Crafty Halloween Accent Pillows
Accent Pillows are such an easy and fun way to add a seasonal change to your home. These were simple enough to create in one evening. I even drank a glass of wine and watched a movie while I made these!! Now that’s the kind of evening I like….
Here is what you need for this project:
1-Fabric (amount depends on number and size of pillows)
2-Polyester Fiber fill
3- Sewing machine (and of course, needle, thread, scissors.)
4-Sizzix Machine (and cutting dies)
5-Heat-N-Bond (Clothes Iron)
5) Decorative trim. (buttons, pom-pom fringe, etc)
I recently discovered the Sizzix machine. http://www.sizzix.com/shop/bigshot . I love using this machine because it is exceptionally simple to use and the cuts are reliable. There is no need for measuring, computers, or any of that extra hassle. For this Halloween pillow project, I was creating a variety of pillows and certainly didn’t need any additional issues. Tangled threads and loose tensions are enough for me to worry about.
I did not use a pattern for any of these pillows. You don’t need a pattern to make a pillow. I basically cut out squares or rectangles and occasionally added a curved edge. For this project, I filled the pillows with polyester fiber fill. This gives me more flexibility with the pillow sizes and I have found this to be less expensive.
Here are the Halloween dies I chose for this project.
I used Heat’n-Bond Ultra-Hold to adhere the decorative images to the pillows.
Heat’n Bond Ultrahold Iron-On adheisve is a paper backed sheet of solid heat activated adhesive. It is basically like creating your own iron on image. It uses a low temperature & short pressing time so it allows for a wider range of materials that can be bonded. You can use this product with with fabric, foil, lame, denim, felt, suede, leather, wood and cardboard. It is machine washable (I have had to re-iron some items after the wash when edges have come up. It goes back into place no problem. I have started washing them inside out. ) There is no steam or pressing cloth needed. It’s no-sew bond is three times stronger than any other traditional fusible web. I have used this countless times and there are so many things you can create. I am a big fan of this product!
I ironed on the Heat’n Bond to to a square of fabric and then cut that down to appropriate size for the die.
I then rolled it through the machine. Watch this video from the show to see how it works.
See? -so simple and the designs look really cool on the fabric.
For this pillow, I used a black and white chevron fabric then added the “Boo 31” using my Sizzix machine and then used orange fabric to create my iron on.
I added some pom-pom trim to the edges.
Finally, this skull button to the center. I found these buttons years ago and this was the perfect project to use them on.
For this graveyard pillow, I used 3 die cuts of the Sizzix graveyard die.
I ironed them on in a straight line, then added the chain link trim (like a chain link fence,) to the bottom.
I added black lace trim to the edges.
The “Shaky Bones” pillow is my son’s favorite. I again used the Sizzix machine to make the skulls. I cut out three using fabric and the heat’n bond. I ironed them on the right side and then added some ric-rac trim and down the sides of the skulls. I added the pom-pom trim to the edges.
I drew this “Ghost” and created it with the fabric and Heat’n Bond. I added some black button eyes with green thread.
I added an orange zig-zag to trim the ghost using the number “6” setting on my Singer machine.
The last pillow is the “Eyeball Pillow.” Nothing but a cool eyeball print, and pom-pom trim that just
a fabric covered button,
and some pom-pom trim that happened to be a perfect match.
You can find all of these supplies at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. They also offer sewing classes. If you don’t know how to sew, sign up for one! There are so many things you can create with a simple sewing machine!