Pottery Barn Inspired Halloween Chair Backer

Halloween is such a fun holiday when you have small children.  My kids have already decided on what they want to be for Halloween.  They love dressing up on a daily basis but having a whole holiday dedicated to dressing up and getting candy??? Too much fun! While perusing the Pottery Barn Kids Halloween catalog I saw their chair backers.  I thought it would be a fun way to stretch the holiday by placing little notes and treats inside each day.  Today I am going to show you how I made the pumpkin one for Isaac.

pumpkin chair backer


Liquid Starch

Black, Orange and Green felt

White and Black Embroidery Thread

Hot glue gun or Fabri-Tac



Sew in Snaps

butcher paper


Optional: Silhouette machine and white heat transfer

1.  I cut out enough orange felt for the front and back of the pumpkin as well as the chair backer straps. I also cut out green felt for the stem. I immersed the felt in the liquid starch, wrung out the excess and then let it dry outside.

stiffening felt

2.  Once completely dry I put a press cloth over the felt and ironed them all flat.  The stiffened felt helps the pumpkin stay upright once on your chair.

3. I used the PB Kids one for reference and created a pumpkin template and also one for the eyes, nose, mouth and stem on butcher paper.   Then using those patterns I cut out two pumpkin pieces and the stem out of the stiffened felt.  I cut the nose, mouth and eyes out of unstiffened black felt.

4.  I whipped stitched around all the pieces with the correct color of embroidery floss (3 strands).  whipstitch

5.  After all the pieces were stitched I glued them in place with Fabri-Tac.

gluing felt pumpkin face

6.  Next I cut a 2 1/2” strip of unstiffened orange felt and whip-stitched that onto the front side of the pumpkin with 3 strands of white embroidery floss.  Then I whip-stiched the pumpkin back onto the sides.  When you get close to the end you can cut off the excess orange felt and finish whip-stitching along the top of the pumpkin.

whipstitching sides

whipstitched pumpkin

7.  Since each chair is different you will have to play with what works with your chairs.  I cut my straps 2 1/2” wide by 7” long.  I whip-stitched those also and glued them to the back of the front of the pumpkin.pottery barn pumpkin chair backer

8.  I sewed the snaps in pace.

9.  Then I used my Silhouette Cameo machine to create a personalized name onto vinyl and ironed it onto the front of the pumpkin.

heat transfer name

pottery barn kids chair backers

pumpkin chair backer orange

Today was day one of Halloween goodness and my kids are so excited to check out what is in their bags each day.