I made this cute camper embroidery hoop last year, and I thought it would be really fun to make a haunted house themed one. This Halloween embroidery is the perfect decoration to add to your haunted mansion decor. I’m thinking it would look great next to some spell books, potion bottles . . . ooh and a skull! Now you know what’s next on my craft list!
- free haunted house appliqué pattern
- 7 inch embroidery hoop
- 6 x 8 inch frame (optional)
- linen fabric
- fusible interfacing (Pellon 805 or Heat ‘n Bond Lite)
- embroidery floss (dark gray, purple, black, white, and light gray)
- fabric scraps
- carbon paper
- scallop fabric shears (optional)
Start by cross-stitching the top words “home sweet” with two strands of embroidery floss. Cross-stitching on linen can be a bit tricky at first. If you have poor eyesight or you’ve never cross-stitched before, you might try using some Aida cloth instead.
Cut out your pattern and tape it onto your fabric to use as spacer for the bottom letters. Line everything up and cross-stitch the bottom word “home”.
For your appliqué pieces, first trace the shapes onto the paper side of your interfacing. Put the interfacing, paper side up, onto the back of your fabric, and press with a hot, dry iron. Cut out the shape. (I used some scallop fabric shears on the bottom of the roof, but that is completely optional.)
Peel off the paper backing.
To help me line up all of the house pieces, I placed them on top of the pattern and used small pieces of tape to hold them together.
Bring the house over to your linen fabric, line it up, and iron the edges. Try not to iron over the tape. Once you have gotten the edges secure, remove the tape and iron over the whole house.
Iron the remaining pieces onto the linen.
Transfer the Halloween embroidery designs onto the linen. I like to use dressmaker’s carbon paper that can be found at the fabric store. Just sandwich it in between the pattern and your project and trace over it. The design will transfer so you can embroider over it.
Stitch around all of your appliqué pieces with a running stitch and one strand of embroidery floss. For the windows, I just stitched the detail on and didn’t worry about stitching around the entire shape.
As you can see above, the design is the perfect size for a 7 inch embroidery hoop. You can leave it in the hoop or put it in a frame like I did. Either way, this Halloween embroidery is really cute!