Good morning! I’m excited to share another fun Halloween crafting project – a Halloween Pillow Wreath! I love a good pillow wreath. They are quick and easy to make and can be customized to any holiday or event you can imagine! My mom and I love making these and have always thought it would be fun to have one for each month of the year. This Halloween one gets us one step closer! (Check out our Christmas, Easter, and Football wreaths!)
We found the fabric for this wreath at our local quilting store as a fat quarter stack and loved the color combinations. The pack came with six fat quarters and that was enough for both our wreaths. My mom chose to use just five fabrics and I decided to use all six. The final photos in this post are of my mom’s wreath. Mine is sadly not done yet – the pillows are cut and sewn but have yet to be stuffed. I’m not sure I’ll get it finished before the holiday so I was very happy she finished hers so I could share it with you before Halloween!
My mom made her first pillow wreath before I was born, a Christmas one that matched our tree skirt and stockings. I loved seeing the wreath hung up for the holidays and love that I have pillow wreaths in my home now too. They have really become something my mom and I enjoy planning for and doing together. We already have the fabrics for Thanksgiving so hopefully I’ll be able to make that before the holiday!
- Wire wreath form. I used 12″ diameter wreath
- 5 (or six) different fabrics for the pillows – 1/4 yard of each is plenty
- 3/8″ ribbon in coordinating color – you’ll need 2 rolls
- Poly-fil stuffing
- Matching thread
- Sewing Notions: scissors, thread, needle, ruler
Step 1: Create a cardboard pattern to use for cutting out all of your pillows. The pattern should measure 4.5″ x 5.5″.
Step 2: Cut out the fabric pillows using the cardboard pattern you created. The pattern includes a 1/4″ seam allowance. Each pillow will get folded in half.
For the 12″ diameter wreath you will need between 30-35 pillows depending on how full you want your wreath to look. Normally we use five fabrics and then cut 6 to 7 pillows from each fabric. This wreath was made using 30 pillows.
STEP 3: Sew fabric pillows together. For each pillow, fold the fabric in half, right sides together, 4.5″ side to 4.5″ side. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance each side/corner of the pillow, leaving an opening to stuff the pillow along the long side. Trim the corners. Flip the pillow right side out and poke out the corners.
STEP 4: Stuff each pillow and hand sew the opening closed. Don’t overstuff the pillows making them too hard, this will make it harder to tie them with ribbon.
STEP 5: Tie the pillows onto the wreath using the 3/8″ ribbon. Each piece of ribbon can be about 8″ long. Do a test with one ribbon before cutting all of them so if you find you need the ribbon longer you can make that adjustment. You will end up trimming the ribbons once your wreath is done so everything looks uniform.
For this wreath the outer ring has 13 pillows, the middle has 10 pillows, and the inner ring has 7 pillows. You can decide how full you want your wreath to look and always do less. My Christmas wreath was made with 35 pillows; 14 for the outer ring, 12 for the middle ring, and 9 for the inner ring. My Packers wreath was made with 30 pillows; 14 for the outer ring, 9 for the middle ring, and 7 for the inner ring. So really, whatever works and looks best! I like to plan my wreath before starting to tie them on, whereas my mom prefers to start tying them on and figure it out as she goes. There is no wrong way to make these wreaths! The great thing about these pillows just being tied on is you can adjust things easily.
STEP 6: Add a little ribbon loop to the back so it can be hung up and your wreath is finished!
I love the way this wreath turned out! The fabrics look great together and I love the sheer black polka dot ribbon my mom found. I’ll be using the same ribbon on my wreath too! It reminds me of little bats on each pillow!