Scarily Cute Halloween Pillow Covers

One  thing I have plenty of are throw pillows.  One thing I don’t have is a lot of storage space.  This predicament helped me decide to make Halloween themed pillow covers.  I chose covers for ease of storage and keeping the costs low.  These can easily be made into permanent pillows, which I will add  alternate instructions if you wish to go that route.  Unfortunately, I did not take step by step photos, but I will explain them the best I can. 

What you need: 

  • Pillows, pillow forms, or poly fill 
  • Fabric- the amount depends on your pillow sizes.  The colors depend on what designs you want to do.
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Fabric pen/marker/chalk
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape.

1. The first thing I did was measure my pillows.  Most of them were 16×16″. I gave myself a half inch seam allowance (I always use 1/2″ because of the clear and large mark on my sewing machine, you make whatever seam allowance you want).

2. Cut out one piece of fabric the size of your pillow, adding in your seam allowance.  Example, I cut a 17×17 square. If you are making pillows instead of covers, cut two squares. Skip steps 3 and 4.

3. If you are making covers, Cut the backs of the pillows.  I like to have about a three inch over lap for pillow covers.  I cut a 17×9″ and a 17×13″ piece.  These pillow case instructions have step by step photos in my dog pillow tutorial found here:

4. On the short edge of the back fabric pieces, fold over one edge 1/2 inch, pin and sew.  This will be your finished edge on the back of the pillow cover.

5. This is where you get to be creative!  Cut out the shapes you want for your pillows.  This is were your fabric pen comes in handy!  I have examples of all the pillow lay outs I made.  All of the pillows with the exception of the spider and mummy follow the same steps. 

6.  Depending on your design, begin sewing the detail parts.  The first thing I did was sew the pupils to the eyes. Then I laid out the designs and pinned the features to the front pillow pieces.  I free-hand sewed the features fabrics using matching thread. I used a simple straight stitch except for the spiders mouth, where I used a zig-zag stitch. *spider and mummy details at end of tutorial

7. I then added addition details using my embroidery machine.  If you don’t have one, don’t worry!  Using a very tight zig-zag stitch can achieve the same results.  For the cat, I used a satin embroidery stitch to create the whiskers.  For Frankenstein’s monster, I used the same stitch for his scar.  I used a normal straight stitch for his mouth.

8. Once all your details are complete place your front pillow piece and your two back pieces right side together.  I like the smaller back piece to be on top, but that is strictly preference.  Pin pieces together and sew the edges. If you are making a regular pillow, pin front and back squares right side together and sew the edges leaving a space to stuff the pillow or insert a form. 

9. Flip covers right side out, and place pillow inside.  If making a pillow, stuff the pillow and pin open section together once it is stuffed to your preferred softness, then stitch hole closed.

There is intermittent ironing needed through out the crafting, I used 100% cotton so just looking at the fabric made it wrinkle.  One thing I wish I had used was Fray Check.  I didn’t think about it until my dog was laying on one of the pillows and frayed the crap out of an eye ball.  I like the cover idea because they are easy to store and I can wash them.  

* Spider-  for the spider assembly I made 8 2×4 legs out of extra fabric.  I cut 4×4 squares, folded it in half and sewed the long edge and one short end.  I then flipped it right side out and pressed the piece flat.  When assembling the spider I placed the front piece right side up, put the legs on top of the front piece.  I made the legs 3″ long so the finished ends went on the inside of the fabric and the unfinished ends stuck out around the pillow front.  I had four on each side.  I then placed my back pieces as described above and sewed the edges.  When flipped right side out the spider cover has 8 little legs poking out of the sides. It is hard to see in the picture below as it blends in with the chair pattern.

The mummy was a bit more involved.  I sewed the eye pieces together separately.  I then cut two inch thick strips of fabric and placed them randomly on the pillow front piece.  When I found a pattern I liked, I pinned the strips to the pillow front and sewed the strips down.  I then sewed on the eyes.  I knew I wanted the eyes partly covered so I added two more strips covering part of each eye.  I then continued the pillow cover as described above.  I did trim the excess fabric before turning the cover right side out.  Also, the strips could get tangled and easily twisted so I used many more pins with this pillow case than the others.  

