Stitch an Adorable Pumpkin Pincushion in Less Than an Hour

Add some autumn cheer to your next sewing project! This little pincushion is super cute, and takes absolutely no time to make.

Pumpkin Pincushion

Level: Easy

What You Need


1. Cut Out the Pattern

Download and print the PDF template and cut out the template pieces. Lay the oblong pumpkin template on the wrong side of your orange fabric and trace around it. Repeat until you have six shapes, then cut out each shape.

Lay the leaf template on the wrong side of your green wool, trace and cut out. When you're done, you'll have one green leaf and six pieces for your pumpkin.

2. Stitch the Pumpkin Pieces

Place two pumpkin cut-outs on top of each other, right sides together. Sew them together along one edge with a ¼" seam allowance.

Open the unit, and sew a third strip of pumpkin fabric along the other edge, right sides together, so three pumpkin pieces are sewn together. Repeat this with the other three pumpkin pieces so you have two units of three sewn together.

3. Sew It All Together

Place the two units of fabric together, wrong sides out (you're essentially nestling one inside the other), and pin. Sew all the way around the edge, leaving a small opening a few inches long. Turn the pincushion right side out through the opening.

4. Fill It Up

Fill the pumpkin with ground walnut shells, or whatever you chose as filling. (Use a small funnel if necessary.) When the cushion is fully stuffed, carefully turn the raw edges of your opening under, then hand sew the opening closed.

5. Embellish the Seams

Thread the large-eye needle with pearl cotton thread and tie a knot at the end of the thread. Insert the needle through the top center of the pumpkin, where the seams intersect, and out through the bottom center. Pull the thread up around the pincushion so the thread is nested along one of the seam lines.

Again, insert the needle through the top of the pumpkin and out the bottom. Repeat until all the seams around the pincushion are lined with thread. This will give your pumpkin grooves along the seam lines. Leave your needle threaded, and make sure you end with the thread coming up through the top of your pumpkin.

6. Add the Final Details

Place the leaf wool cut-out on top of the pincushion. Using the attached needle and thread, sew the brown button to the center of the leaf. This will secure the leaf to the pincushion. Tie off your thread under the leaf to hide your ends, and trim the thread.

Now you've got a festive tool for your fall projects!

Find Your Next Project

Once you're done with this little guy, use him as a handy go-to for more pumpkin projects.

If you're looking to make an adorable, totally one-of-a-kind quilt block this fall, look no further. This scrappy, stash-busting pumpkin is made entirely of 1½"-wide strips. It comes together in a snap, and it's perfect for autumn stitching. All you need now is a warm mug of homemade apple cider and the perfect fall afternoon is complete.
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Meet your instructors, DIY artists Kris Thurgood and Kim Christopherson. They'll be tag-teaming to teach you a variety of fun techniques for creating and embellishing three adorable quilts. You'll dive right into your first lesson with Kim as she shows you how to create a colorful disappearing nine-patch border for a pumpkin quilt, using simple techniques that produce stunning results.
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October 29, 2019
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