Pumpkins in a Row Tutorial

Pumpkins in a Row

As promised, a tutorial for a fun, festive, Halloween pillow! All the particulars and templates can be found here:

Pumpkins in a Row Instructions

Pumpkins Template

A companion to the two PDF files above, here’s a step by step photo walkthrough to help you along!

Print and cut out paper templates from the PDF above.
Print and cut out paper templates from the PDF above.
Place face pumpkin on matching blank and check for any overlapping. This particular pumpkin is not perfect, so you'll have to trim so both pieces are the same!
Place face pumpkin on matching blank and check for any overlapping. This particular pumpkin is not perfect, so you’ll have to trim so both pieces are the same!
Cut out facial features.
Cut out facial features.
Pin blank template to brown felt and cut around edge.
Pin blank template to brown felt and cut around edge.
Place pumpkin templates FACE DOWN on orange felt and outline pumpkins and faces with marker. This will be the wrong side of the pumpkins, and ink won't show on other side.
Place pumpkin templates FACE DOWN on orange felt and outline pumpkins and faces with marker. This will be the wrong side of the pumpkins, and ink won’t show on other side.

Outline Pumpkins

Carefully cut out faces with small scissors.
Carefully cut out faces with small scissors.

Pumpkin cut outs

Cut Fabric according to dimensions in the instructions PDF.
Cut Fabric according to dimensions in the instructions PDF.
Sew back according to pattern listed in the instructions PDF, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Sew back according to pattern listed in the instructions PDF (long sides together), leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Pin pumpkins to the cream rectangles as shown, 5.5" edges on the side.
Pin pumpkins to the cream rectangles as shown, 5.5″ edges on the side.
Sew around perimeter of ORANGE pumpkins, staying close to the edge--about an eighth of an inch.
Sew around perimeter of ORANGE pumpkins, staying close to the edge–about an eighth of an inch.
Sew the finished pumpkin rectangles together, right sides facing in, along the 5.5" edges. (Shown finished here.)
Sew the finished pumpkin rectangles together, right sides facing in, along the 5.5″ edges. (Shown finished here.)
After pressing seams flat, you can an eighth of an inch stitching on each side of joint, as pictured above and below.
After pressing seams flat, you can add an eighth of an inch stitching on each side of joint, as pictured above and below.

Stitching close up

Hand stitch faces with a backstitch. You can use the sewing machine, if you're brave, by I advise against it, since some of the facial features are small.
Hand stitch faces with a backstitch. You can use the sewing machine, if you’re brave, by I advise against it, since some of the facial features are small.

Somehow I forgot to take a picture of it, but pin the pillow back and front together, right sides facing in. Starting at the bottom, and leaving a hole for stuffing, sew around the perimeter of the pillow, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Turn the pillow right side out and stuff. I used a large knitting needle to help jam the stuffing in each corner.
Turn the pillow right side out and stuff. I used a large knitting needle to help jam the stuffing in each corner.
Stitch the hole closed using a ladder stitch OR you can fold edges inward and sew over with a sewing machine. I prefer the finished look hand stitching provides! Trim any straggly threads (like that one one there) after closing up the hole.
Stitch the hole closed using a ladder stitch OR you can fold edges inward and sew over with a sewing machine. I prefer the finished look hand stitching provides! Trim any straggly threads (like that one one there) after closing up the hole.

Finished Pillow 01958f1fa25b74355c26497c8ec6aae345cf4ffa4f 0153228db0ba089927f5aee9417c354440e329dac1

The back of the pillow
The back of the pillow

That’s it, for now!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I know mine will be great–it starts with dinner with friends tonight. 🙂

Copyright disclaimer:  If you plan to make these pillows to sell, or share my pattern elsewhere, please give credit where credit is due! Thanks!

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