From Tea Towels to Halloween Pillows

Hi Friends! I’m back with a much simpler sewing project today! I’m sharing what I did with these fun Halloween tea towels I found at Homegoods last year.  I originally shared this project on another blog as a contributor then, but never got a chance to share it with you!

Tea Towel Halloween Pillows

We love Halloween at our house. Every year we each get to pick something new to add to our Halloween display. You can see our Spooky Outdoor Halloween Tour from last year here. We put a LOT into our outdoor display, but adding a little seasonal décor doesn’t have to be expensive.

Which brings to me to these tea towels. With the addition of a little black fabric and cording for piping, I created these:

Turn Halloween inspired tea towels into fun accent pillows!

 

These Halloween tea towels were $3.99 for a set of two. I  used a quarter of a yard of the black fabric and the cotton cording seen above, for the piping. (The piping is totally optional, but if it’s not in your comfort zone, I’ll show you how easy it really is.)

I also had these pillows stashed away in my garage that I found at a yard sale for $3 for the set. They were like new, and I knew the down inserts would come in handy eventually.

Down-pillows

These have a tendency to shrink quite a bit and I needed them to be this width, so I purposely did not preshrink them. I will have to lay them flat to dry.

  • To turn my towels into pillows, I started by cutting them for the first pillow to the dimensions I needed.

The pillow forms measure 14″ X 20″. The tea towels are 20″ across also…perfect (& also why I was afraid to wash them). For the fronts of the pillows, I cut the towels the same size as the inserts as I like them to be snug-fitting: 14″ X 20″.

Tea Towel Halloween Pillows

  • For the backs of the pillow, I cut two pieces from the coordinating towels for each pillow to 10″ X 20″, keeping the original finished outer seams along one edge of each in tact:

Tea Towel Halloween Pillows

  • To make the piping I cut the black fabric into 1 1/2″ strips.

Then I sewed the strips end-to-end until I had one long strip. Next I folded the strip over the cording and sewed close to the edge of the cording. I used red because it was what I had. I would normally choose white. I also did not use a piping/zipper foot since I didn’t have one at the time, so no worries with a small project like this if you don’t have one either.

Tea Towel Halloween Pillows

  • To attach the piping, I first laid the front of the pillow face up on my workspace. Then, starting at the bottom, I pinned the piping all around the outer edge like so:

Be sure to wash and dry your fabric and tea towels first to get any shrinkage out if the way if you pan to wash them in the future.

Be sure to clip the corners so the piping will continue around easily:

Tea Towel Halloween Pillows

Sew along the edge of the piping all the way around.

  • To attach the back of the pillow, with the front still face up, lay the two back pieces face down on top. Line the outer edges up all the way around and overlap the two pieces, with finished edges in the center:

Be sure to wash and dry your fabric and tea towels first to get any shrinkage out if the way if you pan to wash them in the future.

Pin in place like this…

Tea Towel Halloween Pillows

…So that you can easily pull them out when you flip it over to sew. Flipping it over to sew allows you to see the original seam where you added the piping. Following this seam will ensure you don’t catch the piping in the seam!

Tea Towel Halloween Pillows

  • Clip the corners:

Tea Towel Halloween Pillows

  • Turn right-side-out and insert your pillow forms.

Turn Halloween inspired tea towels into fun accent pillows!

Stand back and enjoy! If my directions were clear as mud, or you need more visual, here is another tutorial you may find helpful:

DIY Starfish Stamped Pillows with Piping Tutorial

DIY Stamped Starfish with Piping Tutorial

I also added three rag roses with the leftover black fabric to one of the pillows.

Turn Halloween inspired tea towels into fun accent pillows!

 

 

Tea Towel Halloween Pillows

You can find the how-to (including a video!) for these rosettes here.

Here’s the back:

Tea Towel Halloween Pillows

This opening makes it easy to insert and remove the pillow forms.

