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TUTORIAL: The Ghost Pillow

September 14, 2022

TUTORIAL: The Ghost Pillow


It’s only a few weeks til Halloween! If you’d like to sew up a Halloween project but aren’t sure about a full quilt, why not whip up this adorable quilted ghost pillow cover? It’s a perfect beginner project!



This pillow is based on The Ghost Quilt pattern by Then Came June and Pen + Paper Patterns. Here’s how we put it together!

You will need:

  • 1 yard background fabric
  • 0.25 yards for ghost body
  • Scraps for ghost eyes and mouth
  • 20.5” x 20.5” backing fabric for quilted pillow front
  • batting

** Want to make one just like ours? We have kits available here! **




Following The Ghost Quilt pattern, cut and assemble one ghost quilt block. Square up your block.



Cut two 5.5” x 20.5” strips and two 10.5” x 5.5” strips. Using a quarter inch seam allowance, sew the shorter strips to the top and bottom of the quilt block, and the longer strips to the sides of the quilt block, as in the photos below. Square up your block when finished.




*Note: If you’d like your pillow cover to fit more snugly on your form, you can adjust the dimensions of your strips accordingly.

Next it’s time to quilt! Cut a 20.5” x 20.5” piece of backing fabric. Your backing fabric will not be seen in the final product, so you can use anything you have lying around! Sandwich your batting between your pillow front and backing fabric, baste, and quilt any pattern you like! We did a simple diagonal pattern. Trim everything up.



For the back of your pillow cover, cut two 20.5” x 15.5” pieces of fabric. Sew a foldover hem on one of the longer sides of each piece.



With right sides together, pin one of the back pieces to the front of the pillow cover (longest unfinished edge to the top). Then pin the second piece (longest unfinished edge to the bottom). Sew a seam around the entire edge of the cover. (This is also a step where you can adjust the finished size!)



Turn your pillow cover right side out and enjoy!


Don't forget to share your finished pillow with us @threadcountfabrics! We love to see your makes!!

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