I hope these pillows add a little Halloween cheer to your living room!

Thank you for reading!



Ghostly Lights

I love Halloween.  I love everything about it from the fun decorations to the trick-or-treaters.  I dress up my dogs and myself every year and pumpkin carving is a tradition that I anxiously await.  I start decorating in September because … Continue reading

Dog Definition Pillow

  Around Christmas I was strapped for money as I was buying a house.  So, I decided everyone was getting a DIY gift.  I found these adorable pillows crusing Pinterest one day…

I thought “I can make those!”  So I did.  

What you need:

  1. Fabric paint (I bought white, black, and blue)
  2. Paint brushes 
  3. Scissors
  4. Exacto knife
  5. Computer 
  6. Iron
  7. Iron off pen
  8. Sewing machine 
  9. Fabric
  10. Pillow inserts (optional)


  1. I purchased 16×16 pillow inserts.  I use inserts because I can’t for the life of me make a non-lumpy pillow.  Plus, pillow cases are easier to wash. So, I cut 17×17 pieces of white cotton fabric.
  2. I designed the silhouettes and the words on the computer.  My friend has two Brittany spaniel mixes so I searched for pictures of that breed then, after I printed the silhouettes, I modified them to match.      
  3. I cut out the silhouette and the letters.  This was the most tedious part.  
  4. Next, with my iron off pen (these are amazing!! You can write all over your fabric then heat makes it disappear) I traced the letters and dog on to my fabric.     
  5. Paint in the letters.  I made the pronounciation a lighter color by mixing the blue and white.   
  6. I let it dry then I ironed the fabric with a handkerchief over the paint and the steam setting off.  The iron heat removed the pen marks, set the paint, and actually puffed the paint up just a little.      
  7. I then created the back for the cases.  I ran out of white fabric so I used a light blue.  I cut two pieces of blue.  One about 14×17 inches the other about 7×17.  I hemmed one edge with a 1/4 inch seam then laid them out.  Right sides together I put the 14 inch down first then the 7 inch and pinned them. I sewed everything together with a 1/2 seam.     
  8. Insert the pillow forms and voila!    

I am really happy with how they came out.  My biggest complaint is that the black paint had some variations after I ironed everything.  I’m not sure if it was a mistake on my part or just how the paint sets.  It’s not horribly noticeable but something to keep in mind.  Thank you for reading!! 


    Floor pouf


    There have been so many poufs on pinterest lately I decided I would make my niece one for Christmas. It was a bit trickier than I thought initially but I learned a lot and it looks really cute!

    Materials Needed:

    -Pouf fabric- I believe I bought 2 yards of it. Confession time: I always buy more than I need because I am always convinced I’m going to screw up

    -Applique fabric, I made a flower so I bought 1/4 of a yard of the green and pink





    -sewing machine

    -pre-made piping (I bought two packs)



    1. I started out making my pattern. I used the old pen and string trick to make my circle which ended up being about 16 inches in diameter

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    2. Next I decided upon the height of the pouf. I made mine about 15 inches tall

    3. Math time! Find the circumference of your circle to know how long to cut the sides. 2πR=C or Dπ=C

    4. Cut out your fabric from the pattern. That equals out to be 2 circles the same size and one long piece of fabric the length of your circles circumference and the height you decided upon.

    5. Next I made a pattern for my applique. My base fabric was flowers so I settled upon a flower appliqué

    6. I cut out the fabric, I chose green for the center and pink for the petals.

    7. I arranged the appliqué on the top circle and then pinned it. I left the circle out because it was going to over lap the petals and some stitches.

    8. I used a wide zigzag stitch for my applique. I zigzagged all the petals. I found pulling pins as I sewed helped keep the petal flat.

    9. I pinned the flowers center to the appliqué and used the same wide zigzag around it.

    10. Next, I pinned the piping to the circles.

    11. I sewed the piping to both the top and bottom circle. I used a different foot so I could get really close to the edge of the piping. A zipper foot will work fine, but I didn’t have one. I have no idea what most of my presser feet are used for, so I grabbed one that looked like it would work. And it did.

