The summer has wrapped up, and fall is slowly arriving here in the pacific northwest. We have had a gorgeous fall so far…warm days, cool nights. And the leaves are beginning to fall, which means Halloween is just around the corner.
For years I have lived in a secure building so that meant zero trick-or-treaters. Part of me liked it and part of me felt a little left out. Part of the joy of this holiday is remembering when I used to go trick-or-treating and how much fun we had. It’s also fun seeing all the kids dressed up experiencing this fun night. The other part of me liked being alone and uninterrupted so I could cuddle up on my couch watching 80’s scary movies. However…this Halloween I may have a few trick-or-treaters. This means I must get prepared with decorations and a jack-o-lantern!
Digging through my Halloween decoration box I have decided to re-vamp a little this year. My place leans more modern, so I wanted something to reflect that.
Also, as my friends know, I am a bit of a type nerd. So when found these Halloween Boo Letters at Crate and Barrel I was stoked. They are perfectly simple and modern…just how I like!
White (Baby Boos) and Gray (Jarrahdale) pumpkins will line my porch stairs.
And Halloween quotes displayed across my numerous letter boards.
Introducing Craft Tin
My friend Cathie and I were brought together via our day jobs, yet over a period of time we realized that our passion for making needed another outlet. So over the past year we dreamed and schemed of what our “dream job” would be. It would be a perfect combination of crafting, creating and mingling. So after many long talks of what we REALLY wanted to do with our lives, Craft Tin was born.
The name Craft Tin comes from our two blog names, Krafty Kath and tinsel + trim. We first thought of calling our endeavour Kraft Tin…but then we didn’t want people to think we were all about cheese. :) So we kept it traditional and left the “c” in “craft.”
Craft Tin is in just the beginning phases, but in the next few months we’ll begin to expand and offer maker workshops for all types of projects. Our goal is to get people together who love to make things, learn new techniques or skills, as well as foster a creative community. For now we wanted to share with you some photos from our first ever Craft Tin event in celebration of Dia de los Muertos.
Crafting and Mingling
For the event we created “sugar skulls” out of mini paper mache skulls. We prepped the skulls with white spray paint and allowed everyone to decorate their own using paint pens. To finish them off we then adorned them with mini jewels and battery powered lights to light them up from the inside.
The night was fantastic! These ladies are super creative and we are so grateful that they took time out to try our “beta” event. Stay tuned for more updates on Craft Tin, and please follow us on Instagram to see our dream become a reality!
Double Trouble Halloween Pillows
I don’t know about the rest of the country, but the weather in Seattle went from a glorious hot summer, to a crazy stormy downpour! Mother Nature is screaming at the top of her lungs, WELCOME TO FALL. No joke. The plus side to this weather is that it makes for some perfect indoor time for crafting. And Halloween is a perfect time to let your imagination run wild.
My inspiration for this craft is a famous line from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In the first Act, the three witches are gathered around their caldron chanting:
“Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”
Lately I imagine three witches gathered around their caldron brewing up this awful weather we are having, so this became my inspiration for this Halloween craft. It displays some of the imagination of Shakespeare, but grounds it in one thing I always like to do, which is decorate. How can you go wrong with some home accessories?
- Two 16” inch pillow inserts
- Two 18” x 18” squares of cotton twill fabric (front of pillow)
- Two 26” x 18” rectangles of patterned fabric (back of pillow)
- Thread to match
- Multi-Surface Acrylic or Fabric paint (black and orange)
- Transfer pencil
- Double, Double, Toil & Trouble Template
- Sewing machine
- Paint brush (small tip)
- Black and orange yarn (Optional)
For the front side of the pillow:
If you haven’t cut your fabric, cut and iron two 18” x 18” squares of off-white cotton twill upholstery fabric. These will be for the front of each pillow.
Print out the templates. Take your transfer pencil and firmly trace over the edges of the “Double Double” letters.
Flip the copy over and place the traced side onto the center of the twill fabric. Hold the paper firm and iron over the top on medium to hot. This will transfer the traced letters right side onto the fabric. Repeat with the “Toil & Trouble” template.
Now it’s time to paint the transferred letters. Put on some good music and sit back and channel your inner artist. I used two different colors of paint for this project. I used black for “Double Double” and a dark orange for “Toil & Trouble.” You can choose to do the same, or use the same color for both.
I noticed that the Martha Stewart Multi-Surface craft paint was much thicker than the Americana Multi-Surface craft paint. I found that the thinner the paint the easier to paint on the fabric. There was no particular reason for trying two different kinds of paint, only that they were out of black paint in the Americana brand.
Put a bit of paint in a small dish and begin to paint inside the lines that were transferred onto the fabric. The transfer pencil will leave a small pink line so carefully paint over the lines so they aren’t showing. Once you are done painting the letters, let them dry overnight.
For the back side of the pillow:
Cut and iron two 18” x 26” rectangles of patterned upholstery fabric. These will be for the back of each pillow. I chose one black pattern and one orange pattern, but you could use the same color if you’d like.
Take the two patterned rectangles and cut each one in half vertically. This will give you four 18” x 13” pieces.
Take one piece and fold over one inside edge ½” and then fold over again. Iron the folded edge flat and use a couple pins to hold the fold down. Repeat to the other three pieces.
Sew each of the pinned pieces right down the center of the fold, approximately ¼” from the edge.
Assembly of the pillow:
Place the front side of the pillow (painted side) up on the table. Take the two pieces of the backside and overlap them to match the 18” x 18” square. Place the right sides to the painted side and pin together.
Sew around all four sides ½ to ¾ ” from the edge. I like to leave a little excess fabric in case I need to tighten it up. Repeat with the other pillow.
Turn the cases right side out. If you have pinking shears, trim the excess fabric to avoid fraying. When you are complete, place the pillow insert inside the pillowcases.
If you want, you can leave the pillowcases as is, but if you want to add a special twist to the pillows, make some black and orange pom-poms and attach them to each corner of the pillow!
You can find the tutorial on how to make a pom-pom using a Clover pom-pom maker here. If you don’t have a Clover, you can use the old fashioned method by using a piece of cardboard. Once you have made your pom-poms, sew them to each corner using a thread and needle.
The great thing about these pillowcases is that you can keep your inserts and make new ones for each holiday! So you might just see another for Thanksgiving!
Have a fantastic Halloween!