Hi everyone, Jan here today with some Halloween inspiration. I love decorating for the seasons, Halloween being one of my favourites. An inexpensive way to add something seasonal to your decor, is making a decorative pillow case for a plain accent pillow.
I have a plain linen pillow that's about 20" x 12", a perfect size for making a cover out of a tea towel. I found a very inexpensive ($2.50!) halloween one that had spiderwebs printed on it at a discount store, that I could alter. The towel, when folded in half, then stitched up the sides and one end, becomes a pillow case. With Sizzix's Stephanie Ackerman's Bigz Flower #4 die, Originals Happy Phrase die, and Tim Holtz's Block Capital Alphabet die, I cut out wool felt pieces to appliqué onto my pillow.
Before sewing the tea towel into a pillow case, I decorated with my felt pieces. I used iron on fabric adhesive, applied it to the back of my felt pieces, then die cut my flowers, leaves, and letters. After removing the paper backing to the large flowers and leaves, I ironed them to my pillow base, except for the middle flower. This one, I machine stitched around the petals and center before applying the adhesive backing which I just did a center circle. I wanted this one to have more dimension (the petals aren't fused to the pillow). The other large flowers are machined stitched to the tea towel. Next, I ironed on the different coloured centres. The letters were then ironed on. Stitch up your towel. The folded side doesn't need sewing, but I still sew it 1/4 inch in, to give it a finished edge. On the open end, I sewed on ribbons, front and back, to tie the case closed.
This is a quick and inexpensive way to alter your accent pillows for the different seasons.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween!
Other Products Used:
- Small accent pillow
- Tea towel
- Wool felt
- Sewing machine
- Heat N Bond Lite adhesive backing