How to Make a Quilted Pumpkin Wallhanging

Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
It all starts with a sketch.

Two days before Halloween, I was scrambling to finish up a festive Halloween wall hanging. I’m thankful to have finished it in time to hang up for Halloween.t Now it’s one day before Halloween, and I’m scrambling to finish up this tutorial. You might not have time to whip this up before Halloween 2015, but please pin or bookmark this tutorial for next year

It all started with a sketch.  I originally wanted to make a larger quilt as pictured to the right in my sketch.  It had a centre medallion with bats on each corner with an ombre style border.  I cut out all the fabrics but I wasn’t loving the bats after all. I decided to focus on the pumpkin only and I’m really glad I did!

Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
This wall hanging will end up being 22″ x 22″ finished.

Supplies – measurements approximate; there will be leftover

  • Binding – 2.5″ wide folded in half, approx 100 inches in total length
  • Black Fabric (I used polka dot) – 2/3 yard
  • Yellow Fabric – fat quarter
  • Orange Fabric Solid – fat quarter
  • Orange Fabric Print – fat quarter
  • Grey Fabric (I used grey and orange spider webs) – 1/2 yard
  • Green Fabric Scrap (1.5″x2.5″)
  • Batting – 24″x24″
  • Backing – 24″x24″

This project is made out of half-square triangles and squares, so it’s fairly easy to assemble.  It’s essentially an 11 x 11 grid made of 2″ finished squares, broken down into 9 blocks:

Layout for the Pumpkin Walllhanging Quilt

You will need to make:

  • 1 Pumpkin Block (5×5 unit)
  • 4 Corner Blocks (3×3 unit)
  • 4 Side Blocks (3×5 unit)

How to Make the Pumpkin Block

Prep Work:

  • Cut out 11 2.5″ squares from the orange patterned print.
  • Cut out a 1.5″x2.5″ rectangle from the orange patterned print.
  • Cut out a 1.5″x2.5″ rectangle from the black fabric.
  • Cut out 5 2.5″ squares from the orange solid fabric.
  • Cut out 3 2 7/8″ squares from the orange solid fabric.
  • Cut out 2 2 7/8″ squares from the yellow fabric.
  • Cut out 1 2 7/8″ square from the black fabric.
  • Cut out 4 3 1/4″ equilateral triangles from the orange solid fabric.
  • Cut out 2 3 1/4″ equilateral triangles from the black fabric.

Tired of cutting?  Let’s get sewing! I recommend chain piecing whenever possible in order to make the process quicker.

  1. Pair 2 solid orange 2 7/8″ fabrics with 2 yellow 2 7/8″ fabrics, right sides facing in.  Draw a line diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner.
    Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
    Stitch a 1/4″ from the marked line on both sides.
    Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt TutorialOnce you’ve sewn them all, snip them in half along the marked line.
    Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt TutorialPress the HST units open.
  2. Pair one black and one solid orange 2 7/8″ square and repeat the above steps to create HST.
  3. Pair one 1.5″x2.5″ orange patterned rectangle with one 1.5″x2.5″ black fabric rectangle and sew together.  Press open to create the middle piece of the mouth.
  4. Sew together the two orange triangles to the black triangle as shown below.  Once you press it open, Trim it down to 2.5″x2.5″ to create one eye .  Repeat to create a second eye.
    Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
  5. You’re ready to assemble the pumpkin into rows.  Sew together as per the image below:
    Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
  6. Press each row.  I like to alternate pressing to the left or to the right for each row so that when I sew each row, the seams nest making it easier to line them up.
    Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
  7. Press and admire your pumpkin!
    Pumpkin Block Made with HST

How to Make the Side Blocks

Prep Work:

  • Cut out 19 2.5″ squares from the yellow fabric
  • Cut out 4 2.5″ squares from the black fabric.
  • Cut out 4 2.5″ squares from the grey fabric.
  • Cut out 8 2 7/8″ squares from the yellow fabric.
  • Cut out 8 2 7/8″ squares from the grey fabric.
  • Cut out 16 2 7/8″ square from the black fabric.
  • Cut out a 1.5″x2.5″ rectangle from the yellow fabric.
  • Cut out a 1.5″x2.5″ rectangle from the green fabric.
  • Pair 8 black 2 7/8″ fabrics with 8 yellow 2 7/8″ fabrics, right sides facing in.  Draw a line diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner. Stitch a 1/4″ from the marked line on both sides. Once you’ve sewn them all, snip them in half along the marked line. Press the HST units open.
  • Pair 8 black 2 7/8″ fabrics with 8 grey 2 7/8″ fabrics, right sides facing in.  Draw a line diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner. Stitch a 1/4″ from the marked line on both sides. Once you’ve sewn them all, snip them in half along the marked line. Press the HST units open.

To Make One Side Block:

  1. Arrange the pieces like this in rows.
    Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
  2. Sew together each row of 5, then sew those rows together.

Repeat these instructions three more times, except for one block, replace the centre yellow 2.5″ square with the “stem.”  Create the stem by sewing the long ends of the two 1.5″x2.5″ rectangles together.

Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial

How to Make the Corner Blocks

Prep Work:

  • Cut out 8 2.5″ squares from the black fabric.
  • Cut out 24 2.5″ squares from the grey fabric.
  • Cut out 2 2 7/8″ squares from the yellow fabric.
  • Cut out 2 2 7/8″ square from the black fabric.
  • Pair 8 black 2 7/8″ fabrics with 8 yellow 2 7/8″ fabrics, right sides facing in.  Draw a line diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner. Stitch a 1/4″ from the marked line on both sides. Once you’ve sewn them all, snip them in half along the marked line. Press the HST units open.

To Sew One Corner Unit:

  1. Arrange the rows as per the picture below:
    Rows of the Corner
  2. Sew together each row of 3, then sew those rows together.

Repeat the steps above three more times for the other corners.

Arranging the Quilt Top Layout

  1. Sew together your blocks as per the original layout diagram at the top of this tutorial.  Start by sewing together two corners with a side:
    Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
  2. Sew together two Side units with the Pumpkin unit.
    Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
  3. Sew together those three rows together:
    Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
  4. Sandwich the quilt with backing fabric, batting, and the quilt top.Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
  5. Quilt it!Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
    You can quilt your layers any way you’d like.  I sewed 1/4″ around all the details such as the face, the perimeter of the pumpkin, around the black border, and around the very outer edge of the quilt.Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
  6. Trim up the quilt!  If you use a 6″x24″ ruler, you should be able to line up the ruler with the edge of the pumpkin as a guide since the border is 6″ finished.
    Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
  7. To make the quilt into a wall hanging, cut out a pair of 4″ triangles.  Fold them in half diagonally.Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
  8. Pin the triangles into the top left and top right of the quilt and sew it into place close to the fabric edge. Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
  9. Attach and sew your binding to the quilt.  Once you’ve bound it, the raw edges of the hanger will be caught inside the binding.  For tips on binding, read this guide.Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial

    Craftcore Pumpkin Quilt Tutorial
    Happy Halloween!
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