Woot! A finished project that would look awesome on any front door through the Halloween Season!
This project was super fun for me because it is one that I just “did”. I didn’t over think it, I didn’t plan for a zillion hours and I didn’t struggle with a million little decisions. I used Elmer’s washable glue and the product I told you about earlier this week, RinsAway to make my applique pieces and turn all of the edges on the bat and pumpkin. I ended up finishing the pumpkin with satin stitched edges so the turning may have been an additional step. No matter, it is easy peasy and doesn’t cost a lot of time, so why not!
The letters are raw edge and raw cut. I simply cut (12) 3.5 x 3.5 squares then cut out letters that used the whole square. I was going for a consistant size with more of a childlike block/handwriting lettering. I was hoping for a little more fraying on their edges, but I really needed to be more aggressive with the fabric to make that happen. Here’s a close up of the pumpkin and some of the letters.
I choose an “almost” matchstick quilting pattern for the background, I gave the bat wings a little quilted texture and then quilting around the letters and shapes to make them pop a bit. Batty has a few embellishments like his button eyes and ribbon feet. This side view shows it’s shape a little better.
Since I don’t often have good reasons to buy novelty fabrics despite the fact that I love them, I took this opportunity to buy the funnest one I could find for the backing. I swear the candy corn ghost with his little candy corn butt sticking out under his sheet really makes me giggle.
I’m sorry to say, I didn’t do a great job of taking pictures along the way or even keep track of what decisions I made. I do have sized line drawing of the bat in .pdf form. I just used the file for the bat with the remnants of my first pumpkin design hanging around his feet. If you think you can use it, you can download it here.
Now on to the most important job of the season, Halloween Costuming! See you all on the other side!