10 DIY Projects for a Handmade Halloween

JUL 22, 2018 updated May 20, 2021

Make no bones about it: we love Halloween. From spooky front door decorations to clever kids’ costumes and vintage-themed parties, there are so many ways to have fun with this holiday. We’ve rounded up 10 crafty projects to match up with your favorite designs. But buyer beware: you’ll find no shortage of ghosts and black cats lurking in our Marketplace.

1. Trick or Treat Tote Bags

This Halloween, help your little ghouls and goblins collect their candy in style with a DIY Trick-or-Treat Tote Bag in their favorite spooky design from the Marketplace. Using our upholstery-grade Recycled Canvas, this tote will withstand the test of time candy.

2. Dog Bandanas | Free Pattern

“Fright night” can be downright stressful for stay-at-home pups. Treat your dog to a night out on the town (or the neighborhood) with a dapper, on-theme bandana in Lightweight Cotton Twill.

3. DIY Halloween Bunting 

With a little help from the Fill-a-Yard™ 9″ Square Cheater Quilt in Fleece, this DIY bunting requires very basic sewing skills but is still full of festive, Halloween flare. 

4. Russian Nesting Dolls

Outfitted in sweet, matching colors, your trick-or-treaters will have all the grandparents under their charm in cut-and-sew Matryoshka Doll costumes designed by Anda Corrie.

5. Art Palette 

Celebrate your little ones love for art this Halloween with a DIY project by sammyk that requires just one yard of fabric! The only scary thing about this costume is how little space you’ll have left on your phone when you’re done capturing your budding artist in this soft Minky look.

6. Rainbow Unicorn 

For your unicorn lover this Halloween, we’ve found the perfect cut-and-sew project in Kona® Cotton from Rebecca Propes of Make & Do Studio. Featuring an oversized hanging rainbow and a plushie friend to match, you’ll feel like you’ve found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow when you’ve finished this DIY Halloween costume!

7. Friendly Fish

There’s nothing fishy about making your kid’s Halloween costume, especially when it incorporates all of your favorite DIY elements like hot glue, felt, foam, a free pattern, and of course, custom fabric! Sara Walk of Tell Love and Party is swimming over to the blog to share a friendly fish costume in Satin that will shine amongst a sea of classroom costumes.

8. Rainbow Lollipop

Using just one yard of Linen Cotton Canvas, see how Kara Whitten of A Kailo Chic Life transforms a popular childhood treat, the unicorn horn lollipop, into a costume that’s sure to be the sweetest look on the block.

9. Hanging Fabric Witch Hats

Spook your neighbors (and their cat) with these hanging witch hats made in Lightweight Cotton Twill.

10. No-Sew Pumpkin Plushies

A handmade Halloween wouldn’t be complete without the appearance of pumpkins! Decorate your stoop with festive fabric pumpkins made in Cypress Cotton Canvas or Recycled Canvas. Make and stack a few in multiple sizes and designs for added effect.


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  • The link for DIY Trick-or-Treat Tote Bag is going to a 404 page not found. Where can a get this pattern?

    • Thanks for letting us know, Becky! This has been updated. Someone must have been playing a Halloween trick on us.

      -Meredith from Spoonflower