Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to prepare for, which means I get to make lots of fun and spooky embroidery designs! In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to embroider a simple ghost. The tutorial is of course free, but I also have an accompanying flying ghost embroidery pattern available for purchase if you’d like to follow along and make the whole embroidery. But if you’re simply looking for some inspiration, that’s fine too!
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- Embroidery hoop – available on Etsy
- Embroidery floss – available on Amazon
- Linen or cotton fabric
- Bohin chalk pencil (great for dark fabrics) – available on Amazon
- Embroidery scissors
- Flying Ghosts embroidery pattern (optional)
Flying Ghosts Pattern
This downloadable PDF comes with everything you need to know to complete the pattern.
- color suggestions
- how to start and end stitches
- traceable design
- step by step photos with instructions
- embroidery stitch diagrams
- how to finish the embroidery hoop
How To Embroider A Ghost
Ghosts are fun to draw because you can draw them pretty loosely since they’re generally pretty “flowy”. I like to draw two ovals for the eyes and a little circle for the mouth. I like to mix it up a bit, so sometimes I’ll draw them with or without arms. For the bottom of the ghosts, I like to draw a tapered shape or draw folds of fabric. I couldn’t pick one way so I drew them both ways for the pattern in this tutorial!
Transferring the Design
You can use whatever color fabric you want, but I think that darker fabric looks nice when you’re using light colored thread. If you are using dark fabric, you’ll want to use a chalk pencil or a white water soluble pen.
Grab your drawn or printed out design and trace it onto the fabric using a lightbox, iPad, or sunny window.
Stitching The Ghost
This method is relatively straight forward, however circles can be a bit challenging to get just right. Check out this post that has some tips for stitching a perfect circle!
More Ghost Embroidery Patterns
Check out even more cute ghost designs that are available for purchase and download!
Amanda is a hand embroidery artist and teacher. With over 15 years of experience in the craft industry and embroidery, she owns and runs Crewel Ghoul, sharing tutorials and patterns to help inspire fellow crafters to get inspired and creative. In addition to running this website, she teaches on Skillshare and Youtube.