I gave away both of the trick or treat tote bags I made to little friends but I liked the patterns so much I wanted to use them again, this time on something for me. Throw pillows it is!
I love how the jack-o-lantern pillow turned out! And since I used a pre-made round pillow form, it came together in less than an hour.
To make your own, you’ll need:
- One 16-inch round pillow form
- 1/2 yard orange fabric
- One zipper at least 17″ long
- One package of black piping
- Black fabric scraps for the face
- Steam-a-Seam 2 or similar double-sided iron-on adhesive
- Pillow front pattern (print four times and tape together to form a circle)
- Pillow back pattern (print two and tape together as indicated)
- Jack-o-lantern face template
From your orange fabric, cut one pillow front (full circle) and two pillow backs (half circles).
Trace the face shapes onto the paper backing of the iron-on adhesive, cut out and apply to the black fabric following the manufacturer’s instructions. Cut out the face shapes.
Lay out the pillow front right side up and position the face pieces. Iron them on following the manufacturer’s instructions for your adhesive.
Set your sewing machine for a small, fairly tight zigzag and stitch around the edges of all the face pieces. My machine has a satin stitch setting, but I prefer a zigzag when I’m working with lighter weight fabrics as the satin stitch can make them pucker.
Check your sewing machine needles when you’re finished sewing around the face shapes. If the adhesive has left a sticky residue on the needle, clean it off with a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab before you continue. Otherwise, a sticky needle can throw off your thread tension.
Set the pillow front aside for now and put the two pillow back pieces together, right sides facing. Set your sewing machine for a basting stitch and sew the center back (the straight edge) together, 1/2″ from the edge. Press the seam OPEN.
With the wrong side of the pillow back facing up, lay your zipper over the seam right side DOWN, with the teeth of the zipper centered over the seam. Pin in place.
Switch to your zipper foot and sew along both sides of the zipper, about halfway between the zipper teeth and the edge of the zipper tape.
Turn the pillow back right side up and use a seam ripper to carefully remove the basted center seam. This will leave you with a nice edge to cover up the zipper.
Open the zipper up about halfway and lay the pillow front on top of the pillow back, right sides facing, with the zipper running from top to bottom.
Slip the piping in between the pillow front and pillow back, lining up the raw edge of the piping with the outside edges of the pillow. Pin in place all the way around.
When you’ve pinned all the way around the pillow, cut off the piping leaving a tail about 1-1/2″ beyond where the piping overlaps. Carefully pick out the threads holding the piping together until you can see the cording.
Trim the two ends of the cording so they’ll lay flush together but DON’T cut the piping fabric. Instead, turn the raw edge under about 3/4″. Slide it under the beginning part of the piping and butt the two ends of the cording together.
Wrap the folded end of the piping fabric around to enclose all the raw edges. Pin in place.
With the zipper foot still on your machine, sew all the way around the pillow as close to the “bump”of the piping as possible. You’ll be able to feel the piping through the fabric and you can use your finger/fingernail to push the material down along the edge of the pillow if needed to determine where the piping is.
Turn the pillow cover right side out, press, and insert the pillow form. Done!