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Ghastly Cushion Cover

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I, again, was Pin-spired.  By this:

Image via Pinterest and The Inspired Room: http://pinterest.com/pin/44208043/

It’s a slipcover for your slipcover. Haha! Actually, just for the cushion on a singular cushioned piece. I liked the idea for adding in some sort of color or accent that can easily be switched out and is much faster to make than a slipcover.

As Halloween draws nearer, I have been anxiously trying to put together my decorations using these fabrics:

These are part of the “Ghastlies” line by Alexander Henry.  I’m obsessed with it.  It’s based on Edward Gorey’s “Gashlycrumb Tinies” ABCs, which I just love, and I love the drawings.  Eerie, creepy…perfect for Halloween.

So this is what I made:

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The other side is a gray polka dot material…

It’s such a fun way to add in a little Halloween decor without being all pumpkins and ghosts. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but this year I’m discovering all sorts of ways to decorate in more non-traditional ways.

The tutorial for this project is after the jump!

For this project you will need:

2 yards of your fabric of choice (unless you want two separate fabrics for the top and bottom like I did)

1 yard of fabric for the pleated trim and ties

First you cut out your top and bottom by using the cushion as a guide.  You really can just cut it the same size.

Then you will cut your trim fabric into strips that are 1 1/2″ wide and sew them together so you get one super long strip.  Iron open the seams and iron the whole thing in half lengthwise.

To sew on the pleated trim, you can pin the raw edges of the trim to the raw edge of the right side of the fabric, pinning in the pleats.  I actually just pleated as I went, since pinning often is a waste of time for me.  I just eyeballed the pleats.  Is anyone really going to get out their ruler and measure your pleat distance?  No.

Do the same thing to both pieces of fabric.  It will look like this:

After your trim is attached, you need to make the ties.  You can iron and sew the rest of your trim into bias tape, but I was lazy (and this is for Halloween) so I just zig zagged the raw edge, leaving the threads.  Gives it kind of a tattered look, no?

Then you put the wrong sizes together of your cushion covers and pin the ties in where you want them.  I did three in front, one on each side of the t-shape, then one on each of the side, and two on the back.

I pinned them just under the trim (which I finger pressed down) and then top stitched in the ditch of where the trim meets the other fabric.

That’s all you need to do! It took me about two or so hours to complete. Not too shabby.

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  1. That’s very cute! You could really go all out with this: Christmas, Easter, etc. I love the idea in general, how it adds a little color or change to the chair. Very cute!

  2. This is so cute! What a darling idea! Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday! 🙂

  3. Love that fabric!! What a fun idea Thanks for the tutorial. 😉 Jessica

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Thanks as always Anne!

  4. Um, I have a super big fat crush on this fabric! Where did you get it???

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      I think I bought it either on Hawthorne Threads or on Etsy. I think it’s on backorder at Hawthorne so just search for it on etsy and you should be able to find it. It’s called Ghastlies by Alexander Henry and the whole collection is amazing.

  5. Gosh, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to make this for my couch and loveseat… I’m afraid the cats would get tangled in the bows though… (Ya know? since they do own the place)

  6. Cute idea. Love how it turned out. I love Pinterest.


    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      I know, right?! Isn’t that the most amazing fabric for Halloween? I have some fun projects coming up using the same fabric!

  7. Awesome job! I love this! 🙂 (Popped over from Craft Gossip.)

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Thanks so much Shelly!

  8. P.S. I forgot to compliment your tutorial. Easy to follow. 🙂

  9. That is such a great idea and can be used for many seasons! Your tutorial is lovely too, very easy to follow 🙂

  10. Rewriting my comment because I dont think it went through.

    I saw this project featured at Flamingo Toes and I love it!! The fabric is the coolest!
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  11. Just stopping back by to say thanks so much for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! Hope you will come back and share again soon!

  12. Great idea! Looks so nice and a subtle decor piece for Halloween!

  13. I ordered some of this fabric. I’m obsessed with it too. It’s so pretty. I don’t sew so I’m not sure what I’ll do with mine, but I love love love your cushion.

  14. Wow! I usually don’t like Scary, but this is just too awesome! You hit it out of the park! Saw your amazing project at Lil Luna.

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Thanks so much! I’m not a fan of scary and gorey halloween either, but this fabric was just so fun!

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