LE FESTE – CELEBRATIONS
The fireplace mantel can’t be naked for any holiday, including Halloween. That’s why I was so attracted to some of the felt garlands I’ve seen in catalogs, such as Sur La Table. Just like with the skeleton photo prop, I did not want to spend upward of $35 for something I could make myself for less money. And I could customize it. I actually made the garland in the photos above with my son, niece, and nephew in mind. Each ghost and skull represents one of them. The girls (skull with the bow and ghost with heart eyes are my niece) and the more masculine ghosts and skulls represent the boys. Don’t worry if you aren’t a great sewer, you can still pull this off. (I’m pretty terrible, but it hasn’t been stopping me lately, and I think it still looks nice.)
Here’s how to make the felt Halloween ghost and skull garland:
Gather your materials.
- Felt (I used black and white blocks of felt I had leftover from a previous project)
- Accessories (I used remnants of the black glitter iron-on sans sticky backing for the ghost’s eyes, a piece of stiff felt for the bow, and an adhesive gem to spruce up the garland)
- One long ribbon (I chose black to keep in the Halloween spirit)
- Sewing machine
Make a pattern.
I used my Cricut machine to cut out the felt. I scanned the Cricut system for graphics that I liked. I knew I wanted a ghost and possibly a skeleton. The girl and boy skull caught my eye, and I liked the shape of the ghost. I had the machine cut out those graphics (3 of each, again to make sure there was one of each for my niece, nephew, and son). You can just print out the shapes you want, pin them to the felt, and cut accordingly with a scissor.
Sew the pieces together.
The first step I took was to sew the accessories (eyes and mouths) on the ghosts. Then, I sewed the front of the ghost to the back of it on three sides. I stuffed the ghost before sewing the final side closed. I then sewed the individual skulls before sewing each piece of the garland to the long ribbon. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could sew the pieces together by hand or try using fabric glue.
That’s all it took. I intended to stuff the skulls and make them puffy like the ghosts. But I was having trouble with my sewing machine. The thread in the bobbin kept getting knotted and stuck and it would slow down the whole project. So, I decided it would be just as nice like this. But you might want to make all the elements stuffed like the one from the catalog. Of course, you could opt for jack-o-lanterns, witch’s hats, black cats, ghouls, goblins, or monsters.
Di Meglio has written the Our Paesani column for ItaliansRus.com since 2003. You can follow the Italian Mamma on Facebook or Twitter @ItalianMamma10. For more handmade crafts and party gear, visit the Italian Mamma store on Etsy.