Go Batty: Make a Spooky Halloween Silhouette Pillow

Boo! In conjunction with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, I’m bringing you a very, very spooky DIY project to entice your Halloween spirit. And by spooky, I mean very, very cute. And squishy. Hauntingly adorable?

How to make a black bat silhouette pillow for Halloween!

One of my most favorite fabrics is grizzly craft fur, and this time, I chose solid black, which is the perfect material for a black bat pillow. A spooky pillow like the kind of creative DIY accent you would consider adorning your sofa with during the month of October. Or the kind of thing a child with a love for the creepy might find herself wanting to snuggle with nightly. What I’m insinuating is that ours will probably not go into holiday storage. We named him Batty — he’s family. He’ll have his own stocking come Christmas.

Keep on reading to see how to make your own “spooky” Halloween decor for your own #spookyspaces!

Brought to you by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, where ideas and inspiration come together for a Spooky & Simple Halloween.


Step 1

 Open GalleryMake a template for your pillow using tissue paper.Begin by making a template. I found it easiest to make the template a mirror image, so that the bat would be symmetrical. Do the same by sketching half of a bat onto one sheet of paper (I used tissue paper for its transparency) and then laying a second sheet over it to draw over the lines that show through the paper.

Step 2

 Open GalleryTrim the pattern to size with a small seam allowance.Trim the outlined tissue paper template, leaving a 1/4″-1/2″ seam allowance on all sides.

Step 3

 Open GalleryPin the template to the fabric.Tape the template halves together, and pin the edges to the fabric. I folded the yard of fabric so that the right (furry) side of the fabric was sandwiched in the center and the wrong side was facing out. This way, I could pin and trim both sides of the pillow at once.

Step 4

 Open GalleryTrim the fabric to match the size of the template.Using fabric scissors, trim along the outside of the template.

Step 5

 Open GallerySew the pillow nearly all of the way around, leaving enough room to flip it inside out.With the pins still in place, tear away the tissue paper template. If you’re making multiple pillows, remove the template carefully. Sew along the edge of the fabric, about 1/4″-1/2″ from the edge based on the seam allowance you provided with your template. Before you sew it completely, remember that you’re going to have to turn the bat inside out and stuff it. Leave 5-6″ of the edge unsewn.

Step 6

 Open GalleryFlip the bat to be furry side out.Flip the bat right (furry) side out. So cute. I melt with happiness (and fear, so scary).

Step 7

 Open GalleryWant eyes on your bat pillow? Big, red buttons are the answer.Leave your bat sans eyeballs if you want — a plain silhouette pillow is perfectly adorable and acceptable as seasonal decor. But if you want to add more detail (and scariness!), consider red button eyes.

Step 8

 Open GallerySew the eyes onto the bat pillow form before it is stuffed.It’s easiest to sew on the button eyes before you stuff the bat. Use a simple needle and thread and sew on one side. Make sure the buttons are aligned. (You want a haunting bat, not a googly-eyed one.)

Step 9

 Open GalleryUse polyester fill to bring your new animal-shaped pillow to life.Fill it up! I used 32 ounces of polyester fill to give the bat some life.

Step 10

 Open GalleryStitch up the opening in the pillow with a needle and thread.Sew along the opening with a needle and thread to close up the pillow.

Step 11

 Open GalleryDisplay your bat pillow as a featured item in your homes' #spookyspacesDisplay your bat in your #spookyspaces this Halloween!


  • Craft fur fabric (1 yard)
  • Tissue paper (2 sheets)
  • Pencil/Marker
  • Straight pins
  • Buttons (2, red, for eyeballs)
  • Thread
  • Polyester fill


  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
About Emily Fazio 


I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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One Response

  1. Manny says:

    This is very helpful tutorial provided to make Halloween silhouette bat pillow. At first I though that was a real bat holding on that photo but after watching is closely and reading whole blog I've realized that was a pillow. I think sleeping in that pillow will be best Halloween feelings. ;)

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