Bat Pillow

I’ve had a pillow form in the studio for a few months now. I use it occasionally and decided it was time to upgrade its plastic wrapper in favor of something with a little more flavor. Before I got started I made two rules: 1. Can only use items I already own, no shopping trip for this one 2. It has to take less than three hours to come together.

Here it is all finished – Right down my alley and a HUGE improvement!

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I also took some pictures along the way – so here’s how it came together.

I found a basic bat image on the wedge, printed it in three different sizes, and cut them out.

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In the spirit of following my time rule, I did not use a cardstock paper or pin the bats down on the black felt. I just cut the basic shape and went back in to clean up the edges. I’m glad I was a little less rigid than normal, it gave each bat personality and took no time at all.

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While I was watching TV I tried several layouts for the bats. I was once given the advice to never have an even number of things, something about foo. Even though it goes against my  EVEN OCD, I went with 7.

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I cut out two 15×15 squares of purple fabric I had in the studio for my 14×14 pillow form. It’s funny – I would have never selected this fabric. Since it was all I had, I used it and I really think it works. It has kind of a Haunted Mansion feel without being Halloween-y.

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I found some yellow fabric that had a little bit of a shadow effect. I just went for it and cut a circle about the size I thought I needed. I laid out the circle and bats bearing in mind the 1/2 seam allowance and realized the moon would need a touch of shaping. Not a problem, I was going to have to trim it after I added the fusible web anyway!

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After trimming, I fused the moon to the background fabric and put a blanket stitch around it. I fought with myself a bit over thread color and decided the white worked well.

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Final layout test and pinning of the bats

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I used a tight, short zig zag stitch down the middle of the bats. It worked perfectly and the bat wings popped off the background like they were going to fly away

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Very cool effect, but not practical for sitting on and using. To solve the problem, I put a straight stitch all the way across the bat following the line of the top of the wing. They still pop off the pillow, but should hold up during use.

I put the two squares of fabric right sides together and put in 1/2 seam around three sides and cut the corners.

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Turned it right side out, stuffed the pillow form in there and seamed the bottom closed.

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Voila! All done! Less than three hours and cost nothing. Looks great in the studio and it just what I needed.

What say you?