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DIY: Halloween Spider Web Pillow

By Dr. Laundry October 6, 2016


Just in time for Halloween, Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel is ready to “spin” its magic! I really love using the Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel for creating unique designs on fabric. It’s easy, and if you’ve never tried doing this before, this spider web pillow is the perfect starter project.

Here are the instructions for a 16” pillow. (To make a larger pillow, increase the amount of fabric.)

Step 1. Gather your materials:

  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Plastic dish pan
  • 16-inch pillow insert
  • Black thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • ½-yard gray fabric
  • Optional 9″ zipper (if you want to be able to remove the cover in the future)
  • A cute spider to sew on the front is another nice addition!

Helpful Tip: My “gray” fabric is actually the wrong side of black denim, with the beautiful diagonal twill weave adding interest to the pillow. I tried several different fabrics and liked the results with this fabric the best.

Step 2. Prepare the fabric

Rinse the fabric in warm water, wring out excess moisture, and then tumble dry on low. Press the fabric and cut two 17″ squares. Save any scraps of fabric for bleach pen practice!

Helpful Tip: A plastic cutting mat, clear plastic grid and a rotary cutting tool make it super easy to cut the fabric squares, but if you only have scissors, that’s just fine!

Step 3. Use the Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel to draw the web onto the fabric

Work on a bleach-safe surface. Touching the Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel to the fabric as you gently squeeze it while you draw it along gives thinner lines — practicing this first on fabric scraps is always a good idea.


Start by marking the center with a small dot of bleach, then draw the straight lines from the center out to the edges of the square. Next, fill in the curved web sections that connect them. Let the gel rest on the fabric for 30 minutes.

Helpful Tip: A natural looking spider web is not perfectly symmetrical, so relax if you don’t think you can make a “perfect” web.There are lots of great pictures of spider web clip art on the internet that you can use as a rough guide.


Step 4. Rinse

Rinse the fabric square in the plastic dishpan filled with 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide added to 2 gallons cool water. Empty the dishpan and continue to rinse with cool tap water until the water runs clear. Hang the square of fabric to air dry.

Step 5. Construct the pillow

Decide which edge will be the bottom of the pillow — sew the zipper in place on the bottom edge following the manufacturer’s instructions using a ½-inch seam allowance. Open the zipper. With the right sides together, sew the remaining edges with a ½-inch seam allowance. Trim the corners.

Helpful Tip: Installing a zipper is optional — you can also just leave a 9” opening on the bottom edge to insert the pillow cover and then sew the opening closed.

Step 6. Finishing touches


Turn the pillow cover right-side out, carefully pushing out the corners using the tip of the scissors. Press the edges, and then sew on a decorative spider if you like. Insert the pillow form and zip the pillow closed. That’s it!


Don’t have a sewing machine or just don’t want to sew your own pillow? You can use a ready-made pillow cover for your design! Keep these additional tips in mind:

  1. 1. You’ll have to protect the backside of the pillow by inserting a disposable dry cleaning bag inside the cover while you are working.
  2. 2. Keep the bag in the pillow through the first rinse, and then throw it away when you are finished.
  3. 3. You also definitely want to test the Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel on a hidden part of the pillow first (under the zipper works great) so you know how wide your bleach lines will end up — some fabrics, such as burlap, wick the gel more readily and you end up with wider lines.