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: 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.  


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


Thank you for reading!

-Missy

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

Boo!

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 (http://www.etsy.com/listing/96087036/custom-order-for-theresa) 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

-Computer

-Paint brush

-Pen

-Scissors

-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!

L&L,

Missy