318 Patchwork Patterns: Halloween Bunting

halloween bunting

Today is my stop on the 318 Patchwork Patterns blog hop.  If you haven’t heard of this fabulous book before, then you are in for a treat.  After being out of print for many years and only available in Japanese, this collection of 318 patterns is now being republished and available in English.

318 Patchwork Patterns

During the blog hop you will see all sorts of different blocks from the book.  But I took advantage of the timing of this blog hop and jumped straight for the Halloween blocks.  There is something so charming about them.  I chose 4 of the 6 blocks to make into my bunting.

halloween bunting

The blocks are technically made for hand sewing but many people choose to paper piece them.  However that can require some extra work because that is not technically how the blocks are designed.  A little redrawing of lines and some numbering will be necessary if you want to paper piece these.  (* I ended up redrawing some of the lines above so don’t follow that picture too closely.) Also, it should be noted that the blocks are presented in very small format.  So you will want to enlarge the blocks.  200% I believe gives you a 6″ block.  But I chose 300% which gave me about a  7.5″ block.  Those pieces were still plenty small. 😉

halloween bunting

Another nice tip is to make a map of sorts of the fabrics you plan on using for your block and color your block so that you can easily see what the tiny pieces should be once the block is all cut up.  I make a little guide for myself with scraps of the fabrics and a list of what they will be used for. Then I break out the colored pencils and give myself a rough guide.  And then I made four blocks!

halloween bunting

I’m not particularly fast nor ridiculously slow…so I say that each block takes me about an evening to make.  Especially if you include all the prep work of enlarging the block, drawing and numbering for paper piecing, and selecting fabrics.  But the beauty of paper pieced blocks cannot be denied.  They are picture perfect…with some careful attention to matching seams.

halloween bunting

I didn’t want another wall hanging or quilt, so I decided to make something a little different and went with a decorative bunting. I used a woven interfacing to line the back of each pieced block to provide stability and then sewed them into a little “pocket” with the orange polka dot fabric.  I wanted the back to be completely finished.  I interspersed my pieced blocks with some fun burlap that I added raw edge appliqued letters to.  A simple “BOO” says it all.  Then I sewed them at evenly spaced intervals to a double fold bias tape (one package did the trick).

And tada!  A holiday bunting that I will definitely use for years to come!

For me it is all in the details.  A bit of hand embroidery.  Carefully fussy cut fabrics lined up to match.  And using just the right fabric for each little part.  Oh and by the way, this fabulous line of fabric is called Witch Hazel and is available now from Riley Blake fabrics.  In fact you can probably find it on sale since we are so close to halloween.

halloween bunting

175 thoughts on “318 Patchwork Patterns: Halloween Bunting”

  1. The blocks are very cute and I loved how you turned them into bunting. I will actually go looking around to see if I can find that fabric on sale since yours is so cute. I don't like the thought of doing something exactly like someone else has, but I might have to relent on that a bit. 🙂 And I love the Mimosa fabric!


  2. You are very good at fussy cutting! I really love your fabric choices and the way that you interspersed the 'Boo' letters with your pieced blocks. I also love the framed 'P' on your mantel piece! Great idea.

  3. I've dabbled in simple paperpiecing and found that tricky but your talent amazes me! WOW! Beautiful and perfect!!! ps the witch block is my favorite and then the cat, and then the pumpkin… oh man! love them all!!

  4. I love how you turned the blocks into a bunting.. so cute. I really love these blocks and as I normally do not make holiday themed quilts I would love to make one using these blocks, this is just adorable! would make a great little quilt for my wall, thanks for the chance to win
    and oh those fabrics would work great in my newest project the flower garden quilt….
    again thanks for the chance to win

  5. This is great bunting. My kids would love me to do something like this for Halloween and other Holidays. I love the fabric choices and the innovation of this project. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. I've never done paper piecing but seeing those blocks makes me want to try! Thanks for the chance to win ;c) shopgirl7232(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. Your bunting is fantastic! I really love the fabrics you used too. I've just started getting into paper piecing, and as a perfectionist, it's pretty much the greatest! 😉 Thanks for sharing how you altered the patterns to make them work for paper piecing.

  8. I love blog hops and all they offer in the line of creativity. Your banner is adorable. Isn't it great to have something already to decorate each year…something hand-made. I would love to win the red bundle and I promise to put it to good use!

  9. Your bunting is delightful! It is really an heirloom, given the level of detail and precision in the blocks. It will delight people for decades! Thanks for sharing this, and thanks for the great giveaway too!

  10. Oh, good, I'm glad you paper-pieced these. I love to paper piece and the first thing I thought when I saw another blog post about the book is "I would paper-piece those." 🙂

  11. Angela, what a cute little bunting!! I've been sewing a halloween quilt with that same "Witch Hazel" fabric too, so my version of your quilt from your book (the one you said was your favorite-I forgot the name right now), is on hold till the halloween one is finished. They have both been fun to sew on!! Thanks for sharing!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

  12. The Halloween bunting is great and your blog on paper piecing it was really good too. The books sounds really good thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

  13. Your bunting is so cool!! My Daughter would love one….might make her one, for next year! 🙂 What a fun Give-a-way! Book looks Super & the fabrics are all Beautiful too!!

  14. Very cute! I would like to try paper piecing again. I did it once and got a bit overwhelmed but in hindsight I was new to quilting at the time and bit off more than I could handle. I would love to win and try a few blocks from this book!

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