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Fall Throw Pillow Covers – Dollar Store Style

Dollar Tree pillow cases are a great option for throw pillows. These easy Halloween and fall throw pillow covers turned out great.

You guys know how much I love the Dollar Store right?  Today there are six of us sharing great fall decor ideas using dollar store items. I love this kind of thing and it is so fun to see what others create.  I am showing you how to make a fall throw pillow covers using  pillow cases from the Dollar Tree!

I am always making some sort of Dollar Tree craft or gift.  They are easy on the brain and the budget! And, they look fantastic!

When I went looking for some fall items at my (semi) local Dollar Tree there wasn’t much out yet.  There were two employees stocking shelves and hanging fall decor but they had just started and I didn’t want to stare and stalk them as they worked. So, I decided I would walk around and see what I could find then wander back and see their progress.

As I was walking around I found some pillow cases that I had never noticed before.  There was a tan, a rust-ish color and a gray.  I bought all three thinking they would make great fabric for some fall throw pillows!

I was right!  They turned out super cute!

You can see a full round up of Fall Dollar Store Craft ideas that I have created.  They are so fun!

Fright This Way Throw Pillow cover using a gray pillowcase from the dollar store.

Dollar Store Divas

Hello and welcome! I love teaming up with blogging friends to share great crafts and DIY’s with you. Today there are six of us all featuring fall decorating ideas using Dollar Store supplies.

Here are the creative co-hosts participating in this Dollar Store blog hop:

Dollar Store Divas

And because we all love crafting with Dollar Store items, we will be back every month with a themed Dollar Store blog hop. We have a snazzy new name-Dollar Store Divas-and even a fancy graphic created by Michelle James Designs:

dollar store graphic

We hope to inspire you to craft and create with us and look forward to seeing you on the third Friday of every month for all things Dollar Store. At the end of the post, you can click on the links to see the rest of the fall inspired DIY’s!
Let’s get started!

I love projects that don’t include a ton of materials.  I have included some affiliate links for your convenience.

Dollar Store Fall Throw Pillow Covers

Dollar Store Fall Throw Pillow Covers

Create easy, inexpensive fall throw pillows using dollar store items.

Active Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5



  1. Open and iron the pillowcases to get them ready to cut.
  2. Measure and mark 13 inches from the long side the length of the entire case
  3. Cut the side off along the marked line. This is the new size for your throw pillow cover.
  4. Use a paper pattern to cut out a fabric pumpkin from the left over fabric or cut your design from iron on transfer.
  5. Fold the pillow cover to find the front center where your design will be.
  6. Pin or stick your design down then open the fabric so you don't stitch all the way through
  7. Stitch your pumpkin down or use an iron or a Cricut Press to press it down.
  8. Refold your fabric with right sides together.
  9. Stitch the two sides of the pillow cover
  10. Turn right side out and iron as needed!

I have two different projects going on here.  The throw pillow covers are the same procedure, but I will show both ways I decorated the fronts.

Step 1: Open and iron the pillowcases

These pillow cases are the perfect choice for small throw pillow covers.   They are $1 each and I purchased all three colors.

Three Dollar Tree pillow cases to use as fabric for fall throw pillow covers.

They were pretty wrinkled when they came out of the package so ironing helps a lot.

Step 2: Draw and cut the lines for the pillow cover

I already had some 12 x 12 pillow forms that I used for my Valentine pillow covers.  So I knew I could re-use them for these new fall pillow covers.  So my measurements are for this size.

The width of the fabric needed to be 13 inches wide to include half inch seam allowances on each side.  I measured along one side and drew a cut line.

Gray fabric with the cut line ready to cut to size for pillow cover

Cut along the line.  Save this extra fabric to trace the pumpkins for the next step.

Step 3: Cut the pumpkins for the fall pillow covers

Using a piece of paper draw or trace a pumpkin to use as a cut pattern.

Trace one pumpkin on the tan fabric and one on the rust fabric and cut them out.

Tracing paper pumpkin pattern onto extra fabric
Rust cut color pumpkin ready to stitch onto the throw pillow cover.

One more step is to lightly draw the curved lines onto the pumpkin for stitching.  This adds detail to the design.

Step 4: Stitch the pumpkin onto the pillow cover

Before adding the pumpkin to the center, fold the ends of the cover in to overlap until it measures 12 x 12 from top to bottom.  The width should still measure 13 inches because it is not stitched yet.

Once you have the pillow folded to the correct size pin or clip the sides in place just until the pumpkin is placed exactly where you want it.  Pin it in place but just to the top layers.  You don’t want to stitch it all the way through and close the envelope.

Pinning the pumpkin onto the fabric for stitching.

