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Pumpkin Pillow – Free Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern

Pumpkin Pillow for Fall Décor

FPP Pumpkin Pillow Pattern

Grab this free pattern for a pumpkin pillow, featuring foundation paper piecing and an envelope-style closure to easily swap your seasonal décor. The included FPP Pumpkin pattern is easily repurposed into a quilt block for a coaster, placemat, table runner or quilt, too!

If you’ve never used Sulky Paper Solvy™, your life will forever change once you try it! Print the FPP Pumpkin page directly onto a sheet of Paper Solvy, and then construct the pumpkin by following the pattern directions. After piecing is complete, moisten a cotton swab and run it along the seamlines to gently lift up the paper to remove. Or leave the paper intact throughout the pillow construction and the paper will dissolve in the first wash cycle!

PUMPKIN PILLOW SUPPLIES

  • Sulky Thread:
  • Sulky Stabilizer:
  • Fabrics:
    • Scraps of (4) coordinating orange hued fabrics (pumpkin)
    • Scrap of brown hued fabric (stem)
    • 5” x 11” rectangle of lt. brown print fabric (FPP background & inner borders), 5” x 14” rectangle of orange print fabric (middle borders) & 5” x 17” rectangle of yellow print fabric (outer borders)
    •  yard of coordinating print fabric (pillow back)

Note: If using a directional print fabric for the borders, more fabric is needed.

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PILLOW FABRIC CHOICES

The FPP Pumpkin portion of the pillow requires four orange-hued fabrics. The featured pumpkin showcases solid fabrics in oranges and yellows. Dive into your fabric stash to find fun fabrics to create your pumpkin. Polka dots, stripes, and even prints with floral motifs, will all work to create a center focal point for the pillow. Foundation paper piecing is a great way to use up these fabric bits that you can’t part with after completing other projects!

pillow pattern fabrics

For the border fabrics, choose prints or solids that either match or contrast the pillow fabrics. The backing requires two rectangles to create the envelope-style closure. Choose two of the same print or two different prints for a truly patchwork-style creation.

FPP pillow finished

OPTIONAL EMBELLISHMENTS

Pillows of any kind lend themselves to all sorts of embellishment options. Before adding the pillow backing rectangles, add some quilting using Sulky 30 wt. Blendables® Thread.

Autumn 30 wt. Blendables Thread

Blendables Thread is randomly dyed every 2 1/2″ to 5″ across the thread length, allowing you to create colorful quilting stitches without rethreading the machine. Be sure to use a size 90/14 Universal or Quilting Needle to accommodate the thread thickness.

Set the machine for free-motion and add some vines, leaves or tendrils to the pumpkin for personality!

The pumpkin center is also large enough to accommodate a hand or machine embroidered monogram, too! Have fun with the design once it’s pieced to create a pillow that’s unique to you.

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!

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