Halloween Houses (a freebie and a giveaway!)

10.14.2014

It's mid-October and therefore completely okay to start getting obsessed with candy in the Halloween spirit. Just the other day someone asked if I had any Halloween décor ideas. Well as a matter of fact, I do!

I never can get enough of making fabric house ornaments, so this year I made some spooky Halloween houses.

 Retro Mama | Halloween Houses
Trick or Treat!

 Retro Mama | Halloween Houses
 Retro Mama | Halloween Houses
 Retro Mama | Halloween Houses
Starting with a color scheme of orange, gray, turquoise, and black, I added simple little pumpkin and bat appliqués.

 Retro Mama | Halloween fabric house ornament WIP
If you want to sew along, I have made a printable for the appliqué templates. You can find the full tutorial and templates for the house ornaments here.

To cut out the teensy appliqués accurately, I did the following:

1. Adhere fusible web (just a little bigger than the template) to the back of your felt with a hot iron, let it cool completely, then peel back the paper about halfway so you can easily remove it later. Do not place the iron directly on the felt, use a press cloth. I recommend using wool blend felt--do not attempt this with synthetic felt!

 Retro Mama | Halloween fabric house ornament how-to
2. Trace around the template onto the paper backing with an ultra fine permanent marker.

 Retro Mama | Halloween fabric house ornament how-to
3. Cut out the square of felt.

 Retro Mama | Halloween fabric house ornament how-to
4. Carefully cut on the traced lines. Use the tippy-tips of your fabric shears or even embroidery scissors for cutting the wee bat ears and other little details.

 Retro Mama | Halloween fabric house ornament how-to
5. Remove the paper backing and sew the appliqué to the house with edge stitching (adhesive side down--you can iron the appliqué to the fabric first if you want, though it does flatten the felt a bit). Do not place appliqués below the line marked on the house template. For the pumpkin, I did not cut out the stem, I just added a few stitches with brown embroidery floss. I turned my original bird into a raven by using black felt with gold floss for the details.

 Retro Mama | Halloween Houses
Haunted house ornaments are so darn cute scary hanging on doorknobs, but they'd make a fun terrifying mobile or garland, too! If you make these, please share your Halloween houses on my Facebook page, Flickr group, or include the link to your blog post below.

And, since I know not all of you sew, I will be giving away these three little houses! Please leave a comment with your favorite thing about autumn to be entered to win. I'll choose 3 winners on Friday, October 17. I can't promise the houses will arrive before Halloween but I'll do my best!

 Retro Mama | Halloween Houses
Happy Haunting!


P.S. My favorite thing about fall is pumpkin pie. And leaves. Oh yeah, and boot weather.

40 comments:

  1. sono bellissime!complimenti...stupende!
    buona giornata simona:)

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  2. I love autumn and it shows when I decorate. Every room is now decorated for fall. I just love all the rich jewel tones

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  3. Unas lindas casitas !!!!!!!!!!!! besos.

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  4. Sono tutte bellissime e la scelta è difficile... preferisco la casetta con la zucca!
    Ciao
    Laura

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  5. I love the fall leaves and pumpkins - love your little houses - one wants to come live with me!!

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  6. I love the warm colours of automn leaves which remind me of the Irish tweed.
    Laure

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  7. what a cute houses :) love your fabrics choice too. My fav.about autumn is about the colors change.. while winter just have white, autumn always have a beautiful colors to see. And not to mention about not being guilty eating pie since the weather is perfect for cup a tea and slice or more pecan pie *blush*

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  8. I love the colors outside in the fall. So inspiring.

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  9. What a great offer!
    Thank you for the chance,
    Edit from Hungary

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  10. Your houses are too cute!! I love the color and crunch of the leaves, making soups and breads, and apples. Thanks for the cute giveaway.

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  11. Love your cute houses.
    My favourite parts of autumn are the crunchy gold leaves and apple crumble.

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  12. I love you houses...Cant wait to make some...but would love to win!
    My favorite thing about fall is that the weather finally starts getting cool. I live in the California desert and sometimes it never cools off.

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  13. I love the golds and oranges. It's like a great fire show before the ice of winter. Fire and ice.

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  14. My favourite thing has to be warm comforting food, especially crumbles made with apples and blackberries, or plums and cinnamon. Yummy. Tanks for a fun giveaway. x

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  15. Hot apple cider and warm pumpkin muffins!

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  16. I've admired your Christmas houses and now these little Halloween ones. Such a cute idea.

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  17. Very much I love autumn walk with the whole family in the woods for mushrooms :)
    I'd love to win :)))

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  18. These are adorable! My 3 favorite things about autumn are pumpkin everything, hot apple cider and the changing leaves. Thanks for the chance!

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  19. Nice houses! So cute.
    My favorite thing about fall is the pumpikins, the colour of the trees, and halloween time with my kids in school!

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  20. thank you very much for your tutorial .... you are always very generous !!!! all the houses were beautiful but I prefer the little black bird ... thank you baci dall'italia ciao Stefania

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  21. So sweet! I love fall baking. Pumpkin and pecan everything!

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  22. everything and anything pumpkin! it is the 4th season after all: winter, spring, summer and pumpkin!

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  23. Ha! Boot season is the best. Seriously though, my first thought was boots and leaves, and then I read your favorites! I realized, I forgot pumpkin. But I do really love dressing up my kiddos for halloween too!

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  24. I like what is see as autumn leaves are changing color of the trees, it's also a time that seems more baking apple pie or pumpkin.

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  25. Pumpkin bread and Halloween... Love those little houses.

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  26. Me encantan esas casitas inspiradas en Halloween. Felicidades, son todo un acierto.
    Un abrazo

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  27. I love the little houses - my favourite things about Autumn are - cosy fires, steaming bowls of soup, walking over leaves and hearing their crunch underfoot and the crisp cold mornings after months of summer heat.

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  28. i love all the pumpkin flavored foods that abound! It's great!

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  29. Kim, I love all your patterns and have bought and enjoyed making so many of your patterns!

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  30. Favorite thing is definitely when it becomes "sweater weather"!!

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  31. Dell'autunno amo i colori, le passeggiate nei boschi ,i funghi ,le castagne...il tepore della mia casa, i tea caldi, il profumo dei biscotti appena sfornati...Grazie per questo stupendo giveaway!

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  32. I love the smell of decaying leaves! I also love walking through piles of leaves and swishing them!!

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  33. Such cute houses! I love the leaves changing! I live in leaf-peeping country, and so I am spoiled By gorgeous color every year. This year we're also being spoiled by warm temperatures, but they won't last for long!

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  34. Autumn is by far my favourite time of the year and how could it not be. With the clean crisp air, brilliant blue skies and the colours are superb, totally a artists paradise. Its also time for cooler nights and excitement for all the holidays ahead! Love it!

    Love the houses, so cute and makes one wish I could sew better, but also inspires me to try harder.

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  35. I love the color of the leaves in the trees and halloween!

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  36. Your houses are so cute!!
    I love Autumn, it's my favourite season. I love the leaves changing colours from red to brown, so beautiful!
    Thanks for this giveaway!

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  37. I love the colours of Autumn/Outono around here :)
    and I love your houses!!

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  38. very awesome houses. would be great for the grand kids love them

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  39. The falling leaves and my birthday! Only 10 days left of my 30s :)

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  40. The houses are absolutely adorable!!!We want to make them right now!! Fabulous!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    Love to you from us this friday!

    Emelie & Elin

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