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Apple Tree Applique Pillow

Last fall I made a Fall Forest Pillow with fusible applique. I was in a rush so I never actually sewed the appliques down. Between the two of us, guests and pets the appliques barely made it through the season.

Fusible Applique Apple Tree Pillow

When I pulled the pillow out for the autumn season I knew it wouldn’t make it through another fall season.

I used regular sewing thread, quadrupled, to stitch down the appliques.

I really liked the technique and the finished product so I decided to adapt it a bit to make this pillow:

You need:
Pillow case or fabric to make one
Fusible web
Green and Brown Fabric
Red buttons
Green, Brown and Red Thread

I started out by free-handing a tree trunk and ‘fluffy’ shapes for branches on the paper side of paper-backed fusible web. The paper gets removed so feel free to keep drawing until you’re happy. Once you are cut out around your shapes, leave a border of about 1/4 inch on the outside. It’s up to you about cutting out the inside. If you cut out the insides you get a softer applique but since my pillow cases are made out of heavy twill I didn’t bother.

Iron the cut out shapes on to the wrong side of the fabric, paper side up. Follow the directions on your fusible.  Trim the fabric, cutting on the lines this time.

Peel the paper off the fabric, arrange the shapes, moving them around until you are happy with the placement.

Start ironing the pieces down from the back to the front.

Hooped and ready for hand stitching

Once your fabric is cool you need to stitch down the appliques. I did mine by hand in a loose, unbalanced blanket stitch style but you could use a machine. After you’ve completed the outline stitches it’s time to add the apples. Randomly sew on red buttons.

Close up of blanket stitch and buttons

I like to scatter the buttons, move them around until they make me happy and then I mark them with chalk so I can sew the buttons around  without them popping around like kids on a trampoline.

Finish your pillow case and stuff with a pillow form.

This is the latest addition to my throw pillow collection. Our couch is older than I am (seriously, it was my moms before I was born and she gave it to me when I moved out) and a bit past the unattractive mark so I tend to cover it with pillows and blankets.


  1. Pinned the apple tree to my button board!

  2. Cute as a button Alecia! Thanks for sharing at the party this week! I’ll be featuring this post on my Facebook page 🙂

  3. I love it!!

  4. Alecia, these are gorgeous. I have a thing for trees anyway, and your applique it beautiful!

  5. I love the apple tree! I must try this. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  6. These pillows are adorable! I want one!

  7. This is so charming! I love the hand stitching!

  8. These are great! i Love the stitching detail around the apple/button tree!!!

  9. Those are adorable!

  10. love, love, love the appliques!!1 So well done, they look professional :o)

  11. I love both pillows!

    I’m hosting a new fall themed blog hop and would love if you would link up!

  12. Beautiful pillows, thank you for sharing them at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  13. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Very pretty and perfect for fall. The stitching really finishes it out nicely.
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  14. This is so fun! I LOVE it! I would love if you would share this at my Crazy Cute Party happening right now! I’ve got a totally awesome giveaway that you could win just for linking up! Come on over! ;D

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  15. I love this Alecia! Such a cute idea, and you make it look so easy. I have started a link party on Thursday mornings- Less Laundry, More Linking. I would love to have you share this.
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  16. My couch is old too! I love to cover it with quilts and pillows. I wish I could make some pillows like yours! You are very talented. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I love this simple idea to update the decor easily and frugally. Pinning!
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  18. I LOVE this idea.. sooo simple and cute… thanks for sharing.. totally will do that to bring fall into our home
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  19. Love your pillows, so cute and so perfect for the season. I only recently learned to applique using this method, isn’t it fun?! Thanks for sharing at the Farm blog party, I saw your link and had to visit 🙂