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How to Make a Halloween Applique Pillow

This oh-so-cute felt pillow requires basic sewing skills and will bring a handmade touch to your Halloween decor.

Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors
Halloween Bat Porch Pillows

Materials Needed:

  • 3/4 yard black felt
  • 3/4 yard cream felt
  • pencil
  • yardstick or measuring tape
  • 20" x 20" pillow form
  • computer
  • printer
  • printer paper
  • sharp scissors

Cut Fabric

Measure and mark two 21-inch square pieces of cream felt (Image 1). Cut out with sharp scissors (Image 2).

  • Using a Ruler
  • Cutting the White Fabric

Cut Bat Applique Pieces

Print both bat templates in the materials list in 8" x 10" format on standard printer paper. Cut out all three bat shapes and pin them to black felt (Image 1). Cut around applique pieces with sharp scissors. Remove paper templates and pins (Image 2).

  • Preparing the Template
  • Cutting Out the Bats

Affix Applique Pieces

Apply fabric glue to body and wing tips of bats (Image 1). Press bat body glue-side-down in desired position on front piece of pillow (Image 2). Folding wing upward slightly, press glued tip onto pillow (Image 3). Repeat with other two applique pieces and allow glue to dry. Tip: Wings should appear to be flapping and will give pillow a 3-D effect (Image 4).

  • Gluing the Bats
  • Pressing Down the Bat
  • Black Bats for Halloween Pillow
  • Laying out the Bats

Stitch Applique Pieces (Optional)

Thread two strands of black embroidery floss on a needle and knot at the bottom. Stitch the bat body and wing tips to pillow — a simple running stitch is all that is needed.

Sewing Bats on Halloween Pillow

Assemble Pillow

Cut piece of black felt that is a 22 inches square (Image 1). Sandwich black felt between both pieces of cream felt, right sides showing (Image 2). Center cream pieces of felt and pin into place to prevent shifting (Image 3).

  • Cutting Fabric for Halloween Pillow
  • Black and White Fabrics
  • Pinning Fabric for Pillow

Sew Pillow

Sew all four sides of pillow using cream thread and a sewing machine (Image 1). Place stitch line approximately 1/2 inch inside cream square to create layered flange around pillow (Image 2). Leave a 1/8-inch hole at the bottom to insert pillow form. Tip: To make a clean turn when sewing pillow corners, leave needle in lowered position and rotate fabric around the needle. This will prevent the corner from being rounded.

  • Sewing Fabric for Your Pillow
  • White Fabric for Pillow

Insert Pillow

Carefully pull apart gap in pillow cover, and insert pillow form between the cream felt with bat applique pieces and the black felt piece. Pin opening closed, then sew shut with the machine. Trim threads to finish. Tip: To store pillow for the season, stuff tissue paper under bat wings to support their shape.

Sewing the Pillow
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