Halloween Pattern Hacks! Free Applique Designs!

WATCH OUT! The spookiest time of the year is just around corner! We've "brewed" TEN festive fall projects, inspired by iconic Halloween colors and mythical creatures! We've "taken" classic Sallie Tomato patterns and added adorable applique designs and seasonal cork fabrics for a creepy, holiday twist!

You can download the FREE Halloween Hacks Applique HERE, designed by the talented and creative, Kate Bashynski for Sallie Tomato. Thank you, Kate!

Here's what you'll need for these projects: 

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

BASIC APPLIQUE INSTRUCTIONS

It's easy to applique with cork fabric or faux leather!

  1. Print, then cut out your applique templates.
  2. Position template against the right side of your fabric. Trace around outer edge of each template with chalk or a removeable pen.
  3. Apply basting spray or double sided basting tape to the wrong side of your cut out applique piece(s). Do not pin cork fabric or faux leather because pins will leave a permanent hole.
  4. With right sides up, position applique as desired on your project.
  5. We recommend using polyester thread when sewing cork fabric or faux leather. Sulky Poly Deco Thread is a great choice because it's durable and has a soft sheen for a professional touch. Also, use a size 100 Microtex or Topstitch needle for embroidering cork fabric.
  6. Topstitch applique in place with your desired stitch style. A simple topstitch would be a straight stitch 1/16"-1/8" from each edge.

LET'S GET SPOOKY!

CANDY CORN BACK TO BASICS TOTE

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We're so "corny" that we had to make a candy corn tote! Perfect for trick-or-treating, and even toting around all season long! To create this project, we used our Back to Basics Tote pattern and a "sweet" cork "candy" color pallet. 

For this project, you'll need to make the following adjustments to the pattern:

  • Instead of cutting the Front and Back as a whole piece, cut the following:
    • Terracotta (orange) (2) 8" by 15-1/2" Top Bands
    • Platinum (white) (2) 4-1/2" by 15-1/2" Middle Bands
    • Mustard (yellow) (2) 4-1/2" by 15-1/2" Bottom Bands
  • Piece strips together using 3/8" seam allowances and topstitch with 1/4" allowance.
  • Do not cut the Front Exterior Pocket
  • From Terracotta (orange) cut the Back Interior Pocket
  • From the Platinum (white) cut the Shoulder Straps and Optional Snap Cover

SOPHIE SKULL BAG

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The flap on our Sophie cell pouch pattern was "screaming" to be adorned with skull applique! Our version is festive, yet neutral enough to be used throughout the fall season, or for other celebrations such as the Day of the Dead and All Souls' Day.

For this project, you'll need to make the following adjustments to the pattern:

  • Attach eye and nose appliques after Step 5 in Shape Main Panel, Facing, and Pocket. Use Flap Pattern for placement. 
  • Attach teeth appliques after Step 5 in Shape Main Panel, Facing, and Pocket. Position them 2-1/4" down from shaped edge.

FRANKEN WALLET

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This wallet is so "franken" cute! We love how this freaky version of our Lucky $2 Wallet Pattern "stitched" up! The cork color choices and applique has been inspired by Frankenstein! Adults and kids alike will love using this wallet.

For this project, you'll need to attach the appliques on Piece A Outside Main, with the top straight edge of the Hair Applique just in from the center as shown.

MAPLE $2 WALLET

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Perhaps the Franken Wallet isn't your vibe. You'd prefer something more "tasteful" to use all season long. Say hello to your new autumn companion! For this project, we created a "sweet" Lucky $2 Wallet from our Maple Leaves Cork and our NEW #3 Beige Antique Zipper. Happy fall y'all!

PUMPKIN CIRCLE BAG

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"Harvested" fresh from our pattern patch, we bring you our Circle Bag pattern featuring a pumpkin color pallet and applique. The applique features three eye options so you can carve your cork fabric to be naughty or nice.

For this project, you'll need to attach the appliques on one Main Panel before beginning construction of the project. The Main Panel and Gusset pieces will be cut from Pumpkin Spice Cork. The Moss Green Cork will be used for the Handle, Strap, and Tassel. 

LEAFY LEANNE LAPTOP SLEEVE

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As said by my favorite author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." Think of fall as a fresh beginning! And with the start of the school year in full swing, a new school year is a fresh beginning too! Whether you're a student, work from home, travel, or are constantly on the run, this Leafy Laptop Sleeve will remind you that each day is a new beginning! Be inspired each time you grab for your tablet or laptop with this version of the Leanne Laptop Sleeve!

SPOOKY EYES MACKENZIE BAG

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Keep a close "eye" on this project... Sit back and "observe" the subtle, Halloween accent on this Mackenzie bag! This classy version has been adorned with applique eyes from our Platinum cork. Rather than sewing the eyes in place, secure them with basting tape; so once the holiday is over, it will be like the eyes were never there! Boo!

SUGAR SKULLS WRISTLETS 

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Colorful and bright, instead of gloomy and sad, these Sugar Skull Wristlets represent a celebration of the lives led by those who are now gone. Sugar Skulls are deeply rooted in the Mexican tradition and culture. This festive and whimsical fabric can be carried year round! 

MYTHICAL UNICORN CARRY ALONG & EYE MASK

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"Believe" in the "magic" this Halloween! This fun duo makes a perfect pamper set for unicorn lovers, or adorable Halloween costume accessories for kiddos! 

Before construction, download the eyelash embroidery designs HERE and visit our YouTube Channel for a comprehensive video tutorial on how to make the Eye Mask and add embroidery! The same embroidery application method can be applied to one Main Panel of the size medium Carry Along. Also, attach the Unicorn Horn Applique above the eyelash embroidery before construction of the bag. Now you can "sparkle" like a unicorn too!

TRICK OR TREAT BACK TO BASICS TOTE

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Trick or Treat, get out your embroidery "FEET!" ...If you desire, you can add embroidery to this dark and spooky version of our Back to Basics Tote pattern! Simply center and embroider your chosen design on the Front Pocket before you begin construction. Watch our tutorial video for tips on embroidering cork fabric! Use any embroidery design that has a maximum size of 7" high and 12" wide. We recommend a design that isn't very dense when embroidering on cork fabric or faux leather for the best results.

Oh my ghost! We hope these spook-tacular Halloween Hacks won't make you lose sleep at night! Have a BOO-tiful holiday, and remember to "creep" it real, friends and witches!

Eat, sew, and be scary!


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