Accent your Halloween decor this year with an easy DIY Halloween pillow or two! This DIY Jack-o-Lantern Halloween pillow is an easy sewing project made with a pre-made felt cutout piece, and a pillow like this one can be made for a fraction of the price of many pricey ready-made throw pillows. Continue reading for the full how-to!
Jack-o-Lantern DIY Halloween Pillow Supplies
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- Felt Jack-o-lantern cutout (available at most craft or dollar stores)
- 18″ pillow insert
- Small scrap of solid-colored home decor fabric that is just large enough to cover all of the Jack-o-Lantern face
- 18×18″ piece of patterned home decor fabric for the pillow front
- (2) 12×18″ pieces of coordinating fabric for the pillow back panels
- Coordinating thread
- Basic sewing supplies: sewing shears, tape measure, sewing pins, etc. (Check out my list of 10 must-have sewing essentials)
Place the scrap piece of solid-colored fabric face up on a work surface. Place the Jack-o-Lantern cutout on top of the fabric piece, so that the fabric is visible through the eyes, nose and mouth of the pumpkin. Pin into place. Carefully stitch around the outer edge of all of the pumpkin features to secure the felt piece to the fabric.
Center the Jack-o-Lantern piece on top of the pillow front panel (the square piece of fabric). Pin into place. Stitch around the outer edge of the pumpkin to secure it to the pillow front. Set this panel aside for now.
Apply a narrow hem to one of the long edges of each of the pillow back panel pieces. To do this, fold the edge under by 1/4″; press. Fold under by 1/4″ and press again, and then stitch to secure. You can read more about this process in my Envelope-Back Pillow Cover tutorial.
Lay the pillow front face up on a work surface. Place one of the back panel pieces face down on the pillow front piece, aligning the top corners of front and back pieces so that the hemmed edge of the back piece runs through the center of the front panel, as shown.
Align the remaining back panel piece in the same manner along the lower edge of the front piece. Pin. Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, stitch around the perimeter of the pillow, sewing through all layers. Finish the seam with a serger or a zig-zag stitch, if desired. Clip the corners, turn the cover right-side out and slip the pillow form inside. You can read more about this process in my Envelope-Back Pillow Cover tutorial.
Your Jack-o-Lantern DIY Halloween Pillow is complete!
To make this project even simpler, you can also stitch the pumpkin piece onto a ready-made pillow cover, and you can even consider using fabric glue to secure all layers for a totally no-sew option!
I just love using inexpensive felt cutouts like these to make cute DIY throw pillows I can change throughout the seasons!
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.