The piping is optional, but it really adds a nice detail…

Tea Towel Halloween Pillows

These aren’t too spooky. 🙂

Turn Halloween inspired tea towels into fun accent pillows!

I already had the black fabric left over from my starfish stamped pillows, and I had the cording also, so these pillows cost me just $5.50 each!

Turn Halloween inspired tea towels into fun accent pillows!

 

Turn Halloween inspired tea towels into fun accent pillows!

 

Here’s another Halloween Upcycle from last year that you might like.

Check out how I turned this old cabinet door into a wreath for my front door!

Halloween-Wreath-Before

This project is perfect for this month’s Get Your DIY On theme:

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My beautiful co-hosts also had fun repurposing and upcylcling a few things:

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Upcycled Kitchen Sideboard by Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog

Upcycled Living Room by Krista at the Happy Housie

Recycled Pallet Wood Jewelry Holder by Mandy at The Hankful House

How to Upcycle and Old Door by April at House by Hoff

The party fun starts this Sunday, October 4th, at 7:00pm EST.

Bloggers, come share your Fabulous Upcycles and Repurposed Projects

(I know ya’ll have a lot of those to share!!)

If I don’t see you here Sunday for our GYDO party, I’ll be back Tuesday for our Swap it Like it’s Hot challenge! I was sent these thrifty items to transform:

Swap-it-items-before

Can’t wait to share what I did with the sweater and the metal thingy. Still working on the tray!

UPDATE: See what I created with these items HERE now! 🙂

Have a great weekend…we’ll be waiting out a Hurricane!

XO,

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  1. Robin Stephens says:

    You shouldn’t merely have your own blog….you should have your own TV show! You are one amazing woman! Love the pillows….love all you do! Bravo!!

  2. Love this project – using the tea towels this way was such a great idea. Making your own welting?? You have my respect. Thanks for showing us how.

  3. Christina in FL says:

    Absolutely stunning pillows Christy! LOVE the piping… I’ll have to get brave and make some. 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration! ~ Christina

  4. Your Halloween pillows are very cute & I think your instructions are very clear. My sewing skills are not great but I think these pillows are something I can handle. Thanks for the cute idea.
    Cindy

  5. Sue Farmer says:

    Love the pillows Christy!!! Sure wish I could sew. Have a great weekend. xoxo

    • Thanks, Sue! My Mom used to let me tinker with her sewing machine when I was very young…I’m grateful now that she did. Hope you have a great weekend as well! XO

  6. I follow so many boards and sites and blogs, but the one I can’t wait to see every day is yours! You have such terrific ideas, and your clear instructions make them all seem within my capabilities. Thank you!

  7. Hey Christy, Those turned out awesome. The piping really makes the pillows pop!
    I can’t believe it’s October already.

  8. Very information tutorial. I sew a little, but always get messed up with piping. You make it look easy!

  9. Awesome tutorial Christy! I really like the tea towels you choose – Halloween yet so pretty. I remember your amazing Halloween House from last year – looking forward to seeing what you’ll be adding this year.

    • Thank you, Marie! We still need to pull all of our Halloween decorations out of the attic. I add a lot to our display on Halloween night, and last year I took a ton of photos, so I might share that this year…so fun! XO

  10. Love these, Christy! You make it look so easy! I need to try piping– it looks so great on your pillows! Have a wonderful weekend!

    ~Abby =)

    • Thank you, Sweet Friend! The piping does add a nice finished detail, and it’s not too hard to do. Enjoy your weekend too! We thought we were bracing for a hurricane tomorrow, but woke up to sunshine today!

  11. Thanks for the great tutorial and the encouragement to make the piping! I’ve made a few pillows without piping , even though I have all the supplies to make it…I’m going to now! My new point driver came yesterday I’m so excited…no more “floppy” back boards! Have a nice weekend!

  12. The piping! Wow!! I really have to learn how to do that. These pillows look amazing – like you could have bought them at a high end retailer! Brilliant.

  13. The tea towels are so cute, and perfect for Halloween! Great project, Christy!

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