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Halloween Shirt Ideas

DIY Halloween T-Shirt with Ghost Elbow Patches

 Learn how to make this adorable Halloween shirt with iron-on ghost elbow patches for your favorite ghoul or goblin for a fun holiday look!

Halloween shirt Ghost elbow patch

Hi, Friends! Thanks for all of your sweet and encouraging comments on my One Room Challenge post last week! Making over this game room has me crazy busy! Taking on such a short term project is SO fun, but it’s not for the faint of heart for sure. Still, I’m not too busy to slide in a quick Silhouette Halloween craft with this fun Halloween t-shirt idea, and I hope you like it! Thank you to Cat from Pocketful of Posies for organizing this monthly challenge! This ghostly garment was a request of my tweenager – something she saw on Pinterest – you’re never too old for Halloween, and I’m always up for recreating a Pinterest creation!

How to Make a Halloween Shirt with Ghost Elbow Patches

It’s been mostly about Fall decor around here, but we’ve managed to slide just the teeniest bit of Halloween decorating in. With our annual Halloween party coming up I’d better get cracking on changing that! Just because the house isn’t looking too Halloween-y, doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t and this cute tee makes it so easy to do so!


DIY Iron-on Halloween Shirt

I started with an inexpensive solid black $8 shirt from Walmart and used printable iron-on vinyl for dark fabric for the ghost, which was already white.

The ghost graphic came from Silhouette and was $.79 once I applied the current Halloween discount of 25% off!


Diy Halloween Shirt

After importing it into my project, it was relatively straightforward and just required cutting.

Once cut, I peeled the vinyl from the backing and applied it to the shirt.


Iron on Halloween T Shirt

I covered the iron-on with parchment and an ironing cloth and used a hot iron (set to cotton without steam) to adhere the ghost. Be careful not to scorch the vinyl!

DIY Halloween Tee
Halloween Ghost TShirt

And that is all there is to it. One point for mom!

Cheap Halloween T-Shirts
Elbow Patch Shirt

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Halloween Shirts

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Smile Pillow using Silhouette Fabric Stabilizer – April Silhouette Challenge

Hi, There! So glad to see you! I hope you were able to check out our week two progress on the One Room Challenge. If you didn’t get a chance or aren’t sure what the One Room Challenge is, be sure to take a look at all the crazy goings on around here!

I took a break from painting to slide in a fun little Silhouette project for the April Silhouette Challenge, hosted by Cat from Pocketful of Posies!

With every Silhouette craft cutting machine project I do, I become a little more confident in what I can do with the machine and fall a bit more in love with what it can do for me! Combining that love with my love for throw pillows – a topic we’ve covered already – and you’ve got yourself the makings of this month’s project!

The other day, while perusing the aisles of Target, where I spend so much time that I’m considering setting up a napping area, I came across the most adorable throw pillow. It was gray, made of super soft and thick flannel and had the cutest tone on tone slogan – It said, “Hello.” I loved it, but I was looking for throw pillows for the dining room, and the gray wasn’t going to work in there. Plus, it was $25 on sale. I refuse to pay that for a throw pillow!

As I put the pillow back with a little sadness, I remembered that I had a Silhouette! I could make something that would work myself!

I’ve not ventured into the fabric cutting area yet, so this was fun, new and my favorite, very easy.

I decided on a yard of red flannel, relatively thick. I also picked up a package of Silhouette Fabric Stabilizer to ensure the machine would cut the fabric, to quickly adhere the cutout to my project, and to keep the cutout fabric from fraying.

To prepare the fabric, I fused the fabric stabilizer to the fabric using an iron. You’ll want to cut the fabric stabilizer slightly smaller than your pattern piece, lay it rough side down and press with a hot iron.

When the stabilizer has adhered to the fabric, carefully remove the paper backing. Place the fabric, stabilizer side down, on your cutting mat.

After deciding on a slogan from the Silhouette store, I enlarged it to fit on an 8″x 11″ sheet.
Then cut it using my Silhouette using a sharp blade used only for fabric set to 7.

