Learn how to make a Halloween appliqué banner using felt and fabric! Add simple embroidery and embellish with buttons for a cute Halloween craft perfect for charm packs and fabric scraps! These appliqué shapes also make sweet ornaments for a Halloween-themed tree!
Hello Crafty Friends! Today I am excited to share this sweet Halloween appliqué banner with you! These Halloween-themed pennants are made by appliquéing fabric on top of felt using a fusible interfacing and simple embroidery to hold them together. They are embellished with cute buttons and strung together with Baker’s Twine and mini clothespins to make a cute banner.
The nine pennants I designed are all things that remind me of Halloween: a witch’s hat, pumpkin, candy corn, cauldron, bat, ghost, witch’s shoe, spider web and black cat. The pennants are sized to fit 5″ squares of fabric so they can be cut from a charm pack or made with fabric scraps from your stash.
The patterns, along with a full picture tutorial, are available in my shop! Not only can you create a banner from these shapes, but they can be used for so many cute things!
- String them together to create a banner.
- Make them into ornaments for a Halloween-themed tree.
- Use them to decorate a Halloween wreath.
- Adhere them to a wooden sign to make unique decor for Halloween.
- Use them as Halloween coasters (without the buttons!)
Choosing the Fabric
For this banner I used fabric from a charm pack called Late October by Sweetwater for Moda. The Late October fabric collection features Halloween-themed fabrics in a subtle color palette of muted orange, gray, black and white. The fabrics have lots of fun prints from polka dots to my favorite buffalo check plaid.
Using a charm pack is a great way to create a cohesive banner. Even though I used over a dozen different fabrics, they all coordinate together beautifully and my pennants look like they belong together.
Fabric scraps are another great option for creating a scrappy Halloween banner. Search your stash for solids and prints that could work well together. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns. Pick out fabric scraps in the same color palette for a cohesive banner. Or make each pennant completely unique with its own color palette for a quirky and eclectic banner.
You can create a banner where each pennant is a different Halloween icon, or create a banner with the same design. Below is an example of a mini pumpkin banner. The banner is made up of all pumpkin shapes, but each pumpkin is made with a different combination of orange fabrics.
Supplies Needed to Make the Appliqué Banner
- Halloween Appliqué Pattern
- Fabric – I used Late October by Sweetwater for Moda.
- Kunin Brand Stiffened Felt (I purchased mine from Joann Fabrics)
- Embroidery Floss – I used DMC 535, 648 3853, 310 and ECRU
- Fusible Web Interfacing – Thermoweb HeatnBond Lite Sewable or Pellon Wonder Under. Use Thermoweb HeatnBond Ultra Hold to cover the back of the pennants or if you do not want to embroidery them.
- Black and White Baker’s Twine
- Mini Clothespins – I used small orange metallic clothespins from Michaels similar to these black mini clothespins.
- Fabric Scissors
- Embroidery Scissors
- Embroidery Needles
My new pattern comes with templates to make nine Halloween-themed pennants. From cauldrons overflowing with button bubbles to a cute ghost, the templates feature my favorite Halloween icons.
The pennants are created using fusible interfacing but are really brought to life with decorative embroidery. I love using a simple running stitch. It is one of the easiest hand embroidery stitches and it looks so cute outlining each of these shapes. Often I choose coordinating embroidery floss, but for this banner I used a contrasting color and love how it makes the stitching pop on each pennant!
Throughout the banner buttons are used to embellish the pennants. Tiny buttons are used for eyes on the ghost, and bat with larger clear green buttons used for the cats eyes. The spider is created with one large black buttons in the center of the spider web and bubbles made of buttons are coming out of the cauldron!
How to Download the Halloween Appliqué Pattern
These pennants are a fun hand sewing project and can be used in so many different projects from banners to ornaments and more! The new Halloween Appliqué Pattern is now available in my shop and comes with a detailed picture tutorial for how to assemble them.