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Stitch a Strippy Pumpkin Quilt Block for Fall [Free PDF Tutorial]

This scrappy block of the month is a strippy little pumpkin that’s made up entirely of 1 1/2″ wide strips and will finish at 8″ square. This adorable block comes together in a snap, so it’s perfect for weekend warriors who are looking for a project to usher in October! 

October Scrappy Pumpkin

October Scrappy Pumpkin Block

As always, all seams are sewn using a 1/4″ seam allowance unless otherwise noted. This block requires six orange fabrics, one brown, one green and one background.

Let’s get started! 

Pumpkin quilt block tutorial

(Want to save this tutorial? Click here to download the PDF version of this pumpkin quilt block tutorial for FREE!)

scraps for pumkin blockStep 1:

Cutting for this block is simple:

  • All six orange strips will be cut 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • The brown fabric will be cut 1 1/2″ square
  • The green fabric will be cut 1 1/2″ x 3″

The background fabric will need to be cut into the following:

  • Two strips 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Two strips 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  • One strip 1 1/2″ x 3″
  • Six squares 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″

cutting for pumpkin blockStep 2: 

Sew the orange strips together lengthwise and press the seams to one direction.

sewing the stripsStep 3:

Place a background square on each corner of the strip unit. Mark the square with a diagonal line from corner to corner as shown. Sew on the diagonal line that is marked.

marking and sewing the corner squaresStep 4:

Using a ruler and rotary cutter, or scissors, cut away the corners 1/4″ away from the sewn line. Press the corners away from the orange strips.

trimming the corner squaresStep 5:

Layer two background squares on top of the green strip as shown and mark them diagonally from corner to corner. 

marking the leaf sewing linesStep 6:

Sew on the drawn lines and trim away the corners 1/4″ away from the sewn lines. Press the corners away from the green strip.

sewing and trimming the leafStep 7:

Arrange the 1 1/2″ x 3″ background strip, the brown square and the green leaf unit as shown. Sew the background strip to one side of the brown square and the leaf unit to the other side. Press the seams toward the brown square.

sewing the stem and leaf rowStep 8:

Sew the stem and leaf row to the top of the orange strip set and press the seams away from the orange strip set.

adding the stem and leaf row to the strip unitStep 9:

Sew the 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ background strips to the sides of the pumpkin blocks. Press the seams toward the border strips. 

sewing the side bordersStep 10:

Sew the 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ background strips to the top and bottom of the pumpkin block. Press the seams toward the background strips. 

pumpkin block with bordersThis little pumpkin block will now be 8 1/2″ square just like the scrappy blocks for the other months. Are you having fun making these scrappy blocks each month? Be sure to share your work!

If you missed any of the free scrappy block patterns, they can be found here: 

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2 Comments

Lisa Donnelly

Are all the sizes correct? The 8 1/2 inch top and bottom background strips are too short. I also had trouble with the strip of leaf/stem as that was too short and had to adjust that. If you add six 1 1/2 strips plus two background strips that equals 12 inches. Then minus 1 3/4 inch sewing seams makes a width of 10 1/4. I have gone over the directions many times to see if I did something wrong or read something wrong and can’t figure it out. Please correct these instructions or guide me on my misunderstanding. Thank you.

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Ira Johnson

The 1 1/2″ strips finish at 1″, so the pumpkin is 6″ wide. The two strips added, make it 8 1/2″.

I used this to make a placemat and two of them for a tablerunner, with one at each end. Love how they turned out.

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