Jack-o’-Lantern Shirt Stencils

Looking to add some Halloween fun to your family’s wardrobe? Here’s a shirt idea for either you or your kids to make. It would also be a fun project for a kid’s Halloween party!

I’ve put together a free 2-page PDF you can download here. It includes a variety of eyes, mouths and noses that you can print onto cardstock and cut apart and use as stencils. Kids can rearrange the parts to create a unique jack-o’-lantern face.

After the face is picked out cut out the image with an Xacto knife (or you can cut them all ahead of time if it’s for a party).

Place your stencil either directly on a shirt or on a scrap of orange fabric. For a scrap of fabric, orange knit would be ideal since you can leave the raw edges and it won’t fray. I couldn’t find orange knit so I used cotton and then hemmed under the edges. Paint the face onto the fabric with fabric paint.

If you stenciled onto a piece of fabric, after the paint dries you can either hand stitch or machine stitch the fabric to a shirt. I like to use loose stitches so I can easily pull out the threads and remove the pumpkin face after Halloween so my son can keep wearing the shirt. Here he is in the final product, being bribed with some candy to sit still for a minute!

For more information about stencils, visit this post I did in the past.

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Etsy Tips: Inspiration, Giving Back + Holiday Prep

Ashley Carter is the Etsypreneur behind two shops, a handmade store and a modern fabric shop. She also blogs about the creative life at My Little Sunshine. Let’s learn a little more about Ashley and her handmade business!

Lace Rosette Headband

Ashley, when did you start blogging and selling from your Etsy stores? Did one of these inspire the other?

I started blogging and selling on Etsy around the same time…about 2.5 years ago, however, I kept them very separate from each other for a long time, blogging was kind of my family updated and Etsy was my crafty outlet.  It wasn’t until 6 months ago that I finally let them come together under the same name and root of inspiration, and renamed my shop and blog, My Little Sunshine.

Do you have a particular way to find inspiration for new products handmade store?

I don’t have a system or way of being inspired. It mostly happens organically.  I see something pretty in a shop window or magazine, I see the seasons changing and want to capture it’s beauty, or my eye is drawn to a particular fabric or object and my mind just shoots off with ideas from there!

Windswept Bag in Fields of Green

I read that part of your profits go to a non-profit organization. Can you tell me a little more about this and how you decided to get involved?

Gladly!  15% off the profits from My Little Sunshine goes to a ministry called Heartline in Haiti. This organization does so much to support women and children in Haiti, but the aspect that I am involved with is one that for obvious reasons is near to my heart.  My Little Sunshine supports a program at Heartline that teaches women to sew.  The idea is to teach them a skill and business practices in order to equip them to be able to make a living for themselves and their families.  For many women it is a second chance, a new beginning.

Heartline Haiti collage

Do you have any tips for other Etsy sellers on preparing for the holiday season?

Be uniquely YOU!  Take time to sit and brainstorm fun gift ideas for the holidays, what are things that you would be buying for the holiday season?  Colorways for the holidays? Affordability always goes a long way, especially during this time of year.  Brainstorm ways to offer attractive pricing, but don’t sell yourself and your skills short!

Scalloped Lace Clutch

What do you do when you’re not sewing or blogging?
My husband and I are always on the go, being a military family there is never a dull moment!  I enjoy long walks with my hubby and our pup, Bob.  We do a lot of traveling and exploring of new places and things and like to entertain friends and family-we get lots of visitors!

Ashley Carter, My Little Sunshine

Thanks Ashley! Make sure to check out her blog My Little Sunshine and her shops here and a here.

Review: Stitch Craft Create Magazine + Winner

Stitch Craft Create

If you love playing with buttons, fabric, paper and found objects, the pages of Stitch Craft Create magazine will be a welcome retreat for the senses. The premier issue of this magazine releases today, October 18th! It’s themed around the holidays, which is the perfect setting for creative gift ideas and wrapping trends like those featured on the cover.

Remember these handcrafted beauties from our Q&A with Shannon Miller last week? After hearing about all the preparation that goes into starting a new magazine from scratch, I was so excited to preview an advance copy last week! I’d actually read about this magazine on a couple other blogs, and you can tell that each of the contributors is especially grateful to be featured here. From cover to cover, the magazine is filled with fresh, holiday inspiration.