    12. I then made little handle out of scrap fabric and sewed it to the middle of the side fabric.

    13. Next, I pinned the side to the bottom circle. If I was going to mess it up, I wanted it to be on the bottom. (pin right sides together)

    14. sew the circle, using the same piping presser foot as above. Work slowly and try to stay right next to the piping.

    15. Repeat 13 & 14 for the top circle.

    16. Your pouf should be in side out. Now pin and sew up the side. I pinned and sewed about 1/3 of the way up on each side leaving a hole in the middle.

    17. Turn it inside out.

    18. At first I just stuffed it but it was all lumpy and unattractive so I pulled out the stuffing and thought about a fix for days. I didn’t want to buy foam, the whole point of making a pouf was it was inexpensive. I didn’t want to wrap it all in batting, the batting would shift and make more problems. One day when I was in for a School Nurse, a class room was throwing out a big play mat. I asked if I could have it. I tore it open and cut two circles out of the foam.

    19. I placed the foam on the top and bottom to help keep shape and reduce the bulging look.

    20. I was going to fill it all up with circles of foam, but it would be too heavy for her to move around. So I resorted to lining the sides with batting and stuffing it from there.

    21. After I stuffed all I could stuff, I sewed the hole by hand.

    There it is! It’s still a bit lumpy but it looks so much better than before. Next time I would use thicker batting.


    Some tips:

    -Starch your fabric before you sew on the applique. It’ll help it hold better

    -give your self plenty of extra room for the side fabric.

    -If you think you want it to be 16 inches high, think more around 12. This pouf looks so big! Much bigger than I intended.

    -A stabilizer for the applique would be good. I had some threads pull loose when stuffing the first time. I went over the areas again and haven’t had problems since the foam was in, but if it’s going to get a lot of use I recommend using a fusible one.

    Thank you for reading!




    Poinsettia Tree Skirt

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    I needed a tree skirt. I have this pet peeve about trees without them. It was a week until Thanksgiving and I was getting down to the wire (I put up my tree the day after Thanksgiving because I love Christmas so much!) I digress, I went to Target one day and they had these red tree skirts for $5. Can’t go wrong with that so I bought one and went home. I opened it and it was a big felt mess. I decided to upcycle it into something great. And Voila! The Poinsettia Tree Skirt was born.

    What you need

    -2 Red felt tree skirts from target or and where else your heart desires

    -Green felt sheets. I bought 6 and used 5. I had about 38 flowers to make you may need more or less depending on the size of your tree skirt.

    -Jingle Bells

    -Needle and thread



    -extra paper

    1. I started by making a pattern. I made a few different flowers until I made one I was happy with. This pattern included 2 four point flowers layered on top of each other and two green leaves. Then I took that pattern and measured how many it would take to cover the skirt. My skirt was scalloped so I just counted the peaks and measured how many flowers it would take to cover a peak and a valley. It took three flowers, and ultimately It was around 30 some flowers. I rounded up and made extra to be sure. I believe I cut out 74 flowers all together.

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    2. I traced the pattern on the second tree skirt. I traced all of them before I cut them out.

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    3. I cut out (along with Mike) all the flowers

    4. Then I traced the leaves on the green felt and cut those out

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    5. now the fun part, Mike and I hand-sewed every flower. We layered the petals then adjusted the leaves so they were showing and put a gold jingle bell in the middle.

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    6. after all the flowers were made (which took about 3 evenings sitting in bed watching movies) we attached all the flowers along the edge. I placed my flowers to get rid of the scallop. I wasn’t feeling it that day.

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    7. And you’re done! The pictures don’t actually do it justice, the red kind of blends together but in real life it looks great.

    Tips and Tricks

    -Have a friend or your boyfriend/girlfriend help you cut everything out

    -Trim the top flower so the center is smaller. It looks better if the jingle bell covers most of it.

    -Double up your thread.

    -You will have floppy flowers. but they lay on the floor and until x-mas morning there isn’t a lot of stress to them.

    As always, thank you for reading!



