Hey there, makers!
With October being in full swing, I know most of you are preparing for Halloween. This holiday is so much fun because you get to dress up in funky costumes, you have an excuse to eat boatloads of candy, AND you get to decorate with “spooky” things you wouldn’t have in your house normally. I must admit, i’m a scaredy-cat when it comes to spooky things but I like decorating with festive things like jack-o-lanterns, cats, and ghosts that have a cute twist.
I’ve paired up with my colleague Eli, from our production team to show you how to make some adorable Halloween inspired mini pillows with our Pure Elements, Squared Elements, and AGF Denim. For those of you who are beginners or are looking for a quick project to do with the kids, this project is perfect because there’s no sewing involved.
So, let’s get to it! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Spooky templates (download here)
- Fabric Scraps
- 2 - 6.5”x 6.5” squares of black or dark colored fabric (use two 8.5” squares for pumpkin and cat design)
- Steam-A-Seam (double stick fusible web)
- Pencil or Fabric Marking Pen
Cut a piece of fabric about the size of the design you’ll be making from the template. Place a piece of Steam-A-Seam onto the fabric and press.
Place your template on the side with Steam-A-Seam and trace your template. (Keep in mind which direction you want the character to face because when you turn the fabric over the traced icon will face the opposite way.)
Cut the design, peel the paper off the Steam-A-Seam, and place on the background fabric. Press to make your cut-out designs stick to the background fabric. Repeat this process for the rest of the icons based on your pillow design.
Flip the front of your pillow top and fold a ¼” seam around the square. Iron it to keep it in place. Repeat this step with the backing of your pillow.
Cut out three 5" strips of Steam-A-Seam and place over folded seams and press. Cut two 2.5” strips for the fourth side and press. (Note: Use 7” strips if you’re making the other pillow designs.)
Peel the paper off all the strips except from one of the shorter ones and place the top of the pillow over the backing. Iron the edges to make sure the sides stick together. (The side you didn’t peel off will leave a little hole to insert the batting.)
Fill the pillow with batting until fluffy. Make sure not to overfill it!
Peel the paper off the last strip of fusible web and iron to seal the opening.
Voila! Your pillow is complete!
Follow all of these steps to make the cat and jack-o-lantern designs!
I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. If you celebrate Halloween, let me know in the comments what’s your favorite thing about this holiday is.