The countdown to Halloween fun starts now!

Only 43 days until Halloween! That’s a big deal around this house.  My kids can’t wait to pull out the boxes of Halloween decorations as soon as the first pumpkin in the garden turns orange.  We just finished putting up about half of our decorations this past weekend.  Lola couldn’t quite figure it out. She kept asking, “is it Halloween?” and we would say no.  She’s a little confused as to why the decorations are out now, but she does think they’re pretty cool.

This year I’m doubly excited for Halloween because of my latest line of fabric, “The House That Jack Built”, with Andover Fabrics.  I’ve been sewing up all kinds of little projects using the fabrics and I’m excited to finally share them with you.  First off, what kid doesn’t need an awesome trick-or-treat bag?

fullsizerenderThese two little “Wild Kratts” dressed up to show off my spider treat bags that feature the web print from my line.  They are quite simply the easiest treat bag you will ever make.  They feature a simple lining, fusible applique, and polyester webbing for the straps. The most time you’ll spend on these will probably be hand-stitching the buttons on!

Click on the link below for the instructions.  Or you can also head on over to our website and purchase a kit that includes everything you’ll need (except the fusible web).

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Did you know that my line of fabric is named after my son Jack?  Jack has loved Halloween his whole life, and about 4 years ago the idea came to me for a haunted “this is the house that Jack built”.   Jack helped me write the story that is featured on the fabric in my line.  I love the fabric print, but the phrases are scattered throughout the fabric so that it is the most useful when you are cutting it up and sewing with it.  I wanted to create something that just featured the story, in the same way you would read the nursery rhyme.  So, I create a house pillow and embroidered the sayings on the back in order.

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Then I also added some adorable mini Halloween buttons to both sides.  I love this little pillow because it reminds me of how the line came about in the first place.  Click on the link below for the instructions.

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And finally, I also decided to make a little pincushion with Clover’s new simple pincushion set.  All you do it add some fabric and stuffing to this mold and you’re set.  Before I did that, though, I stitched the word “eek” in between a spiderweb and added a glittery spider button!!

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Click on the link below for the basic instructions as well as instructions for making a pincushion without the Clover set.

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I hope you find some spooktacular inspiration to sew your own happily haunted projects.  Happy Fabric! -Katie

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