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Make A Halloween Runner

Dress up your home for Halloween with this Witch and Harvest Moon Runner.

DIRECTIONS:

Cut the heavy felt the width of your table that you want to display the finished runner on. Measure lengthwise and add 11-1/2 inches to each end for the overhang.

Copy onto cardstock: the witch, 5-1/2 inches wide and 6 inches tall, green trees, 4-1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide, brown trees, 3-1/2 inches tall by 2-1/2 inches wide and bats, 2 inches wide by 5/8 inches tall. Trim around the images.

Working in a well-ventilated area, cover your workspace and then spray the back of the images and the matching felt squares with the Krylon Easy Tack; this will aid in keeping the pieces together as you work. Press the paper to the felt and allow it to dry. Cut out the bats and trees. For the witch, clips help hold the felt and paper together as you work. Most of the image can be cut with the exacto knife on the cutting board. Press hard to cut through the paper and the felt.

I used translucent fabric for the moon and needed a yellow circle inside the moon to give it strength and to block the blue from showing through. It has a shimmering progression of rainbow-like colours. The yellow-orange section was perfect for that enormous moon we see in the fall. I used two layers on top and one behind the paper.

Moon and placement of pieces:

Cut an 8-inch template from the cardstock. Retain the cutaway portion. Mark an 8-inch circle on the wrong side of your fabric. Add a 1-inch seam allowance to make a 9-inch circle. Cut on the 9-inch line. With right sides together, stitch on the 8-inch line. Leave approx. 2 inches open at the bottom of the circle. Trim the back layer to 1/2-inch from seam. Snip both layers every inch around the circle up to the stitches. Turn right side out and iron. At bottom, fold on seam line and iron.

If using paper inside, cut two 8-inch circles cut from cardstock. Roll the paper and slip it inside the bottom opening. Once inside unroll the paper, catching the seam behind the paper. Use glue to close the opening at the bottom.

Measure and mark, 11-1/2 inches up from the lengthwise end along outside edge. Measure across the width and mark the centre with pins. Divide that area to find centre. Do the same on the moon. Use pins to mark the fabric as some chalks and pens are difficult to remove.

Use the same template you used for the 8-inch circle to round the corners at each end of the blue felt.

Place moon on centre and 1 inch below the 11-1/2-inch mark. Retrieve the cut-away paper from the moon, and tape newspaper to the outside edges of this paper. Hold the moon in place on the felt with a weight. Position the hole in the cutaway paper over the moon. Use weights to hold the cut-away and the newspaper in place. Take away the moon.

Spray the moon’s space with the Elmer’s spray adhesive. Spray the back of the moon. Allow a couple minutes for both areas to become tacky. Place the moon back into the hole; be aware of placement as you will be unable to move the moon once in place. Lift off the cut-away. Position the witch, bats and trees as in photo.

Lay the witch right side down, spray with spray adhesive. Carefully (I used tweezers) pick up and position witch on moon. Press gently with back of tweezers. Avoid using your fingers as the glue will transfer to you and make it difficult to keep the edges of the felt sharp. Continue with remaining pieces.

Trim:

This is a woven trim sometimes called gimp. Starting at centre back, use glue gun to attach the trim. Attach 6 inches at a time, allowing about 1/4 inch to extend beyond the edge.

Use the Home Bond contact cement remover to clean hands, tools and to rub away the furry edges overspray makes on the pieces.

Note: The Krylon Easy Tack is for repositioning, while the Elmer’s spray adhesive is like contact cement – once stuck it’s stuck.

– Dana Ramstedt is a freelance writer and preschool teacher of 18 years.

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