Halloween is right around the corner! But that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in one more decor project… These little pillows pair so well together and are pretty easy to throw together! And I love how you can use them year after year. That’s my kind of holiday craft! So let’s get right into the tutorial!
First I just gathered up everything I needed. I used a canvas fabric, this Martha Stewart fabric medium (THE best, I seriously love it), paint, spouncers, and the ‘spooky‘ and ‘ghost‘ templates. You can get those by downloading the free cut files and cutting them onto some vinyl. I used my Silhouette Cameo and just some plain ole’ vinyl.
After you get the templates cut out, use some transfer paper and center it onto a 14×14 inch piece of the canvas. Make sure that you press it down really well and slowly peel the transfer paper off so the template sticks. This will help make really clean and crisp lines when you paint.
Here’s a look at the ‘ghost’ template on the canvas.
Once you get the templates on, you can start painting! I used these little spouncers to gently and evenly dab paint over the entire template.
When the paint is dry (or really close to being dry), you can peel off the template. If you have any areas with paint where you don’t want it, either scratch at the canvas or use tweezers to pull up the paint. I love working with canvas and fabric paint because its very forgiving!
Now it’s time to sew the pillows together! You can refer to this post I did here for a more detailed look on how I sew up my pillow covers. Basically I just use the bigger front piece, and two back pieces that come together in a fold. So I make sure that the back pieces kind of overlap so that it closes once the pillow form is inside the cover. You can follow my tutorial linked above, or use you own method for making an envelope style pillow cover! For the ‘spooky’ pillow I used a pom-pom ribbon around the edges. So I just made sure to line it all up evenly in a sandwich with all the pretty sides together, then stitched around all the edges!
For the ‘ghost’ pillow I decided to use yard pom-poms on each corner. To make those I just grabbed a little piece of cardboard and started wrapping white and black yarn around it. Once it was to a thickness I liked, I slid the yarn off the cardboard and tied it down the middle. To finish it, I took some scissors and just cut all the loops and fluffed it up into a little pom-pom!
Here is what the finished pom-pom looks like as I am sewing it to the corner. I just used some thread and tightly sewed each one onto the corners of the pillow cover.
And that’s it! I just LOVE how these turned out. I whipped up some fun contrasting pillow covers out of that adorable sugar skull fabric I found at Joann.
Decorating with pillow covers is really nice because they are easy to store, and add so much to a room with very little effort.
Aren’t these just the spookiest Halloween pillows you’ve ever seen? The pom-poms are my favorite.
We’re loving these Halloween pillows at our house right now while we wait for the upcoming holiday!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I would love the pillows you make using these templates! Just tag me on Instagram @thecraftycarlson so I can see all the pillow goodness.
Thanks for reading! And Happy Halloween!
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