Eons ago, when I started this blog, I was terrible at planning project posts ahead of holidays. It would be the week before Christmas and I’d be sharing a tutorial for an ornament. I’ve learned a few things since then, and one of those is that people need some time to plan and complete a project. Not everyone is fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants-crafter like someone in this room, who shall remain unnamed.
Now that I’m done patting myself on the back for bringing you a Halloween craft in September, let’s get to making Smirky Spider, as he has become known in my sewing room. To see the rest of my monthly mug mats this year, click here.
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To make this you’ll need:
grey cotton fabric
Wonder Under, or other fusible web
black embroidery thread
white embroidery thread
Cut 2 spider circles and eight 1 3/4 x 7 1/2” strips from the grey fabric. Cut one spider circle from the Insul-Bright and one from the fusible fleece.
Cut a piece of Wonder Under about 2 x 3”. Trace the eyes onto the paper side. Fuse to the black felt and cut out.
Cut a piece of Wonder Under about 1 3/4 x 1”. Trace the eye highlights and tooth onto the paper side. Fuse to the white felt and cut out.
Peel the paper off the white highlights and iron onto the black eyes.
Iron the fusible fleece onto the wrong side of the front spider circle. Transfer the eyebrows and mouth using your favorite embroidery pattern transfer method (I LOVE these pens). Peel the paper off the black eyes and the tooth. Place according to the pattern and press to fuse.
Using white embroidery thread, stitch around the eye highlights and tooth using a small running stitch. Stitch around the eyes with the black. For the mouth and eyebrows, use a backstitch.
Fold one leg with right sides together, width wise, so the short ends are together. Stitch both long sides, leaving the short end open.
Turn right side out. Press. Top stitch near both long edges.
Repeat with remaining seven legs.
Lay the round spider Insul-Bright shiny side up. Add the spider face on top, right side up. Place a leg centered over each X on the pattern, with the legs to the inside and edges even. Smirky Spider looks embarrassed.
Place the back spider piece over the top, right side down. Pin.
Stitch 1/4” from the edge. Start about 1/2” before the bottom left leg. Stop 1/2” below the bottom right leg. Back stitch, but leave the needle down.
Switch to a long basting stitch and finish stitching the seam.
Press the seam allowance back on both sides of the basted section.
Remove basting stitches.
Turn right side out through the opening.
Press, turning in the opening, which should be easier since you pressed it previously.
Top stitch around the edge.
The most difficult part about this whole thing is setting my mug on his little spider face.
All set for Halloween (which I’d like to point out, isn’t for a whole ‘nother month!)