Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Batty felt pillow tutorial

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

So I have seen tons of these beautiful felt pillows out there lately. I especially love the tone on tone ones. I have been thinking about Halloween projects lately- and the two ideas collided in my brain. Make a tone on tone, Halloween felt pillow. I thought it would be fun to have bats, but I didn't know if the black on black would even work. So I figured there was nothing to do but just give it a try.

I got up early and busted out my acrylic felt stash (I have TOO MUCH). And then I made a bat pattern I liked. Then I started cutting out bats. I think I ended up with about 20 or so.

I cut out two squares of felt 15X15 inches and laid out the bats to see how I liked them. I used a ruler to get the top row even, and then the bottom and middle bats positioned on the side row, so I would have a good grid to work from. Then I just eyeballed and placed the rest of the bats. I sewed a triangle in the body of the bats to hold them down, I wanted the wings to be able to "flap". (although it might make you crazy if you are OCD and need everything flat and in place- if that's the case sew down the wings too.)


Then sew the two squares together, leaving an opening for stuffing. Make sure you don't sew any of the bat wings into the side seams, use pins, or just be aware of them as you sew around. Clip the corners of the square and turn right side out.

Stuff with fiber fill and stitch the opening closed.

You are now the proud owner of a frightfully darling bat pillow.




This little bat is flying away. I love adding something quirky, just for fun!

I am over the moon!! I just saw that my project was featured here!!!:


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44 comments:

Karen said...

It turned out really cute!! You should make me one (or two). :)

Brande J. said...

Miss Crafty! I love it! How creative is that. Good job.

Jan said...

What a fun idea, it turned out so cool.

Love the Decor! said...

Very creative. In from Jen's hope you have a lovely weekend

Ellen said...

This is a great project!! I love it!

Kelsey said...

love it!

allison @ itstoilegood.blogspot.com said...

so cute and a great way to decorate for Halloween without being too cheesy! Going to make these this year for sure!! Thanks for sharing the awesome idea! Partying with you at The Shabby Nest!

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

What a fun idea! I love how subtle this is. It says Halloween without shouting it! Great pillow!

Mandi said...

This is such a cute pillow! I am totally making one!! Thanks for the great idea, you are awesome

love your guts
mandi

Sourkraut said...

This is fantastic! We have Halloween decor up around our house year round so this would, of course, fit in perfectly. I like that it's not too cutesy but not too scary either. Right in the middle. I'm definitely stealing this idea!

Sabrina said...

This is ingenious!! Thanks so much for sharing the how-to!!

southernscraps said...

This is really cute!

Lorie said...

I love this! I need one! I am going to feature it on my blog on Monday!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

This is so cute! I love it. How about a white on white ghost pillow?

The Design Confidential said...

what a cute idea! oh i can't wait to learn to sew!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

This is super cute!

Kelley said...

Very cute!

Kim said...

I love this idea, you could use it in so many ways.

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

This is adorable and classy for Halloween decor! I am featuring it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Love this. Just saw it at Someday Crafts. My huband will think I'm batty if I make one more pillow but that's just the way it's going to have to be!

rayndrop said...

i think this pillow is super cute. i want to give it a try. i also think the chrysanthemum pillow is just wonderful.

casserole said...

This is SO cute!!! I linked to your tutorial over on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-batty-felt-pillow-for-halloween/2010/09/29/

--Anne

AliLilly said...

This is so freaken cute!!! :)

Eva Marie Harp said...

Hey,
You made my to-do list post. Check it out and Grap a button.

http://www.couturiermommy.com/2010/10/to-do-list.html

Coco loves vintage said...

Fabulous!

Kimberly said...

Oh my gosh!! That is the coolest, cutest thing ever! I love it!!

Fudge Jumbles said...

I am in LOVE with this project! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

:-) Jeanette

Desert Domicile said...

This is SO cute! Thank you for sharing :)

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

This is so darling in a spooky way! Great idea.

Dacia said...

What a great idea! So creative!

Katie said...

Ahhh each time I see this pillow I fall more and more in love with it! I'm hoping you'll swing by SewWoodsy.blogspot.com for my first ever link party today! This would be a fantastic project to link up!

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

So simple. So cute. So love it.

she wears flowers said...

This is darling!

LBT said...

Love it! Love it! Love it! Very nice result of your crafty collision ;) I will definitely be trying this...options are endless!!! But the bats look fabulous! Found you from Sew Woodsy! Come check out LBT if you get a chance. Thx!!!

Angelene
http://littlebuggietutu.blogspot.com

Katie said...

Thanks for linking up @ SewWoodsy.blogspot.com!

Chic Creations said...

Cute creative idea. Thanks for sharing.

The Trouts said...

This pillow is just too cute! Great job! It would definitely add a little bit of fun to any decor.

- Brittany said...

I'm writing a round up style post for TLC's Parentables.com website and would love to share your halloween craft project.

May I have permission to use a photo and link back to your post?

Sincerely,
Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl

chris said...

I'm not a big fan of Halloween, but this is adorable. :)

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Love! I'd love for you to link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Link Party!
www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

lovecrafts said...

Great tutorial. love it, thanks for sharing

trophyw.blogspot.com said...

I loved this so much, that I stole your idea:http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2011/10/bat-pillow.html
Thanks so much for sharing it.

Mary said...

This is so cute! I featured it on my site at http://www.craftbuds.com/free-pattern-features-halloween-pillows/.

Little Miss Phantasm said...

Unless you happen to be working for Grandin Road....

http://www.grandinroad.com/bats-throw-pillow/halloween-haven/indoor-decor/549713?defattrib=&defattribvalue=&listIndex=97

I think they may have outright copied your idea 0.0

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