Fall is almost here and it is high time to decorate your homes with fall accessories. If you love to decorate your home with handmade items on a budget, here is something you can try, an easy fall pillow cover with pumpkin applique and pompoms.
Pillow covers are the cheapest alternatives to decorate your homes on a budget. They give your home all the color and classiness it needs. They are replaceable after every season and they are easy to fold and store once the season gets over.
Here I have come up with an envelope style pillow sewing project with a very simple pumpkin applique.
If you need a quick makeover for your home, you may buy cheap pillow covers from stores and do the pumpkin applique. The orange applique would look great on black and white stripes, jute fabric, linen, plain white cotton and it would look just awesome on burlap too.
I love pumpkins for my applique during fall but I love the autumn leaves too. Initially, I had thought of using fall leaves for the pillow applique but I wanted the applique to be simple for my beginner readers and I chose to do the pumpkin applique instead.
I have used heat and bond lite for the applique here and I have used a buttonhole stitch along the edge of the pumpkin. If you are not confident about sewing around the applique and you would like to just fuse the pumpkin to the pillow cover, you may use heat and bond ultra hold for fusing the applique.
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Easy Fall Pillow with Pumpkin Applique
Medium to heavy-weight cotton fabric or home décor fabric- 1/2 to 3/4 yard, depending on the size you want to make.
Scraps of medium-weight fabric in orangy or yellowy shades for the pumpkin applique.
A small green fabric scrap for the pumpkin stem ( optional).
Heat and bond iron- on adhesive
Pompoms or other trims of your choice- 2 yards.
Enter your email address in the box below and click on the download button to download the pumpkin template for applique.
Note that the measurements are for a snug fit pillow. You may increase the length and width by 1 inch if you need the cover to be loose.
In the table below, “L” stands for the length and “W” stands for the width of the fabric piece to be cut.
|Pillow Size||Front Panel
|Back Pieces(cut 2)
|14 Inch||15L x 15W||11L x 15W|
|16 Inch||17L x 17W||12L x 17W|
|18 Inch||19L x 19W||13L x 19W|
|20 Inch||21L x 21W||14L x 21W|
The table above gives the cutting dimensions for four different pillow sizes. If you have a pillow of a different size, you can use the directions below to calculate the dimensions required.
Front piece Length- Length of the pillow + 1- inch.
Front Piece Width- Width of the pillow + 1- inch.
Back Pieces Length- Length of the pillow/ 2 + 4-inches.
Back Pieces Width- Width of the pillow + 1- inch.
Once that is done, we need to cut the applique piece.
Optionally, you may cut a small green piece for the pumpkin stem and fuse it over the pumpkin applique.
Sew around the applique using a buttonhole stitch on your machine. If you would like to skip sewing the applique, use heat and bond ultra hold instead of lite, as I have mentioned earlier. This will ensure that the applique stays in place after multiple washing.
Next, we sew the pompom trim.
We need to hem one of the edges of the back pieces.
Let’s sew the front and back pillow pieces together.
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