Sunday, 28 October 2012

how i make last minute Halloween spider decorations

If you are after an easy and quick last minute project to make some creepy Halloween spiders then you will like this. 

You will need:
for 1 spider
  • crafting felt in black and grey
  • orange beads x 8
  • orange sewing thread
  • small amount of cotton wool or toy stuffing
  • black thread for hanging
  • about 30-40 minutes of your time

To make a largish spider, take a piece of paper and a drinking glass and draw around the top to make a circle for the spider's body.

To make the head, take a smaller round object - like a roll of tape - and position it centred on the bottom edge of the bigger circle like so:

Now you have the pattern piece for the spider's body - cut this out.

Next, find the centre of this shape and fold your pattern piece in half. If you need to adjust the shape to make it perfectly symmetric just trim it.

Next take the grey felt which we will use for the spider's legs and fold it in half. This is especially a good idea if you are using a scrap piece of felt, so you know how long you can make your spider's legs.
Place your folded felt on a piece of paper and draw around it. The picture shows the paper folded double but in fact you'll need a single sheet of paper here.

Once you traced around your folded felt, pin the pattern piece of the spider's body onto the edge of the tracing near the top and leaving more space at the bottom. Trace around it.

Then design four legs. Make sure the legs are nice and chunky! If you make them too thin they will tear easily, which we don't want. Also space them out more or less equally.


Pin this pattern piece of the legs onto your folded in half felt - make sure the fold of the felt is the middle edge of your spider. Make sure you pin through all layers - the pattern piece, and both layers of  felt. Pin like this:

Now cut out your spider - the paper helps to cut steadily on the spindly shapes of the legs. Be careful when cutting the spaces along the body between the legs not to cut into the legs!

Next, take your black felt and cut out the spider's body. You can fold out the pattern piece for this.

You can make different sized spiders by using different round objects to draw the pattern with.
Here I have both felt pieces for a big spider and a smaller spider. Now we can start assembling.

Pin the black body shape onto the grey spider shape. Pin through the middle to hold them together.
Next, mark the stitching line for stitching the back together - leave the head, we want to stitch a nice circle onto the body with easy running stitch.

Stop stitching when you have about 2 cms left to stitch. Push some stuffing through this hole, then complete stitching the circle.

Next, take two of the orange beads and position them to be at the centre on the lower edge of the head. These are the two middle eyes which will guide the placement of the rest of the eyes. Stitch them on.

I like making two rows of eyes, with 4 eyes in each row, like this:

Your spider is almost done!
We are just going to make some knees to stop the legs being floppy and to put some extra creep factor in this felt creature.

Pinch up the felt in the middle of each leg and stitch through a few times only on one side of it - on the side that is facing down when you hang the spider from its bum - like so:

Once you shaped all the legs with the simple 'knee-stitch' your spider should look like this.
Now thread it up by its bum with some black thread.

The length of the black thread is up to you but they look really cool hanging down from a long one.

You can make as many spiders as you want, in different sizes or the same size throughout.

You could make them in different coloured felts of course, they'd look great in black and orange, or black and purple too, or some green with striped legs if you feel very creative or have more time.

You could  also decorate them more, with anything you fancy, and for that you could even glue the bits on if you wanted to save time.

Do you decorate for Halloween - what do you like using?


  1. Love the way you're thinking - instead of downloading some pattern, you use what you have, glasses and tape spools! That's so me! =)

    1. that's the way i work :)
      thanks Anja! x

  2. They look so cool and creepy! I love them!

    1. i was a bit concerned about them being either too understated & cute; or maybe too creepy the way they seem to be climbing the walls.... but maybe then it's agood balance. Thanks Camila! :)


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