Magazine Inspired Fall Pillows

Magazine Inspired Fall Pillows

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My mom gets Women’s Day magazine and kindly passes it along to me to enjoy.  When I saw these pillows, I knew that I wanted to make a version for my screened porch.

How To:

Print the squirrel template from the Women’s Day website (see link above) and cut it out of brown felt.
Squirrel Pattern

I wanted another animal and decided on a fox.  A quick Google search resulted in an image that I liked.  It was enlarged it to a size that fit well on my pillow and cut out of burgundy felt.
Fox Pattern

For a full tutorial on how to make an envelope style pillow, click here.  I made my pillows covers to fit two pillows that I had on-hand.  It’s less expensive to make covers to fit pillows I have rather than buying a new form for each pillow.  This also helps with seasonal storage.

I made my pillow covers from a drop cloth and added a burlap band for a bit of interest.  My original intent was to make a burlap ruffle, but I changed my mind when I realized how messy it would be to make a ruffle.  The burlap is 3” wide and folded in half.  It is pinned so that the burlap edges overhang.  Burlap unravels very easily, so I left extra on the edges to make sure that it didn’t all ravel away while I embroidered the squirrel and fox to the pillow front.
Pillow Front Burlap Edge

Here you can see that the burlap is two layers.  I did this so that the drop cloth would not show through.
Pillow Edge

Here you can better see that the burlap overhangs the edges by 1/2”.
Back Side of Pillow Front

After the burlap was sewn to the edges of the pillow fronts, I used embroidery thread and a blanket stitch to attach the squirrel and fox to each pillow front.
Squirrel Pillow in progress

Fox Pillow in progress

I like the contrast of the rust and brown.
Squirrel Blanket Stitch

After the squirrel and fox were attached, the excess burlap was trimmed away.
Squirrel and Fox Pillows with Burlap Trimmed

The pillow pieces were pinned, right sides together, and then sewn using a 1/2” seam allowance.
Pillows Pinned

The corners were clipped and the edges trimmed.  This picture shows the difference in trimmed and untrimmed.
Pillows untrimmed and trimmed

After turning and pressing, the pillows are ready to be enjoyed.

I’m not sure which design I like better!
Squirrel Pillow for Fall
Fox Pillow for Fall

A vintage wool blanket that was my grandfather’s adds color and contrast against the bench.  Plus, if I’m on the porch on a cold night, I can wrap up in the blanket.
Squirrel and Fox Pillows on Porch

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It’s always fun to be inspired by a magazine and to add your own touches to the project.  I’m 100% pleased with this one!

Sharing With:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A2Z
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Share Your Creations at Kristen’s Creations
Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits at Stone Gable
DIY Project Party at The DIY Club
Weekend Bloggy Reading Party at Serenity Now
It’s Party Time at Setting for Four  (Co-hosts:  Cupcakes and Crinoline, Desing Dreams By Anne, It’s So Very Cheri, Three Mango Seeds)
Saturday Seven at Positively Splendid
Simply the Best – Fall Edition at Mom 4 Real


  1. modern jane says:

    These are so sweet Paula! I just love them:)

  2. Jana@Transformations From the Heart says:

    Your pillows look so cute. The burlap edge really adds to them too. I purchased material a couple of weeks ago to do some pillows, now I just need to clear the sewing table to make room to work on them.

  3. Allie and Pattie says:

    Paula I LOVE these. You just gave me another project!!

  4. Cindy (Applestone Cottage) says:

    These are just gorgeous! Great inspiration here, I love them!

  5. You are amazing, do you know how much these would cost at Post & Hearth or similar store?! I love these, your stitching is beautiful and your designs are perfect. Thanks for sharing, I found your link at Met Monday. Mary

  6. so cute! Love the touch of burlap!!

  7. Janel from NellieBellie says:

    those are soooo stinking cute! Love the animals you picked!

  8. CK Mangold says:

    I love these! I especially love the burlap edge! Too cute!!!

