Double Trouble Halloween Pillows

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but the weather in Seattle went from a glorious hot summer, to a crazy stormy downpour! Mother Nature is screaming at the top of her lungs, WELCOME TO FALL. No joke. The plus side to this weather is that it makes for some perfect indoor time for crafting. And Halloween is a perfect time to let your imagination run wild.

My inspiration for this craft is a famous line from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In the first Act, the three witches are gathered around their caldron chanting:

“Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”

Lately I imagine three witches gathered around their caldron brewing up this awful weather we are having, so this became my inspiration for this Halloween craft. It displays some of the imagination of Shakespeare, but grounds it in one thing I always like to do, which is decorate. How can you go wrong with some home accessories?

double trouble pillows

 

MATERIALS

  • Two 16” inch pillow inserts
  • Two 18” x 18” squares of cotton twill fabric (front of pillow)
  • Two 26” x 18” rectangles of patterned fabric  (back of pillow)
  • Thread to match
  • Multi-Surface Acrylic or Fabric paint (black and orange)
  • Transfer pencil
  • Double, Double, Toil & Trouble Template
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush (small tip)
  • Black and orange yarn (Optional)

materials

For the front side of the pillow:

If you haven’t cut your fabric, cut and iron two 18” x 18” squares of off-white cotton twill upholstery fabric. These will be for the front of each pillow.

Print out the templates. Take your transfer pencil and firmly trace over the edges of the “Double Double” letters.

template trace

template done

Flip the copy over and place the traced side onto the center of the twill fabric. Hold the paper firm and iron over the top on medium to hot. This will transfer the traced letters right side onto the fabric. Repeat with the “Toil & Trouble” template.

iron

Now it’s time to paint the transferred letters. Put on some good music and sit back and channel your inner artist. I used two different colors of paint for this project. I used black for “Double Double” and a dark orange for “Toil & Trouble.” You can choose to do the same, or use the same color for both.

I noticed that the Martha Stewart Multi-Surface craft paint was much thicker than the Americana Multi-Surface craft paint. I found that the thinner the paint the easier to paint on the fabric. There was no particular reason for trying two different kinds of paint, only that they were out of black paint in the Americana brand.

paint closeup

Put a bit of paint in a small dish and begin to paint inside the lines that were transferred onto the fabric. The transfer pencil will leave a small pink line so carefully paint over the lines so they aren’t showing. Once you are done painting the letters, let them dry overnight.

paintcloseup

For the back side of the pillow:

Cut and iron two 18” x 26” rectangles of patterned upholstery fabric. These will be for the back of each pillow. I chose one black pattern and one orange pattern, but you could use the same color if you’d like.

Take the two patterned rectangles and cut each one in half vertically. This will give you four 18” x 13” pieces.

rectangles

Take one piece and fold over one inside edge ½” and then fold over again. Iron the folded edge flat and use a couple pins to hold the fold down. Repeat to the other three pieces.

edges iron

Sew each of the pinned pieces right down the center of the fold, approximately ¼” from the edge.

Assembly of the pillow:

Place the front side of the pillow (painted side) up on the table. Take the two pieces of the backside and overlap them to match the 18” x 18” square. Place the right sides to the painted side and pin together.

wrong sides

Sew around all four sides ½ to ¾ ” from the edge. I like to leave a little excess fabric in case I need to tighten it up. Repeat with the other pillow.

sew

Turn the cases right side out. If you have pinking shears, trim the excess fabric to avoid fraying. When you are complete, place the pillow insert inside the pillowcases.

 

If you want, you can leave the pillowcases as is, but if you want to add a special twist to the pillows, make some black and orange pom-poms and attach them to each corner of the pillow!

You can find the tutorial on how to make a pom-pom using a Clover pom-pom maker here. If you don’t have a Clover, you can use the old fashioned method by using a piece of cardboard. Once you have made your pom-poms, sew them to each corner using a thread and needle.

The great thing about these pillowcases is that you can keep your inserts and make new ones for each holiday! So you might just see another for Thanksgiving!

Have a fantastic Halloween!