Fall-Inspired Linen and Felt Acorn Pillow

With basic sewing skills and just a few materials, you can create this cute fall acorn pillow that mixes fine linen with humble felt and jute twine.

Acorn pillow on white sofa

Whip Up a Felt Acorn Pillow

Materials Needed:

  • 1/2 yard cream linen
  • iron and ironing board (optional)
  • 1 quarter of brown felt
  • yardstick or measuring tape
  • 12" x 12" pillow form
  • computer
  • printer and printer paper
  • sharp scissors
  • fabric cutter and cutting mat (optional)
  • fabric glue
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • jute twine
  • 2 yards brown pleated grosgrain ribbon
  • all-purpose needle
  • cream all-purpose cotton thread
  • pins
  • sewing machine
  • Download: Acorn Template

Cut Fabric

Iron linen fabric, if necessary. Measure out two 13" x 22" pieces of cream linen fabric and mark cut line with pencil. Cut out with sharp scissors or rotary cutter.

Fall Acorn Pillow

Cut Linen Fabric

Cut Acorn Applique

Print acorn template in 8" x 10" format on standard printer paper. Cut out template and pin to brown felt (Images 1 and 2). Cut felt applique with sharp scissors and remove paper template (Image 3). Apply fabric glue to backside of acorn and stick to front center of one piece of linen (Image 4). Use ruler to find center point, if needed, and press into place (Image 5).

Create Acorn Cap

Preheat hot glue gun. Apply bead of hot glue along cap line (Image 1) and immediately stick jute twine to it. Hold in place until glue cools. Continue this process, weaving jute twine back and forth until entire cap is covered (Image 2). Clip jute twine, leaving two inches to loop and form stem. Apply small dab of hot glue at top of acorn and stick twine end to it (Image 3). Allow all glue to dry before moving to step four.

Pin and Sew Trim

Position and pin pleated ribbon trim around perimeter pillow front (Image 1). Overlap trim's ends slightly where they meet. Acorn should be facing up with trim pinned to same side. Sew into place along center stitched line on trim (Image 2) and remove pins.

Assemble Pillow

With acorn and trim facing up, place second piece of linen on top (Image 1). Pin front and back together. Pillow should be inside out at this point (Image 2). Sew around perimeter of pillow, following stitch line made when sewing on trim. Leave a 10 inch opening at bottom of pillow. Turn pillowcase right side out and insert pillow form. Carefully turn over raw edges, line up trim and pin opening together (Image 3). Thread an all-purpose needle with cream all-purpose cotton thread and knot at end. Use a running stitch to sew pillow closed (Image 4). Remove pins. Note: Pillow should be spot-cleaned only.

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