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Pretty Felt Pumpkin Patches Pillow

The three grinning jack-o'-lanterns on this accent pillow serve as a happy welcoming committee for your guests. Place the layered-felt creation on a bench in your front entry, or give it as a little treat to a special someone.

What You Need

  • Tracing paper
  • Marking pens: black permanent and water-erasable
  • Felt: antique gold, harvest gold, antique white, black, cinnamon, straw gold, and walnut brown
  • Masking tape
  • Embroidery floss: black and brown
  • Perle cotton
  • Embroidery needles
  • 7 buttons
  • Polyester fiberfill

Download Pumpkin Pillow

How to Make It

  1. Trace the jack-o'-lantern, pumpkin, bat, and lettering patterns from the pattern pack onto tracing paper; dashed lines indicate areas where the pieces overlap.
  2. Use the black marking pen to darken the lines. Trace separate pattern pieces for the bat, pumpkin, jack-o'-lanterns, and jack-o'-lantern face pieces onto tracing paper; cut out.
  3. Cut the felt pieces. From antique gold, cut two 9-x-10-inch rectangles for the pillow front and back. From antique white, cut one 4-1/2-x-5-1/2-inch rectangle for the foundation.
  4. From harvest gold, cut one top jack-o'-lantern. From cinnamon, cut one left jack-o'-lantern. From straw gold, cut one right jack-o'-lantern. From walnut brown, cut one bat and jack-o'-lantern face pieces. Tape the antique white foundation over the pattern on a window. Trace the lettering with the water-erasable marking pen.
  5. Straight-stitch the lettering onto the foundation using one strand of black perle cotton. To make a straight stitch, right pull your needle up at A, then insert it into the fabric at B to form a line of the letter you want. Pull your needle up at C; continue in same manner.
  6. Couch letter curves with perle cotton, referring to the diagram. To position the pieces, refer to the photograph and pattern. Blanket-stitch the face pieces on the jack-o'-lanterns using one strand of brown perle cotton and making stitches 1/16 inch long and 3/16 inch apart.
  7. To blanket-stitch, right, pull your needle up at A, form a reverse L shape with the thread, and hold the angle of the L shape in place with your thumb.
  8. Push the needle down at B and come up at C to secure the stitch. Continue in same manner. Pin the bat, pumpkin, and jack-o'-lanterns on the antique white foundation, overlapping shapes as shown by the dashed pattern lines.
  9. Blanket-stitch shapes to the foundation with two strands of black floss, making stitches 1/8 inch long and 1/8 inch apart.
  10. Center the foundation on one of the antique gold rectangles.
  11. Use two strands of black perle cotton to blanket-stitch the foundation to the rectangle. Make stitches 1/4 inch long and 1/2 inch apart.
  12. Use black perle cotton to sew buttons to the pillow front. Pin the pillow front to the back with wrong sides together and edges aligned.
  13. Use two strands of perle cotton to make running stitches 1 inch from the outer edges that are 3/8 inch long and 1/8 inch apart, leaving a 3-inch opening on one side.
  14. To make a running stitch, right, pull your needle up at A, insert back into the fabric at B about 1/8 inch away, then pull the needle up at C, about 1/8 inch from B; continue in same manner.

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