As the days grow shorter here in New England, we're drawn to the warmth of firelight: from candles flickering inside grinning jack-o-lanterns to cozy nights by hearth.
This is the time when I like to make fabric crafts with my kids and home décor fiber art projects to welcome friends and family.
Here, I've gathered several popular how-tos you can make to celebrate Halloween, falling leaves, and all the joys of autumn.
Natalya Aikens Stitched Pigma Pen Leaves can be scattered on a table as a centerpiece or personalized with fabric pen to serve as place cards at your Thanksgiving table. A great way to use fabric scraps!
|It's hard to tell the stitched and painted leaves
by Natalya Aikens from the real ones!
If celebrating The Day of the Dead is more your style, you can make fabric-paper Sugar Skull Ornaments such as these by Kelli Nina Perkins.
|Sugar skull ornaments for Day of the Dead
by Kelli Nina Perkins.
Can't resist a row of grinning jack-o-lanterns? Then use fabric fusing and felt to make this quick-to-assemble banner by Lisa Chin. Just use the jack-o-lantern template to cut pre-fused felt, fuse and topstich the shapes to rectangles, and add a ribbon.
|Cut, fuse, topstitch, hang! That's all there is to making this
jaunty jack-o-lantern banner by Lisa Chin.
Lisa's full directions for a ghostly version of this banner are in our new compilation eBook, 8 Spooky and Sweet Halloween Sewing Projects.
Inside, you'll also find these fabric art projects: two quilted table runners, one especially for Halloween (see below) and another that will see you through Thanksgiving dinner, plus little monster-robot dolls, quilted treat bags, Day of the Dead pins to wear, nametag necklaces perfect for quilt shows, and a spiderweb quilt that will chase the cobwebs away all year long.
|Spooky yet sophisticated, this table runner will show you can spin
thread as well as any spider. By Susan Brubaker Knapp.
You can download 8 Spooky and Sweet Halloween Sewing Projects right now and have your fiber art projects done well before the trick-or-treaters come calling.
|Projects l to r by: Susan Brubaker Knapp, Tina Lewis, Dodi Lee Poulson, Wendy Sloneker, Candy Glendening,
Lisa Chin, Susan Brubaker Knapp, and Elizabeth Dackson.