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How to make a terrifying cushion for Halloween

Posted by Cassiefairy Oxfam Fashion blogger

20th Oct 2017

Bring a touch of Halloween fun into every room of the house this October by adding some custom-made soft furnishings. This project will help you to turn a t-shirt with a spooky design into a throw pillow to make your sofa look spooky or your bedroom more bonkers. 


Pick up a tee at a charity shop or, if your little ones have outgrown last year's Halloween costume, you could recycle the fabric. This ghoulish cushion will bring a touch of scariness to your autumn décor or can be used to create a gothic look in your home all year round.

You will need: A t-shirt with spooky design, scissors, matching thread, needle or sewing machine, pins, cushion pad.






  1. Iron the t-shirt flat and lay your cushion pad on top of the design.

  1. Use the edges of the cushion pad as a guide to cut up one side of the t-shirt.

  1. Fold the t-shirt in half down the centre and then cut along the other side in line with the first cut.

  1. Unfold and use the cushion pad to determine the top line of the fabric and trim across

  1. Fold in half width-wise and trim across the bottom - this piece will be the front of your cushion
How to make a cushion case
  1. Create an 'envelope' opening for the back of the cushion by using fabric from the back of the t-shirt.

  1. Use the hemmed bottom edge as the top envelope flap and cut a piece that's half he width of the front piece.


  1. Use the rest of the fabric to cut a piece that's 2/3rds of the front piece.

  1. Layer the fabric pieces with the design facing up, then the smaller hemmed piece (with hem across the centre of the design), with the 2/3rds piece on top.


  1. Pin around all the edges then straight-stitch around the edges with matching thread. You could use a sewing machine or hand-stitch the three layers together.

  1. Turn the cushion cover right-side out and stuff with the cushion pad.






You can make a few cushions in a variety of colours and designs to create a soft-yet-scary corner on your sofa, or throw one onto your guest bed to scare visitors when they come to stay over Halloween! 

Have a go and share your creations with us @OxfamFashion #foundinoxfam



 

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