stick ghosts – This project is simple enough even the kids can pitch in. Sew a few of these friendly ghosts to dress up a tabletop.
35. Son of Frankenstein doll – He’s sure to become a fast friend sitting on your shelf this Halloween!
36. Sock skeleton – Create this cute Halloween softie using a single pair of white socks!
37. Candy corn door hanging – This super simple candy door décor can be easily crafted from canvas, fabric paint, and a bunch of fun ribbons.
Looking for more fabulous Halloween décor ideas? Try these Spooky DIY Halloween Decorations!
Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.
Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.
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