Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tutorial: Halloween Door Banner

It's October, so Halloween is fast approaching! 
Dressing up isn't only for kids--dress up your front door with a Halloween banner. It's easy enough that you'll be able to finish it before trick or treating begins, so you'll be ready to welcome witches, goblins, and ghosts who come knocking! 

Start with these fun Halloween prints from our Trick or Treat collection: spooky haunted houses, golden spider webs, and tiny jack o'lanterns:

(See our entire Trick or Treat fabric collection here)
  • 1/4 yard orange pumpkin print
  • 1/2 yard haunted house print
  • 1/4 yard yellow spiderweb print
  • 1/2 yard black solid
  • 5/8 yard backing fabric
  • 22" x 30" batting piece
  • Fusible web

Orange pumpkin print:
Six 2-1/2" squares
Reserve remainder for applique

Haunted house print:
Two lengthwise 3" x 12" strips 
From remaining piece: two 4" x 26" strips

Yellow spiderweb print:
Six 2-1/2" squares
Two 1-1/2" x 12" strips

Black solid:
One 8-1/2" x 18-1/2" piece
Twelve 2-1/2" squares
Three 2-1/2" x 42" strips for binding

Step 1: Download the pdf of "Happy Halloween" letters template page here. Trace the appropriate number of letters to spell out "Happy Halloween" onto the paper side of fusible web. Fuse to the wrong side of the orange pumpkin print, making sure the pumpkin faces are oriented correctly.

Step 2: Cut out each letter on the drawn line. Remove backing, position letters on the 8-1/2" x 18-1/2" black piece and fuse in place. 

Step 3: Draw a diagonal line on the back of each yellow and orange 2-1/2" square. Note: The orange pumpkin print is directional, so make sure you have all the orange squares oriented the same way when you draw the line.

Step 4: Pair each marked square right sides together with a black square. Sew 1/4" away from each side of the marked line. Cut on the line and press HST units open.

Step 5: Trim HST units to measure 2" square. Make 12 black/yellow units and 12 black/orange units. Sew 6 black/yellow alternating with 6 black/orange units to make a top border as shown. (Choose the using the black orange units with the pumpkins oriented up when the black triangle is positioned at the bottom of the HST.) Repeat to make a bottom border. (The remaining black/orange units will have pumpkins oriented up  when the black triangle is positioned at the top of the HST.)

Step 6: Sew the HST borders to the top and bottom of the black center piece. Sew 1-1/2" x 12" yellow spiderweb strips to opposite sides, press, and trim excess. Sew 3" x 12" haunted house strips to opposite sides, press and trim excess.

Step 7: Sew 4" x 26" haunted house strips to the top and bottom of the quilt. 
Step 8: Layer the backing right side down, batting, and quilt top right side up. Baste the layers together. Quilt the quilt however you like. (We used a spider web motif for extra spookiness!)
Step 9: Use the three 2-1/2" x 42" black solid strips to bind the quilt. Add a sleeve to the back side of the quilt so it can be hung like a banner on your door or wall. (If you need help making a sleeve, see this video tutorial.)

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