It's a black kitteh pillow! Meow! I don't know why black cats are still considered creepy and bringers-of-bad-luck in the era of science, but it would feel wrong to have a Halloween without some sort of black cat decoration. The inspiration came from this Woman's Day tutorial for an even easier pillow. I complicated it a little bit because I wanted to make it from scratch. And I wanted whiskers that you could play with!
You can curl this kitteh's whiskers and it won't shred your face with those pointy claws. Unless the pillow is haunted. Which is possible. OK let's make one! You will need two 9 by 12 inches felt rectangles, buttons for the eyes, chenille stems for the whiskery whiskers, a button for the nose, some floss, thread, and some sort of batting/stuffing. Please excuse the following disgraceful pictures.
Arrange the chenille stems and sew them to one of the felt pieces with a thick thread or floss:
Sew a little nosey button in the middle to cover the whiskery stitches. For the eyes, I went with two large white buttons and then two smaller green buttons on top. Sew them to the felt just above the nosey button.
Now it looked like it needed a little something extra, so I backstitched a vertical line from the nose down:
The face is all done, now it's time to make the pillow. Place the felt rectangle you've been working on face down on top of the other felty rectangle. Sew along three of the sides, leaving one side open.
When you're done with that, flip the pillow inside out and stuff it with the batting material.
Sew along the open side to close the pillow and you're done! I also made a little ghosty pillow:
Same method as the cat pillow, except there are no stems or buttons, and the eyes and mouth are also made with black felt. Here's a quick ghostly design - print, cut, trace on felt, cut, sew black eyes and mouths to one white felt cut-out, finish making the pillow just like the cat pillow.
More Halloweegan craftiness coming up next week! More food too, but right now I'm feeling more crafty than bakey.
Have you made any Halloween crafts? The Halloweegan Flickr group is hungry for creepy treats and spooky craftiness! :)