Hi there, it’s Nienke again! Time for some DIY Halloween Pillow covers. Being Dutch, decorating for Halloween does not come quite naturally to me, it’s a holiday that is not commonly celebrated over here. However, after diving into numerous Pinterest boards and blogs, I started to get into the right mood and made some fun Halloween pillows for a start.
DIY Halloween Pillow Covers | How to Make Halloween Pillows
Initially, I wanted to write the kids’ names on the Halloween pillows, but since the pillows look cuter together than one lonely in each room, plus the eldest two are quite territorial at the moment, I decided to keep the text neutral. The kids still love the pillows though, especially the loose legs of the spiders!
Halloween Throw Pillow Cover Materials:
- Orange fabric for the pillows: I made these for 16″x16″ pillows and thus needed a 16″x38″ for each pillowcase. You’ll need a piece of fabric the same width as your pillow, and a height that is twice the height of the pillow, plus at least 6″.
- A scrap of black felt for the spider.
- Black yarn, a few yards.
- Thread: orange, black and white.
- Paper and marker to draw your text, plus a marker to transfer the text onto the fabric. I used a regular pencil since the black thread covers it completely and I dislike my fabric markers, they don’t work well.
- Regular sewing notions.
DIY Halloween Pillow Cover Instructions:
Pillow Cover Step 1: Cut your fabric into a rectangle of the desired size for your pillows. Hem one short edge, or both if you feel like it. One short edge will be inside the pillowcase, since it’s envelope-style, so I didn’t bother hemming the second side. I didn’t have to finish it either, I used the selvage, but otherwise do finish the short edge with serger or zigzag. Now fold the hemmed side of the rectangle over, right sides together, for 16″ as pictured above. Press well, so the crease is visible if you unfold it later.
Pillow Cover Step 2: Fold the other short edge over as well, so you have a 16″ square. The right side of the flap will be on top of the wrong side of the hemmed square. Press.
Pillow Cover Step 3: Write your text in the desired size, with a dark marker. If you’re unhappy with your own writing, you can use a handwriting font. I made you a basic template, downloadable here, but didn’t use it myself, I just wrote it all down. Make sure your letters are all connected, otherwise you’ll have loose ends of yarn on the pillows in the end.
Pillow Cover Step 4: Unfold your fabric. Transfer the text to your fabric for the pillows, you’ll want it to be on the middle part of it, the 16″ square in the middle. The text should start right to the edge of the fabric, so the loose end of the yarn will be neatly into the seam allowance when your pillowcase is all sewn up. I did the transfer by taping the paper with the text to the window and placing my fabric on top of it, then just tracing it with a pencil. Make sure your text isn’t mirrored, when seen on the right side of the fabric.
Pillow Cover Step 5: Now starting from the side, place the yarn on the writing on the fabric and carefully sew it into place, using black thread and a zigzag. When you get to a sharp corner, pivot by leaving the needle completely down, into the fabric, lifting the pressure foot, and turning the fabric. Then, let the pressure foot down and continue. Slowly sew the yarn onto the complete text and end by making a decorative curly end, ending where you want your spider to be.
Pillow Cover Step 6: Cut four strands of yarn, each approximately 4″ long. Make a bundle of them and sew them at the end of your writing, by just going back and forth over the centre a few times.
Pillow Covers Step 7: Cut out your spider body from black felt, just the shape of an eight. Using the white thread and a straight stitch, sew a cross on its back, going back and forth a few times to make it more noticable.
Pillow Covers Step 8: Place the spider body on top of the spider legs, covering your stitches. Distribute the legs somewhat, so they don’t look like an awkward bundle, and stitch along the side of the spider body, using black thread and a straight stitch.
Pillow Covers Step 9: I made the dot on the “i” by going back and forth with a zigzag stitch a few times. Now gently press your applique, from the wrong side of the fabric, and fold your pillowcase back up along the lines you pressed earlier. Make sure you fold up the square first, and then fold the shorter flap over that, not the other way around.
Pillow Covers Step 10: Sew the two side seams of the pillows, with a straight stitch, and finish the seams with zigzag or serger. Turn your pillowcase and give the seams a last press. Put a pillow in and move on to the next one!
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make these Halloween pillows. You might also enjoy some of our other fun DIY Halloween Tutorials:
This article has two separate tutorials on how to make a trick or treat bag for your kids this Halloween. Make a simple one or a reversible quilted one.
If you’re hosting a Halloween party this year then a fun and simple sewing project would be to make a table runner. Here’s the 6 best tutorials to show you how to make a Halloween Table Runner.
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