Easy to make pumpkin pillow

Pumpkin pillows

This pillow is really easy to make and is a good way to decorate your house for Thanksgiving.  I used some utility towels that I dyed orange.


  • 1/2 yard of  fabric for pumpkins You can use almost anything but terry cloth, velour, or fleece makes a nice textured look.
  • 1/2 yard of fabric for pillow front and back. I used a brown velour fabric.
  • green embroidery thread
  • pillow form
  • zipper that is long enough to fit your pillow. The one in the picture was a 16 inch square pillow so I bought a zipper that was 16 inches long.

pumpkin pattern pin pattern piece to terrycloth towel stems and leaves

Step 1.

Cut out pumpkins using the patterns above. I used 3 pumpkins for each pillow.I also cut out the pillow front and backs using some brown velour type fabric. I used pillows that were 15 x 15 so I made them 15  1/2 x 15  1/2 to allow extra for the seams. Cut 1 large stem and two small stems from green felt. Cut four small leaves and 2 large leaves from green felt.

pin on first pumpkin pin on second pumpkin pin on third pumpkin 2

Step 2.

Pin on pumpkins as shown.

turn under edge stitch pumpkin onto pillow front

Step 3.

Turn under 1/4 inch all the way around pumpkins and stitch into place. I did mine by hand but you can do it on the machine to save time.

Hand sew leaves and stem on as shown pin on stems and leaves leaves and stem

Step 4.

Cut out leaves and stems and pin them on the pumpkins as shown.  Hand stitch into place.

push end of thread down inside stem as shown tack down the thread as you go tack down embroidery floss as shown

Step 5.

To make the vines you will use embroidery floss. I used all six thread strands instead of separating them so they will show up better. I poked the end down under the leaf then stitched it into place. Then I made loops and tacked them down in several places.

tape zipper down as shown zipper installation zipper 2

Step 6.

Tape your zipper to the fabric as shown. You will tape it to the right side of fabric with the zipper pull facing the inside (right side) of fabric. Stitch along the edge of the tape using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

tape other side of zipper as shown

Step 7.

Now tape other side of zipper as shown. Stitch into place using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

pin pillow together righ sides together and stitch stitch around three sides

Step 8.

With right sides together stitch around the 3 sides using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

turn to right side.

Step 9.

Turn to outside and stuff in the pillow and zip closed.

About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.