Halloween is a magical time for kids…
What other time of the year do we buy sacks of candy, decorate our porches, steps and doors, turn on our outdoor lights and welcome neighborhood children and their parents to our homes?
And the children, they get to dress up and go to people’s houses for candy and be oohed and awed over and maybe scared just a little.
I remember that feeling of pure maniacal excitement do you?
I just love seeing all the little wide eyed princesses, pirates, vampires and witches with their little pumpkins and buckets.
It is the reason that I decorate, they LOVE it! It is all for them, like these spider web pillows…
When summer fades away I begin by decorating my porch and steps for fall with Halloween in mind. Around mid October is it time to add a little spook to the scene.
I like to keep it simple with items I can add and remove quickly so we can move into the season of thankfulness.
I always check my local Dollar General for seasonal decor. They really have some cute stuff. This year I spotted these spiderweb place mats. They would look awesome on a burlap table cloth, but my store only had three, so I grabbed a couple and figured I could make something out of them like these spider web pillows.
These spider web place mats made an awesome spooky statement when sewn onto a burlap slip cover.
And when I say slip cover, I mean just slip it over the pillow for some speedy spooking!
It was fairly easy to make. I used some old burlap sacks so that meant taking apart seams and pressing and so forth. It would be much easier with burlap fabric. All you have to do is cut two squares a little larger than the placement and seam three sides together leaving the bottom open.
Sew a line about three inches up from the bottom all the way around the bottom and then fringe it. The stitched line will allow the fringing to only go up the three inches.
To secure the place mat to the burlap, I sprayed one side of the web with adhesive and centered it. This kept it in place while I machine stitched it by going in a circle. I did a circle at the center, the bottom and then the middle all around the web.
One done and one more to go. I am getting excited for Halloween!
Oh did I tell you that I live in a haunted town in a neighborhood of very old Victorian houses?
Yep, we get lots of trick or treaters here!
Now ,what am I going wear this year?