A cozy idea to create a pillow with a flannel shirt left me in a quandary because it is so difficult to find flannel shirts at the thrift stores in Florida. DUH! What was I thinking? Then my crafty friend Laura came to my rescue and offered up one of her son's many flannel shirts. Score! My Upcycled Flannel Pumpkin Pillow for Fall is stuffed with a Poly-Fil® Premier Pillow Insert from one of my favorite companies, Fairfield World™. I even included the shirt pocket.
Upcycled Flannel Pumpkin Pillow with Fairfield World™
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Here's what you need to Upcycle a Flannel Shirt Pillow:
- Poly-Fil® Premier Pillow Insert from Fairfield World™ – 20″ by 20″
- Canvas Pillow Cover – 18″ by 18″
- Flannel Shirt to Upcycle
- Embroidery Floss
- Embroidery Needle
- Needle Threader
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars!
- Straight Pins
- Paper for Pattern
- MONOTWIN Permanent Marker from Tombow
Here's how to create an Upcycled Flannel Shirt into a Pumpkin Pillow:
To begin the Upcycled Flannel Pumpkin Pillow, gather all supplies. Wash, dry, and iron the flannel shirt. Draw a pumpkin shape that is two inches smaller than the height and width of your pillow cover on paper with a pencil first, then ink in with the MONOTWIN Permanent Marker. I used newsprint but butcher paper or even poster board would work.
Cut out the paper pattern, position it onto the flannel shirt, and secure it with straight pins. Carefully cut out the pumpkin pattern with scissors, and then cut out around the pocket. I love my Fiskers Mixed Media Scissors for heavier fabrics like flannel.
Secure the pocket onto the pumpkin using straight pins. I lined up the plaid pattern, so the pocket matched, but you can mix things up and place your pocket anywhere on the pumpkin. Attach the pocket to the pumpkin using an applique blanket stitch. I wasn't totally sure how to complete this stitch, so I used this tutorial How to Blanket Stitch Applique by Crafty Marie. She leads you through all the steps with instructions and photos. The hem around the pocket allows you to embroider around it while having it remain usable.
Secure the flannel pumpkin shape onto the top layer of the canvas pillow cover with straight pins. Blanket stitch applique the flannel pumpkin to the canvas pillow cover with embroidery floss that compliments the plaid flannel. My plaid has several light blue lines in it, and I love how it accents the other colors. I love this set of embroidery floss and needles by DMC.
Fold the Poly-Fil® Premier Pillow Insert in half and carefully stuff into the completed Upcycled Flannel Pumpkin Pillow cover. I like using a pillow cover that is two inches smaller than the pillow insert, so the finished pillow is full and plump while remaining soft and squishy.
Quick and Easy Upcycled Flannel Pumpkin Pillow
I really love to upcycle and recycle everyday items and create cute and inexpensive home decor. Thanks to Dawson, who let me have his flannel shirt, so I could create a quick and easy Upcycled Flannel Pumpkin Pillow. Now I have to decide what to put in the pocket – snacks? chocolate? the TV remote? Tell me what you would put in this pocket in the comments below.
This Poly-Fil Premier Ultra Plush Pillow Insert by Fairfield World is definitely my favorite! Very soft a squishy but keeps its shape and doesn’t flatten, but keeps its fluffiness! And I love that Fairfield World is a family-owned company celebrating 80+ years in business! Their motto is “We Make For Good!” Share your maker story of giving back and crafting for a cause to be featured on the Fairfield World website! And follow Fairfield World on Instagram for a TON of creative inspiration!
More pillow ideas can be found all over my website, but here are a few that I know you will love – all stuffed with my favorite Poly-Fil®! How to DIY the Easiest Autumn Acorn Pillow. Easy Upcycled Sweatshirt Pillow Stuffed with Poly-Fil®. How to create Denim Pumpkins from Recycled Jeans.
Too busy to make this Upcycled Flannel Pumpkin Pillow right now? Pin it for later! I'd love for you to pin this project to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and then it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.
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