DIY Double Holiday Pillows

If you’re like us, you feel like buying and/or making new decorations for every single holiday gets kind of expensive.  Sometimes you just want an easy transition from holiday to holiday.  So, today we have a tutorial on how to make these cute pillows!

The beauty of these is the fact that you can use them all throughout fall!  You can use them before Halloween, (we’re a little too late for that, obviously..) during Halloween, and through Thanksgiving if you wanted to.  They’re super easy, and inexpensive (especially if you have any fabric laying around).  One side is for fall/Thanksgiving…flip it over and you’ve got Halloween!

What you’ll need:

– Fabric for the large pillow (I used burlap and had them cut 20″ for my 18″ pillow) 
     *Make sure you choose a fabric that would work for both fall and Halloween.
     *If you choose to work with burlap, a serger is recommended because it frays and sheds like crazy!
– 6 fat quarters for the other 3 pillows (3 Halloween prints and 3 fall) 
– Pillow inserts or any old pillow that is lying around.  
     *I like to use the same pillows and cover them for different times of the year. 

What you do:

Be sure to iron your fabric before you cut (everything but the burlap).

Measure pillow, then cut according to the size of your pillow 🙂

For example….if it is a 14″ pillow, you would:

– Cut your fabric into one 14″x14″ square and for the other side cut 14″x18″ (just add 4″ to one side to allow for the overlap, no matter what size pillow)
– You will then cut the bigger piece (in this case, 14″x18″) in half so you have 2 pieces. (14″x9″)
     *If you don’t have a serger, you might want to use pinking shears or a zig zag rotary cutter to prevent fraying. 
If you do have a serger, take the 14″x9″ pieces and serge along the 14″ edge (one edge on each piece) and then fold that edge over slightly more than 1/4″ and press.
If you don’t have a serger, create a rolled edge by folding the 14″ edge over 1/4″ and press and then roll that same edge over again 1/4″ and press.  This will prevent the pillow from fraying.
Sew along the pressed edge with a 1/4″ seam (right along the edge of the presser foot)
For your larger pieces, If you do have a serger, serge around all 4 edges to prevent fraying.
If you don’t have a serger, use “Fray Check” around the edges.

Next, lay out your 14″x14″ square right side up and lay your two 14″x9″ pieces on top, right sides face down.  You will line up the raw edges and overlap the pressed/serged edges. Pin. Sew 1/4″ seam (along the edge of the presser foot) around the entire pillow.  
Next, turn your pillow right side out.  Use your finger to poke the corners out and along the edge to even out the fabric.  Press the pillow so you have nice crisp edges.  

Now, get your pillow or pillow insert and stuff it in. Be gentle so you don’t rip any seams and work with it a bit to get a nice snug fit. 

You can also add buttons to them to jazz it up a bit.  
You can tie some jute or twine or whatever you want in each button to give it some dimension.  Then all you have to do is hot glue them on!
Now go and get some fabric and make some of these adorable pillows!  Halloween is only a week away!


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