Halloween pillows are such a fabulous way to quickly perk up your décor and add festivity to your home for seasons and holidays. ‘Tis the spooky season and DIY Halloween Pillows will make any bedroom or living room satisfyingly boo-ti-ful!

Image courtesy of Makezine.com

Image courtesy of Makezine.com

Not-So-Scary Vintage-Ween Pillow Covers

Designed for vintage-look friendly fun, the Halloween Pillows designed by Claire Joyce-Johnson for the Makezine blog are bold, bright and charming. Cheerful solid colors are simply cut and assembled to create a foursome of a smiling Jack ‘O Lantern, ghastly Ghost, Cheshire grinning Cat and a wisely watchful Owl. The background colors Claire chose really make the sassy, seasonal shapes pop!

Designed as covers for 14” x 14’ pillows, you can easily make them larger by increasing the width of your borders. You’ll need cotton solids and felt in several colors along with Claire’s helpful PDF applique pattern. She’ll walk you through the process for each spooky pillow cover step-by-step.  Take note of how these work as covers – you may want to adapt some of the designs below as pillow covers, too. Click here for the Makezine tutorial and plan the cheery haunting of your Halloween couch!

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Pumpkins, Mummies and Monsters – Oh, My!

With the help of Coats Halloween Pillows PDF tutorial you can craftily turn simple square pillows into a Marvelous Mummy, Perky Pumpkin or Magnificent Monster. I’m enchanted by the crafty, clever way Coats zippers create the “carved” mouth openings for two of the pillows! To make all three pillows, you’ll choose “base” fabrics of solid white and orange and a bright all over print. These are quick to make and the PDF is an easy potion to follow! Click here for the Coats Pillow tutorial.

Here are a couple more suggestions for your thrilling trio:

  • The green dot used in the sample is perfect, but any geometric print could be freaky-fine for your Monster Pillow.
  • For Mr. or Mrs. Mummy you’ll also need cheesecloth. If you can’t find this by the yard at your local fabric shop, look for packages at the grocery store.
  • The Pumpkin uses just half of a Coats Fashion Print Zipper, so you can plan on making two!
Image courtesy of Diary of a Quilter.com

Image courtesy of Diary of a Quilter.com

Enchanted Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow and Table Runner

Blogger Amy of Diary of a Quilter found an abandoned pumpkin block in her closet, fired up her sewing cauldron and turned it into a delightful Halloween pillow.  Along with the pillow, Amy offers directions for a Pumpkin Table Runner sure to make your table a delicious treat.

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Image courtesy of Diary of a Quilter.com

To use your pillow or table runner for the Autumn season, choose leafy prints for the background instead of spooky blacks. Both projects would be spine-tingling gorgeous in a selection of solids, too. A trio of pillows on your couch with a runner on the coffee table to match would be decidedly spook-tacular! Click here for Amy’s tutorial.

I really love the idea of making seasonal pillow covers! They’re easy to store and will keep your home fresh and welcoming as the seasons change and holidays come around.  You could easily turn the Makezine pillow designs into a table runner, too. And, since we’re just months away from the gifting season, a set of seasonal pillow covers with a matching table runner would be a fabulous gift. Just a wee bit of sewing wizardry goes a long way this time of year!

About the Author


Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community.

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