    20 minute table runner

    With the holidays gearing up, I am trying to decorate my apartment on a budget. I found this table runner on display at a local sewing store and it was so simple to make, I created places to put runners. I made one for my table and one for my coffee bar.

    Materials needed;
    -1/3 yard of festive fabric
    -1/2 yard of complimentary fabric
    -scissors/cutting wheel
    -sewing machine

    1. Square up your fabric. Ultimately you want 12 inch width of patterned fabric and 18 inch width of complimentary fabric. As you can see below after I squared my fabric I lost about ¾ of an inch… I wasn’t happy. If anyone that works at a craft store reads this, ALWAYS give a few extra inches with fabric. Trust me, no one is cutting straight and after everything evens up that’s about what you lose.

    (Look at all that! Arrgghh!)

    2. After you have the correct width of fabric, place right sides together and pin the length of the fabric.

    3. Sew ¼ 0r ½ inch seam, whatever floats your boat.

    4. Pin the other sides of the fabric together and sew the same width seam as in step 2 and 3.

    5. Press seams out away from patterned fabric.

    6. You should have a big long tube, flip tube right side out.

    7. Press creases into the complimentary fabric so it evenly borders the patterned fabric on each side. I found folding the patterned fabric in half then folding the complimentary fabric over it helped me get pretty even borders.

    8. Fold tube in half the hot dog bun way with the patterned fabric is facing out. Line up the short end and pin. Sew 1/4 inch seam.

    9. Snip ends of seam and flip inside out creating a point.

    10. Center the seam and press fabric to keep in place. You can also sew a button or pom pom on to help keep the seams centered.

    And that’s it!

    This is on my coffee Bar

    This is on my dining table, I just loved the leaf print (even though it doesn’t match anything!)


    -Buy a little extra fabric so you can square it up.

    -If you want it to be wider, adjust the widths of the fabric. However, make sure you adjust for the size of the border.

    -If you want it to be longer buy fabric that’s 60 inches long instead of 42. Or you can buy the 2 yards (or what whatever length you need). then cut the fabric to the length and width but that takes more time.

    -Make sure your ends are even when you sew the short ends, other wise your triangle will be a little off.

    I hope you like it, and as always, thank you for stopping by!




    Just in time for Halloween I’m presenting a quick but adorable costume for little girls. My niece adds to the cuteness, but it takes an evening to make, it’s cheap, and it can be adapted for weather. Those of us living in an area where it snows every Halloween can appreciate that! I found it on pinterest and when I followed the link ( of course it was on Etsy to buy with no instructions, so I figured it out for myself.

    Here’s what you need:
    -Blank white t-shirt or onesie. You can find toddler sized blank shirts at Hobby Lobby for a couple bucks. I bought and 12 month and an 18 month because I was unsure exactly what my niece wore. (She’s in 12-18 so that doesn’t help)
    – Fabric paint. I kept my design simple black and white but you could use colors if you wanted.

    – Tulle. I used a roll of it from Hobby Lobby. It was an 8 inch roll which meant less cuts I had to make

    -Ribbon, black and white. I used a shear white ribbon because I put it through out the skirt

    -Elastic. I used a thicker piece for comfort, I believe inch thick is what I purchased

    -Hair clip. I bought this from hobby lobby for a few dollars. It came in a pack of 6. They had a few different options and I went for a smooth clip so it didn’t pull out my niece’s hair.

    -Hot glue gun

    -Sewing machine


    -Paint brush



    -Google Eyes

    And here we go:

    1. I started with the shirt because I knew it would need to dry. I went on my computer and created a design. I used word because I knew I would use very simple shapes.

    2. In word I used the shapes loaded in the program. I made an oval for the eyes then two crescents for the eye lashes. I wanted to make the ghost face more cute and girly. Then I grouped the pictures and copied it, pasted it and flipped it horizontally to create a mirror image.

    3. Next, I did the mouth. One large crescent for the mouth and two little ones for the dimples. I centered all of shaped and grouped them then adjusted the size.

    4. I measured the shirts and printed out a face to fit each shirt.

    5. I put the shirt around a book to keep it flat and straight. (my old NCLEX book was but to good use!)

    6. I cut out the face and centered it on the shirt then traced the face with a pen. I ended up using the 18 month shirt because I made it two months early and she is growing like a weed!

