In Australia, we don’t really celebrate Halloween. I always make sure I have a bowl of treats to give away, but we very seldom get anyone out trick or treating. And because we don’t celebrate Halloween, it makes it a bit of a issue when buying fabric, we just don’t have the selection that our US counterparts have.
But that doesn’t mean we should be lax when it comes to creating Halloween decorations for all our lovely US followers. So with that in mind we always add one or two Halloween tutorials to our YouTube channel. This year we have gone with a Halloween Table Topper. It’s quite easy to make and looks amazing, plus we will show you how to bind a hexagonal design. So let’s get started.
We have two sizes that you can make. The large table topper measures approximately 26½” from point to point and the small measures approximately 20½” from point to point.
WHAT YOU NEED
Small Table Topper
- 6 strips measuring 2″ x width of fabric (for the quilt front)
- 3/4 yard fabric (for the backing)
- 3/4 yard of quilting batting
- 2 strips measuring 2¼” x width of fabric (for the binding)
Large Table Topper
- 12 strips measuring 2½” x width of fabric (for the quilt front) – Note: You will need two strips for each colour.
- 1 yard fabric (for the backing)
- 1 yard of quilting batting
- 3 strips measuring 2¼” x width of fabric (for the binding)
Watch the video below for more detailed instructions.
- Start by laying out your strips in the order you would like them to appear. Watch the video below for tips on best layout options.
- Sew the 6 strips together using a quarter inch seam. (If you are creating the large table topper, you will need to do this twice. So you will end up with two lots of strips sewn together. They should be identical so ensure that you sew the 6 strips in the same way for each.)
- Iron the seams all in one direction.
- Cut your strips into triangles using a 60° triangle ruler or your quilting ruler. (Click here for a tutorial on cutting 60° triangles.)
- You should end up with 6 triangles.
- Lay out the triangles in the pattern you desire.
- Sew together in lots of three using a quarter inch seam.
- Now sew the two pieces together with a quarter inch seam to form your quilt top.
- Use your quilt front to cut a template from the backing fabric and batting. Leave about an inch or two around all sides to allow for quilting.
- You can quilt this in any way you like but to start with, we stitched in the ditch along the long seams (as shown by the red lines in the image below).
- Then we stitched on either side of the seams running around the quilt. I’ve only illustrated on one of the seams in the image below as shown by the dotted red line, but we stitched around all of the seams.
- Trim your quilt on all sides.
- Now you need to add your binding. Watch the video below for tips on adding a binding to a hexagon shaped quilt.
- If you need help with binding head over to our binding tutorial here.
Watch the Video for this Tutorial