Haunted House Banner – Beginner Sewing Projects

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Make a not-so-scary Halloween banner out of felt with this easy sewing project. This post includes a free template to download and step-by-step instructions with photos. It is a great project for learning to sew, especially if you have been intimidated by trying out a free motion foot. Test your stitching on this inexpensive felt banner rather than an entire quilt top.

Ready to make your own haunted house banner? Let’s get started!

Easy DIY Haunted House Banner

Supplies

haunted house supplies

This project requires at least two pieces of felt. The background piece is designed to use a single 12″ x 12″ felt sheet to keep things easy. It can be any color you choose. We used dark purple to simulate a night sky for example.

How To Make A Haunted House Banner Tutorial

Step 1 – Download Template

Begin by downloading the template below. Then print it out on your home computer.

Step 2 – Create Banner Background

folding edge for banner background

Fold down one side of your background felt by 1″ all the way across and pin it in place.

cutting off corners for banner shape

Measure 3″ in from each of the bottom corners, and 3″ up each side. Cut from point to point to form the bottom of the banner.

Step 3 – Cut Felt Templates

use template to cut out felt pieces

Next, cut out the paper template, and trace it onto the colored felt of your choice. Then carefully cut out the felt pieces.

Step 4 – Assemble Felt Pieces

pin felt pieces to background of banner

Lay the felt cutouts on your banner as desired. Then pin them in place.

Step 5 – Sew Felt

sew on the felt pieces

Using a free motion foot for your sewing machine, stitch around each felt piece. Free-motion simply means the feed dogs on your sewing machine are in the down position, so the fabric can be moved in any direction. Don’t let it intimate you! If this is your first time trying free-motion sewing, just remember it’s only fabric. You can always try again for the cost of pennies.

sewing on house for banner

You can get creative and stitch designs inside or outside each felt piece. This project can be as simple or involved as you choose.

Step 6 – Assemble Background

assemble the banner

Sew along the bottom portion of the background where it is folded over to form a casing as well. This can be down with a regular presser foot or a free motion foot.

insert dowel rod in to channel

Insert a dowel into the casing that extends at least 1″ past each edge of the banner.

Step 7 – Hang the Banner

finished haunted house banner

Cut a ribbon to your desired length for hanging. Then tie it around each end of the dowel. Your haunted house banner is ready to be hung! Don’t forget to pin this project for later, and check some more holiday felt crafts listed below.

If you liked learning how to make this easy sew haunted house banner, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, make certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!

Yield: 1 Felt Banner

Haunted House Banner

Haunted house banner Create Card

How to make a haunted house banner. This is an easy sewing project for beginners using felt.

Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3.00

Materials

Instructions

  1. Download and print template.
  2. Cut out template.
  3. Trace template onto felt.
  4. Cut out felt pieces. Set aside.
  5. Turn one side of background felt sheet under 1" and pin.
  6. Mark 3" from bottom corners on both sides.
  7. Connect marks and cut to form banner shape.
  8. Lay out felt pieces on background as desired.
  9. Pin in place.
  10. Sew around each felt piece with free motion foot.
  11. Sew across bottom of turned down background to form casing.
  12. Insert dowel through casing. Trim as desired.
  13. Tie ribbon to each end of dowel.
  14. Hang banner and enjoy.

Notes

Use any felt colors you'd like to customize your banner.

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