DIY Pumpkin Cushions

How to Paint  Pumpkin Pillow Covers

These painted pumpkin cushion covers are large and bright.  The photograph is of neutral pumpkins, but you can paint them in traditional colour as well by following the tutorial.  Making your own cushion allows you to have nice large cushions.  These one of a kind DIY painted pumpkin cushion covers wash well, and are fun to make.  I think teens would enjoy making these as well.  This is the first of the cushions I am making for this fall.


Painted Pumpkin Designs and How to Make Pillow Covers on a couch.


These are easy to make when you break them down into individual steps.    I always say I am crafty, I am NOT artsy.  If I can paint these, I am certain you can paint these.


Painted Pumpkin on DIY Pillow Covers for Neutral Fall Decor.


You will need a few materials.

Material for your cushion, (I used heavy muslin)  one piece 20 by 20 inches and two pieces 16 by 20 inches.  Prewash all your material and seal the edges with a Serger or zig zag stitch.

Art paper ( I used children’s art paper from the dollar store), a pencil and a black marker.

Acrylic paint, I used Neutral Grey, Burnt Umber, and Snow White.  Of course, you can do the same thing with oranges, browns, and greens.

Tintable Martha Stewart fabric medium, so you can use acrylic paint on fabric.

A plate for mixing the paint and fabric medium, a jar of water, small brushes and a paper towel.

Supplies for how to paint a pumpkin on a DIY cushion cover for fall.


To create a template cut out a piece of paper to the size of your cushion.  Mine was 20″ by 20″.  Creating a template prior to painting allows you to erase as needed and gives a perspective as to the size of your pumpkin on the blank canvas of the cushion.


Pumpkin outline as part of a how to paint a pumpkin tutorial


Once the pumpkin is drawn and shaped as you like, outline it in black marker to darken the lines.


Outline of a pumpkin as part of how to paint a pumpkin on a pillow cover.


Once this is done, cut a piece of fabric 20 by 20″ piece of fabric for the front of your cushion cover.  Place the fabric good side up over your template and start painting.


Paint the outline neutral grey.  Once done, mix the neutral grey with white to get a slightly lighter grey.


Painting the outline of a pumpkin on a handmade cushion cover for fall.


Remember that pumpkins are curved, think about the general shape of a pumpkin and curve your strokes accordingly.

Fill your pumpkin in by section, using long C shaped strokes.

Painting a pumpkin tutorial showing how to add layers of paint of a DIY cushion cover.


As you complete each section, use a small brush and burnt umber to paint along the inside of the pumpkin section outlines.  The colours will blend.

If you put on too much dark paint even it out by adding the grey/white. If your shading is too light add some more burnt umber.

Clean your brush between dark and light colour changes.

To paint the stem.  Fill in with grey, outline with burnt umber, and add a few extra strokes for texture.

Pumpkins in nature come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and imperfections.  Have fun painting these,  they don’t need to be perfect to give the allusion of a pumpkin.

Let dry thoroughly before you start sewing.   Heat set the paint with a dry iron (described on Martha Stewart’s fabric medium).    Now you’re ready to sew.

Sewing  a Simple Pumpkin Cushion Cover

To make a cushion cover you already have the front piece cut.  Now cut two more pieces of material 20″ by 16″.

Make a rolled hem on one edge of each piece.  Fold your fabric over 1/2 inch and iron.  Then fold it over 1 inch and iron.  Sew along the edge creating a hem.  Repeat for the other piece.


A pinned cushion cover with a painted pumpkin pattern.


Pin the two pieces to the front of your pumpkin cushion cover as shown above.  Sew with a 5/8 inch seam around all seams.

Then finish all the seams by sewing a zig zag stitch.  You need a 20 by 20″ pillow insert, if you don’t already have one, I like the pillow inserts from Ikea.  They are large and inexpensive.


Pretty DIY cushion cover with painted pumpkin for fall decorating.


I am still right in the middle of making items for fall decor and craft fairs.  Hopefully, in a couple of weeks, I will be able to show you a picture of the entire room.

Leanna Signature



Pumpkin Cushions Pinterest

How to Paint a Pumpkin Cushion Cover, in neutral colours.


AHow to paint a pump tutorial on a DIY cushion cover


15 thoughts on “DIY Pumpkin Cushions

  1. Leanna, your pumpkin cushions are absolutely beautiful! They’d go perfectly with my style and decor, I think I have to make some now! Love the colours you used, so pretty!!!

    1. Hi Katrin: I much prefer the neutral colours to the bright oranges for fall. I still have quite a few orange fall decor items, but I am phasing them out. Thanks for commenting. Leanna

  2. Your pumpkins turned out really lovely, almost like Pottery Barn. I actually paint with watercolor and while we’re spending a couple of weeks here at our cottage, I”m hoping to get some painting accomplished and maybe make up a few free printables for autumn. Your tutorial was great!

    1. Thank you Maria: I have done some painting for Christmas before but never for fall. I am really proud of these cushions. Thanks for commenting

  3. I am so attracted to the muted colors you used on your pumpkin pillows. I would love to find the time to make some–or even just one! We’ll see; life is pretty busy right now as I have my twin five-year-old grandsons staying at my house w/their mother right now. They keep me pretty busy as you can imagine!

    Anyway, I love your cushions. You did a great job!

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