Monday, September 28, 2009

Halloween Inspiration

I had so much fun playing with all my Halloween Fabric last week. Putting together 5x5 Fabric Packs and Fat Quarter Bundles for my Etsy Shop totally inspired me! So Queen Elna and I went to town Wednesday. As in, we did some seriously fun sewing.

First up. Did you see Monica's FREE pdf pattern over at The Happy Zombie? It's the most
adorable little bag. She calls it the Poochie Bag. It's made with 3 Fat Quarters. Oh so simple and Simply Awesome!

I thought to myself, "self, this would make a really cute treat bag." Wah Lah! Isn't it cute! I think these will be as addicting as those Fabric Baskets were!
I totally love that skeleton fabric.
Thank you Monica for a really simple and fun tutorial!

I also got to thinkin that I needed to switch my Pillow Covers to something Halloweenish. I am still in love with this Pillow Cover I made. I did a tutorial in the Moda Bake Shop using some Turnovers. So I adapted my tutorial to use Charm Squares instead. And look! Don'tcha love it. I totally do.Here's a quick TUTORIAL for ya !

To make a cover for a 16" pillow, you will need:

9 - 5x5 Print Fabric Squares
9 - 5x5 White Fabric Squares

4 - 1" x 22" pieces of fabric for trim

Cut 5x5 White Squares in half Diagonally
Cut those triangles in half Cut 5x5 Print squares in half diagonally and in half again Sew one white triangle to one print triangle right sides together. Press open, towards print sideYou should have 36 blocks/squares for a 16" pillow

Square them up @ 3"
Lay out the blocks Sew them in rows either across or up and down (whichever is your preference) Iron the seams open to reduce bulk. Add a 1" border (the pieced top isn't quite big enough for a 16" pillow). I make an envelope back for all my pillow covers. You can find a tutorial over at the Moda Bake Shop that Kim from Bitty Bits and Pieces did, HERE. I didn't quilt this pillow cover, but you totally can. Just add a piece of batting to the wrong side of the top and quilt as you normally would, before adding the pillow back. A super easy way to spruce up your pillows for the Holidays.

P.S. I've just stocked my Etsy Shop full of Halloween Fat Quarter Bundles and 5x5 Fabric Packs! I'm having my Grand Re-Opening of sorts this week. I'll be adding new product all week! Fun stuff.

Oh! And I have a flickr group HERE. If you make a Pillow Cover, I would LOVE for you to post a picture of it!


blushing rose said...

How sweet the pillow covers, I LOVE the bag.
TY for sharing. Have a lovely autumn week. TTFN ~Marydon

Needled Mom said...

Very cute, Jodi. I love both the bag and the pillow. I hope you fill your bag when you go trick or treating!

Living on the Spit said...

Well, that is just the most adorable bag!!! You give us so much inspiration really. I just love the happy feeling I get whenever I see your work!

happy zombie said...

Blushing! Thanks for the lovin', Jodi! Your bags are too cute, love the rockin' Halloween of it. And the skulls... mad love.

Your pillows are DARLING!!!

Nedra said...

Halloween doesn't feel far away now that the decorating and bags are here!

Busy As Can Be said...

I love the pillow covers. I will have to check them out at Moda!

searchfamilies said...

The pillow covers are lovely
Hugs Janice

Millie said...

So cute the pillow with Halloween fabrics and the bag is so perfect for Trick or Treating! The bag is so much nicer than a huge pillow case...and it will hold so much candy.

Thimbleanna said...

Love, love, love that cute pillow Jodi! And the bag too -- that's going to make someone happy for candy gathering!!!

brigette said...

someone's been busy busy busy. i just love that treat bag. too bad my kids are all huge now!
darling pillow.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Love the triangles - and the white makes the print pop!

Allison said...

Love that halloween pillow! Super cute!

pam said...

I LOVE your Halloween pillow! Using the white fabric really makes it "pop".

I made Diane a huge quilt a few years ago - all fall and Halloween fabrics. Now I know what to do with the scraps I haven't been able to part with. Thank you!

Jenny at Intentionally Me said...

Someday I will learn to sew that well, for starters I think I'll learn how to thread the machine! Cute idea to use the Halloween colors for a seasonal theme! You are so talented.

Becky said...

Love the pillow cover! I aspire to have covers for our pillows for every month of the year!


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