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I have been fascinated with quilting since I was a little girl sleeping under a Dutch girl quilt my grandmother made. Now that I?m a grandmother myself, I market my original and whimsical designs ...

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Creepy Crawler Countdown

from B. Bumble & Co.
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Creepy Crawler Countdown
Creepy Crawler Countdown closeup of child
Creepy Crawler Countdown Creepy Crawler Countdown

Pattern Description:

This is a cute little countdown calendar perfect for Halloween, but not so specific to the holiday that it couldn't be used for other dates. It could even be part of a classroom game or goal setter. (The number of days could be changed from a week to longer.)
This pattern shows how to make a VERY simple batik block from washable school glue and brushed on color. It is so simple, children can do it! (If you want, though, you can simply embroider the webs or use a fabric with a web design.)
The little child figure at the bottom is sewn and lightly stuffed for a 3-D look that children will love! The spider shown is a feather embellishment sold for the purpose of making a hair clip, but a pattern for a felt spider is given. You could even use a plastic spider if you want!! The spider is moveable because it sticks on with hook and loop tape.
You can easily change the color scheme to something less "Halloween" if desired. Children love this little wall hanging! Give it a try! It can be made in a weekend.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • approximately 21" x 36"


  • Fabric - muslin (or white or cream solid) -1/2 yd., purple for narrow border around squares, 1/4 yd., darker purple for child's shirt -fat quarter, yellow print (sashing, outer border) 1/3 yd., scraps for outer border -about 1/4 yd.
  • felt - yellow for hair, lavender for spider (if making from felt)
  • polyester stuffing for child's arm and face
  • batting - piece about 24" x 39"
  • backing - about 1 1/8 yd.

You Will Also Need:

  • washable school glue
  • orange and yellow fabric paint, dye, or acrylic paint
  • embroidery floss in white (if embroidering web instead of the "batik" , light brown for child's eyes and eyebrows, dark flesh for nose and mouth, and green to outline iris of eyes.
  • Acrylic paint in white, green, and black for child's eyes
  • Optional - very small clear glass beads to sew on web
  • hook and loop fasteners
  • purchased felt numerals or numerals you cut yourself from purple or lavender felt
  • optional - plastic spider in place of felt or feather spider