When most people think of Halloween sewing, they picture sewing elaborate Halloween costumes for their kids. When kids know their mom (or grandmother) can sew, they like to take advantage of it by asking for detailed, homemade Halloween costumes. But costumes are a small part of the Halloween holiday. Learn all there is to know about sewing for Halloween in just three easy steps, and pretty soon your machine will be whirring happily as you create Halloween decorations, treat bags, and much more.
Step 1: Pick your priorities
Halloween may seem far away, but between dentist appointments and soccer practice, it’ll be here before you know it. There is more inspirational sewing material online than any normal human being can accomplish, so you’ll have to pick and choose what you have to time make this year, and save the rest for next year! If your kids are absolutely begging and pleading with you to make a costume, or if you are morally opposed to buying pre-packaged costumes from shoddy Halloween stores shaped like pumpkins, then you’ll have to choose to make costumes. If your dream is to deck your house out with spooky, homemade paraphernalia, then you should choose Halloween home decor projects to work on.
Step 2: Gather your supplies and your tutorials
There’s nothing more fun than novelty print fabric! Buy some fun fabric with ghosts or pumpkins printed on it to make Halloween placemats, or purchase those yards of tulle you’ve had your eye on (but thus far have had no use for) and make a ballerina costume. If one of the best parts of Halloween for kids is getting to dress like someone (or something) completely different, then the best part for sewers is getting to buy and use completely different fabric.
Step 3: Start Sewing!
If you’re already an expert seamstress, you can just dive right in. Otherwise, check out some sewing tips for extra help, and use the tutorials you’ve gathered to get going. A good thing about sewing tutorials is that you can customize your projects while still following the tutorials. Add some orange ric rac here and a little black lace there and you’ve got a Halloween pillow from a regular pillow tutorial. Any project you make with the aforementioned ghost and pumpkin print fabric can become a Halloween accent in your home. Just be creative, and be patient!