Here’s a quick and budget-friendly way to create an easy fall pillow using Dollar Tree felt cut outs.

Easy Fall Pillow - quick and easy way to make a fall pillow. Use dollar store felt cut outs.

I actually only spent a dollar for this project because I already had all the other supplies on hand from other projects. Yay me!

Before we get started, for all you non-sewers out there, it is possible to use fabric glue for this project. However, the pillow will last longer if you sew it together. And if you’re a beginner sewer, rejoice that there’s no zipper or buttons because this is a simple envelope pillow.

Easy Fall Pillow


  • painter’s cloth or cotton fabric
  • iron
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • large felt cutout (found at Dollar Tree)
  • measuring tape/ruler
  • scissors
  • pillow insert 20×20 or appropriate size for felt applique & pillow insert

How to Make an Easy Fall Pillow

Cut Pieces

Step 1. Cut out the pillow pieces. I cut a 20″ x 20″ piece and two 14″ x 20″ back pieces to fit my pillow insert. If you have a different size pillow insert, cut the pillow pieces to fit your pillow AND felt cutouts. Make sure to leave at least a 1″ seam allowance.

Step 2. Iron your painter’s cloth or fabric if it’s wrinkled. Next, finish off one the long edge of the back pieces. This will be the pieces for the opening of the envelope closure.

Pumpkin applique

Close up of sewing

Step 3. Pin your felt applique in the middle of the 20″x 20″ square and begin to sew around all the cut out edges. I stitched about 3/8″ from the edge of the felt applique. You can use contrasting thread or the same color thread as your applique – it’s up to you.

Sewing edges

Step 4. Once you have sewn around all the edges of the felt piece, pin the right sides of the front and backs flaps of the pillow together. Sew along all four edges. If you have a serger, finish off the edges here or zig-zag stitch around the edges to prevent unraveling/fraying. **Just make sure the right sides are facing each other when you sew along the edges**

Pumpkin Pillow Right Side Out

Step 5. Turn right side out and insert the pillow into the cover. Easy peasy! And the best part is that I can easily change and store these when I’m not using them.


Aren’t those cute?! I plan on making more for Halloween ones with some glow in the dark paint and Christmas ones too! Will you be adding themed pillows to your fall decor?

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  1. Good Morning Erlene! Just popping in to let you know your post has been picked as a feature at the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party! Stop by this morning to see your feature and link up!

  2. Wow, Erlene, this is absolutely AWESOME! What a great idea – so simple, yet such a big impact.

    Thank you for sharing this with us at the Thank Goodness It’s Thursday party – Pinned!

  3. These are awesome….and in theory so easy. I don’t know if my sewing skills match up to being able to make these, but I love them and need to try them anyway. Thanks for sharing these. I am hoping as simple as you’ve made the tutorial that I can try it.

  4. What cute pillows, these would be perfect for fall decor! I would like to invite you to share your fall posts to my 2014 Harvest Hop Linky Party. πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Erlene,
    What a great idea. I love these. Very creative. Thanks for sharing these over at The Southern Special. I will be featuring these at the next party.

  6. So very impressed with this simple craft. I have seen those little mat things in the Dollar Tree but had no idea of what I would do with them, except use them as place mats. Love your creation with them!! So glad you share them with us at Home Matters Linky Party!

  7. Cute pillows! I would not have thought to use the dollar store felt shapes as appliques. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing this at What We Accomplished Wednesdays! Have a super week!
    Blessings, Deborah

  8. Love your post!Those are super cute and fun! I might have to make some for my house asap! I am hosting my first ever Tuesday Link Up Party. I hope you can come over and link up with me!! I love meeting new ladies and getting to see all the amazing content everyone has to offer!

  9. Hey Erlene,
    I love these pillows and I’m featuring them on Worthwhile Wednesdays tonight starting at 8pm.
    Stop by, grab your button, link up and Party!

  10. They look amazing! You did a incredible job. Pinned. We had so much fun partying with you at our last party. We hope to see you tonight’s party at 7 pm. We love to see what you have been working on!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  11. I love these pillows! So cute! I wanted to say thank you for pinning at Friday PrideDay Pinterest Party! I really appreciate it! If you need a favor in return, please let me know! I hope to see you there again! I’m also following you now, jody53. (I wish I knew how to change the name on my PInterest)

  12. What cute pillows! This was one of the most-clicked posts on last week’s Share it Sunday link party!! So it will be featured this coming weekend and we will go live Saturday night at 8 Central time. I, too have seen these at Dollar Tree and couldn’t think of an application for them… this is perfect!

  13. Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on ! I hope to see you there!

  14. What a cute idea! And you make it look so easy….I’m not very crafty but I’m going to try it out πŸ™‚ I need a little Fall decor in my living room! Thanks for sharing!


  15. Erlene, what a great idea. I’d never thought about using these felt images this way. In the shop they always look overly bright to me. But on your pillows they look fabulous. Thank you so much for coming to party with us and linking them up in our party. Appreciate it. (Please don’t forget to link back to the party, so I could potentially feature you next week… A simple text link is fine.)

    1. I used to stare at them too…lol. I use to pass by the cut outs, but now I’ve started picking them up and remaking them into lots of different things. The plus is that the cut outs are large and make a big impact for a little money. A win win in my book πŸ™‚

  16. So cute and easy- love that! Thank you so much for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday- I hope you’ll come back this weekend and link up your newest makes & bakes! πŸ™‚

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  17. I love how these pillows turned out — adorable! I would definitely go for the no-sew version myself. Thanks so much for sharing at Snickerdoodle! πŸ™‚