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DIY Dropcloth Sharpie Pillow for Halloween

I’m a cheap pillow fan.

When you love to switch them out as often as I do, they can’t be too expensive.

Or take to long to make.

And this little pillow is both thrifty and simple: perfect for the “Halloween” season…an Easy DIY Dropcloth Sharpie Pillow for Halloween.

DIY Dropcloth Halloween Sharpie Pillow at The Happy HousieTo make this you will need:


  • a piece of drop cloth to sew a pillow cover (alternatively you could use a premade plain cotton cover or could sew one out of other cotton you have on hand).
  • scissors and a sewing machine
  • a sharpie marker
  • an inspiration picture

I started out with this basic drop cloth that I picked up at my local hardware store….


I followed my Super Easy Crazy Fast One Piece Envelope Pillow Tutorial to turn a section of the drop cloth into a pillow cover. If you haven’t sewn a basic envelope pillow before… I promise you that it is SO EASY! If you can sew a semi-straight line then you can do it!  Hop over here for a full and easy tutorial:

super crazy easy fast ten minute one piece envelope pillow covers on chair at thehappyhousie

Once you have your pillow cover ready…. get our your Sharpies and your inspiration picture . find google images such a great source of pictures…. or Pinterest. If you want to do something unique you may wish to practice sketching it first on paper, or even using chalk to apply the design to your cushion before you do it permanently with your Sharpie.

I just went ahead and drew mine right on there without practicing… but I’m pretty wild like that.

copy image from ipad

Sketch away… and you are done!

sharpie pillow outlining

I love how it adds to our Halloween Living Room!



Do you remember being a kid, and practicing your handwriting again and again until it was perfect?

I finally have let go of that.

As an adult I enjoy the look of the ‘handmade’ – and sketching things out for yourself gives you a beautiful unique look.


How to make a quick and easy DIY Halloween Dropcloth Sharpie Pillow at The Happy Housie

So, what do you think?

Do you like the look for the handmade and unique, too?

If so, you might also like my black and white hand-sketched sharpie pumpkins

Black and White Hand Sketched Sharpie Pumpkins at thehappyhousie.com-11

Are you ready for a little more Halloween inspiration?

Today I have teamed up with some amazing fellow Canuck bloggers to share fun DIY Halloween ideas with you…


A Witches’ Brew Martini from Suburble / Halloween Dropcloth Sharpie Pillow from The Happy Housie / Halloween Caramel Apples from Satori Design for Living / Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats and Free Printable from Clean and Sensible  / Halloween Planter Decorations: Chalkboard Wood Bats from The DIY Dreamer / Jello Jar Monsters from Echoes of Laughter / Black Cat Velvet Pumpkins from The DIY Mommy   / Halloween Rat Wreath from Fynes Designs / Creepy Crawly Resin Tray from Craftberry Bush


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  2. This is so cute! What a great idea, and I love that you can personalize it however you want!! Great freehand sketching, too! 🙂

  3. I love it! I’m a huge fan of a good cheap pillow too. I’ve been meaning to try dropcloth as a fabric – it looks so awesome in your pictures!

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