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.
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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
How to Make It
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Blanket-stitch shapes to the foundation with two strands of black floss, making stitches 1/8 inch long and 1/8 inch apart.
- Center the foundation on one of the antique gold rectangles.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.