    7. Next, I used the fabric paint and squirted some on the shirt then used the paint brush to spread it. I bought regular but in the future I think I would use matte paint. Once the face was all painted, I move on to the skirt.

    8. For the skirt I did a few different experiments but I ended up sewing it. My niece’s waist is about 19 in around. I wanted a one inch lay over so I cut the elastic to 20 inches. I pinned the elastic and sewed it to make the waist band

    9. Then I cut tulle strips about 20 inches long. I made them longer then planned to trim them as needed.

    10. I tried the no sew method and looped the strips around the elastic and honestly I thought it looked terrible. Maybe with thinner elastic it would look better, but I was not a fan. I played around a little more and found that folding the tulle in half over the elastic and then sewing right below the band looked the best. I did two strips at a time and sewed them together. Then the next two strips I would over lap slightly on the last two. Be careful here, you can make a really full skirt. When I started it was very full and I evened it out as I went. Don’t sew the tulle to the elastic so it can stretch freely.

    11. After the tulle was around the entire skirt I randomly placed lengths of ribbon in the skirt. I folded it in half over the skirt like the tulle to give a little shimmer from the inside and out.

    12. Next I made little bows from the black ribbon and placed them around the band of the skirt. Mike helped me with the bows because he is such a good sport about this blog. I placed the bows over the white ribbon I added to the skirt to hide some of the stitching.

    13. Next a made a small bow out of both ribbons to sew on the shirt. I placed the bow once the shirt was dry.

    14. Then I made a bigger bow out of both ribbons for the hair clip

    15. I hot glued the bow to the hair clip and made sure it was secure.

    16. Then my niece tried on the skirt and it was trimmed.

    Put her in some black leggings and… Volia! A cute and quick Halloween Costume for your little girl!

    No tips for this one, it’s straightforward and easy. Just be careful on the skirt you can make it as poofy as you want but on little girls too much poof isn’t always a good thing. I skipped the google eyes because I thought it looked cuter with out them, but you can add them easily.

    Thanks everyone!



    Mirrored Wall

    I have been out for a while due to moving  and a lot of family stuff.  But! My move has given me opportunity to do a lot of crafts which I will add as the time allows. Today, I want to talk about my mirrored wall.  I don’t have step by step pictures due to placing these mirrors required me sitting on a ledge over a staircase.  I decided to focus on getting the project done than risk tumbling down the stairs and laying there until someone found me. I digress, I needed pizazz along my blue wall. I wanted my living room/dining room to be gray with navy blue accents. Even though home designers say accent walls are “out”. I could care less and painted the wall above my stair well navy blue. I needed something to brighten the wall but not cover the blue. Years ago I went to Ikea and bought some 12×12 mirrors. I bought 3 packs of 4 for a different use, but back at that time I went in a different direction. The packs were only about $5 each so this whole project will cost you $15.

    Here is what you need
    – a wall
    – for my design 3 packs of 12×12 mirrors
    – a tape measure
    – a level (use with caution)
    – a writing implement

    1. First, I decided on a pattern.  I laid the mirrors out on the floor and arranged them until I found my desired pattern.  Initially I liked the mirrors turned to a diamond shape and four across three down.

    Note: mine changed part way through and I’ll explain why later
    2. I measured the patterns length and width to determine the center.
    3. I measured my wall and determined the center.
    4. I marked the center of my wall with chalk, I knew I wouldn’t see pen on my dark wall.  Whatever you use, make sure it’ll come off the wall.
    5. From there I used my tape measure and level to mark each of corners of the mirrors.
    6. Then I placed the center mirrors on the wall. The way Ikea has their mirrors stick to the wall is with these four double sided sticky foam pads.
    7. I placed the mirror on the wall before removing the paper from the pads to make sure everything lined up.  I worked from the center out.
    8. When I got to the top mirror farthest to the right I lined the mirror up and it fit, but when I put the pads on, it lifted the mirror away from the wall just enough to hit a low spot of the textured ceiling. So, when I went to place the mirror and adhere it to the wall the corner chipped, creating a crack. Here’s where you need to be careful… This mirror is refusing to come off my wall at the moment.  These suckers stick once you place them so make sure you want them there. I will replaced it when I get back to Ikea and have the energy to pry it off my wall.

