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This spooky witch by Create and Craft sewing ambassador Debbie Shore still has a flair for fashion with her stripy tights and lace up boots! She’s sewn entirely from felt, so she’s easy to hand-stitch – hang her up as a fun decoration for a Halloween party, or to keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters.
Black felt, six 9” squares (374562)
Green felt, three 9” squares
Assorted colour felt, five 9” squares (286954)
Yellow felt, one 9” square
White felt scraps
Black netting, 46cm x 92cm
Embroidery thread: assorted colours (406846)
Purple knitting yarn
Toy stuffing, 100g
Fabric glue (406697)
Stitch a Halloween witch
1 Make a hat template by drawing two lines at right angles measuring 23cm, then mark a 23cm curve between the ends of the lines. Use this template to cut out one piece from black felt.
2 Cut out star and moon shapes from yellow felt, either free hand or using templates which you can find by searching the internet. Hand sew them to the hat with embroidery thread. Stitch the long sides of the hat together to make a cone.
3 Cut a 7.5cm hole in the centre of another black felt square, then trim it roughly into a circle – don’t worry about perfection! Push the cone through the hole and sew in place with an over edgestitch and black thread. The stitches won’t be that visible, so don’t worry about them being even.
4 Trim two green felt squares from the two top corners to the centre of the base to make triangles with a slightly wavy line. Draw a circle to mark where the nose will go. Cut a 4cm circle of black felt, then snip in half for the eyelids. Cut two 2.5cm white felt circles for the eyes plus a pair of small black triangles for the pupils. Work a wavy line for the mouth with backstitch and glue on a small white felt rectangle for the tooth, plus the eyes. The warts on the chin are French knots.
5 Cut out two nose pieces from green felt. These can be any triangular shape you like and should measure roughly 10cm long. Sew the two pieces together, leaving the short end open. Add a few French knot warts, then fill with toy stuffing. Hand stitch the nose to the centre of the face with green thread, then embroider a running stitch across the eyelids plus eyelashes if preferred.
6 Sew the two head pieces wrong sides together with a 2.5mm seam allowance – it’s easier to sew with the seam showing otherwise the nose could get in the way. Fill lightly with toy stuffing, push the top corners inwards, then sew across the top. Cut the yarn into 61cm lengths, enough to cover the top of the head. Fold the strips in half and form them into a bunch, then hand stitch this to the top of the head. Glue or hand stitch the witch’s hat onto the head.
7 Cut assorted coloured felt squares into 4cm strips and sew together to create your preferred length for the legs – the ones in the photo measure 43cm long. Snip the multicoloured strip in half lengthways then sew the long edges together to make two tubes. For the shoes, cut two 10cm x 12cm black rectangles. Sew the long sides together then fold so that the seam is at the back. Sew a curve around one end of each and trim. Turn right sides out then embroider laces, tying in a bow. Stuff the legs, push a boot onto each one and hand stitch or glue to secure.
8 Make the arms by cutting a square of black felt in half and sewing a 7.5cm square of green felt to each end. Stitch the long ends together to make tubes, squash so that the seam is at the back, and sew a curve to the ends as you did with the boots. Trim the curves. Turn the arms right sides out and fill with toy stuffing.
9 To make the body, take two squares of black felt and trim the sides to make a roughly triangular shape measuring 7.5cm at the top and 23cm at the bottom. The sizes don’t have to be exact so long as both pieces are the same and are symmetrical. Pin the arms, slightly facing downwards, to either side of the body. Pin the legs to the bottom and sandwich the limbs in between the two body pieces.
10 Sew all the way around, leaving the neck open and remove any pins. Fill the body with toy stuffing. Loop the ribbon in half, pin to the top of the body, and sew straight across the opening. Remove the pin. Fold the netting in half lengthways and work a running stitch around the fold to gather. Hand sew around the witch’s body. Glue the head to the top of the body, adding a few hand stitches for extra security if preferred.
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