Pumpkin Spice Table Topper

This past weekend I decided to make a cute Pumpkin Spice Table Topper as a holiday project. I spent a rainy weekend hand sewing while watching a British miniseries on my computer. Heaven! I haven’t done much embroidery in recent years, so it was a fun to brush up on my backstitch.

I chose to use one strand of DMC #5 pearl cotton so I wouldn’t have to separate strands of floss. Other supplies included an embroidery needle and thimble. I tried using a hoop but found it was easier to just hold the project in my hands.

Fabric Selection
I used 3902 Mirage Cream for the background with another layer underneath, as a liner, so knots and threads would not show through.

Design Transfer
Instead of tracing the design, I used my inkjet printer, set on light ink, to print the design on paper-backed, self-adhesive, water-soluble Fabri-Solvy.

Preparation for Sewing
The finished size of the final block is 12” square. I cut two 13-1/2” squares, drew a 12-1/2” square with a disappearing marker, and basted the two layers  within the marked 12-1/2” square.

Work in Progress
After finishing the embroidery, the piece was puckered. The Fabri-Solvy dissolved easily when the fabric was rinsed in water. I blocked the fabric on towel and let it dry overnight. The puckery look resolved when I turned the fabric over, laid it on a towel, and pressed it.

Finishing the Project
I have the strips for the borders ready to go. I plan to add the batik borders and back, and quilt it in the next few days. Please check back to see the finished table topper. It’s sure to be beautiful!




  1. B J Elder - November 13, 2012

    Love the batiks that will be used in the border. This is a great autumn pattern!

  2. Cindy Radtke - November 13, 2012

    Nice work! Look forward to seeing your finished topper. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Linda Froggie - November 15, 2012

    Ann, this is gorgeous! I love fall projects. Pumpkins and orange, yum. I have to keep this in mind, I love it. thanks for the inspiration~
    ~HOpppy quilting~

  4. Pat McLaughlin - November 23, 2012

    I love the pumpkins. I love to hand embrodiery and hand applique.