    9. When I tried to put the last mirror on I the top row I made a horrible discovery that the wall in my 100 year old apartment is not square. Crazy huh? So I changed my design and made a step pattern instead and I just threw it on the bottom row. In retrospect I’m lucky it looks purposeful because, at the time I was pretty pissed about my broken mirror that refused to lift and my trapezoid of a wall.
    10. After all the mirrors were hung, I cleaned them about 4 times each. I really have become fond of Invisible Glass. It cleans very well and leaves the glass streak free. These mirrors were pretty dirty and it did a nice job.
    11. And you’re done! In my picture you can see vases and candles, I put the five vases in front of each mirror and a flameless candle in between each vase. Once Hobby Lobby puts all their floral on sale I’ll be filling the vases!

    Just as an FYI: the blue vases are from Ikea ($5 each) and the candles were bought from HomeWoot.

    I’m really happy with how this turned out, despite the broken one.  It did exactly what I needed it to do.  My apartment has very small windows and the mirrors reflect the little light they let in, and it looks great with the glow of the candles at night.  It also flows into the living room.  It points you in the right direction!

    Thanks for stopping by again, I’m glad to be back!




    “Om” bracelet


    I don’t wear jewelry too often, mostly because I find it to be expensive. Also, I do not possess the talent of accessorizing myself very well. Despite my lack of style, I have wanted to try my hand at making my own jewelry for a while and I think this was a good starting point!

    Materials needed:

    A charm- I chose the “Om” symbol because I love yoga and the word’s meaning. It’s a healing word and we could all use a little more health!

    A chain- I bought a 30″ necklace for my bracelet. I wanted plenty of chain in case I screwed up.

    Small lobster claw- my charm is very small and I wanted the charm to be the center. My necklace came with a large clasp so I bought a small one and kept the large one for later use.

    Jewelry pliers- I used round tip pliers, needle nose, and chain pliers.

    Extra connecter rings- I bent 2 of these so extras are a good thing.


    1. I removed the link that came on the charm.


    2. Next, I clipped a link in the necklace chain to create 2 halves. I knew I wanted my bracelet to have two chains connected and that I wanted it all attached to the symbol itself. Ideally, I wanted the bracelet to be all one chain that slipped through the “o” of the charm and clipped on the ring attached to it. The chain however was too thick, so I adapted what I had. If you have a solid charm with only the attached ring, you’ll have to use a different method or adjust how you want your bracelet to look.

    (cutting the necklace in two)

    3. I attached the two separate chains to one connector ring.

    4. Then I attached the connector ring with the chains on it to the “o” part of the charm.


    5. Then, I measured the chains to the length I wanted. I like bracelets that move a little so I made my chains about 6″ long. I made it easy by putting the chains around my wrist and cutting where it looked good.

    6. I attached the ends of the two chains to a connector ring, then connected the small lobster claw. I closed the connector rings with the needle nose pliers, then slipped the ring on the round tip pliers. I was able to make sure all the ends were curved and that the connectors somewhat resembled something that may have been round at one time in the past 🙂

    7. Now, just put it on and check out your handy work. This would be when you can see if any wire ends are sticking out or if the chain is too long, etc.

    Things to keep in mind:

    1. My materials were all very small. Be careful you don’t lose parts and that everything is big enough to work with. You can see below I used a penny for scale.


    2. Make sure you have the right sizes for your materials. My original connector rings were too thick for the chain to attach to. This turned Mikes ice cream trip into an ice cream/jewelry parts trip to Wal Mart.

    3. The steps are easy, but take your time and be patient. Small parts can be frustrating but don’t give up!

    4. Know what you want. I have wanted an anchor and Om bracelet for awhile and I waited and looked everywhere for what I want. I’ve yet to find the anchor charm I want.

    I’m happy with how this turned out. A I said I’ve wanted one for a while and it’s pretty much how I pictured it except for a few things.
    Thanks for stopping by!