Make an Autumn Pillow Cover with Cute Fleece Pumpkin

INSIDE: How to make an autumn pillow cover with fleece pumpkin for fall home decor.

DIY autumn pumpkin envelope pillow for Halloween | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comI 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.

frazzled-momentDuring the making of this crafty project, my photos were lost to a watery plunge. After two days of dragging kids #2 and 3 to various techie stores, I succumbed to the fact that I had to start the project over so I could share photos with you dazzling readers. And this is how I found myself in the fabric store with three kids one day after school. One kid in the cart loudly jabbering, one giving me a hands-on-hips opinion of fabric selections and the other fighting imaginary ninjas among the bolts. As he karate kicked his way down the aisle, he was stopped mid-spin by a wall mirror. I turned around as I heard him say, “Oohh, a mirror” and proceeded to drop his gym shorts and moon himself. He found this hilarious while my eyes bugged out of my head. Great. All I need is to be banned from a national craft retailer!

– 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

how to Make an Envelope Pillow

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.
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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.
Autumn pumpkin pillow cover made with fabric and fleece |
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.
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Turn the pillow right side out. Insert your pillow form.

DIY fleece pumpkin for autumn home decor

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.
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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.
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Do you enjoy making pillows as much as I do?! How do you decorate your home for autumn?

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33 thoughts on “Make an Autumn Pillow Cover with Cute Fleece Pumpkin

  1. Michelle says:

    That just has t be the cutest little pillow cover ever Victoria. This one would stay on my couch the whole year and those little rosettes add such a nice 3 dimensional touch. I’m so glad you shared the little pumpkin pillow with us at the Sweet Inspiration

  2. JaneEllen says:

    Adorable pillow cover using fleece to make rosettes and leaves/spirals. Isn’t it so much easier to make envelope pillow cover? It’s my choice when making pillow covers altho haven’t made any for while. Probably cause sewing room such a mess, trying to figure out where to put “stuff” in that room. I need a storage garage spot of my own for all my “stuff”. eeeekkkk.
    Your pillow cover is awesome, love how you made pumpkin.
    Have wonderful weekkend

  3. Suzi says:

    My friend is looking for some unique ways to make Christmas pillows with dimensional appliqués. I am going to share this technique with her. Thanks for sharing!

  4. janice says:

    Love the pillow. Love that someone else loves to decorate for the various holidays, even if it does take some work hauling boxes around (I say, look at it as a mix of cardio and weight training). Love, love, love, the ‘mirror incident’ – I think your son (Hannley?, I would guess because of the Ninja moves) has a touch of his great Uncle Kevie.

  5. Vanessa says:

    This is so lovely and how easy to make. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you and hope you stop by again this coming Sunday.

  6. Teresa says:

    It turned out wonderful. You did a great job, even with the frazzled moment in between. I love my kids, but I totally prefer to shop alone. They either ask me every 5 seconds when we can go back home or they proceed to turn their stores into their personal playground.
    Anyway, thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty link Party this week. Pinned!

  7. Beverly says:

    I love your pillow cover! It’s just perfect for fall. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. This was our Most Clicked link at last week’s party. All of the party hosts will be featuring it at today’s party. Hope to see you there!

  8. debbie says:

    I’m new to your site and thank you for joining TaDa! Thursdays. What a hoot to hear about your son. Life with kids is totally unpredictable. The pillow is adorable and so sorry you had to do it over, but I have a chili cook n share going next week and I made my chili and took pics as I was preparing it, then we ate it and I didn’t get one finished shot in a bowl. So guess who is having chili again this week? Glad to get to know you

  9. Leanna says:

    This is an awesome pillow. Pinning.
    I love the mooning story. One of mine when little got away and sat on a display toilet. Thankfully I wasn’t far behind him.

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