Free Halloween Machine Embroidery: Appliqué Designs for Trick or Treating

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This is a free machine embroidery design supplement in conjunction with the article “Boo Bags” — Wool Felt Trick or Treat bags by Joy Welsh of Applique for Kids. This article appears in the Sew Beautiful Fall Issue #144 along with a free pumpkin face bag pattern and instructions for ribbon fringe.

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Halloween Embroidery Design Information

The designs are for the 5×7 hoop. They are called a zigzag design, where the final satin stitches are not dense. This is perfect for making the felt bags.

Please note: Name lettering is not included in the design — The word Boo & Bewitching are in the design, but can be skipped.

TIPS for Successful Machine Embroidery Appliqué

  • Small blade embroidery scissors work well for getting in the corners.
  • It is a good idea to place a layer of wash away stabilizer between the bag fabric and the appliqué fabric. This makes it much easier to trim the felt pieces after stitching, as the felt has a tendency to be “picked” by the scissors due to it’s loft; the wash away topper prevents this. When design is finished, let the scissors slide along the outside of the design to trim it away. You do not want to “pull” it away. If you use a tear away stabilizer, do not yank the stabilizer away. This will cause a pull on the stitches, which are not dense.
  • Use two layers of lightweight tear-away stabilizer for best lettering results. The stitches will not “sink” into the felt.
  • For more great machine embroidery designs, check out Martha Pullen’s Internet Embroidery Club.

Download your free designs in the machine format of your choice:


Free Halloween Embroidery Design: Pumpkin

Pumpkin Face:

Wd- 4.74″ x ht- 6.75″
#1 red- outline of all face parts
#2 royal- tack down of face parts
#3 black- final zigzag of face
#4 orange- words- trick or treat

Free Halloween Embroidery Design: Ghost


Wd- 4.43″ x ht- 4.87″
#1 red- outline of ghost
#2 royal- tack down of ghost
#3 grey- final zigzag of ghost
#5 black- face & word- BOO

Free Halloween Embroidery Design: Witch


Wd- 4.99″ x ht- 6.36″
#1 red- outline of face
#2 royal- tack down of face
#3 lime- final zigzag of face
#4 lilac- outline of hair
#5 royal- tack down of hair
#6 orange- final zigzag of hair
#7 red- outline fo hat
#8 royal- tack down of hat
#9 gray- final zigzag of hat
#10 black- face
#11 brown- mole
#12 purple- hat band
#13 gold- word- bewitching


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