I carefully removed the script from the cutting mat, placed the cut design in the center of my pillow fabric, stabilizer side down, and used the iron to adhere the design to the pillow fabric.

Although it was well attached, I hand stitched, in a contrasting thread, around the design to help it stand out.

I sewed together the pillow, inserted the pillow form and added the decorative stitching. It’s a bit bossy, but it comes by that honestly!

I think it’s going to look great in the Play/Dining Room! Because of the tone on tone, it’s not too juvenile, and yet it’s still a bit playful and fun. Exactly the balance in accessories I was looking for!

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How to Make Cute Fabric Bags with See-through Windows

These cute fabric bags are a great way to keep your collections together and make it simple to see what’s inside! They are a quick project, just perfect for toys and nearly anything else! 

fabric bag

January is ALL about organizing. Every year, I pick one or two areas to tackle. This year, it’s all about toys!

I’m OCD about Toys

When it comes to toy organization, I like organized sets and have been known to sort toys by the hour, on a bi-monthly basis, all the while muttering “I’m never going to let it get this disorganized again!” It’s a sickness really, given that it ends up just as disorganized by the end of the day! To me, there is nothing worse than going to play with a farm set and only having a pig, one piece of the fence, and perhaps a farmer’s hat – without the farmer.

As a result, I’m always looking for easy ways to keep collections together. Once together, I want those toys stored in ways that make them easy to identify, without having to dump the entire container out – a favorite pastime of my youngest.

These cute little bags are a score on both counts and are so, so easy to make. Although I’ve used them to store toys, the uses for them are endless. Don’t you believe me? Just watch. You’ll see!

How to Make Fabric Bags with a Peek-a-Boo Window

For this project you will need:
Fabric of your choice
Contrasting fabric for drawstring pocket
twine or twill tape for drawstring
Sewing Machine
Matching Thread
Clear Vinyl

 Cut out the bag

My finished bag size is approximately 14″ x 14″. I began by cutting two pieces of fabric, with right sides together, approximately 16″ x 16″.
fabric bags - measure length
Cut two pieces, in a coordinating fabric, measuring 14.5″ wide x 4″ long to be used as the drawstring pocket. Also, cut two pieces of cord (to be used as the drawstring pulley) at 18″ long each. Put these aside. Ignore my nasty, dry hand.

fabric bags - measure seem allowance

Fold one of the fabric pieces in half width-wise (from top to bottom) and cut a “window” on the fold of your fabric, ensuring there are at least 3″ on all outside edges.

fabric bags - cut window

Using this cut out as your guide, cut one piece of vinyl at least 1.5″ larger on all sides. Put aside.

fabric bags - add vinyl

On each of the four corners of your “window,” cut into the corner diagonally by 1/2″.

fabric bags - add vinyl - cut for finished corner

Press edges and Pin vinyl Window

 Press the top edge down  1″, on both the front and back pieces of the bag. Turn the front piece (the one with the window) over and press the 1/2″ edge of the window sides flat on all four edges.

fabric bags - add vinyl - hem edge of window

On each end of the drawstring pocket, press the side edges in by 1/4″ on each end, and the long edges in by 1/2″ on each side.

fabric bags - make drawstring 1

fabric bags - make drawstring 2

Pin the vinyl to the pressed edge of the window, on the backside of the front piece, ensuring the vinyl overhangs evenly on all four sides. Turn over the front piece.

fabric bags - pin vinyl

 Pin the right side of the drawstring pocket approximately 1/2″ from the top. Repeat for the back.

fabric bags - window-front side

 Assemble Bag

Stitch close to the edge on the top of the bag and the vinyl on the front side of the fabric.

fabric bags - sew edges

For the back, stitch close to the top edge.
On drawstring pocket, stitch close to both top and bottom edges, leaving a minimum 1″ pocket on both the front and back of the bag.
With right sides together, stitch the front of the bag to the back on three sides, leaving the top open. Turn and press.

fabric bags - add drawstring pocket

Thread one of the drawstring cords through each drawstring pocket, and secure each edge with a knot.

fabric bags - tie off drawstring

You have a completed bag!

fabric bags - finished bag

There are a million uses for these. I hope you can find a place for one!


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