18 of the spookiest Halloween fabrics for 2022
Dive into some spooky sewing with our round up of the best places to buy Halloween fabric by the yard, metre and fat quarter!
Whether you're making your own Halloween outfits, decorations or even sewing a Halloween quilt (please say you are!), this round up of the very best Halloween fabric for 2022 is for you. Read on for some hauntingly good haberdashery... we've got black cats, ghosts, spooky sugar skulls and even glow in the dark fabrics to kick start your Halloween sewing. And yes, we did have a lot of fun trying out these fabrics for you.
We've included a mix of styles and types of fabric in this guide to the best Halloween fabrics for 2022. You'll find fat quarters, Halloween cotton fabric, Halloween fabric by the yard or metre and a mixture of styles, from classic prints to modern and fun designs.
You can use these Halloween fabrics to make some fabulously scary costumes, decorations for your home and a whole host of creepy makes! We've included a mixture of patterns from bright and bold designs to more subtle and grown-up patterns. There's something for everyone!
Ready to make this Halloween the spookiest yet? Let's explore the creepiest Halloween fabrics to add to your stash…
Best Halloween fabrics to buy in 2022
Fat quarters and bundles
1. Halloween cotton fabric squares
Best for: patchwork
This set of six 100% cotton squares is perfect for small sewing projects, such as face masks or making little Trick or Treat bags. Each one measures 50x50cm or 20in square. Four of the designs are classic Halloween motifs (spiders, ghosts, pumpkins) and two have an Autumn harvest and Thanksgiving feel for cosy makes.
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We used our set to make some spooky cushion covers, but they've also got us thinking about making a Halloween quilt as the pre-cut shapes would look great as part of a larger patchwork quilt top.
They ship from the UK, so if you're in the US you'll need to order soon to get them in time – or read on for lots more options below to put the BOO into your fabric stash this Fall.
2. Halloween fabric squares
Best for: spooky accessories
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We treated ourself to this 10 pack of Halloween cotton pre-cuts initially for the cats eyes print, but the haunted house and bat prints also captured our haunted hearts. There's lots to love in this bundle of 20cm x 25cm Halloween prints.
They would look great sewing into a patchwork quilt (or maybe even a patchwork cape to add to your Trick or Treating outfit), or shop the set to give your fabric stash an injection of fright night designs for small sewing projects like coin purses or homewares for all the family.
3. Halloween cotton fabric squares
Best for: bold colours
Looking for something bright and bold for your next make? These eye-catching Halloween cotton fabric squares and ideal for all of your spookiest projects. We love the variety of patterns available in this set, including luminous green bats, creepy eyes, orange skulls and a fun haunted house design. There are seven different designs to choose from in this pack.
All of the fabrics included in this set come in bright colours that will really standout this Halloween. Children will love the fun designs!
Best Halloween fabrics by the yard or metre
4. Mystical Halloween Fabric – Paintbrush Studio Fabrics
Best for: style
We've chosen a range of different styles of spooky fabric designs in this round up, from the traditional to the subtle, but this beautiful Mystical Halloween collection is possibly the most stylish range of the lot.
Designed by Caroline Alfreds, and available from ClothCult on Etsy, they capture the powerful draw of the magic in the air that we feel at Halloween, with cotton fabrics filled with motifs of mysticism and dark magic, including Tarot and Ouija boards. Use them to sew DIY homewares and quilts that you'll treasure for years. They come cut by the yard – we dare you to resist buying the full set.
Bats and Jacks Halloween fabric
5. Best for: DIY Halloween homewares
Spoonflower have some seriously fun Halloween fabrics on offer and they offer the great option of picking your favourite print, then selecting the fabric type you want it in.
You can choose between linen, velvet, chiffon cotton lawn, cotton poplin, canvas, denim, fleece or jersey. It's available by the metre or in fat quarters.
We've featured their Black on Cream with Orange Jacks here, but the range also comes in all sorts of traditional Halloween shades including Orange, Plum and Apple Green.
6. Ghost print Cotton Poplin
Best for: dressmaking
Boo! Could this be our favourite of the bunch in this article? Hard to say but equally hard not to love this ghosts and ghouls design. As well as the fun print, you'll get a light to medium weight cotton fabric to sew – it's soft and smooth to touch so would be ideal dressmaking.
Use it to make your own Halloween outfits – tops, blouses or dresses would look especially striking in this we think.
7. Halloween ghost polycotton fabric
Best for: bright, less scary options
If you want a break from traditional Halloween colours, we love the mustard and lilac colourways of these ghostly polycottons from Pink Button Studio on Etsy.
Available by the half metre, kids will love them and they're a great choice if you have little ones who find the scarier side of Halloween all a bit much. It's machine washable, non-stretch, and easy care.
