Plaid, wool, and burlap make a sweet pumpkin applique.

Sweet Pumpkin Applique

Sweet Pumpkin Applique

Sweet Pumpkin Applique


One 11 inch x 12 inch patterned fabric for front of pillow.

One 6 ½ x 12 inch piece of burlap.

One 12 inch piece of 2 ¼ – 2 ½ inch width cotton lace.

One 12 inch x 17 inch backing fabric (can be same as front).


Basic Sewing Supplies


Baste the lace onto the long left edge of the burlap.

Pin, right sides together with the front fabric piece.


Prepare and stitch appliqué design in the following order, looking at picture for placement. Prepare and pin or fuse wool pieces from back to front, starting with the pumpkin. Add the stem and next the leaf. Place the center of the small sunflower and position petals 1, 2, 3, & 4 under it. Next, add the large sunflower center and the inside edges of petals 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9 under the center. Last, layer petals 10 & 11 on top of the large sunflower center.

Hand stitch with your favorite thread. My Valdani, size 8 choices are as follows:

Pumpkin: 8, Easter

Stem: PT4

Leaf: P11, Aged Black

Sunflowers: P5

When your appliqué is complete, layer top to bottom and pin edges, marking a four-inch area on the fabric side (left) of the pillow to leave open for stuffing.

Stitch around, leaving opening.

Trim corners and turn. Carefully use your finger to define the corners of the burlap (a pointy tool may poke through the loose weave).

Fill with small tufts of polyester filling.

Turn ends of opening inward, pin, and stitch closed. I like to add a decorative blanket stitch (optional) across the end with a thick thread to make a nice edge.

Enjoy your Sweet Pumpkin Appliqué!


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