Stitch up this no so spooky Halloween pillow to add to your Halloween decorations with our free Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Pillow Sewing Pattern.
Every year I try to sew a few things to add to my Halloween decorations collection. In the past, I’ve made quilts, ghastly pillows, table toppers & table runners. This year I thought that I’d stitch up a couple of big fluffy Halloween pillows to put on the sofa in my living room.
These pillows are pretty easy to stitch up. Don’t be intimidated by the piping. I walk you through the steps in the tutorial. Did you know that the trick to getting piping to look good every time is to keep sewing on the same stitching line over and over again?
Today I’m sharing the tutorial for the Jack o Lantern pillow. The cat pillow pattern will be on BERNINA’s WeAllSew blog sometime this week. I’ll be sure to share when it’s ready.
Which Pillow Forms are Best for Sewing Projects?
These pillows call for 18″ pillow forms. I used 20″ pillow forms from IKEA and they worked great. The IKEA pillows are filled with down feathers and not as “dense” as other pillow forms so they fit in the smaller size pillow covers.
You should easily be able to find 18″ pillow forms. I’ve linked my favorites below, I prefer down pillow forms since they give a nice “fluff” to the finished project.
How to Get the Printable Template Pieces
We have a downloadable template for you to create the pumpkin face on the pillow. Since the internet is a crazy place, it’s in a special section of the website just for our newsletter subscribers. (Trust me, crazy things have happened when we just leave the download link out for all the internet to see!).
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How to Get the Printable Pattern Pieces. You can get a copy of the pattern pieces used in this project in our Template Library. Access to the library is for our Newsletter subscribers, and subscriptions are free. Please visit this page and follow the instructions to get the pattern pieces. PLEASE READ the instructions on that page. NOTE: The PDF only contains the pattern piece; you still need to read this tutorial to complete your project.
Halloween Pillow Sewing Pattern
Jack O Lantern Halloween Pillow Sewing Pattern
- Piping Foot for Sewing Machine
- ½ Yard Fabric for Pillow Outside
- ½ Yard Fusible Fleece
- ⅛ Yard Fabric to Cover Piping
- 1 Piece Black Felt I prefer Wool Felt
- 1 Package Purchased Piping Can be any color, you will cover it with fabric.
- 1 Piece Heat N Bond Lite
- 1 18" Pillow Form
- 1 Zipper 18" or Longer – this is Optional You can close the pillow with a zipper or just sew the front and back pieces together. It's up to you.
- 1 Pattern for Pumpkin Face Download in our Sewing Templates Library
- From Pillow Fabric Cut:1 piece 18" x 18 for pillow front. You will cut the back later.
- From Fusible Fleece Cut:1 piece 18" x 18
- Download and print out the pattern for the pumpkin face from our Sewing Templates Library.
- Trace the pumpkin faces pieces onto the paper side of the Heat N Bond Lite. Cut out loosely.
- Iron the pieces onto the felt.
- Cut out this time precisely. Set pieces aside.
- Cut two pieces of fabric each 1 ¼" x WOF (width of fabric) from your piping fabric. Sew the two pieces together along the short edge.
- Install a piping foot on your sewing machine. A piping foot has a groove that lets the piping feed through as you sew. If you do not have a piping foot you can try a zipper foot.
- Fold the fabric over the purchased piping so the ends of the fabric are flush and the piping is completely covered.
- Adjust your needle so that it hits right next to the cord section of the piping.
- Sew the fabric to the piping. You will not have enough fabric to cover the entire package of piping but you will have plenty for our pillow project.
- Iron the fusible fleece onto the wrong side of your pillow front piece.
Sew the Piping to the Pillow Front
- With the piping foot still on your machine, stitch the piping to the pillow front. The raw edge of the piping will be flush with the edge of the pillow
- As you turn the corners while sewing the piping, clip the excess fabric so that it can turn the corner easily.
- When you get back to where you started, unpick some of the piping and cut out the cord so that you can overlap the pieces easily. If you need more help with this step, refer to the "how to join piping ends" blog post linked below.
Sew Face on Pillow
- Peel the paper from the back of the cut out face pieces.
- Place them on the pillow front. Press in place.
- Set your machine for an applique stitch. It is different for every machine but looks a bit like a ladder without one side.
- Install an open toe foot on your machine if you have one. If not you can use your standard presser foot.
- Stitch around the edge of the felt face pieces.
- If you would like to add a zippered back to your pillow, please follow the instructions linked below.
- If you do not want to create a zippered back, cut another piece of fabric 18" x 18.
- Pin this piece to your pillow front piece, right sides facing.
- Sew together. To ensure that your piping looks good on the outside of your pillow, make sure you stitch on the same stitching line that you created when you sewed the piping to the pillow front.
- Leave a 10" opening at the bottom of the pillow. Turn the pillow right side out. Slip pillow form inside. Hand sew the opening closed.