  9. Erin Sipes says:

    These look like pillows I might actually be able to make myself. They look great!

  10. iSavortheWeekend says:

    How wonderful it must feel to display these pillows you made. So perfect for the season. To answer your question on my blog regarding the cheese, can you believe I just bought it on Saturday at the Walmart on Forest Rd.? It’s in the specialty section as you walk in to the right. I hope they continue offering it as I would love to make the Smashed Potatoes for the holidays.

  11. Blondie's Journal says:

    These are so sweet, Paula! Your embroidery makes them even more special!


  12. Athena at Minerva's Garden says:

    These fall pillows are just gorgeous, Paula–thank you for the great tutorial! I really love the one that features the squirrel 🙂

  13. Those are so cute! I cannot wait to try this out!

  14. The Bold Abode says:

    So adorable, Paula!!!

  15. Paula, these are beautiful! The burlap edges add such a lovely touch to the drop cloth pillows. And you were so smart to search for images online and then just enlarge them for your pillow size! Yours are prettier than the Woman’s Day pillows! (I must say one of the Woman’s Day pillows reminds me of the autumn leaf pillows I made for myself several years ago. Yours are better!!)

  16. the cape on the corner says:

    super cute and perfect for fall!

  17. So cute! I am downloading the squirrel for sorority use later.


  18. I love seeing how you interpret magazine pictures – you always do such a great job 🙂

  19. Hilani Ellis says:

    Super, duper cute idea and loved how you make a box frame of Burlap for the pillow! Fun!

  20. Holly Lefevre says:

    These are adorable! I just love them!

  21. They are just too cute! love them!

  22. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    The squirrel!!! Oh my word, he is too cute, Paula. Great project. 🙂

  23. Karah @ thespacebetweenblog says:

    These are absolutely adorable!!!

  24. reFresh reStyle says:

    Love these Paula! I want to make some 🙂

  25. Paula, these are adorable. Pin!

  26. Jess @ Spool and Spoon says:

    This is a great tutorial and they turned out so well! I think your color choices are even better than Women’s Day!

  27. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says:

    those pillows turned out precious!!! wonderful tutorial!

  28. Erin {Home Everyday} says:

    Seriously!? These are the cutest pillows ever! I want to make an OWL one now! Thanks for sharing.

  29. Heather SettingforFour says:

    So cute – looks very West Elmish!! Great embroidery work around the edges – that is the touch that takes it over the top!

  30. Leslie Harris says:

    I love these!
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

  31. Katie {Sweet Rose Studio} says:

    These are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial. I can’t wait to re-create them!

  32. Heather SettingforFour says:

    Thanks Paula for sharing your beautiful pillows at my linky party last week! I am featuring them today at my blog here!
    If you would like to share more of your fantabulous projects at my party that’s open now, I would love that! Have a great Sunday! 😀

  33. I am going to pin this and hopefully try to make it after my sewing class! Very beautiful!

  34. Oh, my goodness! These are seriously the sweetest pillows! I love the little fox pillow! I’d be honored if you linked this up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop going on right now. I hope to see you and your adorable fall pillows there!

  35. Beautiful and very cute!

  36. These are so cute!

  37. I absolutely love this project. I think your pillows are cuter than the inspiration! Thanks for linking this up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop last week. I am featuring these tomorrow. Feel free to stop by to pick up a button! Hope to see you again tomorrow night at the party. It goes live at 8pm Central….Also, I’m co-hosting an “It’s Fall Y’all” link party starting on Saturday. I’d love for you to link these up there too. Have a super week!

  38. These are awesome! Pinned and sharing my friend! LOVE!

  39. Hey Paula! I’m stopping by from the Our Favorite Things Pinterest Party. I LOVE these pillows! Such a great idea – I might have to make a few for around the house this fall too.

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thanks, Ginger! These pillows are one of my favorite fall projects ever. I’ll be getting them out in a few weeks!



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