Fall is here! We’re in the home stretch of 2020 and we are all going to breathe a collective sigh of relief when this epic year is over. But for now, let’s enjoy this delicious season of cooler weather, cozy clothes and changing scenery. To get us into the spirit of Halloween fun, I designed a free printable pattern for this DIY felt ghost banner so you can incorporate it into your autumn decor!
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I don’t go for anything scary or creepy for Halloween, I like to keep things light and fun. The world is scary enough on it’s own. So I decided to make these little ghosts be cute rather than terrifying!
This cutie DIY felt ghost banner would be perfect strung up on a mantle or across a doorway!
DIY Felt Ghost Banner
You will need:
Printed pattern (just click to download)
White felt sheet, 9″x12″ (I used this felt in Antique White)
Black felt scrap, 1″x1″
Pink felt scrap, 1″x1″
Black and white embroidery thread
Embroidery Snips (These are the ones pictured below)
Hot glue gun (this one is my favourite for felt)
Sewing and darning needles
Cutting out Felt Ghosts
These little guys are pretty easy to cut out, just pin the paper pattern to the felt and use small scissors to carefully cut out the felt. Cut a front and back for each ghost.
Use a hole punch to punch out 3 black eyes and 2 pink cheeks. Once you punch out the tiny circles, use sharp snips to trim any fuzzy bits away.
You could also use safety doll eyes instead of felt for the eyes if you have them.
Embroider the Facial Details
Use 2 strands of black embroidery thread to add the face features. I used a simple backstitch.
Use tiny dots of hot glue to glue the eyes and cheeks in place.
If you’re looking for more Halloween DIYs, check out these posts:
12 DIY Halloween Decorations for Kids to Make
14 DIY Trick or Treat Bags
34 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas
Stuffing the Ghosts
Start stitching the front and back of each ghost together using a blanket stitch and 2 strands of white embroidery thread.
Start about mid way down one side of the ghost and stitch around the bottom and back up to the mid way point on the other side.
Use a pair of curved tweezers to gently stuff the bottom of the ghost with poly or wool stuffing.
Continue stitching and stuffing as you go around the rest of the ghost.
String Together the Banner
I only made 4 little felt ghosts, but I think I will make more to create a longer banner, 4 just isn’t enough.
Use a length of twine and a darning needle to thread through the tops of the heads of each ghost. Tie a loop in each end of the twine.
All done! (Again, click here to download the free ghost pattern.)
Here are the little ghosts paired with a couple of adorable diy felt pumpkins. Which also happen to be a free pattern! You can find the tutorial and pattern here for the pumpkins.
Also, These Little Ghosts and I were Featured in a Redfin Article!
Click here to read the full article: Make Your Home Spook-tacular With These 15 Easy Halloween Décor Projects
“The ghouls, goblins, and ghosts have come out to play this October, which means Halloween is soon approaching. Before the spooky season is gone for another year, make sure you’ve decorated your home to embrace all that Halloween has to offer. To help you get started, I, along with other experts shared fang-tastic and easy Halloween décor projects you can put together in the blink of an eye. Check out what we had to say so you can give your space a fright this October!”
I think I love the meditating ghost the best. Haha! He wasn’t supposed to look like he was meditating, but oh well. 😀
I hope you enjoy this fun DIY Halloween decor pattern!
Have a spooky Halloween!
Yes – I found your site from Country Woman magazine too! SO cute. I love felt handwork – tutorial looks easy to follow. Hope to make this soon!!! Like next week. Thank you.
Betty Domal says
I saw the Friendly Ghosts banner in the Oct/Nov 22 issue of “Country Woman? and it said get the free pattern.
I found the pattern for cutting out the ghosts, but haven’t found a written tutorial for how to make them.
Is one available?
Thank you, Betty D.
Hi Betty, I’m so glad you found the pattern! The instructions aren’t printable, they are just contained within this blog post. 🙂
Creatively Beth says
Totally spooky and CUTE!! I’d love for you to share over at our weekly Wednesday Creative Crafts Linky Party https://creativelybeth.com/creative-crafts-linky-party-7-join-in-the-fun/
Have a great week!