Sew Your Own Halloween Witch Decoration: A Debbie Shore Tutorial
This Halloween, why not put your sewing skills to the test, with this fantastic Halloween witch decoration sewing project from the fabulous Debbie Shore? This wonderfully creative witch doll is as colourful as she is creepy, and would look fantastic sat beside this year’s pumpkin, or nestled on a windowsill nearby! This spooky witch with her knobbly nose, single tooth, warts, and evil glare still has a flair for fashion with her stripy tights and lace-up boots! She’s made entirely from felt, making her super easy to sew. She can even be sewn by hand if you don’t have a sewing machine!
Check out Debbie Shore’s step-by-step instructions below, and create your own cackling Witchy Long Legs in time for Halloween!
You Will Need:
6 x 9” Squares of black felt for her hat, arms, body and boots
3 x 9” Squares of green felt for her face and hands
5 x Multi-coloured 9” felt squares for her legs
1 x 9” Yellow felt square for the stars on her hat
Small pieces of white felt for her eyes and tooth
Pink yarn for her hair
36” x 18” Black netting for the skirt
100g of Toy filler
10” Length of ribbon to hang
Red embroidery thread and large eye needle
Paper, ruler and pen to make a template
Wet fabric glue
To make the hat, first make a template by drawing two lines at right angles measuring 9”. Using your ruler, mark a 9” curve between each end of the lines.
Use this template to cut out one piece from black felt.
Cut out as many star and moon shapes as you like from yellow felt. If you can’t do this freehand, use templates from the internet. Hand sew them to the hat with red embroidery thread. Sew the long sides of the hat together to make a cone.
Draw a circle to mark where the nose will go. Cut a 1.5” circle of black felt, then cut in half for the eyelids. Cut two 1” white felt circles, then two small black triangles for the pupils. The mouth is an embroidered wavy line and the tooth a small white rectangle. Use a back stitch for the mouth and glue the eyes and tooth in place. The warts on the chin are French knots.
Have fun with this part; Witchy could look cross, surprised, tired or happy, depending on how you place the eyelids and draw the mouth!
Sew the two head pieces wrong sides together with a 1/8” seam allowance. It’s easier to sew with the seam showing as the nose could get in the way otherwise! Stuff lightly with toy filler, push inwards the top corners, and then sew across the top.
To make the body, take two squares of black felt and trim the sides to make (almost!) a triangular shape measuring 3” at the top and 9” at the bottom. Sizes don’t have to be exact as long as both pieces are the same and are symmetrical.
Pin the arms, slightly facing downwards, to either side of the body. Pin the legs to the bottom and then sandwich the limbs in between the two body pieces. Sew all the way around, leaving the neck open. Remove any pins. Stuff the body with toy filler.
Loop the ribbon in half, pin to the top of the body, and sew straight across the opening. Remove the pin. Fold the netting in half lengthways and hand sew a running stitch around the fold to gather. Hand sew around the witch’s body.
Will you be making your own Halloween witch decoration this year?