I made these last year before the start of this blog, so there are no picture tutorials, but I'll try to provide you with detailed written instructions to hopefully make up for it.
This project is made much easier with the use of a craft cutting machine, but I'll explain how to do it without if you're a little more ambitious.
Black felt (I cut my squares to measure 13"x13")
Sewing machine and thread
Hobby Paint (I used Vintage White from Folkart)
Batting (or I just cut open an old pillow and used the stuffing)
your black felt, cut six squares, each measuring 13" x 13"
- Using the craft cutting machine (I used my Silhouette), cut out the Halloween words or images of your choice on cardstock (or vinyl). My words measure 9 1/2" wide by 7 1/2" tall. I tried to choose short words that would fit easily onto my pillows. I used the "Greer" font.
- Punch (or if you're using vinyl-carefully pull) out the letters and discard, leaving the empty spaces so you can sponge paint into the negative spaces onto your pillow fronts.
- If you don't have a craft cutting machine, you can print the words on cardstock from your computer, then use a hobby knife to carefully cut around the letters. It's more work, but will produce the same result.
- Using masking tape, adhere each piece of cardstock that has the letters punched out onto 3 individual squares of black felt. I just taped all around the outer edges. Center it and be sure to leave enough space on the sides for your seams. Also, be sure to have a piece of heavy scrap paper behind it in case the paint bleeds through.
- This part is a little tricky, so be on your toes. Using a foam brush, blot the paint onto each individual letter, one at a time, while pressing down on the cardstock design to make sure it's held tightly against your felt. Be generous so the letters will show up, but not so generous that the paint bleeds through. If a little happens to go outside the design, no worries, just wait for the paint to dry, then carefully paint over the parts that bled through with black paint so it blends in with the felt. Works like magic! OR you could try a temporary spray adhesive like "Elmer's Repositionable Mounting Spray". I just decided to do it the old-fashioned way, and it worked just fine. :)
- Let the paint dry completely.
- Put two pieces of felt together and sew around, using a 1/2" seam. Leave an opening about 5" wide so you can insert the batting. I used thread to match my lettering because I wanted to be able to see it against the felt, but you could use black if you want it to blend in.
- Stuff the pillows with the batting. You want them to be fluffy enough, but not over-stuffed. Essentially you want to be able to sew the opening closed with your machine when you're done.
- Now carefully sew the opening closed with your machine. You can also hand-sew it.
**These pillows are not machine washable.
You're finished! Aren't they fun?