8. Halloween Doodle Fabric
Best for: fun factor
Could this be the cutest fabric in this round up? The doodled design look never goes out of style for us. This print includes all your Halloween favourites – skulls, bats, pumpkins, spider webs and ghosts.
It's available as fat quarters or by the metre in the full range of Spoonflower options – including linen, cotton, velvet and jersey. It's even available in their sister collection of wallpapers... just sayin' for any of you diehard Halloween fans out there!
9. Jack-o-'lantern – halloween pumpkins watercolour on stripes
Best for: cushions and curtains (why not?)
Little Arrow Design have combined pumpkins with polka dot effects and stripes for this fun watercolour-style fabric, available in the full range of Spoonflower fabric types from linen to cotton.
We've never fallen out of love with stripes and can just see this made into Halloween bunting or a blanket to curl up under and watch scary movies.
10. Lewis & Irene Glow in the dark pumpkins fabric
Best for: Glow in the dark
This pattern comes from Lewis & Irene’s first Halloween collection, Castle Spooky. We are obsessed with the fact that this range glows in the dark!
Filled with pumpkins, tendrils and stars, all in Lewis and Irene's trademark classic modern style, it's a beautiful fabric and kids will love that it lights up after dark too.
11. Skulls polycotton fabric
Best for: Durability
This spooky Poly Cotton fabric is awash with 5 star reviews on Etsy – it's perfect for Halloween table runners, costumes and DIY decor. Choose between black and white and buy it by the half metre. It's machine washable, non stretch and easy to look after.
12. Halloween Lollipops fabric
Best for: kids will love it
Candy and sweets are as much a part of Halloween as scary movies and pumpkins. This 100% cotton fabric is a unique twist on Halloween fabrics that will really stand out. Filled with monster vibes and lollipops, kids will love it – it would look cute sewn into a little dress or skirt.
13. Lewis & Irene Cobwebs and cats
Best for: Halloween cushion making!
Another awesome glow in the dark offering from the Castle Spooky range, this one offers a bright addition to this round-up. Combining cobwebs, black cats, bats, skulls and pumpkins, it's pretty much got everything you need from a Halloween fabric.
14. Halloween puppies fabric
Best for: dog lovers
Calling all dog lovers! This super-cute fabric features adorable pooches in Halloween costumes. You could use this to make some fun accessories for your dog this Halloween, such as a dog bed. If you have a smaller project in mind, the good news is that you can also buy this fabric in fat quarters.
15. Retro autumn floral fabric
Best for: subtle autumn style
If you want to bring more subtle spookiness into your home this October, we'd recommend this vibrant retro material from Spoonflower. It has a definitely 60s vibe and it's a good way of embracing the season without being too over the top.
We'd love to use it to make a nostalgic autumnal dress!
16. Spooky Halloween floral with lavender purple fabric
Best for: hidden spookiness!
At first glance, you might think that this is just a sweet floral fabric, but if you look closely then you'll realise that there are little ghosts hiding among the flowers! This is a great choice for any subtly spooky sewing or quilting projects that you have in mind.
17. Halloween tulle fabric
Best for: creepy costumes
This wonderful spider’s web tulle can be used for a whole host of sinister projects this Halloween. You can fashion it into a tablecloth for a haunted house, throw it over your couch or use it to make Halloween curtains for your home.
Halloween tulle also comes in handy when you’re making costumes for children or grown-ups. It could also be a brilliant cloak for a witch costume or used to make a spooky tulle skirt (check out our easy tulle skirt project to find out how). The possibilities are endless!
18. Las calaveras fabric
Best for: Día de los Muertos
The Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos is traditionally celebrated on 2nd November. If you want to bring some Mexican-inspired spookiness into your crafting this October, then this Las calaveras fabric from Spoonflower is a fabulous option. We love the vivid colours and skull motifs!
Get ready for spooky season with your favourite Halloween fabrics
There are so many brilliant Halloween fabrics to choose from, deciding which one to buy can be tough! For smaller makes, there are tonnes of exciting patterns to choose from and original designs to inspire you.
We're very excited to get stuck into bigger projects too, whether that's making a dress from fabric with hidden ghosts or jazzing up a witch costume with some spider's web tulle. The Halloween puppies range is one of the cutest patterns out there and who can resist the adorable pumpkin fabrics?
Stock up your stash and get ready to make some eerie sewing projects this Halloween.
Scare your loved ones with haunting Halloween sewing projects
Now you've found your new favourite Halloween fabrics, you're all set to do some creepy crafting! Whether you're an expert stitcher or a beginner, we've got a selection of haunting sewing projects for you to explore.
We've included everything from Halloween garlands to cute bat plush toys for you to stitch. Discover our pick of the best Halloween sewing patterns!
Zoe is the launch Editor of Gathered.how. She has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for radiotimes.com, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.
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