For my Friday Favorites post this week, I wanted to take it all the way back to 2009 when I made a little embroidered ghost onesie for my own Halloween baby. This time, I took the same ghost, added some wiggle eyes and put it on some dinner napkins. It was a really simple project. I made an entire set one night while catching up on my DVR queue.
Want to make some embroidered ghost napkins? Here’s what you’ll need:
- ghost pattern – draw a ghost on paper, and cut it out.
- white chalk
- small embroidery hoop
- white embroidery floss + needle
- black dinner napkins
- wiggle eyes with shanks
Note: I was going for uneven stitches for several reasons: 1) ghosts aren’t supposed to be serious and 2) I’m a little rusty and this is the best I could do. Although, if I weren’t riveted to the latest episode of New Girl, maybe my attention to detail may have been a bit better. So maybe we should just call these “stitched” ghost napkins rather than “embroidered” ghost napkins because that needlework is a travesty and really shouldn’t be called “embroidery” under any circumstances.
Step 4: Freehand a mouth. Don’t be afraid, just go for it. Unless your stitching is better than mine (likely) and then you can probably come up with something better. However you do it, just make a mouth. Or don’t. They’d be cute without a mouth, too.
After you’ve tied off your floss, use a damp cloth and dab off the chalk from the ghost outline. Or wash them. I’m not that confident in my stitching skills. I’m certain I’d end up with a pile of string and some wiggly eyes laying in the bottom of the washing machine, so I’m not going to risk it.
I think these would make an adorable hostess gift, or maybe even a cute way to “BOO” your neighbors…a fun alternative to delivering sweets. So there you have it! A set of goofy stitched ghost napkins for all your Halloween dining needs.