Isn’t it fun to make crafty things for a fellow crafter? If you’re involved in a creative group like a quilting bee and are looking for holiday gifts, there are lots of ideas in this issue for handmade collections (like the color jars, below) that are so beautiful, they’ll produce more handmade gifts! But they are actually pretty enough to just sit out on the table.

Although I love paper crafts and can often be found pinning creative gift-wrap ideas, I am most inspired by creative sewing projects. And the variety of fabric crafts in Stitch Craft Create does not disappoint.

Favorites include the Winter Mint Jersey Shag Pillows from Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. and the Felt Flowers Fabric Wreath by Danielle Burkleo of Take Heart.

Photo: V and Co.

When I interviewed editor Shannon Miller about the new magazine, she explained that the projects were tied together with a color palette of a “fresh, vintage-inspired collection of mint green, light blue, red with lots of white and touches of golden yellow.” The color scheme is very fresh, and makes me want to bypass fall and head straight to winter. And that NEVER happens.

The variety of projects inside ranges from holiday decorating to papercrafts, sewing and embroidery, entertaining and party ideas, yarn crafts, handmade gifts, accessories and packaging ideas. It’s enough to interest a variety of multi-crafters without scaring anyone away with too-technical projects. Overall, I’m very hopeful that this magazine makes it to issue number two (which will depend on initial response to newsstand sales and online orders), because I’d love to become a subscriber.

Craft Supplies Winner!

Out of 566 entries (wow), the winner of a copy of Stitch Craft Create magazine plus a bundle of crafting supplies is…

Entry #144, Liz Taylor! Congrats Liz, and please check your e-mail!

If you’d like to snag a copy, the magazine releases to craft stores TODAY, October 18. Or you can order a copy online right here. Thanks for all of your entries and the feedback on Rafflecopter.

Fall Treats: Fresh Picks for Sunday, 10.16.11

With trick or treating just around the corner, you might need some little treats for yourself, your home or the kids. Check out this week’s fresh picks for some fall inspiration!

Bow Bookmarks

Short and Sweet: Treat someone special to these handmade bow bookmarks, in soft fall hues. Get the tutorial from Allison at Little Lovelies!

Banana Sushi

Surprising Snack: Steph from The Silly Pearl guest posts at Multiples in the Kitchen to show off her version of Banana Sushi. It’s a snack that kids can easily make with you.

Cheap Candly Upgrade

Light Me Up: Sometimes it’s the little things that make a home, like this cheap candle makeover from Raechel at Finding my Feet.

Lollipop Topiary

Trick or Treat: Stacy shares a simple tutorial for a lollipop topiary at her blog She’s Kinda Crafty. What a perfect way to pass out candy for trick or treaters.

Mummy Lollipops

Come to Mummy: Here’s another fun way to pass out lollipops for trick or treaters or classmates. Japanese masking tape plus flat lollipops make these spooky sweet Mummy Lollipops. Get the tutorial from Jessica at Zakka Life.

12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop

You should also check out our Giveaways Roundup and enter one of the 24 current giveaways listed. There’s even a giveaway for $250 to Fabricworm and 11 other fabric prizes!


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Free Pattern Features: Halloween Pillows

Looking for ways to add some Halloween fun to your decor? On Craft Buds we’ve featured Halloween printables, fabric pumpkins, and owl smores. Lots of other crafty sites have been working hard on Halloween tutorials so we’ve put together a collection of Halloween themed pillows.

The tutorial for these pennant pillows is at Tatertots and Jello (and these could be cute in colors to match your decor or for any season!).

Halloween Pennant Pillows at Tatertots and Jello


Ameroonie Designs shares the tutorial on making this batty felt pillow.

Batty Felt Pillow at Ameroonie Designs

Chapman Place used Krylon glitter spray paint to make this Trick or Treat pillow set.

Trick or Treat Pillows at Chapman Place

On favecrafts is the tutorial and pattern for this Witch Boot Pillow.


Witch Boots Pillow from favecrafts


And on Curbly, learn how to make this spider web pillow (which could be fun to pair with a spider version of the felt bat pillow above!).

Spider Web Pillow on Curbly

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