Try Making These Spooky Felt Halloween Pillows

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Felt Halloween pillows are inexzpensive to make and anyone can cut the shapes out of felt and stitch them together – I mean it!

If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times, decorative pillows are easy to make! Especially when they are made for a specific holiday and they won’t really get the abuse that a normal sofa pillow would get.

The three that I’m showing you are made out of felt because it is inexpensive and easy to work with. You’ll have all three done in no time!

Materials List:

  • Felt in appropriate colors and quantities
  • Sewing machine and thread or
    coordinating embroidery floss and needle
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat (optional)
  • Cutting guide (helpful)
  • Pins
  • Fiberfil stuffing
  • Extra embellishments like yarn, buttons, etc.

Instructions:

1. These felt Halloween pillows go together in pretty much the same manner as our Quick Sew Fleece Pillows, except that we are embellishing the front!

2. Start by determining the size pillow you would like to make.  We made ours 18” square.  Normal sofa pillows range from about 16” square up to 24” depending on the scale of your sofa.

3. Next, square up your felt just like we did for our fleece pillows by lining the cutting guide up to one edge, draw a line and cut.  Repeat around the four sides of the pillow, lining up the grid marks so you are cutting 90 degree corners and sides that are perpendicular.

4. Cut two pieces exactly the same size, or four or six pieces depending on how many pillows you are going to create!

5. Set the backs to the pillows to the side and work on the designs for the fronts.  We drew our cat with the moon behind him by hand, but if you are having a tough time, look through a fun Halloween story book for ideas, or try a simple circular cat head with triangle ears, and attach it to the top of a rounded hill shape.  Add a tail and you’re all set!  To create the moon, trace around a dinner plate.

6. Once you have your design cut out, you can sew it to the front face of the pillow using a sewing machine and coordinating thread adding pieces one layer at a time. This is when you would add buttons for eyes or yarn for whiskers if you like.  Make sure your design is complete before moving on to put the pillow together.

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7. With the wrong sides of the pillow facing each other, place the front and back together, lining up the edges. Pin the front and back of the pillow together using the rule of a three finger space between pins just as we did on our fleece pillows.

Remember to leave an opening along one side of the pillow so you have enough room to add the stuffing.

8. Now sew the edges together using the blanket stitch.  Start by cutting a length of embroidery floss and dividing it into two pieces of three threads each.  Thread three together into the eye of the needle and make a knot at one end.

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To make the blanket stitch, insert the needle between the layers to the front of the pillow.

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Insert the needle through both layers of the pillow, about ¼ inches to the left of where the needle came out.

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Bring the needle around and through the loop created by the thread on the front of the pillow.

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Move down another ¼” and push the needle through both layers again.

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Bring the needle around and through the loop created and then tighten this stitch down a bit.  This is your first real stitch.

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The thread should be flat against the top edge and then there should be two perpendicular threads ¼” apart and approximately ¼” down from the edge.

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The first angled stitch will be fixed when you finish sewing all the way around the pillow.

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9. Corners require a little special treatment.  Do your best to make the last stitch before the corner about ¼” from the end.  This will help your corner stitch to look squarer.  Then, instead of moving down ¼”, simply insert the needle back into the last hole.

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When you pull the needle and thread through the loop created, make sure it lines up nicely with the point of the corner.  That’s how to create the angled thread.  It might slip a bit but just keep adjusting it.  Then, go back into the same hole again to turn the corner.

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Once you pull the needle and thread through the loop, you will have turned the corner successfully.  Now just keep on stitchin’!

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10. At some point you will run out of thread.  Just knot the thread immediately after you bring the thread through a loop as you see here.  Cut the tread off about an inch from the knot. (This will be tucked into the pillow.)

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Rethread the needle with three strands of embroidery floss and knot the end.  Start the new piece by pushing the needle through the knot you made in the last piece.

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Tuck the tails of the thread between the layers of fleece or felt and push the needle through both layers ¼” to the left of the last hole.

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And away you go!  Keep stitching until you come to the opening in the last side of the pillow.  When I got to the opening, I had enough thread left to finish the opening so I knotted the thread so it wouldn’t slip and started stuffing.

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11. Push the stuffing into the pillow by the handful.  I always stuff the corners first so that I know I have them taken care of.  After that, add the stuffing bit by bit and do some pressing and adjusting to keep the pillow as smooth as possible on the outside.

12. Once the pillow is stuffed to the brim, pin the opening closed and finish the stitching.  The last stitch will go right into the very first hole you made, bring the needle through the loop you just made and the angled stitch from the beginning and make your knot.  Tuck the tail into the layers and you’re done!

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Here are a couple of other designs you might consider.  The friendly ghost is leaning up against a brown leafless tree and is holding a simple to make jack-o-lantern.  If you don’t want to sew the pieces on the pillow, try using Fabri-Tac to hold the design in place.  I just wouldn’t be very rough with it since the pieces would only be glued on.

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On this spider pillow, the spider’s web was stitched onto the violet felt first, and then it was attached to the pillow front.  The spider is a black pom-pom with pipe cleaners for legs and sequins for eyes, all glued on.  If you need to learn about making pom-poms, check out our Pom-Pom Flowers project sheet from show #210 of “around the house with Matt & Shari”.

If you’d like to see the fleece pillows being made, check out the video.  It might make the blanket stitch a bit easier to do if you see it as it is being sewn. Remember, projects like this are all about having fun.  Invite some of your friends over for a pillow party and help each other along as you create your holiday pillows!  Culminate the party with a sleepover or movie night that will make memories for everyone involved!

Shari

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