Ghost Footprint Pillow

Ghost Footprint Pillow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

These ghost footprints are really popular right now; it seems like they’re everywhere!
Well, they were popular ten years ago when I made them with my Daisey’s tiny baby feet, and my mom says she made them with me when I was a little girl.
I guess cute things like this just don’t get old!

I’ve made the ghost footprints with my kids quite a few times.
This year I decided I wanted to make something that I could display in my home
during the Halloween season for years to come.

How about a pillow?
I really wish I’d thought to do this with Daisey and Isaac’s footprints when they were little.
Their feet are both as big as mine now and they didn’t even want to join in on the footprint fun!
My kids are growing up way too fast!

Fortunately, Maggie was very excited about making ghost footprints with me and her feet are still little enough that years from now we can look at the pillow and say,
“Oh, look how cute and small Maggie’s little foot was!”

Ghost Footprint Pillow


Black Fabric (I used one 14″ x 12″ piece and one 12″ x 10″ piece)
Riley Blake Trick or Treat 2 fabric (I used scraps from my little fattie)
Orange 2 1/4″ Mega Ric Rac
Orange 3/8 ” Grosgrain
Black Thread
Orange Thread
Black and White Acrylic Paint
Paint brush
Cutting Mat and Quilter’s Ruler
Rotary Cutter
That Purple Thang
A cute, little helper with cute, little feet!

Begin by ironing and cutting your black fabric.
You’ll want two rectangle pieces. The size is up to you.
I used one 14″x12″ rectangle and one 12″ x10″ rectangle.

Lay the smaller piece of fabric on a flat surface.
Paint your happy helper’s foot white.

Ha ha! It tickles!

Stamp the foot onto your black fabric.

Let the paint dry. I waited about an hour.
Meanwhile, prepare your Riley Blake fabric by ironing it and cutting it into 2″ squares.

Thread your sewing machine with black thread.
With the right sides of the fabric together, sew your squares in to strips.

You’ll need 2 strips with 5 squares and 2 strips with 9 squares.

Yes, there are only 8 squares in my picture.
This is where you can learn from my mistake.
I didn’t take into account the 1/4″ seam allowance, so I had to add squares later.

If you want your squares in any type of pattern stack them that way before you start sewing.
I wasn’t too particular. I just used black for every other square.

After sewing your squares together, press with and iron.

After the footprint is dry, arrange your fabric the way you would like your pillow to look.
I added the orange Ric Rac for a fun touch.

With the right sides facing, pin the smaller fabric strips to the top and bottom of the black fabric.

Sew together, removing the pins as you sew.

Press your fabric so it lays flat and smooth.

Now pin the remaining fabric strips.

Press with the iron.
Make sure to press the painted footprint, as well.
This helps seal the paint into the fabric.

With the right sides facing, pin the 14″x12″ black fabric to the ghost footprint fabric.

Sew together, leaving a space to turn your pillow inside out and stuff.
I seem to have forgotten that I had a camera at this point, so you’ll have to imagine me sewing the two pieces together. Sorry!

In the opening you left, turn your pillow inside out.

Begin stuffing your pillow with fiberfill.
Your little helper can help with this part too!

To better secure the Ric Rac (and because I thought it would look super cute) I sewed buttons along the Ric Rac before sewing the pillow shut.

This would have been a great time to stitch Maggie’s name, age and the year somewhere on the pillow.
I didn’t think of that until after I was finished. Do they make a white fabric marker?

With a needle and thread carefully hand stitch the pillow shut.

I could have added the ghost’s eyes and mouth earlier. Oh well, better late than never!
Dip the end of your paintbrush into the black acrylic paint. Lightly dab onto your ghost.
You could also let your little helper do this part.
Again, I didn’t think of that until after I was finished.

And, because I couldn’t resist I added a little bow with orange grosgrain.
Can you look at that pillow without smiling?
Seriously, can you?

Ghost Footprint Pillow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I just love how it turned out!
Only now I can’t decide where in my house to put it.

It looks great on this couch.

Ghost Footprint Pillow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Or that couch.

Ghost Footprint Pillow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

On my mantle.

Ghost Footprint Pillow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Or on my fireplace.

Ghost Footprint Pillow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Well, I don’t have to decide tonight because my cute, little helper has claimed it as her own!

Ghost Footprint Pillow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I wonder if she is having sweet, friendly ghost dreams?

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  1. Posted October 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    This is adorable! My favorite picture has got to be the one with the white foot! 🙂

  2. Posted October 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    This is so cute Brittany! It’s definitely going on my list for next year :o)

  3. Valerie Balmforth
    Posted October 19, 2011 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    OH my Gosh Brittany~ I fell in love thinking of doing pillows of my little grandkids feet and giving the pillows to my daughters!!!

    • Posted October 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Valerie! You should totally do that! Moms (and Grandmas) love kid crafts! I know I’ll treasure mine for years to come.

  4. Posted October 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely Adorable!

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