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DIY White Pumpkin Pillow Cover

It’s hard to believe but FALL is just around the corner. Are you preparing for your fall decor yet?

Here is an easy tutorial on how to hand paint a White Pumpkin Pillow Cover using drop cloth fabric and chalk paint.

Did you know that Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is very soft even when dry and is therefore great for painting on fabric. Acrylic craft paints require a fabric medium to make them pliable on fabric and therefore are not as easy to work with.

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Materials for White Pumpkin Pillow Cover

Hand Painted Pillow cover

You can purchase a this pillow cover or make your own from drop cloth fabric.

Make your own pillow cover

In this example I used drop cloth fabric and using a serger stitched around the edges of the 12″ by 22″ pillow. I leave the end open and add ties to secure the pillow filler inside the cover.

Begin your pumpkin design

First, add a protective barrier to the inside of your pillow cover. I use a piece of card stock or wax paper.

Using a black sharpie pen, I drew the pumpkin design.

If you are not good a free handing a design, you can create a template to trace the design. You can see a similar technique on Spring Pillow with Scrap Fabric.

I begin with the center pumpkin and then add an additional pumpkin to each end. You want the two side pumpkins to appear to be resting behind the center one.

Painting with Chalk Paint

Now you are ready to begin painting the pumpkins with your chalk paint.

I apply an uneven coat of the Old White Chalk Paint for a distressed pumpkin appearance. You can apply either a heavy coat or light depending on your preference.

Add shading

Next, with a smaller brush begin to shade the edges and lines of the pumpkins with Graphite Chalk Paint. This works best if done immediately after applying the white paint. If the paint is dry, blending is more difficult.

In addition, add some random swipes of Yellow Ochre paint to the stems and a few areas on the white pumpkins. The Yellow Ochre is mixing with the chalk paint in small amounts so there’s no need for a fabric medium.

Finally, take the sharpie and add some curls to the stems on the pumpkins.

You can sign your work of art if you’d like. If you’d prefer a ready made pillow cover like this one, you can see options here in my store.

video tutorial

The neutral white pumpkins are perfect for fall decorating. See this Fall Farmhouse Inspiration Tour for more Fall decorating ideas and this DIY Hand Painted Drop Cloth Table Runner tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial for making a White Pumpkin Pillow Cover.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

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Saturday 9th of September 2023

Love your pillow ideas. I have one problem, I can never find your link to pintrest. Not sure what I'm doing wrong.


Saturday 9th of September 2023

Doris You should be able to hover over the image, and the Pinterest pin should pop up. You might try refreshing your browser. It's happened to me before and that's what was wrong.


Wednesday 8th of September 2021

Rachel, I just love your style of decorating, your house is so gorgeous.. Always enjoy your DIY.

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Wednesday 8th of September 2021

Lydia, Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate your encouragement.

Corine Mapes

Friday 23rd of July 2021

That is so pretty, thank you for the tutorial Rachel!

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Sunday 25th of July 2021

Corine, Thanks so much for your sweet encouragement and support.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Friday 23rd of July 2021

This is the best! I need to make one of these.

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Sunday 25th of July 2021

Kim, I hope you do. Thanks so much.


Thursday 22nd of July 2021

Hi and thank you for sharing your great ideas and lovely home with all your neat ideas. I have never been a craft person but you inspire me to give it a try. Recovering from a knee replacement has given me time to think about all the new things I want to try....this pillow is one and looks like a beginner like me can handle thanks to your directions.

Love all your posts!

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Friday 23rd of July 2021

I hope you recover quickly and this is super easy.