Tag: Fall Crafts

Sweet Pumpkin Applique Pillow

Need a little fall stitching fun? How about a free wool applique pattern?

Take a little burlap, add a little lace…toss it with plaid, a pumpkin, and sunflowers to make yourself this little fall pillow! This free wool applique pattern pdf link is below.

Pic of Free Wool Applique Pattern Pillow
Sweet Pumpkin Applique

This free wool applique pattern is just a little thank you for your support and friendship. Our creative world can get sidetracked by “life” and sometimes we need just a little something to do. (Or I do anyway.) These kind of projects are just little things I like to sneak into a day (when I’m supposed to be working on something…more serious).

Sometimes small is big.

We can’t always be making big things, right? And by “big”, I mean, time consuming! For instance, I have a very small hand stitching project that’s WAY to big to think about sometimes! I find comfort in a “get ‘er done” project from time to time. I hope you do, too!

This little accent pillow takes just a little fabric and wool, and a scrap of lace and burlap. So make a cup of tea, warm up your favorite fall scents and make yourself a little pillow!

Just find a bit of fall fabric. You’ll need a bit of lace and burlap (or use a coordinating fabric from your stash). Use wool scraps or make yours with fused fabric if you’d like. I use simple stitches (imperfect), but you can jazz yours up if you want – here’s one of my favorite stitching artists: Sue Spargo! Check it out!

I created this little pillow a few years ago (before I knew our cat was allergic to wool) but I still get it out each fall. I miss working with wool – and it’s not entirely the cat’s fault! These days, with more than 40 of my own pattern designs to keep up with, I find I cherish these little projects even more. They are a rare treat. I hope you have some special projects that give you a break from the “everyday”…just now and then.

I hope you have a wonderful day today!

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See O Holy Night Wool Applique for another free wool applique pattern.

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Sweet Pumpkin Applique

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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