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DIY Autumn Pillow Wreath

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Learn how to make a rustic and cozy autumn pillow wreath! This wreath is perfect for Thanksgiving and the entire fall season! A great project for fat quarters, charm packs and fabric scraps, this pillow wreath will showcase your favorite fabrics.

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Thanksgiving wreath made with tiny pillows.

This past week, after taking down our Halloween decorations, I put up our Thanksgiving decor – which is really just a few things including this wreath! Since I decorate early for Christmas, we don’t do a ton of Thanksgiving decorations. This wreath is perfect for not just the Thanksgiving but the entire fall season! 

I love making pillow wreaths! They are very versatile and can work for any holiday or occasion. They are perfect for using fat quarter stacks, charm packs and can also be a great scrap fabric project (if you are like me and have hoards of unused scraps of fabric).

This pillow wreath, or puff pillow wreath, was made with six fabrics from a 12-piece fat stack. The great thing about using a stack like this is the fabrics are already coordinated and work beautifully together! My mom and I both made a pillow wreath from the fat stack.

As I mentioned above, this wreath is perfect for Thanksgiving but could also work for the entire autumn season. It fills in the gap between my Halloween pillow wreath and Christmas wreath so my door isn’t bare. For this wreath I added cinnamon sticks which give off a great smell when we walk in and out of our home. Each year I replace the cinnamon sticks so they have a fresh scent. 


Below is the tutorial plus you’ll find a free template in my Resource Library. These wreaths are so fun to make and are perfect for showcasing beautiful fabrics. 

> Check out my Ultimate Guide To Making Pillow Wreaths

Supplies Needed:

If you’d like to see how I make a wreath using a charm pack, visit the tutorial for my Sunflower Charm Pack wreath. The pillows are made slightly differently.

Create the Mini Pillow for the Wreath

Step One: Download the free template from my Resource Library or create a cardboard pattern to use for cutting out all of your pillows. The pattern should measure 4.5″ x 5.5″. Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are at the end of this post.

Step Two: Cut out the fabric pillows. The pattern is for the entire pillow (it gets folded in half) and includes a 1/4″ seam allowance.

A template lays next to rectangular pieces of autumn-themed fabrics.

For a 12″ diameter wreath, you will need about 29-35 pillows, depending on how full you want your wreath to look. For this wreath I used 30 pillows made from six different fabrics.

I usually use 5 different fabrics, but since my mom and I were sharing the fat quarter stack, I ended up using six. This gave me a nice variety of reds, golds, blues and greens. I used 4 blue pillows, 6 gold pillows, 10 red pillows, 6 green pillows and 5 black floral pillows. Since I didn’t have a lot of gold pillows, I chose to use gold ribbon. 

Step Three: Stitch the fabric pillows together. For each pillow, fold the fabric in half, right sides together, 4.5″ side to 4.5″ side.  Sew, with a 1/4″ seam allowance, each side/corner of the pillow, leaving an opening to stuff the pillow. I leave the opening on the long side of the pillow.

Two rectangles folded in half and stitched and pinned around three edges and stitched.

A small pillow is being sewn at a sewing machine.

Trim the corners, flip the pillows inside out and push out all of the corners.

The corners are trimmed from the pillows.

Six pillows, unstuffed, lay together.

Step Four: Stuff each pillow with poly-fil stuffing and hand sew the opening closed with a tiny whip stitch.  Don’t overstuff the pillows, making them too hard, as this will make it harder to tie them to the frame with ribbon. You can see below I initially made 6 pillows of each fabric but didn’t end up using all of them. 

A yellow bin full of tiny stuffed pillows arranged by color.

Arrange the Pillows on the Wreath Form

Step Five: Tie the pillows onto the wreath using ribbon. Each piece of ribbon can be about 8″ long. You may want to cut one and test it out in case you prefer your ribbons to be longer. Once you decide on an ideal length, cut the ribbon.

Mini pillows are tied to a wire wreath form with ribbon.

Start on the outer ring and work your way in.  For this wreath the outer ring has 13 pillows, the middle has 10 pillows, and the inner ring has 7 pillows.  You can decide how full you want your wreath to look and always do more or less.  This Christmas wreath was made with 35 pillows; 14 for the outer ring, 12 for the middle ring, and 9 for the inner ring.

Small pillows are attached around the outer edge of the wire wreath form.

Arranging it can take some time. It’s like a puzzle trying not to have too many pillows with the same color next to each other. You can slide them along the wreath a little bit to reposition them, or slide the pillows out of the tied ribbon to replace them. 

Two rows of pillows are attached to the outer edges of the wire wreath form; two pillows have been attached along the center ring.

Thanksgiving wreath made with tiny pillows.

Step Six: Slide a couple cinnamon sticks into the ribbon on a few of your pillows. I chose to add two cinnamon sticks to the three pillows on middle ring.

Thanksgiving Pillow wreath lays on a wooden table with cinnamon sticks attached to one of the pillows.

Step Seven:Finally, add a little ribbon loop to the back so the wreath can be hung up.

The back of the autumn pillow wreath showing a small loop of ribbon added to the back for hanging.

This finished pillow wreath is cozy, warm and perfect for Autumn! Pillow wreaths are simple and fun to make for any holiday, season or occasion. 

Check out my Ultimate Guide To Making Pillow Wreaths

How to Download the Free Template

Download the Free File! This freebie is in my Resource Library under Sewing, Pillow Wreaths. Enter your first name and email to get the password to download this file. You’ll also have a chance to sign up for my newsletter to receive fun craft tutorials, tips, updates and more FREE files to help make crafting something special and unique easier!

Happy Crafting! -Kim

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