Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Halloween Bat Pillow Tutorial





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Hello sewing friends! Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. I have had a lot fun decorating for it this year. It has been especially nice to have something to look forward to this year even though I'm still not quite sure how we will be celebrating it. My mom and sister made the cutest little Halloween pillow the other day. It is a cute little bat shaped stuffie that sits on your couch! I couldn’t let them have all the fun so I got my hands on their pattern and made one too. Isn’t the design so cute?!! I love the shape of it. It’s a great little shape to sit on the couch and add a little fun to the Halloween season. Your little one will love to cuddle it and fly it around the room too. Want to make one? Mom and Sis were kind enough to let me share it here with you so you can make one too! Keep scrolling for the free pattern

You’ll need…

 2/3 yard of cotton fabric (you can get away with 1/2 yard but you have to get real creative with the layout) 

2 rectangles of cotton batting 33” x 12” each (This is a great way to use up some scraps if you are a quilter)

Polyester stuffing

Needle and thread

Fabric Marker or Hera Marker

Printed Bat pillow pattern. CLICK HERE to download and print the PDF from Google Drive


Cutting instructions...

1. Print the pattern, tape the 2 sheets together overlapping at the designated markings, and cut out the bat shape. 


2. Fold the fabric to the width of the bat and position the pattern piece so it is aligned with the fold line of the pattern. Cut 2 Bat Pillow pieces. 



3. Using one Bat Pillow piece as a pattern cut 2 Bat pillow pieces from the cotton batting. Alternatively you can pin your bat shapes, with right sides together, directly to the rectangles of batting and sew around the shape before you cut it out. You will see later on in the photos that I only included batting on the wings. This was a big mistake and made it harder to stuff. ***You will have a better result if you use batting across the whole bat.


4. If you've cut your batting out already, place the 2 fabric Bat pieces together with the Right sides facing each other. Place the 2 batting bat pieces on top of the stack and pin all around the shape as seen below.




Sewing...

4. Starting at the bottom center of the body, sew with a 3/8” seam allowance all the way around the shape. Yes, I like to sew the shape closed. It will mark the stitch lines for when you stitch it up later.


5. Using sharp pointed scissors, clip into each curve down to about 1/8 inch away from the stitch line. Be careful not to clip the stitches. Trim the excess fabric away from each point. Unpick 3 - 4 inches across the bottom of the Bat body.


6. Turn the Bat right side out. Use a chopstick or a BLUNT to pencil push out the corners. Make sure you have trimmed and clipped the curves enough so that they lay flat and smooth. You can give each curve a little stretch to help it lay flat. Iron around the edges of the bat. 


Stuffing…

7. Using a your fingernail or a Hera marker, press and draw a crease on the fabric where the wing and body stitch lines should go. You could also use a fabric marker or a white colored pencil to mark the line. Use the printed pattern as a reference. You will see that each wing is divided into 3 sections.


8. Starting with the wing tips, stuff the outermost section of the wing. Increase the stitch length of your sewing machine to 3.5 - 4.5mm and sew along the first stitch line while holding down the stuffing with your hands. As you sew, stop every couple of inches with your needle in the 'down position' and use a chopstick to stuff a little more stuffing into that area in needed before you sew all the way to the point. 



9. Continue to stuff and sew each wing section.


10. Mark and sew the body stitch lines.


11. Once the final lines are sewn around the body, stuff it firmly. Using a needle and thread sew the opening closed with a ladder stitch using the previously stitched lines as your guide to help maintain the original seam allowance. Add a little more stuffing if needed as you close it up.


12. And you are done!! Isn’t it sooo cute!


Make one for yourself or give it to a friend who needs a little Halloween Happiness.

Make it now or Pin it for later!

For more Halloween fun join me on Instagram @bluesusanmakes

Happy Sewing!


1 comment:

  1. So cute! I am tempted to decorate my garage but we haven't had trick or treaters in a few years.

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