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How to Make a Cute Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow

Amy Chappell created this adorable Patchwork Pumpkin pillow and I love how it turned out! Today she’s sharing a full tutorial teaching you how to make the pumpkin quilt block and how to turn it into an adorable pillow perfect for Fall!

Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow on table decorated for Fall with fabric pumpkins

With our recent move to Wyoming, I find myself with a large covered porch. I have some chairs made for me by my dad and a fun glider swing I really enjoy. I think it’s going to be a fun place to decorate so I thought I would start with some fall throw pillows.

Pumpkin pillow on front porch decorated for fall

These Pieced Pumpkin pillows are quick and simple. They are great for showing off favorite fabrics and the pattern is fat quarter friendly.

Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow on table decorated for Fall with fabric pumpkins

If you want to make some dimensional fabric pumpkins to coordinate with your pumpkin pillow, you can find a tutorial on my blog

Pieced Pumpkin Pillow tutorial:

The directions are for a 16” pillow cover.

Supplies for Patchwork Pumpkin Quilt Block Pillow:

Fabric:

  • Small pieces of brown and orange fabrics, fat eighths of background (light brown) and accent fabrics (yellow) and a fat quarter of border fabric (red).
  • ½ yard of fabric for the back of quilt sandwich and pillowBinding fabric.

Other supplies:

  • 14- 16” zipper
  • Batting

Cutting Directions:

Pumpkin pillow assembly steps on white background

Cut From Orange & Brown Fabric:

3- 3” X 7” rectangles- orange (2 in one fabric print, 1 in another orange fabric *optional)
1- 1 ½” X 3” rectangle- brown (stem)

Cut From the Background fabric (light brown):

2- 1 ½” X 3” rectangles
4- 1 ½” squares
2- 1 ¾” X 8” strips
2- 1 ¾” X 10 ½” strips

Cut From Accent fabric (yellow):

2- 1” X 10 ½” strips
2- 1” X 11 ½” strips

Cut From Border Fabric (red):

2- 3” X 11 ½” strips
2- 3” X 16 ½” strips

Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow Assembly Directions:

Time needed: 2 hours

How to Make the Pumpkin Quilt Block Pillow

  1. Create the Pumpkin Shape

    Take four 1 ½” squares and draw a line diagonal from one corner to the other.
    Place the squares on the two outer corners of 2 of the orange rectangles.
    Sew along the drawn line.
    Cut ¼” away from the stitch line.
    Press the background fabric away from the orange fabric.
    Pumpkin pillow assembly steps on white background

  2. Assemble the Patchwork Pumpkin

    Sew the three orange rectangles together with the four background corners on the outside edges. Press the seam allowance toward the center rectangle.

    Next, sew the 1 ½” X 3” background rectangles to either side of the brown rectangle of the same size on the short sides. Press the seam allowance toward the background fabric.

    Sew the stem block on top of the pumpkin block, nesting the seams.
    Pumpkin pillow assembly steps on white background

  3. Add Borders

    Sew the 1 ¾” X 8” background fabric strips to the top and bottom of final pumpkin block, add the 1 ¾” X 10 ½” background fabric strips to the sides of the final pumpkin block.

    Sew the 1” X 10 ½” accent strips to the top and bottom of the block.

    Next, sew the 1” X 11 ½” accent strips to the sides of the block.

    Add the 3” X 11 ½” border strips to the top and bottom of the block, and sew the 3” X 16 ½” border strips to the sides of the block.Pumpkin pillow assembly steps on white background

  4. Quilt & Assemble Pillow

    Make a quilt sandwich and quilt the pillow front as desired.

    Create a back for the pillow using your favorite method. I use a covered zipper pillow back- you can find my tutorial on my blog.

    I added my pillow back using binding, but you could just sew the front and back right sides together and then turn right side out as well.

Some other Pillow projects you might want to try:

My Batty Felt Pillow is one of my most popular projects ever!

My Rainbow Sunshine Pillow or Mini quilt is a fantastic statement piece that lets you play around with many different techniques.

A Banded Pillow Cover is another easy way to pack a big punch and show off your favorite focal fabric.

Pillows are one of my favorite things to sew, and you can find many more tutorials and ideas over on my blog.

About the Maker:

Amy Chappell Bio Photo

Hi! My name is Amy Chappell, and I blog over at Ameroonie Designs. I currently live in Wyoming with my husband and six kids. I love being a mom but needed an outlet that would give me something to do that stayed done. Enter sewing and creating. I love the satisfaction of taking fabric and ideas and making something new. I also love that blogging has given me a way to meet new people and find a community of amazing people who love fabric and sewing as much as I do.
xoxo,
Amy
Ameroonie Designs
www.amerooniedesigns.com

A few Fun Fall Project Ideas you Might Like:

Halloween Haberdashery Quilt Pattern

How to Make a Paper Leaf Pumpkin

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Frightfully Fun Halloween Quilt Patterns

Patchwork Pumpkin Pillow on table decorated for Fall with fabric pumpkins

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5 Comments

  1. Hi Melissa,

    I have enjoyed your site for several years. Great projects with clear instructions. I just wanted to welcome you to Wyoming. We have lived here 45 years and love it!

  2. Thanks for a sweet and simple pumpkin pillow tutorial, Melissa. I’m going to make it at the guild retreat this weekend. I love the mustard bordered one so much.

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