20 Frightful and Festive Things to Sew for Halloween

Halloween bunting

Let the Halloween crafting begin! Whether you’re a newbie or an advanced sewer, sewn Halloween projects are a terrific way to decorate for the holiday. Pillows, stuffies, and buntings are fun and festive, and they’re easy to store between seasons. For parties, go for table decorations and small gifts that make your guests feel monstrously special. For kids, there are tons of cute toys and trick-or-treat accessories to make… and costumes, of course!

And if you’re feeling especially adventurous, sew something heirloom-quality for Halloween. A quilt or a beautifully-embellished soft decoration might be an unusual piece to create with a Halloween theme. It’s worth it, thought, to see your unique personality shine through something that can’t be store-bought.

Check out my list, below, of my favorite things to sew for Halloween. And don’t forget to tweak all of these patterns and tutorials to suit yourself. After all, Halloween is the best holiday for showing off your imagination!

Halloween Toys

Eyeball Softie from Mucho XOXO
Eyeball Softie image via Mucho XOXO

Eyeball softieI’m always on the lookout for DIY Halloween things that aren’t *too* scary. Making stuff for my baby niece is my favorite hobby, but her parents wouldn’t thank me for giving her handmade nightmares! I love this eyeball softie because, although it’s definitely on the quirky side as far as handmade baby gifts go, it’s not particularly creepy… to the kid, at least!

Stuffed candy cornFor a stuffed lovey that’s just as fun as the eyeball, above, without a hint of spookiness, go for this candy corn stuffie instead.

Fabric pumpkinsMake these low-sew fabric pumpkins as large or as small as you want, because the tutorial is easily customizable.

Skeleton stuffieEmbroidery means that you can stitch on all the little bones that you desire (I love an anatomically-accurate skeleton!), and a fun fabric for the back means your little skelly won’t be too scary.

Pillows and Quilts

Halloween Pillows from Polkadot Chair
Halloween Pillows image via Polkadot Chair

Halloween pillowsThis sewing project uses pre-made pillow forms to make it even quicker and easier. My favorite trick is to use an orange or black fabric whose print isn’t specifically Halloween-themed. That way, I let the embellishments do the work of the Halloween theming.

Trick-or-Treat pillowsWant some pillows but don’t want to do all the extra stitching that applique requires? These pillows use stencils instead!

Skull Quilt from Studio Dragonfly
Skull Quilt image via Studio Dragonfly

Skull quiltThis quilt is both easy enough to not need a printed pattern (it’s just squares!) and sophisticated enough that people will gasp with awe and wonder as they gaze upon it.

Skull quilt block tutorialIf an entire skull quilt seems too ambitious, here’s a simpler quilt block with a step-by-step tutorial.

Bat quilt block. These bats combine into a fun quilt, but the blocks, themselves, are small enough that you can also use one to embellish a trick-or-treat bag or to make a bunting, table runner, or mantle decoration.

Candy quilt blockYou can do the same projects with this candy quilt block as I suggest for the bat block, above. Or, combine them onto a single quilt!

Patchwork pumpkin quilt blockThe tutorial includes instructions for both the quilt block alone and for a table runner made from the blocks.

Spiderweb table topperThis spiderweb looks cute when sewn with fun Halloween-themed prints, and scarier when sewn with black and white fabrics.

Party Decorations, Clothes, and Accessories

Halloween bunting

Bunting. An upcycled bunting from denim scraps and stash felt is fun to make for every holiday.

Burlap “Boo!” buntingBurlap is another eco-friendly fabric that’s perfect for sewing a Halloween banner.

Candy corn table runner. Using quilting cotton to make the traditional candy corn color scheme on this table runner is just about the cleverest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.

Ruffled felt candy corn garlandOnce you learn this one simple trick for making a ruffled garland, you’ll want to use it for every holiday!

Witch feet bannerI don’t love iron-on interfacing, but when you’re making a home decor item that’s solely for display, it’s actually easy to make a substitution. Felt or denim work well to add stability. Or you use something non-traditional, like cardboard, if you won’t need to wash your decoration.

Halloween Pillowcases from Craft Knife
Halloween Pillowcases image via Craft Knife

Halloween pillowcasesI mean, you *could* put pillows in these pillowcases and sleep on them–that would actually be pretty cute for a Halloween sleepover, now that I think of it!–but I think these pillowcases are best used as old-school trick-or-treat bags. Not only are they non-plastic, but think of how much candy they hold!

Pillowcase ghost dressWhen my kiddos were wee, I had a blast making them adorable pillowcase dresses from all the pretty thrifted pillowcases I could find. A few embellishments turns a plain white pillowcase into a sweet ghost dress!

Spiderweb skirtHere’s a festive Halloween skirt that I personally think you could get away with wearing all season.

Do you have a favorite thing that you’ve sewn to celebrate Halloween? Tell us about it in the Comments below!

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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