Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Halloween Pillow Tutorial

When the calendar turned September, I was wishing so badly that it was still July.  How I love the summer!  Today is October 1st and I have decided to deal with the fact that time is moving super fast!  Bring on the Halloween!  Pumpkins, owls, candy, costumes, bats, black cats and everything else!

My summertime throw pillows were not matching my Halloween decor.  I decided to make Halloween covers for my current pillows.  This one only took about 30 minutes start to finish.  Here's how you can make one:

Iron- on transfer paper (purchase at Michaels, Wal Mart, etc. in the computer paper section)
Graphic to print
(2) 17" squares of light colored canvas, duck cloth or other heavy fabric
1 yard of super jumbo ric rac
16" pillow form

To begin, you need a graphic to print on the iron-on transfer paper.  If you are artsy you can make your own.  I went to Etsy and searched "Halloween pillow iron-on" and 19 pages of vintage style Halloween graphics came up.  Most of them are only $1.00 and download instantly.  Super fast & cheep - yea!

Size the graphic to take up as much of the 8.5" x 11" paper.  Make sure to tell the printer to "Flip" the image or "Mirror".  It needs to print out backwards :)

Trim about 1/8" around the graphic

Follow the manufactures instructions.  Essentially use a dry, hot iron and press into place.  It takes a few minutes.  Then when it's cooled, peel off the paper backing.  I love it already!!

I thought a little trim would be fun and still keep the pillow somewhat simple.  Pin the super jumbo ric rac into place.

When sewing normal ric rac, you just sew a straight line down the center.  I did this with the super jumbo ric rac and the points were still floppy.  With matching thread, follow the zig zag of the ric rac and sew into place like this:

You can finish the pillow using your favorite method.  I put an invisible zipper in the bottom.  Click HERE for the tutorial.  You could easily sew, turn and stuff the pillow or sew an envelope back.  I love how it turned out!!  It's super spooky!!!



  1. Really cool! Pinned:) New follow for your page. Follow back:) I posted scrappy FAll banner to Dreamer.

  2. Amanda, That is so cute. I really love the way it turned out!
    I am following you from the Halloween Spooktacular Linky . I am one of your newest followers through facebook & google.
    Would love for you to visit me.

  3. Fabulous pillow...........love it.
    You may want to show it off on my link party...here


  4. What a fun pillow! Thanks for the tip on sewing jumbo ric-rac, it looks great:@)

  5. Cute and simple! I like the ric rac!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  6. Super Cute Pillow! Perfect for Halloween! Jumbo Ric-Rac is always a favorite!