DIY: Autumn Leaves Pillow
Happy Labor Day and welcome to Fall! In Arizona we won't be feeling the fall weather anytime soon, but that's no reason to give up on a little autumn color in home decorating. Here is an easy DIY for a cute Autumn Pillow you can make. I made this for myself last year and this year I have this pillow cover listed in my Etsy store, Pretty Home Threads if you don't want to make it yourself. Don't miss the entire Harvest Collection in my Etsy store - pillow covers, aprons, throws, dish cloths and more to satisfy your craving for all things Fall. If you would rather make it yourself, read on!
Fabric for underlying pillow cover (less than a yard)
Various small scraps of fabric for autumn leaves
Wonder-Under fusible paper backed stabilizer (1/2 yard)
Embroidery floss (I used DMC #817)
Embroidery needle (or just plain hand needle)
First, follow my Envelope Pillow Pattern for directions on cutting the main portion of the pillow cover based on the size pillow you want. This one is a 14" square and I used a heavier canvas fabric for the main pillow cover. Follow the directions in turning under the short sides of the pillow cover.
Next, you want to make leaves. You can find a number of leaf shaped templates online by searching Google. Download and print the ones you like. Keep them fairly simple because you're only interested in the shape, not the detail. You can also use your home printer to resize them for your pillow. My leaves are about 3-4" tall. Trace your leaves onto heavier scrapbook paper, cut out and set aside.
Take the Wonder-Under and place it, paper side down, on ironing board. The side facing up will feel a little nubby. Place a small piece of "leaf" fabric over it, wrong side down.