How to Make a Patchwork Candy Corn Throw Pillow out of Fabric Scraps

Updated on October 22, 2018
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Claudia has been writing about crafts online for many years. She is an avid crafter who has been creating for most of her life.

This candy corn patchwork pillow was made with fabric scraps left over from quilting projects. The tutorial is easy to follow.
This candy corn patchwork pillow was made with fabric scraps left over from quilting projects. The tutorial is easy to follow. | Source

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.

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What You'll Need

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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

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Print out this template to help you get the shape of the candy corn for your pattern.

Step 1 - Print Out and Trace Template

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Trim and press the sewn pairs and get ready to sew them together.

Step 7 - Sew Pairs Together

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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

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Once you have one piece of patchwork in each color that is large enough, the sections need to be sewn together.

Cutting instructions:

  • 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

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  1. Cut a generous piece of backing fabric that is large enough to cover the entire pattern. Press it.
  2. 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

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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

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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

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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

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Easy-to-follow tutorial for this patchwork candy corn throw pillow.  Great project for quilters who have lots of fabric scraps.
Easy-to-follow tutorial for this patchwork candy corn throw pillow. Great project for quilters who have lots of fabric scraps. | Source

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!

DIY tutorial for this candy corn patchwork throw pillow.
DIY tutorial for this candy corn patchwork throw pillow. | Source
Candy corn throw pillow made out of fabric scraps.
Candy corn throw pillow made out of fabric scraps. | Source

© 2018 Claudia Mitchell

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    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 days ago

      Thanks Adrienne - Hope you are doing well. Whenever I see this pillow, I want to run out and get some candy corn. Luckily my dog doesn't chew up pillows so it's safe.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      4 days ago from USA

      Love this project, the pillow is amazing! Pretty warm colors that remind of autumn. Kudos to you for the creativity. Congrats on winning the Halloween contest! Best,

      Adrienne

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 days ago

      Thank you Dred Cuan - I've made a few of them now, but since Halloween is over I put them away for the year. I appreciate you stopping by and reading.

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      Dred Cuan 

      7 days ago from California

      This is so cool! I really like how lively the color combinations were. How many of these you made? It's a perfect accent for a bench outside of the house.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 days ago

      Thanks so much Paula! I really appreciate it. Now I need to start thinking about Christmas crafts.

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      Paula 

      9 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      GTF,,,Congratulations!! You sure did deserve this win!! Very creative!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      9 days ago

      Thank you Sherry. We packed up all of our Halloween decorations over the weekend, so I'll have to wait until next year to see this pillow again. I appreciate you reading.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      9 days ago

      Thanks Lisa. I really appreciate it.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      9 days ago

      Thanks Leah! The best thing about this pillow is that it is super easy. You don't need expert sewing skills. I hope you give it a try!!!

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      Sherry Hewins 

      9 days ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      What a cute and creative idea! Congrats on winning the Halloween contest. It is well deserved.

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      Lisa Jane 

      12 days ago from Washington

      This is a great tutorial and idea. Thank you for sharing.

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      Leah Lefler 

      13 days ago from Western New York

      Oh my goodness, this is such a great craft for Halloween! I love this - I will have to try this next year, though my sewing skills are horrible. Definitely something to try!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      13 days ago

      Thank you Venkatachari - you could definitely add the same thing on the back. It would look really cute that way.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      13 days ago

      Thanks so much Amelia. I appreciate it.

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      Venkatachari M 

      13 days ago from Hyderabad, India

      It's a very interesting craft work. Very useful for all occasions.

      Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

      I got one doubt. Does it have the patchwork only the front side?

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      Amelia Griggs 

      2 weeks ago

      This is amazing! And so adorable!!! Congrats to you.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi Donna - This fall I'm feeling very craft, not sure why. The sad thing about my crafts is that they don't seem to make a big dent in my stash. I used to quilt a lot and I also got some fabric when a family friend passed away. Keeps me busy though!

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      Donna Herron 

      3 weeks ago from USA

      This pillow is so beautiful! I'm jealous of your stash of scrap fabric and I'm inspired to do some fall crafting now. Thanks!

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 weeks ago

      I appreciate it Liz. No link to the Glimmer girls. I'm not familiar with that.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 weeks ago

      Thanks Peggy! I just finished a couple more. These are fun to make.

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      Kristen Howe 

      3 weeks ago from Northeast Ohio

      Touche my friend. Agreed.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      Another veey helpful step by step guide. I bought my god-daughter a Glimmer girls book for her birthday. Is there any link to your pen name?

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      That is so cute and perfect for this time of year. You certainly do make good use of your fabric leftovers!

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 weeks ago

      I appreciate your kind remarks Kristen. And this pillow is a good way to enjoy candy corn without having to eat it. Saves on the calories too!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 weeks ago

      Thanks Patricia. I'm loving this pillow and think I'm going to make some more. They are simple and quick to make. Thanks for the angels too!

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      Ziyena Brazos 

      3 weeks ago from Somewhere in Time ...

      Very cute ... that's the Holiday Spirit!

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      Kristen Howe 

      3 weeks ago from Northeast Ohio

      Glimmer, I'm not a fan of candy corn. But I do love this pillow. It's so cute and clever, part for fall decor and for Halloween. I do love your crafty ideas.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 weeks ago from sunny Florida

      Adorable!!! Candy corn used tobe one of my favorite Halloween candies. This is sooo cute. I want one. Angels are on the way. ps

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