Halloween quilts: patterns free to download (if you dare)

Carved Witch PumpkinDid you hear that? It’s the sound of leaves rustling, wind whipping, doors creaking, footsteps pacing, cats yowling, ghosts howling, spirits screaming…naw! The leaves, the wind, and the occasional chill in the air simply means the countdown to Halloween is officially on. The whimsy of the coming season isn’t one itty-bitty bit scary…although it may make us question those bumps in the night a little more carefully.

If you feel like you need protection from the spookier side of Halloween, we’ve got just the quilt for you. “Patches: The Pumpkin Patch Protector” promises to charm and cheer. He’s much more friendly than frightful—and he’s available as a free Halloween quilt pattern to download today!

Patches--The Pumpkin Patch Protector quilt
“Patches: The Pumpkin Patch Protector” by Jaynette Huff. Finished quilt size: 24″ x 36″.

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Paper-pieced scarecrow patternPatches sports a floppy collar, buttons on his shirt, and a twine belt. Make the center of this scarecrow quilt in a snap with paper piecing. A strip-pieced inner border and a striped outer border are flanked by cute paper-pieced pumpkins in the border corners. The quilt is the perfect size to hang on a door—or, hang Patches in your kitchen or foyer during the entire autumn season.

Never paper pieced before? Download step-by-step how-tos for paper piecing on our How to Quilt page. The illustration (right) gives you an idea of how the paper-pieced block comes together.

Patches comes from the book Creepy Crafty Halloween, which is filled with ideas for transforming your next Halloween event into a fun haunted hangout. Spruce up indoor and outdoor parties or special family get-togethers, delight the neighborhood trick-or-treaters, or simply spread some Halloween cheer with more than 20 handmade projects, including:

Projects from Creepy Crafty Halloween
“Appliquéd Pumpkin Table Runner and Napkins” and “Crayon and Embroidery Wall Hanging”

Pumpkin Heads
“Pumpkin Heads”

Projects from Creepy Crafty Halloween
“Haunted Birdhouse” and “Witch Doll with Cat”

Projects from Creepy Crafty Halloween
“Photo Transfer Halloween Place Mats and Napkins” and “Halloween Hooked Rugs”

Creepy Crafty Halloween also includes projects that children can help create:

Projects from Creepy Crafty Halloween

Projects from Creepy Crafty Halloween

While you’re on our Freebies page, don’t forget to download this cool paper-pieced witch quilt pattern from Spellbinding Quilts. She’s easy enough to whip up in a weekend!

Paper-Pieced Witch quilt
“Paper-Pieced Witch” from
Spellbinding Quilts by Maaike Bakker

Find ideas for using this witch block in several different projects in this post. Happy Halloween stitching!

Do you have Halloween traditions that you repeat each year—and are they frightening or fun (or frightening and fun?). Share your favorite Halloween activities in the comments!

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9 Comments (leave a comment)

  • How handy!! Would make going quilting easier. No worries about losing something. I like the 2 cuts at the cornors. Others have a single one, I have shied away thinking I did not want my stitching to pull out at cornors But this looks good to me. Sure would make better use of fabric too.

    Debi C on September 5, 2013
  • That book looks like a lot of fun, the projects are wonderful, thanks.

    —Dana on September 6, 2013
  • My days for celebrating halloween are over but my favorite memory of this time was when I dressed up as a witch for a party. It was so much fun. Now I live in the country and don’t get to see tricksters but will always cherish the fun of seeing all those zany costumes and happy faces.

    —CeCelia on September 6, 2013
  • Love these patterns, I just love Fall and Halloween Patterns,and Xmas too! These are great and would like to make a few of them.

    Jeanette S. on September 6, 2013
  • I love Halloween! We put up lots of decorations outside, mostly homemade: a cemetary full of headstones cut from styrofoam and painted; the garden bean poles converted to stands for ghosts (covered by old sheets) and a headless bride (dressed in a beautiful lavender gown); large plywood witch and black cats. Every year we look for new ideas that we can make and add to the display. Inside, we enjoy a dinner of baked rat (individual shaped meatloaf), bones (bread sticks), etc. It’s a lot of fun that is shared with family and friends. No shopping, no gift wrapping, and few expectations!

    —Pearl on September 7, 2013
  • We always decorate the house and porch for Halloween. My husband always carves very decorative pumpkins,nothing traditional. We also line the walk with pumpkin tea lights(battery candle lights)and have an old vinyl mat that makes sounds when the kids step on it. We try to sit at the edge of the porch so the kids don’t have to come up the stairs. Oh, we always try to give healthy snacks like fruit snacks, and pretzel packs.

    —Louise B. on September 7, 2013
  • In the past, when we had lots of children in our neighborhood, I wore Avon’s Pore Reducer which is avocado green and as it dries, turns to a zombie white. I wore a hooded jacket, which covered my face, and had glow lights surrounding me. Our porch light doesn’t come on until one is walking towards the door, and then I’d raise my head, shine my flashlight on my face and give out candy.
    We still buy, and give out candy to the kids, but they are now, few and far apart. One eyear, we had 28, the next yeat 4, and the following year, one little girl, my only Treater, received two big handfulls of candy.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on September 8, 2013
  • Silly, silly question! Thank goodness I live alone because my "family room" is my sewing room and my "master bedroom" is my fabric/workroom. I try to keep my quilting confined to those two rooms, but it is very difficult. I’m a fabric hoarder, trying to work on using at least some of my stash.

    —Jo S. on September 11, 2013
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