Mickey & Friends Halloween Wall Hanging

October 3, 2016By Janice FergusonEmbroidery, Quilting, Sewing 30 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

Celebrate Halloween with this spooktacular, kid-pleasing Disney themed wall-hanging. Gather up some burlap, Brother’s NEW Disney Halloween iBroidery collection from ibroidery.com and some seasonal fabric to discover and master a unique and easy faux quilting technique.

Machine Used:

Features:

Materials:

  • Burlap 19 1/2” square for front, 25” square for backing. This is extra large to account for the many ravels as the piece is handled. Later it will be trimmed to size.
  • Halloween print—four 4” squares, eight 2 x 4” rectangles, eight 2” squares, 19 x 3 ½” for sleeve
  • Orange scraps for pumpkin yo-yo decorations
  • Cotton batting 22” square
  • iBroidery.com’s NEW Disney Halloween designs
  • NOTIONS: tearaway stabilizer, spray adhesive, chalk marker, glow-in-the-dark thread, embroidery threads, black cotton sewing thread for decorative stitching, bits of green ribbon for pumpkin stems
  • OPTIONAL: glow-in-the-dark thread, chalk marker, spray adhesive
TIP: While any burlap can be used, a better quality makes it much easier to create the necessarily accurate grid. Note the difference in the two qualities of burlap.

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Cutting and Preparing Fabrics

  1. Pull threads on burlap creating a 6” grid with ¾” border.image-2
  2. Starch and press Halloween print until very stiff and crisp.
  3. Press four 4” squares as shown, with diagonally opposite corners folded to center.image-4
  4. Press four 2 x 4” rectangles with one corner folded up as shown.image-5c
  5. Press four 2 x 4” rectangles with one corner folded down as shown.image-6c
  6. Press four 2” squares in half diagonally.image-7
  7. Press four 2” squares flat.image-8
  8. Press under ½” on each short end of sleeve piece and stitch in place. Fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Set aside.image-9
  9. Baste Halloween pieces in place on burlap. Use of the knee lift leaves both hands free for frequent pivoting.image-10
  10. Spray batting with adhesive. Place burlap on top of batting.
  11. Select stitch # 108 in the utility menu. Baste through all three layers.image-11

TIPS:

  • The MuVit™ Dual Feed Foot makes quick work of this process. The walking foot is also effective.
  • Use thread color to match burlap. If basting threads become trapped in the embroidery, they will not show.

Begin Embroidery

  1. Mark centers of ”snowballs” for placement of embroidery designs.image-12

EMBROIDERY TIPS:

  • A chalk device works best. A small cross-hair can be brushed away if the embroidery does not cover the mark.
  • CAUTION: Be alert when embroidery foot approaches the lengthy basting stitches. It helps to remove nearby basting threads when embroidering.
  1. Hoop tearaway stabilizer in 4×4 frame.
  2. Open “Oh Boy” design and edit to add basting frame. This will secure the quilt top to the frame without leaving hoop burn (an imprint of the hoop on the burlap and batting).image-13_14
NOTE: Remember that the basting frame option does not appear until the Embroidery screen appears, after SET and EDIT screens.
  1. Position the center square over the frame.
  2. Engage Sew Straight™ 2 Laser Vision Guide.
  1. A red dot will appear in the middle of the frame. Move the burlap so the red dot sits precisely on the crosshairs.image-15
  2. Hold the burlap in place securely with tweezers or your stylus. Advance to the first stitch in the basting frame. When you are certain that the burlap is still in its proper place continue with basting.image-16
  3. Embroider “oh boy.”image-17
  4. Remove stabilizer and remove burlap from frame. Repeat this process for the remaining 4 snowballs.
TIP: Stitch Goofy’s skeleton with glow-in-the-dark thread for extra fun! When stitching with glow-in-the-dark-thread, use a #90 needle and reduce speed.

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  1. Center embroidered burlap and batting on second piece of burlap, creating a true “quilt sandwich.” This backing is extra large to account for the inevitable ravels which result from handling. Later it will be trimmed to its proper size.
  2. Baste through all three layers. Again, use the MuVit™ Dual Feed Foot to baste with stitch #108 on the utility menu.

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NOTE: Greyed out stitches cannot be used with MuVit™ Dual Feed Foot.
  1. Keep MuVit™ Dual Feed Foot foot attached. Select a decorative stitch with a width of no less than 6. The stitch shown is #211 on The Dream Machine, Quattro and Duetta, W 7, L 3. 5.

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  1. Engage the laser guide, shown in the orange rectangle above.image-22
  2. Work decorative stitching in whatever sequence you prefer, but this route is efficient.
NOTE: This is shown on the back of the quilt top for clarity. Stitching is actually done on the right side.

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NOTE: Suggested stitch routes:
The purple sleeve at the top is to be sewn in place AFTER all the decorative stitching is done except the white along the top. Somehow, the photo without the sleeve was corrupted, so just imagine the sleeve is not yet there.

