EASY LITTLE GHOST
SEWING NEEDLES ARE SHARP! ALL KIDS UNDER 10 YEARS MUST BE SUPERVISED BY AN ADULT WHEN WORKING ON THIS
white/ cream coloured felt
string (to hang ornament)
batting for stuffing
FREE PDF PatterN
Sewing Level: EASY
If ghosts were this cute, I'd like to have a thousand of these haunting our little burrow. This ghost is SO EASY to sew together, that I really encourage little hands to give this project a try. This is a great start to practicing those stitches so that you can advance to more challenging sewing projects. And you only need two pieces (the front and back) and there is no gluing multiple pieces together . I promise you, this straight forward flat stitch project is FAR from scary!
LET'S GET SEWING
Print out the free PDF file of the ghost pattern provided and cut out the pattern piece of the body. Place the cut out pattern on top of your felt and use pins to hold it in place. Cut out 2 pieces for the ghost body.
Use loop stitches to sew in the eyes and mouth for your ghost.
TIP: I am not good at stitching freehand so I find it super useful to mark in dots with an ink pen to help guide my needle when I'm stitching.
OPTIONAL: To turn your little ghost into an ornament, cut a piece (roughly cm) of string that you like, gather the ends of that piece of string and tie a knot.
TIP: Hot glue helps to keep the ornament string in place while you are sewing your felt pieces together.
After the glue dries, place the front of the ghost body on top and hold the two felt pieces in place with pins.
Blanket stitch around your ornament, beginning at the bottom. Stop stitching roughly 4cm or 1.5 inches from where you started to leave an opening for the batting.
TIP: It's best to start stitching from the bottom so that your candy corn can be stuffed from the bottom. I find this easier because it allows you to blanket stitch your project closed from the bottom instead of at the top where the string is. It can be a big pain to stitch your project closed when the string is in your way.
BLANKET STITCHES UP-CLOSE
To start the blanket stitch, tie a knot at the end of the thread and insert the needle downwards through the bottom side of the felt. A good knot at the end of the thread will stop it in place.
Bring your needle back over to the front of the felt and insert into both layers of the felt. Pull the needle through to the other side, making sure that you pull it through the loop of your thread.
Continue to draw your thread outwards through the felt and through the thread loop and when you reach the end, you'll have your first blanket stitch.
TIP: To make a nice looking stitch, make sure that you don't pull too tight when you reach the end of the thread or felt will bunch up. Make y our stitches snug and secure, not too tight.
For the next blanket stitch, bring your needle back up to the front face of your ghost and insert it to the right of your first stitch. Draw the thread through both layers of felt, making sure that you bring it through the loop of the thread.
Continue to draw your thread outwards through the felt and through the thread loop and when you reach the end, you'll have your second blanket stitch. Continue the above steps for your next series of blanket stitches.
STUFFING AND CLOSING YOUR PROJECT
Stuff with batting until you are happy with the puffiness of your ornament and continue your blanket stitches to close.
TIP: If you are having trouble pushing the batting into your project using your fingers (this can happen if the opening ends up being too small), the back of a pencil with an eraser head can help to push the batting through small openings.
I like the puffiness of my ornaments to be plump and firm. To achieve this, pack my ornament with a lot of batting until I'm happy with it. The problem with having an extra firm ornament is that it becomes extra challenging to stitch it closed. To close an extra puffy project, try your best to get a good grip of your project and press it flat as much as you can while you continue your blanket stitches to close the opening. Another helpful trick is to push your project down with one hand near the edge of a table and use your other hand to stitch the opening closed.
FINISHING OFF: To finish off your stitches at the end of your project, insert the needle into one of the stitches and bring it back out to form a loop in the thread. Draw the thread through the loop and pull until your loops makes a small knot.
Finally, insert your needle under several stitches and pull it across until you reach the end of your thread, and cut off the end.
For extra cuteness, I added a little color of blush on the cheeks using a marker.