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How to Sew Quilted Pumpkin Coasters

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Want to make something fun for fall and use up your scraps? Look no further than these easy Quilted Pumpkin Coasters. Perfect when paired with a pumpkin spice latte!

These Quilted Pumpkin Coasters are ideal for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and fall decorating. This simple mug rug project can be made up in an afternoon and is a fun way to showcase your favorite orange or autumn-inspired scraps.

The tutorial offers several options for making your quilted pumpkin coasters unique.

pumpkin coaster finished

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How to Sew Quilted Pumpkin Coasters


  • Pumpkin + Leaves Template (FREE! See button below or find them in my Shop > Freebies section)
  • (1) 8″ x 10″ piece of Orange Fabric – can be a single piece or made by sewing together scraps
  • (1) 8” x 10” piece Backing Fabric
  • (1) 4” x 5” Piece Green Fabric for Leaves
  • Small piece of Brown Wool Felt
  • (1) 8” x 10” piece of Quilt Batting
pumpkin supplies


Step 1: Get the FREE Pumpkin Template

I’ve created a simple Pumpkin Template that you can download for free. To download the FREE Pumpkin Template, click the button below. You’ll be taken to the Freebies section of my Shop.

Step 2: Fabric Choices

Below are several options for making the top of your pumpkin coasters.

  • You can use a single piece of 8″ x 10″ fabric.
  • Piece a 5″ x 10″ orange piece of fabric with a 5″ x 10″ piece of low volume fabric.
  • Piece together orange fabrics to create a patchwork design. Anything goes!
  • Piece fabrics together using the Quilt As You Go method. Anything goes!

Choose one of these ideas above and have it prepared before moving to the next step.

Step 3: Quilting the Coaster Top

In this step you will be quilting the pumpkin coaster top to the batting. I recommend something simple like a diagonal or straight stitch quilting design.

  • Place the pumpkin top fabric onto the piece of quilt batting. Pin to hold in place.
  • Quilt in any manner you desire.
  • Once quilting is finished, trim away excess batting.

Step 4: Cutting Out

Time to cut out your templates and pumpkins. Note: You don’t need to cut out the leaves yet. That will be in the next step.

  • Print and cut out Pumpkin + Leaf from template download. Set aside.
  • Place the pumpkin template on the right side of your quilted coaster fabric. 
  • Using a water-erasable pen, trace around the template and cut out the design. Pro Tip: Serrated scissors are great for this because they keep things from unraveling.
quilted fabric
  • Place the pumpkin template on the right side of your coaster backing fabric, trace, and cut out in the same manner. Set this aside. Note: This piece of fabric will not be quilted.
Quilted Pumpkins

Step 5: Applique the Leaves

You will be adding leaf appliqués to your pumpkin. If you’re new to applique I have several tutorials that demonstrate this. You can find them in the Applique section of the website. I also have an eBook with more details on applique.

  • Cut out the leaf template.
  • On the back of the Wonder Fuse, trace one or two leaves.
  • Rough-cut around the leaves, leaving at least a ¼” margin.
  • Fuse to the back of the green fabric. Let cool.
trace leaves
  • Cut out leaves on the traced line and remove the paper backing.
  • Fuse the leaves to the Pumpkin. 
fuse leaves
  • Using a water-erasable pen, draw leaf veins inside the leaves and stitch in a contrasting color.
  • Using a straight stitch or tiny zigzag, stitch around the perimeter of the leaves.

Step 6: Making & Attaching the Stem

For the stem I recommend a piece of wool felt which will give it a nice Fall feeling. Feel free to make a stem using a piece of brown fabric.

  • Cut a piece of brown felt 1.25″ x 3.5″
  • Take the stem piece and make into a loop by matching raw edges together.
  • Pin the stem loop to the right side of the pumpkin coaster top with raw edges matching. Be sure the stem raw edges extend about 1/4″ beyond the raw edges of the pumpkin. Baste to hold.
attach stem

Step 7: Stitching the Layers Together

  • Place the pumpkin coaster backing fabric right sides together on the quilted pumpkin coaster top. Pin or clip to hold.
  • Leave a 1.75″ opening on the side for turning.
  • Using a 1/4″ seam allowance stitch around the pumpkin. Be sure to backstitch at the start and stop.
attach front and back
  • Clip curves and turn right side out. Press.
  • Blind stitch the opening closed.
  • Top stitch around the apple coaster.

Wasn’t that easy!

trio of pumpkin coasters

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