Sunday, October 7, 2012


So...I actually made this awesome witch.

Now, I should have named this post, "One of the Two Reasons I Don't Sew", or "Why I Call My Sewing Machine Damien" but I didn't want to scare you away!  The truth is, it isn't that hard of a pattern at all, but, I was not a sewing kind of girl when I tried this and therefore, frustrated myself to no end due to my lack of basic skills!  AND....because I'm a glutton for punishment, I actually made two of these at the same time, (one for my mother-in-law, who loves witches and one for me) which just exacerbated things.  But...I persevered.  And, I had some help from my good friend and neighbor, Judy.

I made this when I lived in Montana, and the funny thing is, the pattern actually came from 40 miles away from where I live now in Missouri.  I will give you all of the information on the pattern at the end of this post, in case you want to order it for yourself and make it.   Speaking of patterns....if you do not sew, and your pattern pieces look like this, it can be intimidating.
That first piece right there is the supply list.  I was overwhelmed and Judy was kind and patient.  (I keep tellin ya, she's a gem!)  We had to paint her face first, which kind of freaked me out, because I didn't even know what "craft paint" was.  Check out her face.
It came unpainted, molded of hard baked clay.  The directions were very good on how to paint it.  I added wool roving hair, which I put little spiders and flies in. Can you see one there on the lower right of her chin?  I made her hat, which I dangled a spider from and put a turkey feather in.
Her body is fully positional, because I put wire in the arms, legs and body after I sewed them and stuffed them.  (I was so far out of my league here, I'm tellin ya!)  Then I made her clothes.
 She has a full length skirt, a blouse, an apron, lace gloves and a shawlI stuffed some polyfil in her blouse because I think a scary looking witch has big ol' boobs!  
Here is a picture of her from the back:
After I got through all of that sewing, the best part was accessorizing her. (After all, "our ability to accessorize is what separates us from the beasts".)  I found these miniature cornucopias at Ben Franklin's and decided it was perfect as a basket for her to carry.  What to put in it?  Well, witchy stuff of course!!
 Snakes, lizards, squash, gourds and a frog who was once a prince.  (Isn't he the cutest with his little crown?)  She even has a little black cat on a rope, who seriously looks like he would like to be elsewhere!
 She has a doll stand (also purchased at Ben Franklin's) to help stabilize her.  I covered the base with a little moss because it was blaring white!
Whew!  That was a huge project for a girl who doesn't sew.  I'm sure it was also a huge test of friendship for my what was then, my new neighbor, Judy.   Thank you Judy, once again for dragging me kicking, screaming and cursing into the crafting world!  I love my Haxa Witch, and her evil twin sister, who lives down the road at my Mother-in-Laws.  My sewing machine Damien, well...not so much!
 It's possessed I tell  you!
Now, I said I would give you the information about this pattern at the end.  Here is what the cover looks like:
The company is called "Momma Made Me Do It!" and it is run by:     Mitzi Bibens 
 Donna Towe
   P.O. Box 725
Buffalo, MO 65622
(417) 345-8302
(417) 866-8028
If they have a website, I couldn't find it.

 Amy, I told you I would post something I sewed.  Heather, I have the utmost respect for your mad sewing skills!

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  1. Danni, I'm truly impressed! If you can do that you can do any sewing with a little patience. What a wonderful witch you made. And it looks better than the picture on the pattern. You are so creative with the accessorizing,too!

  2. Danni, that is awesome! I agree with Gail, if you can do that, you can sew anything. Of course it is your own little touches that make it so special. Nice that she has a sister just down the road.

  3. Are you serious, that is one crazy awesome sewing skills. You can sew!

  4. Danni,

    Your Haxa Witch is so AWESOME! I think your sewing skills are great! Damien probably agrees. I love all the accessories, they are wonderful touches!

    I'm glad Judy was there to help/guide/push you kicking and screaming...because your witch is a gem too!

  5. Love the witch. Okay how did you do the Damien sewing machine photo? It really looks like you painted or bled all over the sewing machine!

  6. Damien the Sewing Machine must have been feeling sweet and innocent that day because your witch turned out really, really good! I love it!

  7. Wow!!! I'm totally impressed! You may not like sewing but you can do it and you had to paint and find nifty accessories, too! ~ Maureen

  8. WOW Danni - did the devil make you do it, lol?
    This is seriously unbelievable - when I say I can't sew - I mean I can't sew,
    When you say you can't sew, you're full of it!!!
    What an AMAZING project!!!

  9. That is THE COOLEST witch I have EVER seen!
    She is amazing. I am impressed. I want one.

  10. Hey Danni! Your witch is great!!! I love it! Good job!
    Hugs from Spain

  11. How amazing! Don't you want to make another one? heehee! I love her!

  12. Gosh, that sewing machine is, well, scary but cute at the same time!

  13. Damien did his job well - he taught you patience! Lovely witch. Her basket of witchy things is my favorite!

  14. Wow, this is brilliant!!!! You and Damian are obviously a great time. Wonderful! xxx

  15. Great. You had to mention the D- name. No sleep for me tonight.
    I don't own a sewing machine, and looking at D, I'm not sure I want to- my life can be painful enough at times, what whith cats' claws and all.
    But ... that witch? I am almost convinced that she is totally worth sewing together a couple of fingers, crying myself to sleep for a month and giving myself up for adoption by Satan.
    She is absolutely, utterly incredible. From her chinny- chin- chin right down to the snake.
    I cal her Granny Weatherwax, and that's the biggest compliment I could EVER pay to any witch.
    Hats off to you, Danni. Masterpiece.

  16. I am in awe of you ! I can not and do not sew , I hot glue and staple :)

  17. Holy moly, she is fantastic! And the Damien sewing machine is cracking me up!

  18. Ha ha ha! Damien is so cool! And the witch looks so real that I could bite my tongue if I saw her in the evening :)))))))))

  19. Damien mad me laugh out loud. Great job on her! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  20. You are faking that no sewing thing pretty good. I would not even attempt, you are a brave brave soul.


  21. Wow i can't believe you made this it is so cool! Damien is so cool, and your sewing machine looks like a demon! A very good job, just love it! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  22. Hello, new follower here! I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!



    The Chicken Chick

  23. Ack! That Witch Is Scaring The BuJezzus Outta Me! Great job on the sewing though ;)

  24. Dannie, you're a witchy gal after my own heart! LOVE this witch, and her snakes and creepy crawlyz! I still have so much Halloween decor to pull out and photograph and blog about. She awfully cute ;-)

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  26. She turned out amazing! I hope you don't leave her out in the rain!

  27. Looks cool - how clever!
    Thanks for sharing this week at the Creative Inspirations Party!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  28. If you were out of your league, you'd never know because it doesn't show. The witch turned out fantastically creepy! Spooks me out!

    Thank you for linking up at the Wildly Original party. <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  29. She is awesome! Great job :)