Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween Pillow

Last night our family went to pick pumpkins. As we walked around the pumpkin patch in the chilly air, I finally came to the realization that Fall is here, and Halloween is just around the corner. I guess I've been somewhat in denial about Halloween being just a few weeks away.  Even though my one year old keeps dressing up in his Yoda costume (or Do-da, as he calls it) I still kept thinking we had a long time to go until Halloween.

I am part of a local Modern Quilt Guild and this month we are doing a Halloween pillow swap.  I thought and thought about what I wanted to do and finally came up with this simple little pillow.

For this project you will need:

  • pillow form, or stuffing
  • 2 fat quarters
  • scrap fabric for banner and numbers
  • 12 inches trim
  • numbers 3 and 1 printed off in font of your choice at 500pt
  • rotary cutter, scissors, and triangle ruler (optional)

To start off I printed off my numbers (Noteworthy font in Pages) and cut them out.  I laid them backwards on the wrong side my fabric and traced them then cut them out.

Next I trimmed up my fat quarters to 18 1/2 inches square, as my pillow form was 18 inches.

Then I used my triangle ruler to make 3 1/2 triangles.  You will need four triangles. If you don't have a triangle ruler you can use the method I described here.

First place the 31 in the bottom left corner.  Appliqué on with stitch of your choice.  I chose to do a straight stitch at 4.0 stitch length.

Next, lay out your triangles to form a banner.  Appliqué.

Attach trim of your choice above the triangles. I decided to use a contrasting thread to attach my trim and ended up not liking it as well as if I'd used a matching thread.

Stitch your pillow top to the bottom leaving the bottom open enough to insert pillow form. Press, turn right side out, and press your seam on the bottom that you left open. Hand stitch shut.

Easy, peasy! Enjoy.

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