fabric felt halloween Tutorial

Batty felt pillow tutorial

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

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    Karen
    August 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm

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

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    Brande J.
    August 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm

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

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    Jan
    August 28, 2010 at 1:56 am

    What a fun idea, it turned out so cool.

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    Love the Decor!
    August 28, 2010 at 1:59 am

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

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    Ellen
    August 28, 2010 at 2:02 am

    This is a great project!! I love it!

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    Kelsey
    August 28, 2010 at 2:22 am

    love it!

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    allison @ itstoilegood.blogspot.com
    August 28, 2010 at 3:17 am

    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!

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    Michelle@Somedaycrafts
    August 28, 2010 at 8:44 am

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

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    Mandi
    August 28, 2010 at 5:43 pm

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

    love your guts
    mandi

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    Sourkraut
    August 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    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!

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    Sabrina
    August 28, 2010 at 7:29 pm

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

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    southernscraps
    August 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    This is really cute!

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    Lorie
    August 29, 2010 at 1:20 am

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

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    Gwen @ Gwenny Penny
    August 29, 2010 at 4:11 am

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

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    The Design Confidential
    August 30, 2010 at 6:14 pm

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

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    Laurel @ Ducks in a Row
    August 31, 2010 at 4:35 am

    This is super cute!

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    Kelley
    August 31, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Very cute!

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    Kim
    September 2, 2010 at 7:33 pm

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

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    Michelle@Somedaycrafts
    September 10, 2010 at 8:34 pm

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

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    The Answer Is Chocolate
    September 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    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!

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    rayndrop
    September 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm

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

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    casserole
    September 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    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

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    AliLilly
    September 29, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    This is so freaken cute!!! 🙂

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    Eva Marie Harp
    October 2, 2010 at 11:52 am

    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

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    Anonymous
    October 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Fabulous!

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    Kimberly
    October 5, 2010 at 4:20 am

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

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    Fudge Jumbles
    October 13, 2010 at 2:01 am

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

    🙂 Jeanette

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    Desert Domicile
    October 19, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    This is SO cute! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    Nita {ModVintageLife}
    October 19, 2010 at 8:25 pm

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

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    Dacia
    October 20, 2010 at 1:48 am

    What a great idea! So creative!

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    Katie
    October 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    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!

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    Nike@ChooseToThrive
    October 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    So simple. So cute. So love it.

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    she wears flowers
    October 20, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    This is darling!

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    LBT
    October 20, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    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

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    Katie
    October 20, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks for linking up @ SewWoodsy.blogspot.com!

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    Chic Creations
    October 21, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Cute creative idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    The Trouts
    October 21, 2010 at 2:16 pm

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

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    - Brittany
    September 11, 2011 at 4:36 am

    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

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    Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper
    September 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm

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

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    chris
    September 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm

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

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    lovecrafts
    October 3, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Great tutorial. love it, thanks for sharing

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    trophyw.blogspot.com
    October 7, 2011 at 3:41 am

    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.

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    Mary
    October 16, 2011 at 12:36 am

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

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    Little Miss Phantasm
    August 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    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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