Pumpkin Harvest Pillow

As you know, I’m on a quest to complete dozens, if not hundreds, of projects that come from the pages of old magazines I’ve been saving since the early 1970s.

This next project isn’t quite as old as most. It’s from the 2009 Holiday edition of Create & Decorate magazine. It was a picture of a pillow with a white pumpkin design and made with wool. I have a thing for pumpkins, so this page was torn out of the magazine and saved for a rainy day.

Its day has come!

Shown above is the page I tore out of the 2009 Holiday edition of Create & Decorate magazine. And that’s the pillow that inspired me.

Like everywhere else around the world, here in Florida we’re suffering from the effects of the pandemic known at COVID19. I’ve basically been “locked in” since Feb. 14.

But, luckily I sorta’, kinda’, in-a-way saw this coming and I rushed out to every craft store within a 60-mile radius and stocked up on craft supplies.  Of course, I likely could have opened my own craft supply and fabric store just using what I already had — but I “needed” more!

And, luckily, I bought the supplies (wool/felt) to make this pillow envelope.

One of the things I’ve been doing during these crazy times, besides working full time and trying to accomplish my goal of making the things I saw on magazine pages I’ve been saving, is challenging myself with projects that are a little more difficult for me since my essential tremors have gotten worse. 

This is one such project. Hand sewing is really hard for me. Just as I try to poke the needle into the fabric, my hand moves and the needle either stabs me or goes into the fabric in a less ideal place.

It’s all good, though. I’m a determined person.

I didn’t have a pattern or instructions — I simply looked at the photo and did my best to copy it, while making it mine.

I began by cutting the white wool into the shape of a pumpkin, then using green I cut three leaves, and using beige, I cut the stem of the pumpkin. Using green embroidery thread and the stem-stitch, I stitched the lines on the pumpkin to form its roundness and separations in the sections. Then I attached two of the leaves with long stitches, and then added the curlies using the stem-stitch.

Once that was done, I added the pumpkin and the stem to the light brown piece of wool using the blanket stitch.

I added the third leaf and a bunch of curlies.

When I was content with the leaves and curlies, I added the whole piece to a rust colored suede using the blanket stitch.

From there I made the pillow envelope, and viola’! Another project completed.

Test yourself. Try something new. I have a few other things on my list that I’d like to try; weaving being one of them. Be brave enough to be bad at something new. At least you tried! Never be afraid to try something new, because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know.

I love this pillow and plan to gift this one to a friend — but I’ll definitely be making another one for me.


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