Linen and Lace Pumpkin Pillow Tutorial


Linen and Lace Pumpkin

We’re just a few weeks away from our September School of Art Fashion Boutique! What great projects and fun we have in store for you – please join us in Fredericksburg, VA Sept. 28-30 for this wonderful event. We have five sewing schools you can choose from taught by Missy Billingsley, Connie Palmer, Cynthia Guffey, Linda Lee and me. Yes, Martha Pullen will be there too! In November, our licensing team will be heading to Costa Mesa, CA for two in-person licensings. Registration is full for Vintage, Classic, Contemporary but we do have some seats open for Serger II. Don’t forget you can also still sign up through the end of September for our Serger I Online Licensing course! I invite you to go “back to school” this fall and join us for one or more of these events.

I have a cute and easy autumn-themed project tutorial to share with you this week. This heirloom-inspired Linen and Lace Pumpkin Pillow will make a gorgeous addition to your fall decor, and it’s absolutely perfect for using up lace scraps. Designed by Shannon Miller, the pillow appeared in issue #126 of Sew Beautiful. Follow the instructions below to start creating!


This is a great project for using up lace scraps!

What You Need:
• Two pieces of 100% linen fabric for pillowcase, “latte” color, approx. 14-1/2″ square each
• 15 scrap strips of lace, approx. 10-1/2″ long
• 14″ pillow form
• Mettler Metrosene Plus thread (#002 white)
• Monofilament thread
• Basting glue or glue stick
• Blue water-soluble marking pen
• Mother-of-pearl buttons for embellishment
Pumpkin appliqué template


Pumpkin Applique Template – Click to Enlarge

How to Make It:
1. Using monofilament thread and a small zigzag stitch, butt edges of lace scraps together and sew together until all are attached, creating a piece of lace “fabric.”

2. Trace pumpkin template onto pieced lace with water-soluble pen; cut out pumpkin shape.

3. Center and glue-baste pumpkin shape onto one square of linen background fabric. Using a wider zigzag stitch and white Mettler Metrosene Plus thread, appliqué lace pumpkin shape onto linen fabric.

4. Rinse away basting glue and pen markings; press.

5. With right sides together, sew pillow front and back together with 1/4″ seams, leaving space along the bottom edge to insert pillow form.

6. Sew buttons onto pillow for embellishment. We used one 7/16″ button and two 1/2″ buttons on each corner.

7. Turn pillowcase right side out, insert pillow form and stitch closed using a blind-stitch.

For more great projects, check out our selection of Martha Pullen kits! One of our newest kits is Gail Doane’s Schoolhouse A-Line Smocked Dress that was featured in the final issue of Sew Beautiful. The dress kit is for sizes 2T – 8 and you can choose from a pretty green floral with blue trim or a red floral with yellow trim. Perfect colors for fall!

We pray for the men and women serving our nation in harm’s way, and for all of you.

Much Love to You All & May God Bless,
Kathy McMakin


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