I love to decorate for the seasons. And I’m guessing you’re uttering to your computer, shocker! But as much as I enjoy the process of making my house all red and green or orange and black, I also like to have decor that can stay out for longer than a handful of weeks. It’s a lot of work to drag those boxes out of storage!
And this is what’s great about autumn. You can haul those pumpkins out in September and keep them on display through Thanksgiving. Talk about getting some chunkin’ for that pumpkin’!
So, I created a cute fleece pumpkin pillow cover for this exact reason: get some longevity from this autumn decor. I’m thinking about you, pumpkin!
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DIY pumpkin pillow cover
There are many different ways to make an envelope pillow as a quick Google search will reveal! However, this is my preferred way to make a quick envelope throw pillow.
– Fabric in Halloween colors of your choosing
– Sewing machine + thread (here’s a basic machine to get you started if you don’t have one)
– Straight pins + sewing scissors (these pins are pretty cute)
– Tape measure
– Pillow insert (these pillow inserts come in different sizes)
– Fleece (orange, green and gray)
– Glue gun
Making an Envelope Pillow – Step #1:
Measure the pillow you intend to cover. Mine was 18×18”. Next, lay out your fabric and measure and cut the fabric accordingly, leaving some allowance for hem. In my case, I cut a 19×19” square.
With the remaining fabric, measure and cut out two pieces. One section will be wider than the other. For my pillow, one section measured 14×19” and the other measured 10×19”. Fold down ½” for hem. Pin and sew.
To add a trim, I used a contrasting pattern. Since I was using a ‘fat quarter’ piece, I measured about 4” wide strips. If need be, piece the strips together and sew. No one will ever know!
Pin the trim to the square 19×19” piece by making small pleats every 3-4”. Sew.
With the trim now sewn to the square piece, lay it right side up. Pin the shorter (10”) piece on top of it, right side down. Repeat with the 14” piece, overlapping the two pieces where they meet. Sew.
Turn the pillow right side out. Insert your pillow form.
DIY fleece pumpkin
Adding Fleece Pumpkin – Step #1:
Lay out the orange fleece and cut 2” strips. Fold the individual strips in half and cut small slits along the fold. Roll tightly to make a rosette and secure with hot glue. I made 23 orange rosettes.
I made one gray stem from a cigar-like piece of fleece; two green leaves and three small green fleece curleques.
Position the individual rosettes onto the pillow in a pumpkin shape. Secure with hot glue.