Cross-stitch this fall-inspired pumpkin pillow for your home.
- Standard sewing supplies
- All-purpose thread in orange and brown
- 20-in. x 1½-in. strip dark-orange fabric
- 20-in. x 1½-in. strip light-orange fabric
- Patterns below
- Tracing paper and pencil
- Paper-backed fusible web
- Fabric scraps—red, brown and green
- 10-in. x 7-in. piece of tea-dyed muslin
- Embroidery needle
- 6-strand embroidery floss in brown, black, dark orange, green and rust
- Water-soluble disappearing ink fabric pen
- Two 9½-in. x 1½-in. strips brown-plaid fabric
- Two 8-in. x 1½-in. strips brown-plaid fabric
- 8-in. x 11½-in. piece brown-plaid fabric
- 1-in. sunflower button
- Polyester fiberfill
- Four 5/8-in. two-holed brown buttons
Download and print pattern.
Note: For piecing, sew all seams with all-purpose orange thread, and leave a ¼-in. seam allowance.
- Sew light-orange and dark-orange fabric strips together lengthwise, right sides facing. Press seam toward darker fabric.
- Cut sewn strip into 12 smaller pieced rectangles, 1½ in. wide.
- Sew two of the pieced rectangles lengthwise, right sides facing and alternating light and dark fabrics. Repeat to make six separate rows made of two pieced rectangles each. Press seams.
- Sew two rows together in a checkerboard pattern. Repeat twice more to make three blocks of two rows each. Press seams.
- Sew each of the three blocks together, alternating light and dark fabrics for a checkerboard pattern.
The final block will be 5 in. x 7 in. Press seams.
- On wrong side of fabric, use fabric pen to mark a ¼-in. seam allowance around edge. Press seam to wrong side. At each corner, fold over toward wrong side to form a triangle and press in place.
- Trace heart, stem and leaf patterns onto tracing paper and cut out.
- Following the manufacturer’s instructions, fuse red, brown and green fabric scraps onto paper-backed fusible web.
- Trace each pattern onto paper side of appropriate-colored fused fabric. Cut out one each: heart from red, stem from brown and leaf from green.
- Following the manufacturer’s instructions, fuse pumpkin onto paper-backed fusible web and cut out around edge.
- Center pumpkin 1 in. from bottom of tea-dyed muslin block and fuse to fabric surface. Fuse heart, stem and leaf to fabric surface in same manner. See photo for placement.
- Stem: With embroidery needle and three strands of brown floss, blanket stitch around edge and backstitch two rows in center of stem for veins.
- Leaf: Use two strands of black floss. Blanket stitch around edge and backstitch lines in center of leaf for veins.
- Heart: Use two strands of black floss. Blanket stitch around edge.
- Pumpkin: Use three strands of dark-orange floss to sew loose X-shaped stitches about every ½ in. around edge.
- Tendrils: With fabric pen, sketch lines as in photo. Then use two strands of green floss to backstitch on lines.
- Lettering: With fabric pen, trace “AUTUMN” pattern centered 3/8 in. above pumpkin stem. Use three strands of rust floss to stitch letters.
Note: Sew all seams with a ¼-in. seam allowance.
- Trim finished block size to 6 in. x 9½ in. with appliqué and lettering centered on block.
- Using all-purpose brown thread, sew on border strips, right sides facing and edges even. Sew on 9½-in. x 1½-in. side strips first and press. Sew on 8-in. x 1½-in. top and bottom strips next and press.
- Place 8-in. x 11½-in. fabric-backing piece on top of finished block, right sides facing. Using brown thread, sew around edge, leaving 4-in. opening at the bottom. Trim excess fabric from corners; turn pillow right side out.
- Sew on sunflower button with coordinating floss, placed as shown.
- Stuff pillow with fiberfill and hand-sew opening closed.
- Sew a brown button on each corner, using two strands of orange floss and stitching through all fabric layers.
Optional: For each button, thread needle with a 4-in. length of double-strand orange floss; don’t knot. Take the needle in from the front through one hole in the button, leaving a short length of floss on the front. Bring the needle back through the button through the other hole. Tie the two ends of the floss together, and trim