I Made My Worst Nightmare Come True With a DIY Pillow

I'm getting terrifyingly crafty for Halloween.
Publish date:
October 17, 2012
halloween, gags, blood stain

It's my worst nightmare. Coming through the door to my apartment to find my beloved Stephen lying face down in a pool of blood. Oh, the horror!

Since it's now about that time to rinse off my fangs, dust off my cape and run a comb through my wigs, I decided to make my worst nightmare come true. Don't call an anonymous crime hotline, I haven't done anything -- yet. Instead, I tried my severed hands at this "pool of blood" pillow project because nothing says "Happy Halloween" like your husband faking his death in luxury on the living room floor.

Some of you may find this project a tad gruesome, but the laughs will make up for any PC pangs of discomfort. Making a pillow in the shape of a puddle of blood may not be a great gift for your mom, but it's a hilarious gag for your friends -- especially after a few pumpkin ales.

What you'll need:

  • 1 yard rich red velvet fabric (or felt if that is all you've got) -- soft and flexible is a must!
  • Straight pins
  • A permanent marker
  • A pair of scissors
  • 1 bag of quilting batting
  • A needle and thread
  • Iron

How to get 'er done:

Start by folding a piece of red felt (or velvet would be even better!) in half. Pin it to keep everything in place.

Using a permanent marker, draw the shape of the puddle. Cut out the shape.

So that the pillow stays flat (like a puddle of blood) and not fluffy (like a cloud), use 3 layers of quilting batting instead of regular pillow stuffing. Cut the batting into the rough shape of the pillow.

Sew the pillow inside out making sure the marker lines will be on the inside of the pillow. Leave a section large enough to turn the pillow to the right side.

When you turn the pillow so the outside is on the outside, use a bone folder to push some of the narrower edges out.

Roll the batting up and spread it out evenly on the inside of the pillow.

Hand sew the opening in the pillow.

If the pillow is still a little puffy, iron it on a warm temperature.

Freak your friends (or perhaps their tiny unsuspecting children) out by having a cherished loved one like grandma or your pet poodle take a nap on your new gruesome gag.