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Pretty Pumpkin Pillow

Combine embroidery with silk and wool fabrics to create a cozy pumpkin pillow for your fall decorating.


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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

To make pattern templates, see Make and Use Templates on page 6 of the downloadable PDF under "Download this Project." The patterns are on pages 4 and 5 of this download.

Felted wool (available in many quilt shops) doesn’t fray, so there is no need to turn under the edges of the appliqué shapes. Cut edges cleanly, keeping them as smooth as possible.

To felt wool, machine-wash it in a hot-water-wash, cool-rinse cycle with a small amount of detergent; machine-dry on high heat and steam-press.

To use freezer paper for cutting appliqué shapes, complete the following steps.  

1. Lay freezer paper, shiny side down, over patterns. Use a pencil to trace each pattern the number of times indicated, leaving 1⁄2" between tracings. Cut out freezer-paper shapes roughly 1⁄4" outside traced lines.

2. Using a hot dry iron, press freezer-paper shapes, shiny side down, onto designated wools. Let cool. Cut out fabric shapes on drawn lines. Peel off freezer paper.

From brown plaid wool, cut:
1 of Pattern A

From tan silk matka, cut:
2—16x9" rectangles

From assorted orange wools, cut:
1 each of patterns B–H
39 of Pattern Q

From brown wool, cut:
1 each of patterns I–O

From green wool, cut:
15 of Pattern P