  • Green (grid which creates 6” squares)
  • Dark blue (trapezoid shapes at center of each side)
  • Red (center shape-I should have paid more attention in high school geometry. There must be a name for this.)
  • Yellow (whatever)
  • Purple (corner triangles)
  • Blue (perimeter on three sides)
  • Purple (corner triangles)
  • Light blue (perimeter on three sides)
  • White—top edge stitched AFTER sleeve is sewn in place.

This stitch will enclose the raw edges of the pieces. Its design prevents loose threads breaking free to create an untidy appearance.

It is best to start each run of decorative stitching at the beginning of the pattern. Save the stitch and its settings in memory. After finishing a section of stitching, tie off thread tails. Then select #211 again and it will come up with your saved settings. Stitching will start at the beginning of the pattern.

  1. Remove all basting threads.
  2. Position sleeve with raw edge toward bottom of quilt piece. Place ¼” below the top of the snowballs. Baste in place.image-24
  3. Work decorative stitch along top edge of quilt on right side. This will secure the top of the sleeve.
  4. Remove basting threads on sleeve and press down. Hand whip stitch folded edge to burlap.

Finishing:

  1. Remove burlap threads up to stitching line to create fringe.
  2. Trim away any fringe that exceeds ½” beyond the center of the decorative stitching.

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  1. Trim batting to 1” beyond the fringe. Measure from center of decorative stitching.

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  1. Pull batting to create the ragged look shown. Use of tweezers works well.

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  1. Remove threads to create fringe.
  2. Insert a 22 x 1” flat wooden piece into the sleeve.
  3. Braid three threads (pull from full width of burlap) to create a 26” cord. As the threads become frayed simply add another in its place and continue braiding. After ½” or so, simply cut away the frayed piece and continue with the new thread.
  4. Tie braided cord to each end of the wood rod.
  5. Make 6 orange yo-yo’s. Instructions for easy creation of these faux pumpkins are included in the
    Finding Dory blog post.
  6. Tuck a piece of green ribbon in the center of each yo-yo and hand stitch in place.
  7. Retrieve six 18” threads removed from the burlap. Tie to the wood rod.
  8. Attach a yo-yo to each thread in staggering lengths.image-28-close-yo-yo-pimpkinimage-29-panned-yo-yo-pumpkin
  9. Hang it, call the children and turn out the lights. Happy Halloween!
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30 Comments

    • Thanks, Jeannette. I’m no great photographer, but I’m glad you found the instructions and images to be clear enough to follow. Thanks for visiting Stitching Sewcial.

  • Janice, another beautiful creation! Your attention to detail and your creativity show in every piece you make. AND you make it look so easy.

  • What a fabulous wall hanging. I love the colors chosen. And with your step be step instructions, complete with pictures ( a must for me), I am sure even I can make this. Can’t wait to get started.

    • Arlene, this easy going approach to quilting is so easy and guarantees success. With the cute Disney Halloween designs from ibroidery.com projects can be made that are fun but not scary. Thanks for your comment.

    • Gale, children love Disney characters and Halloween. It’s a perfect match of fall interest for the little ones–and big ones who love Halloween as well. Thanks for writing.

    • Jane, the Disney Halloween designs have so much appeal to children. They would love the wallhanging and really like Goofy’s glow-in-the-dark skeleton. Thanks for your comment.

  • Janice, I am so glad to see a Halloween project done without ghoul gore and terror.
    Your directions including pictures are awesome. You must have been a teacher at some point in your life.

    • Susanna, thanks for noticing the kid-friendly aspect of these Disney designs. I’m glad you found the directions to be clear. And yes, I was indeed a teacher in the public school system for 6 years before my children were born, then 25+ years “on the road” teaching around the country, Australia and Puerto Rico, and now at Stitching Sewcial. Yeah for Brother giving me the opportunity to “teach on….” Thanks for your comment, Susanna.

  • Dear Janice,
    I wonder about the type of cutter shown in the pictures. What is your recommendation?
    I am so glad to see the fantasy side of Halloween in your project rather than gore and terror. Your directions and pictures are always so instructive.

  • Susanna, there are many, many rotary cutters available and they are all wonderful. Some are designed to be ergonomically friendly, others have extra safety features and some have optional blades which cut zig zags or other patterns. I would suggest you look on a notions wall to see what would fit your needs.

  • Doreen, thank you for your comment. These designs are wholesome and kid friendly. The project itself could be made by a child with some adult supervision. My grandchildren love making things that can be hung and appreciated. I hope you will make this and share photos on the Brother Sews facebook.

  • Thanks, J Coleman. I’m so glad you like this and feel confidant to stitch this fun project. Halloween is just around the corner…well, it’s a big, wide corner. But Halloween is coming up!

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