Scrap Fabric No-Sew Pumpkin Pillow

If you're following along you may have seen me create pumpkins from the fabric scraps I gathered from a rag placemat.  Today I'm using more of those rags to create a no-sew pumpkin appliqué for a pillow cover and I have to say I love it!

ironed fabric scraps for pumpkin pillow

If you missed the fabric scrap pumpkins made from a rag placemat you can read about it by following the bold link. 

rag placemats

If you visit the bold links in this post it will take you to more information from Homeroad as well as the products I used for this project. 

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I began by taking apart the placemat into strips of fabric

You do not need to use a placemat for this project, you can use any strips of fabric, even recycled clothing. 

fabric strips from rag placemat

There is a lot of fabric in this placemat and if you read The Shabby Tree, Barb took apart a rag rug and got a ton of fabric for projects! 

I grabbed the colors I wanted to to make a pumpkin and ironed each strip fairly flat with my mini craft iron. 

I left some of the folds in the fabric for texture. 

ironing fabric scraps

This iron is perfect for small jobs where a large iron might burn your fingers. 

ironed fabric scraps

Next, I drew a large pumpkin shape without a stem onto card stock and cut it out. 

I traced the pumpkin shape onto a piece of drop cloth fabric.

drop cloth fabric and pumpkin shape

Now using Sure Bonder fabric hot glue, I glued strips of the fabric from the placemat onto the pumpkin shape. 

fabric scraps on pumpkin shape

I was not trying to stay in the lines because I would cut out the pumpkin later. 

Next, I laid the pumpkin cut out onto the fabric strips and cut around the card stock. 

card stock pumpkin on strips of fabric

When the pumpkin shape was cut I went around with my hot glue gun and made sure all the edges were secured. 

I used two strips of fabric and twisted them together to create a stem. 

twisted pumpkin stem

I glued the stem to the back of my fabric pumpkin shape.

Now, using a piece of the fabric from the placemat that was not ironed, I created a tendril and hot glued it to the back of the pumpkin shape. 

As you can see, some of the fabric removed from the placemat had this white hitching stitching on them. 

I thought it added interest to my pumpkin! You could also add a pumpkin leaf with some more of the green scraps! 

creating a pumpkin tendril from fabric

I grabbed a white velvet pillow cover and used the Sure Bonder fabric hot glue to attach the pumpkin to the pillow cover. 

fabric scrap pumpkin on white velvet pillow cover

Then I stuffed my pillow with a pillow form and it was ready to go! 

rag pumpkin pillow cover

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. This is amazing Susan; brilliant use of a rag rug! I've never glued fabric before with hot glue, but it opens up a world of crafting opportunities. I have to check that glue out!

    1. Thank you! The fabric hot glue is washable so they say. I love it for fabric crafts!

  2. Oh, that's sooooo cute. I have a large rag rug that's falling apart and I've been wondering what to do with the scraps.

  3. I love this idea to customize the colors you are looking for. I have so much trouble finding yellow to use. It's either mustard or sunshine.

    1. Thanks for visiting and yes, the colors are amazing in this placemat. I love the yellows 💛

  4. This is so cute! It took someone as clever as yourself to know that all of that fabric was rolled up in there!

  5. Really cool project, who would have thought you could recycle an old mat. Great upcycle.

  6. What an awesome way to create a Fall pillow! I NEVER would have thought of using a rag rug. SO smart, Susan. I can't wait to try my own.

    1. I found the idea of the rags from another crafter and put my own spin on it. I think the rag rugs have even more fabric that is larger too! Gotta find one of those as well! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Oh my gosh!!! Loved how cute this turned out!!!


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