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Halloween Decorations

Henrietta Witch
Henrietta is a nice witch, and she's sure to delight all the little ghosts and goblins. Put this friendly witch on your front porch to make even the smallest trick-or-treaters feel welcome.

This Henrietta witch doll is an easy-to-make Halloween decoration.
Henrietta Witch is more
sweet than spooky.

What You'll Need
  • 1/4 yard unbleached muslin
  • 1 package tan dye
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard or plastic
  • Scissors
  • Water-erasable marker or fabric-marking pencil
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Cream thread
  • Needle
  • 10 ounces polyester fiberfill
  • 1/4 yard each: brown-and-black check, brown plaid, and black fabrics
  • 2 small black beads
  • 10 inches red embroidery floss
  • Powder blush makeup
  • 1 ounce wool roving
  • Craft glue
  • 1/2 yard black ribbon, 1/8-inch wide
  • 11/2x4-inch piece gold-brown fabric
  • Wooden meat skewer


  1. Wash and dry muslin. Do not use fabric softener. Following manufacturer's directions, dye muslin with tan dye in sink.
  2. Using our Henrietta witch pattern, which you can download as a PDF, trace the shapes onto cardboard or plastic and cut them out. Note that leg-shoe is one piece, and the seam line is marked.

    Trace the Henrietta witch pattern pieces onto paper and cut them out to start making this Halloween decorations.
    Cut carefully, as this step determines
    what Henrietta will ultimately look like.

  3. With muslin folded (9x22 inches), use the plastic or cardboard pieces to trace arms and head-body, leaving 1/2 inch between pieces. Traced lines are seam lines. Cut around all pieces 1/4-inch away from seam lines.
  4. Stitch around arms, leaving top open. Clip curves and turn right side out. Stuff with polyester fiberfill to 1 inch below top. Baste top closed.

    Stuff Henrietta witch's arms in this next step of Halloween decorating.
    Use fiberfill to give Henrietta's arms some shape.

  5. Stitch from A to B around head. Pin arms in place at sides. Stitch sides, catching arms in seams. Clip curves and turn right side out.

    Attach arms to the body as you make this Henrietta witch Halloween decoration.
    Be sure to attach Henrietta's arms
    as you make her body's seams.

  6. Cut a 21/2x15-inch piece from black fabric; cut 9x15-inch piece from muslin. Stitch pieces together along 15-inch side and press seam toward black fabric. On wrong side of doubled fabric, trace leg-shoe twice, lining up seam line with seam. (Remember to leave 1/2 inch between pieces.) Cut out leg-shoe 1/4 inch from traced lines.

    Sew black fabric and muslin together to create Henrietta witch's leg and shoe in one step.
    If only getting our own shoes on were this easy.

  7. Stitch around leg-shoe on traced lines, leaving top open. Clip curves and turn right side out. Stuff with polyester fiberfill to 11/4 inches below top. Place seams side by side and baste across the top.

    Use a sewing machine or needle and thread to seal in the stuffing in Henrietta witch's legs.
    Keep Henrietta's legs shapely by sealing in the stuffing.

  8. Pinch face together to form nose and take two stitches through pinched fabric and fiberfill. Stitch on small black beads for eyes. With red floss, embroider mouth. Using a finger, put blush on cheeks.
  9. Trace and cut out dress and sleeves from checked fabric, vest from plaid, and hat from black.
  10. Stitch dress at shoulder seams, and stitch sleeves to dress. Fringe bottom of sleeves by cutting slits 1 inch deep and 1/4 inch apart. Stitch sleeve and side seams. Fringe bottom of dress in the same manner as sleeves. Hem neck opening. Place dress on doll and gather at neck and sleeves above fringe.

    Use scissors to fringe the hem and sleeves of Henrietta witch's dress.
    A fringed hem gives Henrietta's dress that witchy look.

  11. Cut front vest at fold line. Hem vest armholes, neck, front, and bottom. Stitch shoulder seams. Place vest on doll.
  12. Using craft glue, glue wool roving on doll to form hair. Use fingers to lightly comb hair. Stitch back seam on hat and turn right side out. Turn brim of hat up in front and glue in place. Glue hat on doll's head. Tie black ribbon into a bow and glue to front neck of dress.

    Use craft glue to attach wool roving to Henrietta witch for hair on this Halloween decoration.
    Give Henrietta a coif to be proud of -- or at least to be scared of...

  13. Fringe gold-brown fabric in same manner as sleeves. Glue to end of meat skewer. Roll fabric around bottom of skewer, gluing as you roll to form the friendly witch's broom. Stitch broom to Henrietta witch's hands at thumbs.

    Fabric and a meat skewer combine to create a broom for this Henrietta witch Halloween decoration.
    A girl's gotta get around, so be sure to make Henrietta witch a broom.

  14. Stitch legs to front body at opening, making sure feet are forward. Stuff head and body with fiberfill, and stitch opening closed.
All this friendliness is rather pleasant, so don't stop now. Continue to the next page to make a warm Halloween welcome sign.

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