Spooky Fun - Circle Applique Pillow

Created By:

Melanie Call

Skill Level: Intermediate

Hello! I’m Melanie, Janome Maker, from A Bit of Scrap Stuff (Blog) or (Instagram). Today I'm sharing a tutorial for a Spooky Fun - Circle Appliqué Pillow! This is a quick and fun home decor project that is easily completed in an afternoon or evening! I selected Halloween fabric as it is Spooky Season, but you can easily use any fabric that fits your home decor!

I created an appliqué project because I recently received the Janome Appliqué Foot (AP) and wanted to use it immediately. Yes - I love this (new to me) foot as my appliqué stitches look so fabulous and even! I recently learned about the Janome Appliqué Foot (AP) when I was watching the Janome Skill Builder Series Week 6 Video on YouTube - here . The video is full of helpful appliqué tips!

Janome Supplies Required



Step 1: Adhere fusible adhesive (Heat 'N Bond Lite) to wrong size of fabric scraps. Be sure to sure to use a fusible adhesive that is safe for sewing as you will be appliqué stitching on the circles.

Step 2 (AccuQuilt Method): Cut desired number of circles using AccuQuilt GO! Circle 2", 3", 5" die. I prefer to remove the fusible adhesive paper backing prior to cutting the circles and only cut 2 layers at a time (Right side of fabrics touching)


Step 2: Trace circles with pen/pencil on paper side of Fusible Adhesive. You can use cups or bowls as a template or a compass. My circles are cut at 2" or 3" or 5", but you can use any size! Using scissors, cut along drawn circle line. Remove paper backing

Step 3: Place circles in desired layout on Pillow Front Fabric 18" x 18". I chose to have a few circles off the edge of the fabric for variety. Remember there will be a 1/4" seam along all edges of pillow.

Peek of the partial circles on the finished pillow.


Step 4: Iron/fuse circles in desired layout on Pillow Front Fabric 18" x 18.

Step 5: Using Janome Appliqué Foot (AP), appliqué along edge of circles. My preferred settings:

Appliqué  hint: 

Photo 1: Correct Needle Position. If you need to pivot/raise up presser foot to rotate fabric while using an Appliqué Stitch, the needle should be on the outside of the appliqué shape/circle.


Photo 2: Incorrect Needle Position. Do NOT pivot/raise pressure foot when needle is inside appliqué shape/circle. This will create an odd stitch and not a consistent appliqué stitch. Keep foot down and take another stitch until needle position is on outside of appliqué shape/circle as shown above.

Step 6: Optional Quilting. I chose to free motion meander around the Appliqué Circle Shapes.

Step 7: Finish pillow with preferred method. 

I love to use a Zipper to finish my pillows as it looks  clean and professional plus it is easy to remove the pillow cover for washing or changing of seasonal decor. 


I have two free tutorial methods on Zipper Installation for Pillows.


Spooky Fun - Circle Appliqué Pillow (front and back)






Are you going to use Seasonal Fabric or Everyday Fabric for your Circle Appliqué Pillow?

Be sure to follow me on Instagram @ABitofScrapStuff and on my A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog for more fabric fun!

Have a great day and happy sewing / quilting! 

Melanie Call



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