skull pillow

I bought this fabric with a special person in mind, and I am so excited that I finally got my act together and made her a pillow!! Did you know making a (square or rectangle) pillow case is about the easiest sewing project I know of? It really is- and way fun too.

I started with a 16″ pillow form. Then I folded fabric up (inside out), and did the math so that I’d be sewing about a 16 – 16 1/2″ square. When I do pillow covers I overlap fabric (meant for backside) so that you can slip the pillow in/out. Don’t know what I mean? Check out pillow cases. That’s how I learned.


So the other reason I love this method is that I only have to sew along 2 sides since the other 2 sides are folded over (therefore not requiring sewing). Alright, so above you see a picture of the inside out fabric with black line (indicating 16″ mark where I ought to be sewing). The pins you see are there holding down folded ribbon…


See? I’m doing this just along the one (sewn) side that will be the top. After I get it all pinned down I put a very loose stitch through the ribbons so I can take the pins out. Then I put it together (inside-out) and sew closed.



See? I love how it is all wild and seemingly random. I’m going to be making more people pillows for Christmas, and I’ll be sure to share here.

14 thoughts on “skull pillow”

  1. Very cute. You make it sound so easy! I FINALLY got a sewing machine (my christmas present to myself)! I got the small Brothers Sewing Machine at Walmart on Friday for $59. Now to learn how to sew and sew on my scrapbook pages.

  2. I love the ribbon! I neveer thought to add ribbon to a pillow like this – I make little flannel one for the kids when they get to be about 18 months – I admit child #3 is using an extra of child #1’s…. I am motivated to make him his own and add ribbon!!

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