Hi everyone, Melissa here. I blog over at Scavenger Hunt
and I’m here today to share a cute and slightly spooky project I created just in time for Halloween. I’m calling it the “Boy Meets Ghoul” pillows! Here’s how you can make your very own:
•red, gray, off-white, and black embroidery floss
(two 9X12 rectangles, or 1/4 yard)
(one 9X12 rectangle-or less: just enough for leaves)
•2 packages of red piping
Step 1: Cut Everything Out
-two 15 by 15 inch pieces for the fronts out of the solid fabric
-four 15 by 10 inch pieces for the backs out of the printed fabric
-the pieces for the bow tie out of the printed fabric
-the pieces for the flower out of the red and green felt
The rest of the pieces require Wonder-Under to be applied. I’ll show you the easiest way to do this:
First, use a pencil to trace the pattern pieces for the two heart halves, two skulls, vertebrae, collar, and holes onto the smooth (not bumpy) side of the Wonder-Under. This is easy to do by simply placing the sheet over the pattern template because the Wonder-Under paper is very sheer. Bubble-cut around each piece you traced, leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 inch extra room around the edges.
Iron the pieces onto the fabric, pressing down firmly, with a press cloth between the fabric and iron. Make sure the Wonder-Under has adhered smoothly- if there are bubbles, iron again. (It might take some extra ironing with the felt) Then, cut out your pieces using the lines you drew on the Wonder-Under! So easy! Carefully peel off the paper backing on each piece, leaving the heat-sensitive adhesive behind.
Make sure you have all of your pieces cut out, and then position pieces on the pillow front, using the first page as a guide. (Notice that, because of how we traced it, the template is a mirror image of the actual pillow.) I show you in the second image how the piece for the holes fits with the skull so you have a dark background. Position it underneath your skull piece as shown. Once you have all of your pieces positioned carefully iron them on to the front fabric, using the press cloth once again. Once everything has mostly adhered, flip it over and iron from the other side to make sure it’s really on there.
(Note: the bow tie is not necessary at this point- I accidentally included it in the picture- I apologize for any confusion!)
Transfer markings to skulls and embroider over. Use embroidery floss to stitch around the edges of the felt pieces- I did a simple running stitch, but you could do anything you like- a blanket stitch, or even a machine zig-zag. It’s just to add definition and to adhere the pieces a little more. You can play with the colors and do whatever suits your taste!
Step 4: Assemble the Flower
To make the flower, get your nine felt circles. Fold a circle in half and half again. Use some embroidery floss to stitch it on one of the other circles, which will serve as a base. Stitch five folded circles for the first layer and then three for the second layer. Stitch the flower onto the head along with the leaves.
Step 5: Assemble the Bow Tie
To make the bowtie, first press about 3/4 inch on each of the long sides of the larger bowtie piece (right side out). Then fold it in half, right sides together, raw edges out, and stitch a 1/4 inch seam on the edge. Turn right-side out, and press, centering seam in the middle. Hand stitch a few basting stitches and then pull to gather the bow a bit, and tie off. Now press the long edges of the smaller bow tie piece in about 1/2 inch on each side. Raw edges out, wrap it on the bow and mark with a pin where it should be stitched. Stitch along this line, turn right side out, and place in center. Viola- a perfect bow tie! Hand stitch the bow tie on the front of pillow.
Step 6: Sew on the Piping
(Note: this step is totally optional- it’s just for looks so if you want to skip it, feel free! Just sew the sides with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.)
Sew the piping along the edges of the front, lining up the stitching on the piping with the 1/2 inch seam allowance and rounding out along the corners. Use a zipper foot to sew piping to the right side of the pillow front, sewing very slightly to the left of the stitching on the piping. This will ensure that there are no stitches showing at the end. Overlap piping as shown in the last picture to hide ends.
Step 7: Sew on the Back
Get your four back pieces. Press under 1/4 on one long side of each, then press 1/2 inch and sew along the edge to hem. Pin one side to your pillow front, right sides together, hemmed side toward the center, and then repeat for the other side. The two pieces should overlap quite a bit in the center.
Step 8: Sew it all Together!
If you applied piping, flip your pillow over and sew with the front piece on top so you can follow the stitching you created when you sewed on the piping. Sew right on top or slightly to the left of that stitch line. Then, you can finish the inside seams if you would like with a serger or zig-zag stitch. Turn your pillow case right side out (using the opening in the back, duh!) and put it on your pillow form! Admire your lovely new “Boy Meets Ghoul” pillow set!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Feel free to email me with any questions!-Melissa