While they may not be your favorite when one crawls across the room, a few DIY Spiders are just right for Halloween! Hang them on the walls, toss them on the bed or put out mug mats for your Autumn guests to rest their steaming brews. However you sew them, these little bits of spooky crawliness will add arachnid charm and fright delight to your Fall décor. Let’s spider up!
Bewitching Halloween Spider Mini Quilt
Let’s start with the walls! Leslie of The Seasoned Homemaker blog couldn’t find what she wanted, so she designed her own bewitching spider mini-quilt. Her tutorial includes hints for piecing scraps into fabric for cutting your DIY Spiders along with simple instructions. Choose your background, fuse your new spidey friend and get ready to stitch the background web. You’ll add zigzag or decorative stitching around your spider as Leslie did or leave it flying free without an outline. The possibilities for embellishment on this design are spookily endless. It’s a quick afternoon or evening project that will be done before you can scream Eeeek! Click here for the Bewitching Spider Mini Quilt tutorial.
Halloween Spider Mini-Quilt Encore
On the Swoodson Says blog, I found a spine-tickling fabulous variation of Leslie’s Mini Quilt. Proof that the possibilities really are endless! Talented Stephanie tilted the scary spider and stitched it into a corner web instead of the all over webbing on The Seasoned Homemaker’s original design. She included great step-by-step images of her collaged spider process that you’ll love following. In the web world of DIY Spiders, Stephanie’s colorful adaptation is a creepy-crawly standout! Click here for the Spider Applique Quilt tutorial.
Fat Quarter Spiderweb Quilt
Becky of the Patchwork Posse blog collects lots of fat quarters and wondered how she could use them for Halloween. Becky’s solution is a “funky” hexagon spider web full of hair-raising fun! She used basic black and white, but suggests you choose colors bright or basic from what you have on hand. Becky gives simple instructions for the quilt base, excellent directions for the hexie spider, then leaves you with lots of options. You’ll make the final decisions on the look of the dangling eight-legs, frightful finishing and embellishing. DIY Spiders should always be personalized after all! Click here for the Fat Quarter Spider Web Quilt tutorial.
Spider Web Skirt
Once the walls are covered with DIY Spiders, it’s time to adorn you in webbing splendor! Heather of the Heather Handmade blog designed this spooktacular skirt so you can twirl and dance in spider-ific style. Heather’s post links a separate circle skirt tutorial and pattern that includes a video of her circle creation process. There’s also a video for the spider web skirt that will answer all your questions and make this a very doable dress-up. It’s a simple process that includes creating two skirts, then re-cutting one for the web. For extra swing and spider sway, Heather wears her web skirt with a petticoat underneath. Wouldn’t it be fun to add a felt spider to your web, too?! Click here for the Spider Web Skirt tutorial.
Smirky Spider Mug Mat
Now it’s time to toss a clutter of DIY Spiders around the house. Crafty Staci’s ghoulishly smirking Spider Mug Mats are a great start! Staci used circles and strips padded with batting and a great big dose of cuteness to create her scary helpers. Along with hand stitching, think about using a decorative stitch for the spider’s eyebrows and echo it around the eyes. Or choose a different stitch for each facial feature and just enjoy playing! Click here for the Smirky Spider Mug Mat tutorial.
Flying Spider Bean Bags
Great for the ki’s Halloween party and fun to just dangle around the house, these bean bag DIY Spiders could be useful all year! Drop a few on the coffee table, one on the entry table and, of course, two or three crawling around the bathroom counter. Anne, guest blogger on the Bombshell Bling blog made these so quickly that you can sew up a set in an evening. She provides a free pattern and a cut file if an electronic cutter is part of your sewing supplies. The spider mob’s horrifying, yet adorable faces are heat transfer vinyl. For the perfect, spooky eight-legged nightmares, stitch their features in Coats Glow in the Dark Embroidery Thread! Click here for the Flying Spider Bean Bags tutorial.