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Crafting for Halloween

—By Heather

I typically don’t do a lot of crafting for Halloween, and that includes making costumes, but I’ve been inspired by many of you who have been shopping for supplies over the last week or so. It’s made me start thinking about all the fun items we carry that can be transformed into some spooky, silly and fun projects!

For Costumes:
*  We’ve got several kinds of felt which has endless uses. Last week a customer bought a nice little pile of felt squares to make a cute owl costume for her toddler. Or use our felt by the yard for a larger project like these breathtaking butterfly wings. And of course, felt is perfect for masks.

*  We’ve got the shiny stuff for capes and princess costumes.

* We’re well stocked with colors of net and tulle….zombie bride? Or fashion a beautiful peacock skirt like this one. (Scroll down)

*  We carry a variety of lace which can be used for crowns like these.

*  Finally, muslin and cheesecloth are perfect for mummy costumes!

For Decorating:
My friend, Kim, sent me these photos of a fun Halloween bunting she and her girls made with supplies bought at bolt:


* You can also create a simple and cute felt bat garland like this one.

* Make a quick and easy throw out of Halloween fabric fat quarters to snuggle under while watching scary movies.

General Crafting:
In my online research I came across some projects that were too good not to share, mostly using felt again:

* Hand-stitched skull garlands
* Halloween hairclips
* Monster faces
* Halloween pillows (scroll down a bit)
* Ghost cozies
* Ghost wreath
* Shadow puppets

Happy Halloween!

A cape for all seasons

by Gina

For a little while now, we’ve had some shiny silver and shiny white fabric.  It was originally designed to be jacket lining I believe.  I see it more as the perfect cape fabric.  A while back I made this for my son.  It was great fun to make, thinking through the design and whipping it up.  I simply cut out the shape, hemmed it and attached snap tape at the neck, elastic bands at the wrists and a “super T” emblem on the back.  Voila!

I apologize for the low quality pic—my son is not a fan of having his picture taken, so I had to work with whatever I could get while he was spinning around…

Originally, I put just one elastic wrist band, thinking he’d want his other arm free to swing sabres or something like that.  At his request, a second band was added later.  It makes it more like bat wings now.

Making his emblem was my favorite part of the project.  I found some scrap fabric for the star and used our extra wide twill tape for the T for a little different texture, but fabric would be great for it too.

There’s more of the shiny fabric left and it’s even marked down.  Time for some cape creating!