DIY Pumpkin Pillow Applique

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Learn how to make a DIY pumpkin pillow with scraps of orange fabric. Cut the pumpkin shape with the Cricut Maker and applique with a sewing machine.

Are you getting ready for Fall yet? It’s still hot here, but I often get in the mood for Autumn a little early. I think the kids going back to school makes it feel like the season is changing.

I like to pull out pumpkin and Autumn leaf inspired decorations first, and then transition into Halloween later. The first thing I made was a DIY pumpkin pillow that uses up scraps of fabric. It’s a simple but cute applique.

DIY Pumpkin Pillow Applique

I chose to leave my pillow design simple so that the pumpkin would shine, but you could add words or even a jack-o-lantern face to make it more exciting.

I loved that I was able to use up some orange scraps of fabric for this pumpkin applique. The scraps were small enough that I would have had a hard time finding a way to use them.

I chose to add the pumpkin applique to a pillow cover that I was making. I would recommend doing that so that you have access to sewing the applique on instead of fiddling with the back as you sew.

DIY Pumpkin Pillow Applique

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DIY Pumpkin Pillow Applique

DIY Pumpkin Pillow Applique


First, the orange pieces of fabric into 4 inches by 12 inches tall. If your fabric is thinner pieces then just add more strips of orange fabric. If your scraps are shorter than 12 inches then just do some creative piecing to make a piece of fabric 12 inches by 12 inches.

Cut pieces of fabric 4 by 18

Press all the seams open. Trim the orange down to make a 12 inch by 12 inch square.

Cut a 4 inch by 4 inch piece of green fabric.

sew orange together and press open seams

Cut a 12 inch by 12 inch piece of fusible double sided adhesive. Fuse it to the back of the orange pieced fabric.

Do the same to the small green fabric piece.

apply adhesive to back

Use a cutting machine to cut out a pumpkin shape from the fabric. Place the fabric towards the mat with the paper backing of the adhesive side up.

You can also draw a pumpking shape onto the paper backing and cut it out by hand.

cut out pumpkin shape with cricut maker

Peel the excess fabric away from the pumpkin and peel the pumpkin off of the mat.

peel pumpkin off of mat

Use the cutting machine to cut a green stem from green fabric. Peel it off of the mat along with the excess fabric.

cut out stem and peel

Peel the paper backing off of the stem and the pumpkin.

peel off paper backing

Fuse the pumpkin and the stem to the fabric that you will be using for the pillow cover.

fuse to fabric

Use a zigzag stitch and matching thread to sew around the shape of the pumpkin and the stem. One side of the zigzag stitch should line up with the edge of the fabric. I tried to be pretty accurate, but I didn’t worry too much as I went around.

zigzag around all edges

Sew the edges of the pillow cover with right sides together to finish it. Turn the pillow cover right side out.

sew fabric into pillow

Stuff a pillow form into the pillow cover to finish.

stuff pillow with pillow form

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

DIY Pumpkin Pillow Applique
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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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