Silly pumpkin pincushions are sure to elicit smiles from any sewer. Use them as decorations or give away as sweet Halloween treats!
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Designer: Linda Solovic


  • Freezer paper
  • Felt: moss green, dark orange, orange, and scraps of red, ivory, and gold
  • #8 pearl cotton: white, black, and green
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Embellishments for stems: cloth tape measure, golf tee, and artificial flowers
  • Crafts glue
  • Cardstock
  • Buttons in various sizes for eyes
  • Embellishments for noses, such as a checker, bingo marker, or die

Cut Fabrics

From moss green felt, cut:

  • 1--6x10" rectangle

From dark orange felt, cut:

  • 2--7x8" rectangles

From orange felt, cut:

  • 1--6x10" rectangle

Assemble Pincushions

Click on "Download this Project" above for pattern pieces.

1. Position the freezer paper, shiny side down, over the patterns. Trace the patterns the number of times indicated. Cut out the shapes on the traced lines.

2. Using an iron, press a freezer-paper shape, shiny side down, onto the front of the respective fabric (use the picture as a guide); let cool. Cut out the shape along the pattern edges. Peel off the freezer paper.

3. Backstitch a line in the center of each mouth with #8 pearl cotton. Work straight stitches at intervals along the mouth lines.

4. Backstitch a circle on the dark orange pumpkin's eye patch.

5. With right sides together and using a 1⁄4-inch seam allowance, sew the fronts of the pumpkins to the backs, leaving an opening at the top of each pumpkin for turning; turn right side out.

6. Stuff with fiberfill. Hand-sew the openings closed, leaving 1⁄2-inch openings to insert the stems.

Finish Pincushions

1. For the tape-measure stem, cut two 2-1⁄2"lengths from the tape measure. Glue a 1⁄4x2-1⁄2" strip of cardstock between the two lengths. Glue in place.

2. For the artificial-flower stem, tie a small bunch of flowers and leaves with a length of pearl cotton. Glue in place.

3. Sew buttons in place for eyes. Glue the noses in place.