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Halloween Decorations

Friendly Witch

This friendly witch is perfect to welcome Halloween visitors, and she will last a lot longer than the holiday's sweet treats!

Follow our steps to make this friendly witch doll, a perfect Halloween decoration.
This easy-to-make friendly witch makes an excellent greeter for all your trick-or-treaters.

What You'll Need

  • 18-inch premade muslin doll
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Red fine-tipped permanent marker
  • Powder blush makeup
  • Scissors
  • 1/2 yard black broadcloth
  • Sewing machine and black thread
  • Needle and thread
  • 5 star buttons
  • 2 moon/star buttons
  • 1/2 yard Halloween print fabric
  • Iron
  • 24 inches black ribbon, 1/16-inch wide
  • Tacky glue
  • 6-inch black felt witch hat
  • 12 inches satin orange ribbon, 3/4-inch wide
  • Waxed paper
  • Glow-in-the-dark dimensional paint: orange, yellow
  • Skein orange yarn
  • 12x4-inch cardboard hair template


  1. Paint two green dots on doll face for eyes. Draw smile with permanent red marker. Let dry. Brush on cheeks with powder blush. Apply blush lightly until satisfied with color.
  2. Use our friendly witch pattern -- which can be downloaded as a PDF -- to create the pieces you'll need for the friendly witch. Cut black broadcloth in half. Using the pattern, fold one broadcloth piece on FOLD line and cut. Repeat with other broadcloth piece. Slit along solid fold line. Following pattern instructions, sew with 1/4-inch seam allowance. Clip corners and turn romper right side out. Slip romper on doll through neck opening. Turn raw edges of neckline down 1/4 inch and sew a running stitch around neckline. Knot off.
    Fit the friendly witch into her black romper, and fold the neckline over on your Halloween decoration.
    Once the friendly witch is in her romper,
    fold the neckline to hide the raw edge
    and stitch to hold it in place.
  3. Turn sleeves under 1/4 inch and gather with a running stitch. Gather at doll's elbow and knot off. Turn pant hems under 1/4 inch and gather with running stitch. Gather at ankle and knot off.

    Gather the friendly witch's pants at the ankle to complete the romper on this Halloween decoration.
    Gather the pants at the friendly witch's ankles
    to make sure she stays in her romper.

  4. Center three star buttons on front of romper, and sew them to romper. First button should be 1/2 inch from top of neckline, and buttons should be spaced 1 inch apart. Sew moon/star buttons to outside bottom of romper legs.

    Sew festive buttons on the friendly witch's romper to add fun to this Halloween decoration.
    The friendly witch is quite an accessorizer.
    She has ideas for every detail of her outfit.

  5. Sew side and bottom seams on cape (use Halloween print). Fold top raw edge of cape down 1 inch (wrong sides together) and iron crease. Sew a running stitch across cape 1 inch down from top. Gather to neckline. Place cape on doll. To measure, pull gathers until ends surround face, but don't cover face. Knot off. Sew last two star buttons to cape. Cut black ribbon into three 8-inch pieces. Glue ribbons to inside of cape, even with star buttons. Allow glue to set.
  6. Wrap orange ribbon around base of hat. Tie ribbon into simple bow. Trim ribbon. Tack ribbon to hat with a small amount of glue.
  7. With leftover black material, cut two pieces of fabric that are 6x7 inches. Place one piece on waxed paper. Write "Trick or Treat" on the fabric with orange glow-in-the-dark paint. Dot yellow glow-in-the-dark paint around the writing. Allow paint to dry 24 hours. Fold tops of fabric down 1 inch. With right sides together, sew bag together with 1/4-inch seam allowance. Turn bag. Glue last piece of 8-inch ribbon to bag for handle.

    Use black material and paint pens to make the friendly witch a trick-or-treat sack and complete this Halloween decoration.
    She's not just going to sit in that chair all night.
    The friendly witch loves trick-or-treating, too.

  8. Wrap yarn around a 12-inch hair template about 20 times (depending on how thick yarn is). Cut one end of yarn from template. Remove three strands. Find center of hair and use a yarn strand to tie a temporary knot at center. Measure 31/4 inches down from center and tie a permanent knot. Repeat for other side. Remove temporary knot. Apply a thin line of glue across top of doll's head. Slightly twist hair between permanent knots, place hair over glue, and hold in place. Make sure ponytails are balanced on doll's head. Once glue has set, tack hair to doll with needle and thread and knot off. If hair doesn't seem secure, apply more glue under hair line and hold in place until glue sets.
This witch is cute and friendly, but she needs her freedom. She might even take a turn trick-or-treating with the kids. If you're looking for something to stay still and adorn a door, continue to the next page for instructions on constructing a Halloween wreath.

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