Halloween Pumpkin Pillow – Free Sewing Pattern

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Since it doesn’t look like I will be making Halloween costumes this year (sniff, sniff), I wanted to come up with a fun Halloween Sewing project.  I had been wanting to use the Ghouls and Goodies Jelly Roll that I have in the shop. 

I came up with this fun and easy pumpkin pattern.  The finished size measures about 17.5″ square, so it could also be a mini quilt, wall hanging or table topper.  You could also just use fall colors.  This is perfect for scraps!

Fabric:
Background fabric – (2) 2.75″ x WOF Strips
Pumpkin fabric – (1) 8″ x 8″ square
Border fabric – (31) 2.5″ x 3.5/4″ pieces
Pillow back fabric – (2) pieces 13″ x 17.5″
Batting – (1) 19″ x 19″ piece
Pillow Form – 18″ x 18″

1. From one background strip cut off 8″ and divide/trim into (4) 2″ squares. Draw a line on each square from corner to corner and place one square on each corner of the pumpkin piece. Sew along the line, trip the seam allowance to 1/4″ and press.

2. From the same background strip, cut two 4″ x 1.5″ strips.  Trim one of the border pieces to 1.5″ x 1.5″ for the stem and piece together the 3 strips with the stem in the middle.  Center the stem on the pumpkin and piece together.  Trim up the block.

3. Add the side borders by attaching 2.75″ x  9″ inch strips to each side.  Trim and press.

4. Add the top borders, 12″ x 2.75″.  Press and trim up the block.  It will be 12″ x 13″.  Trim to 12″ x 12″

5. Piece together the 3.5″ x 2.5″ strips.  Make (2) rows of 9 and (2) rows of 6.  Attach to the sides and then the top and bottom.  Trim so the strips are 3″ long on all sides.

6.  Baste and quilt.  If you are making a mini quilt or table topper, add backing and batting and then bind.  For the pillow, just baste the top to the batting.  Spay baste is perfect for a small project like this.  Quilt as desired.  I just did a simple cross hatch pattern.  Trim to about 17.5″ square.

7. Take one of the pieces for the pillow back and press one of the long sides up by 1/2″ and then again by 1/2″.  Sew close to the folded edge.  Repeat for the other piece.  Place the back pieces on the pillow front, right sides together overlapping the back pieces.  Pin and sew.  Finish the seams with a zig zag stitch or a serger.

8.  Turn right side out.  Poke out corners and insert your pillow form.

I also made a simple quilt as you go strip pillow cover to go with it.

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