Autumn Pillow Tutorial

It’s that wonderful time of year when the leaves are changing color and the weather calls for sweaters, scarves and hot chocolate. I’ve been meaning to make a few new pillows for our new place, so I thought that an Autumn tree pillow would be perfect!

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I could picture it in my head, but I had no idea if it’d work and after it was finished it turned out better than I expected. Plus, it was an easy and very quick project.

Autumn Tree Pillow Tutorial:
Level: easy
Time: maybe 3 to 4 hours (I spread mine out over days)
– a throw pillow of any size
– a fat quarter or 1/4th yard of brown for the tree stump (again I used Bella Solids Moda U Brown)
– A variety of other colors of fabrics for the leaves. I used:
> as well as some Bella Solids
– Two sided fusible interfacing.
– Go HERE to download the tree template and adjust it in word or photo shop so that it fits your pillow according to the size. 
//1// Measure one side of your throw pillow (my pillow is 18×18). Then add on 1/4 of an inch (for the seam allowance) and cut one square. We’re going to make an envelope pillow, so for the back of the pillow you will need two pieces. Cut two pieces at the same height as your pillow but only 3/4’s the width. For example: if the pillow is 12×12 then the two back pieces each need to be 12×9.
Now to one of the long sides of each back piece, finish the seam (sorry I forgot to take pictures of this step, but you can go here for many different examples at Sew, Mama, Sew).

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//2// Did you go HERE to get your tree template? After you get your tree, maybe print out a few and figure out the size you want it to be on your pillow and adjust it. After you figure out the tree size, trace it onto your brown fabric. Now WAIT, don’t cut it out yet. Get some of your fusible interfacing and fuse it to the brown fabric. Ok, now cut it and fuse the tree to the front part of your pillow. Then sew around the edge of the tree. If you want, you can also sew a zig zac stitch around the whole tree in brown.

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//3// Now get your variety of fabric for your leaves and start ironing small chucks of the fabric with fusible interfacing. You don’t need too much of each fabric; especially if you have a few different fabrics to use. After you have the interfacing fused, start cutting leaf shapes out.

Autumn Pillow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
//4// After you have them cut out, lay them out where you want them. After you have them exactly where you want them, fuse them all to the tree.

Autumn Pillow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
//5// Next sew each leaf to the tree by sewing around the edges. To add variety, you can sew down the center of some or even all the leaves.

Autumn Pillow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
//6// Now get your back pieces and lay them on top of the front pieces with right sides facing together. Your two back pieces should overlap nicely. Pin them and sew around the entire edge using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. To finish the edge and make it more secure, I did a tight zig zag stitch around the whole thing after I did the straight stitch. And you’re done.

If you feel like adding a personal touch, you can embroider you and your loved one’s initials into the tree. That is probably my favorite part about the pillow.

Autumn Pillow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Autumn Pillow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Happy Autumn!

Thank you Havalah! Fun, fun, pillow. It is perfect for the season, and I love the personal touch you added with your initials! This pillow would be a great gift for a friend, neighbor, or loved one!!
For more super fun and sweet projects by Havalah, stop by Sisters, Sisters, you’ll be glad you did!

Do you have any FABulous tips and tricks, you can share with us as we start planning our Thanksgiving festivities? I would love to hear….for this is my FAVORITE holiday of the year! Yummy!

Happy Creating & Happy Autumn!
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  1. lisa pena
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    I love this, I have a bunch of fat quarters I beautiful yellows, I have been wondering what to do with, this is perfect , thanks

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for your comment! Yay…putting those fat quarters to work in this pillow is a Fabulous idea! Thank you for sharing!!! Have a great day Lisa! Michelle 🙂

  2. Kristie
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    I love the looks of this pillow! What a great way to use small pieces of leftover fabric from other projects! Thanks for this awesome blog post! I always look forward to your blog! The posts are full of fun & fantastic ideas! Keep up the great work!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kristie! Thank you so much for your comment! We appreciate you being a faithful and AWESOME reader! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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