Stitch around the edge then on the curved, detail.  I used my new Singer sewing machine and used a fancy stitch for the first time ever!  It was so fun.

Stitched rust pumpkin on the tan background pillow cover

“Fright This Way” Pillow And Free Cut File

For this pillow I created a free cut file.  It is available in my resource library for you to download.  If you are already on my email list and have the password you can click on this link:  Library

If you don’t have the password and would like it you can click the button/photo below:

Large button to click if you want the free fall throw pillow Halloween Cut File design

Once you download the cut file bring it into the Silhouette or Cricut Design space.  If you are using a Silhouette and a png file you can watch this video to see how to trace the design and make it work.

Be sure to mirror the image for the iron on vinyl design.

Once your design is cut, weed away the extra vinyl.  Follow the steps above to center it on the pillow front.

Fright this way cut from white iron on vinyl ready to press onto gray fabric.

Use an iron or Cricut Press to adhere it to the fabric.  This fabric is polyester so I heated my press to 315 degrees.  My cheat sheet for times and temperatures said 30 seconds but I actually had to do the 30 second press 4 times.  The last time I let it cool before trying to remove the backing.  It came out so nice.

Cricut Press with the teflon sheet.
Fright this way cut from white iron on vinyl and pressed onto gray fabric.

Step 5: Complete the sides of the pillow to make the envelope

Once the designs are completed on the front of the covers we an fold them right sides together with the backs overlapping to form the envelope.  This allows you to remove the pillow form when ever you want and wash them or change them out for different seasons.

So, fold it with right sides together.  Your design will be inside.  Use pins or clips to hold it in place while you stitch.

Gray pillow cover before stitching the sides

Stitch down each side.

Gray pillow cover with stitched sides

Turn it right side out to reveal your design on the front then add the pillow form through the opening on the back.

Close up of finished gray and white Fright This Way pillow

I love the way these all turned out.    And if you love them you will also love this Dead and Breakfast Shadow Box!

Finished fall pillows in a metal basket with fabric pumpkins
Finished fall pillows in a metal basket with fabric pumpkins
Gray and white "Fright This Way" pillow staged on wood desk with haunted house village and potion bottles.
Gray and white "Fright This Way" pillow staged on wood desk with haunted house village and potion bottles

Here are several images!  Feel free to pin one or all of them!

Fright This Way Throw Pillow cover using a gray pillowcase from the dollar store.
Fright This Way Throw Pillow cover using a gray pillowcase from the dollar store.
A collage of all of the bloggers fall projects

Please check out more amazing fall Dollar Store DIY’s on our Dollar Store Divas blog hop!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Monday 19th of August 2019

What a great way to use dollar store pillow cases! The designs look fabulous and they are perfect for fall and Halloween.


Monday 19th of August 2019

Thanks Beverly! I love finding new things at the dollar store!

Toni | Girl, Just DIY!

Friday 16th of August 2019

My dollar tree does not have pillow cases. I guess i need to star driving a little farther to the bigger one. Anyhoo I love your pillow covers, and that you designed the vinyl detail. Perfect for Fall and Halloween too.

I need to get some of that htv and one of those fancy irons LOL Great job, love the pillows.


Saturday 17th of August 2019

Thanks Toni. I hadn't seen the pillow cases until recently but I am not sure if I just missed them or if they just started carrying them. Anyway, I do love the way they turned out need a Cricut Press! You should put it on your list for Santa!


Friday 16th of August 2019

It's amazing what you can find at the dollar store and you really hit on something finding these pillowcases! Your throw pillows turned out fabulously - just perfect for fall!


Saturday 17th of August 2019

Hi Gail! Thank you so much. I do love the dollar store. I went back today so I can start making some fun gifts!

Heather Northington

Friday 16th of August 2019

Wow! Who knew Dollar Tree had pillowcases? Not me. These are just perfect for fall and so much more. This is a fun and easy project, I love it! Thanks for sharing.


Friday 16th of August 2019

I had no idea! LOL! But I was glad to find them. They were easy to deal with and since I had all of the other supplies these pillows only cost me $3. Such a bargain.

Shirley Wood

Friday 16th of August 2019

Michelle! Oh My Goodness! I love to find new ideas and this is one using those Dollar Tree pillow cases! I have not noticed those in the store either and the colors are perfect for Fall decor. Envelope pillow covers are the best way to change out decor as the seasons change. I love those fancy stitches on my Singer too and am always try to find a way to use them. Adding the pumpkins to the pillow covers with a fun top stitch is a nice touch.


Friday 16th of August 2019

Thank you Shirley! Now when I go to the Dollar Store I look closely at things and try to notice things I haven't seen before. It is great what you can find. Are you a sewer? I love it but I am not that good at it. I try. LOL!

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