The Quickest Fall Decorating Ever

Nothing like needing something at the last minute to make your heart race a little, right?  A few days ago a friend came and asked me to do some table decorations for a senior's luncheon.  "When do you need them?" I asked.  "The luncheon is on Friday." came the answer.  Now this was Wednesday evening that we were having this conversation so not much time.  It really wasn't her fault, as the person who had originally volunteered had been called away unexpectedly.  So, I agreed to do something as long as it could be really simple.  A few mums, clay pots dressed with ribbon I was thinking, but it didn't look quite finished.  So I made some little felt pumpkins and ghosts to stick in the pots and delivered them on Thursday night.  Here's some of the extra ones that I put on my porch.

Here is what you need to make two of either the pumpkins or the ghosts :

Stabilizer - I used wash away because I am out of tear away but I think almost any type would work.

Two rectangles felt 6" X 4.5" (Orange for the pumpkins and white for the ghosts)

Embroidery Thread (Orange and green for the pumpkins and black for the ghosts)

Bobbins wound with the same thread you will use on top for each color

Lapel stick or temporary adhesive

The Pumpkin or the ghost design which you can download below.

Two kabob sticks or thin dowel rods 10" long.

Craft glue

Ribbon if desired.

What you do to make the pumkins:

1.  Hoop the stabilizer only.

2.  Sew the first color (in orange)

3.  Remove the hoop from the machine and place on a flat surface.  Put a little temporary glue on the corners of  one felt rectangle and place it on the back of the hoop making sure that all the stitching is covered.  Turn the hoop over and repeat for the other felt rectangle on the front.

4.  Slide the hoop back onto the machine carefully making sure the back felt stays in place. 

Embroider the next two colors for the pumpkins  using orange.

5.  Change the bobbin and top threads to green and embroider the last color.

6.  Remove from the hoop.  Carefully cut around the outside of the designs.

7.  Using the sharp point of small scissors cut a small slit close to the bottom of one side of the pumpkin.

8.  Put a little craft glue on the stick and insert into the slit.  Let dry and add ribbon if desired.  Poke one or more in a pot of mums and you have a cute table decoration in no time at all. Or decorate the porch like I did - there's still time.

Click here to get the little ghost and the pumpkin. 

Here are some links to other fall blogs in case you missed them in years past.

Easy Runners for Small Places

Spiders, Ruffles and Ghosts

Easy Tutus and Black Cats

Halloween Masks for My Pumpkins

Halloween Costumes

A Dancing Princess

I think they all have a free design to download for your library.

Here's what our girls will be this year - a cowgirl, a ladybug and a bumble bee (She absolutely hates bugs so go figure - she wanted to wear "thingys" - antenna's)



The ladybug design is from ATG Summer flights (I only sewed part of the design.) For the lady bug and bumble bee wings I just made appliqe ovals in my embroidery software and then sewed them together.  I sewed yellow ribbon on a black tee and made those bee antennas out of a headband, pipecleaners and pom poms.  The dots on the lady bug are cut from felt and her antennas we found in a bargin bin.  The cowgirl outfit is made from vinyl remnants and a couple of leftover scrapbook embellishments. 

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween.

Take care,



Comments (2) -

Another excellent idea for us!  Thank you.  

I agree that using wss is just fine when you are out of anything else.  I do it all the time!

Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

What a cute idea.  If you don't have any felt you could use any fabric with a heavy cutaway.  The cutaway would give it body.


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Upscale Bed Linens – Tips for stitching gorgeous machine embroidery designs on sheets

Upscale Bed Linens – Tips for stitching gorgeous machine embroidery designs on sheets


We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog

    Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

    I love embroidered bed linens. They are such a treat to slide between as you end a long day. Here are some tips for stitching gorgeous machine embroidery designs on sheets.

    Tips for Success

    • Take the time to prepare the design and the sheets. It’s well worth the effort.

    • Purchase an extra pillowcase to test the design before stitching on the sheets.

    • Open the band before embroidering to hide the wrong side of the embroidery.

    • My stabilizer of choice for sheets is fusible polymesh cut-away stabilizer with a layer of tear-away floating under the hoop. Fine linens are a tight weave and benefit from a strong foundation for the embroidery.

    • Insert a new, sharp needle.

    • Consider adding a single-letter monogram to the center of the band. Then stitch from the center to the edge on each side.

    • Allow some space at each end of the border for some breathing room (aka – room for error).

    Here’s a case for prewashing the sheets. Normally, I don’t prewash blanks but sheets really benefit from this prep step. It eliminates the unwanted puckers that often appear after laundering embroidered linens.

    Measure the band – from folded edge to stitch line and from selvedge to selvedge. If the band measures 4” (a common size), select a design that is 3” in height so that there will be ½” open space on each side of the design. Once you select a machine embroidery design that is 3” tall, make a note of its length. My design is 3” x 5” and my queen top sheet measures 90” from selvedge to selvedge. I’ll divide 90” by 5”. I’ll need 18 repeats to fill the band.

    Hmm…90” is perfectly divided by 5 into 18 repeats. Frankly, that scares me because I’ll have to be absolutely perfect on placement for each of the 18 designs. So I’ll take a little artistic license here and set myself up for success by planning on stitching only 17 repeats. Not only will this relieve some stress, it will probably look more pleasing because the center of a design will be dead center on the band and not the join of two designs. Definitely more desirable in my opinion.

    Not that I know how many repeats I’ll need, I will take a seam ripper to the band and release the hem. I know, reverse sewing but it’s so worth it. Next, it’s time to carefully press the band but I will leave the crease of the fold in place because it’s a built-in guideline for squaring the band (sheet) in the hoop.

    Cut the fusible polymesh stabilizer into 4” strips and press it to the wrong side of the band.

    Fold the sheet in half, selvedge to selvedge to find the center and place a target sticker to mark the center.

    Print two templates of the design. Place one template on the target sticker. Make sure the template’s crosshair is aligned with the target sticker’s crosshair. Use a ruler to verify the design is flanked by ½” on each side (from fold crease to hemline).

    Select a hoop that will accommodate the design – one or two repeats. Hoop the band with tear-away stabilizer. Center the needle over the target sticker and embroider the design. Place the template on the band, connecting the image to the stitched design. Move the needle to the template’s crosshair. Remove the template and embroider the design.

    When it’s time to rehoop, use the template and folded crease to square the sheet in the hoop and continue to fill the band with embroidery.

    Thanks for reading!

    Reprinted with permission from Eileen's Blog.


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