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I’m Christy from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer , and today I’m sharing how I turned Halloween tea towels that I found at HomeGoods, into spooktacular Halloween throw pillows! We love Halloween around my house. Every year we each get to pick something new to add to our Halloween display. You can see our Spooky Outdoor Halloween Tour here. Adding a little seasonal décor doesn’t have to be expensive. I created this Pottery Barn inspired mantel for less than $50! Which brings to me to our pillows…they weren’t expensive either!
Halloween Throw Pillows
Here’s how they started out:
These Halloween tea towels were $3.99 for a set of two. I also used a quarter of a yard of fabric and cotton cording, for the piping. This step is totally optional, but if it’s not in your comfort zone, I’ll show you how easy it really is.
I already had the black fabric left over from my starfish stamped pillows, and I had the cording also, so these pillows cost me $5.50 each!
I also used a quarter of a yard of fabric and cotton cording for the piping. This step is totally optional, but if it’s not in your comfort zone, I’ll show you how easy it really is.
I also had these pillows stashed away in my garage that I found at a yard sale for $3 for the set. I knew the down inserts would come in handy eventually.
*Be sure to wash and dry your fabric and tea towels first to get any shrinkage out of the way if you plan to wash them in the future. (I didn’t, but I’m crazy, or maybe just lazy and will have to lay them flat to dry.)
- I started by cutting the tea towels for the first pillow to the dimensions I needed.
The pillow forms measure 14″ X 20″. The tea towels are 20″ across also…perfect. For the fronts of the pillows, I cut the towels the same size as the inserts as I like them to be snug-fitting: 14″ X 20″.
- For the back of the pillow, I cut two pieces from the coordinating towels 10″ X 20″, keeping the original finished outer seams along one edge of each in tact:
- To make the piping I cut the black fabric into 1 1/2″ strips:
Then I sewed the strips end-to-end until I had one long strip. Next I folded the strip over the cording and sewed close to the edge of the cording. I used red because it was what I had. I would normally choose white.
- To attach the piping, I first laid the front of the pillow face up on my workspace. Then, starting at the bottom, I pinned the piping all around the outer edge like so:
Be sure to clip the corners so the piping will continue around easily:
Sew along the edge of the piping all the way around.
- To attach the back of the pillow, with the front still face up, lay the two back pieces face down on top. Line the outer edges up all the way around and overlap the two pieces, with finished edges in the center:
Pin in place like this…
…So that you can easily pull them out when you flip it over to sew. Flipping it over to sew allows you to see the original seam where you added the piping. Following this seam will ensure you don’t catch the piping in the seam!
- Turn right-side-out and insert your pillow forms.
If my directions were clear as mud, or you need more visual, here is another tutorial you may find helpful:
I also added three rag roses with the leftover black fabric to one of the pillows.
Here is the back:
This opening makes it easy to insert and remove the pillow forms.
Here is a shot of the piping. It really adds a nice detail.
These are a little spooky, but not too much when paired with my chairs that I slipcovered.
I share a quickie tutorial for these rag rosettes in my Mini Drop cloth Rosette Stool Makeover post.
I hope you are inspired to dust off that sewing machine!
If spooky isn’t your thing, you might like to see the tutorial for my new Fall wreath, or how I created this Fall vignette on the cheap:
I’d love to have you by Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer for a visit sometime!
Christy is a proud Mom, happy wife, and lover of all things DIY. When she’s not taking care of her boys, she loves to drag home all sorts of treasures and give them new life. She also shares budget-friendly décor and simple-to-follow sewing tutorials. See more at www.confessionsofaserialdiyer.com.