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
- Fabric pen/marker/chalk
- 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: https://missyscrafts.wordpress.com/2016/03/12/dog-definition-pillow/
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.