How to Make a Patchwork Candy Corn Throw Pillow out of Fabric Scraps
If you've ever been to my house at Halloween, you know that there's always candy corn around. Hands down, it's my favorite candy at this time of the year.
I know it's not everybody's favorite, but if it's a good brand, it's got that buttery texture and smooth taste of honey that's impossible to resist. It's also visually appealing, and when I see it, I immediately think of fall and Halloween.
To honor this time-honored tasty treat, I designed a throw pillow. Quirky and unique, it contains patchwork fabric that is made with scraps left over from past projects.
If you are a quilter, I know you have lots of fabric that you can use, and you probably have the filling too, so this project should be a snap.
The Great Candy Corn Debate
Do you like candy corn?
What You'll Need
The supplies you'll need are fairly easy to find.
- Various scrap fabric pieces in white/off-white, yellow and orange
- 1 large piece of backing fabric
- Fiberfill stuffing
- Quilter's cutting mat
- Rotary cutter
- Quilter's ruler
- Good fabric scissors
- Tracing paper
- Candy corn shaped template
Candy Corn Template
Print out this template to help you get the shape of the candy corn for your pattern.
Step 1 - Print Out and Trace Template
Unless you have access to a printer that puts out large paper, you will need to enlarge the shape on your own.
Cut out the candy corn template and then, using a large piece of lightweight coloring, or tracing, paper, enlarge the shape by tracing around it.
I used 12" x 18" crayon paper. Mark with a pencil because you may need to adjust your tracing lines.
Step 2 - Cut Out the Pattern
Cut out the candy shape and then draw lines to divide it into three sections for the different colors.
Step 3 - Prepare the Fabric Scraps
Always my favorite part when making a project with fabric, gather various pieces of white/off white, orange and yellow scraps. They can be any size and shape. I prefer smaller pieces to get more variation in the patchwork.
Once you have chosen your pieces, press them.
Step 4 - Start Sewing
With right sides together, start piecing pairs together. As you can see from the photo above, because you are using scraps, the pieces will be uneven, but that will get fixed.
I make all of the pairs at once so the process goes more quickly. Match up fabric sizes as much as possible, but they don't have to be perfect.
Step 5 - Even Up the Sewn Pieces
Using your rotary cutter, quilter's ruler, and cutting mat, trim off the uneven edges on all four sides of the sewn pair.
This makes it easier to continue to sewing.
Step 6 - Finish Trimming the Edges
Trim and press the sewn pairs and get ready to sew them together.
Step 7 - Sew Pairs Together
Continue making a larger piece of fabric.
Take two of the pairs of the same color that you made earlier, match and sew them together. You'll have larger pieces made up of four different fabrics at this point.
Don't worry about lining up any seams, just trim them up because you will repeat this step a couple more times, until you have one piece of patchwork fabric that is large enough for the pattern.
Step 8 - Sew Sections Together
Once you have one piece of patchwork in each color that is large enough, the sections need to be sewn together.
- For the white section: Determine which side will be the top of the candy corn and, using your rotary cutter, even out the bottom edge of that piece so it can be sewn to the orange part.
- For the orange section: Using the pattern, measure how large the center section will be between the white and the yellow. Add on about 1/2" to that measurement for the sewing allowance, and even both edges of the orange fabric to that size. For my pillow, the finished orange section was 6" high so I cut a piece that was 6 1/2" high.
- For the yellow section: Determine which side you want for the top and bottom. Even out the edge that will be sewn to the orange section.
Sew the three sections together.
Note: This does not have to be perfect. The beauty of this project is that it is forgiving. If the sections don't exactly match the pattern lines, don't worry about it. Just try to get it as close as possible.
Step 9 - Cut the Backing and Pin the Pattern
- Cut a generous piece of backing fabric that is large enough to cover the entire pattern. Press it.
- Lay the patchwork fabric on top, wrong sides together, line up the pattern, and pin all three layers together.
Step 10 - Cut Out the Shape
Using good fabric scissors that won't have a problem going through seams, cut around the pattern, leaving a good 1/2" seam allowance.
Step 11 - Finish Cutting
Finish cutting out the shape and remove the pattern and pins.
Flip the fabric pieces over so that the right sides are together before you sew.
Step 12 - Sew Pillow Together
Sew all around the edge of the candy corn, using about a 1/2" seam allowance.
Important: Leave an opening in the bottom of the pillow so you can turn it right sides out and stuff it. The opening gets closed up later.
Step 13 - Stuff and Finish the Pillow
- Turn the pillow right sides out to get ready for the stuffing. Carefully use a long tool, that isn't sharp, to push and smooth out the edges and points. I use the eraser side of a pencil.
- Add the stuffing, making sure to get into the points. Use as much as you like at this stage. I like to add plenty of fill to get a fluffy pillow.
- Using the ladder stitch, securely seal up the opening.
If you don't know how to do the ladder stitch, check out the video below. It's a helpful tutorial.
How to Do the Ladder Stitch
The Finished Pillow
Trick or treat! Your candy corn pillow is done, and you now have a whimsical addition to your halloween decor. They make fun hostess gifts too.
These don't take long to make, so if you have enough scraps and filling on hand, I suggest making enough patchwork fabric to make a couple pillows at once. You can reuse the pattern multiple times.
You can also make it in any size you like. I think three of these together in various sizes would be really cute on a sofa.
Have fun making your throw pillow!
© 2018 Claudia Mitchell