This ghoulish cushion cover will bring a touch of scariness to your autumn décor or can be used to create a gothic look in your home all year round.
Pick up a tee at a charity shop or, if your little ones have outgrown last year’s Halloween costume, you could recycle the fabric.
Plus, you can use this same technique to turn ANY t-shirt into a cushion cover, so head to your local charity shops to find slogan tees and patterned tops to create your own unique throw pillows.
By the way, I’ve previously made festive pillows using Fair Isle jumpers so be sure to check out that DIY project too!
You will need:
- A t-shirt with a spooky design
- Small cushion pad
- Needle or sewing machine
- Matching thread
Cut the front off the t-shirt and iron it flat. Lay your cushion pad on top of the design to find where the centre of your cushion will be. Use the edges of the cushion pad as a guide to cut up both sides of the t-shirt, adding a little extra width on each side for the seam.
Use the cushion pad to determine the top and bottom lines and trim across the t-shirt. This piece will be the front square of your cushion.
Create an ‘envelope’ opening for the back of the cushion by using fabric from the back of the t-shirt. Use the hemmed bottom edge as the top envelope flap and cut a piece that’s 1/2 the size of the front piece. Use the rest of the fabric to cut a second piece that’s 2/3rds of the front piece.
Layer the fabric pieces with the design facing up, then the hemmed-edge piece (with hem sitting across the centre of the design), with the 2/3rds piece on top. Pin around all the edges then straight-stitch around the edges with matching thread. You could use a sewing machine or hand-stitch the three layers together.
Turn the cushion cover right-side out through the envelope back and stuff with the cushion pad.
You can make a few cushions in a variety of colours and designs to create a soft-yet-scary corner on your sofa, or throw one onto your guest bed to scare visitors when they come to stay over Halloween.
Let me know if you have a go at this spooky sewing project – I’d love to see your creations so please tag me in your photos on instagram @Cassiefairy.