DIY Fabric Pumpkins | #1 Free Tutorial

DIY Fabric Pumpkins

It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin Spice Lattes, warm sweaters (at least up here in the north!) and time to bring out the fall decor…or make some! I have a quick and easy diy fabric pumpkins tutorial for you – your kids can even help with this one!

I have so many scraps of fabric that I love, but can’t really see a way to use them on clothing items. You know the ones; you bought them years ago, and now they really aren’t your style? Those ones! I grabbed an assortment of fall-ish coloured prints that coordinated. You don’t have to be too matchy – even a variety of whites or textures would work here!

Fabric Pumpkins

DIY Fabric Pumpkins Materials:

  • something to stuff these with – I used this white felt-like stuff that I have loads of, or you can use regular polyfil.
  • scissors
  • long darning needle
  • matching or contrasting embroidery thread
  • sewing machine and thread
  • green felt
  • hot glue gun or craft glue
  • a tree branch (mine was a dead weed from the backyard – meh, it worked!)

DIY Fabric Pumpkins Instructions:

Ok,  so to start, cut out your fabric. The general rule here is to use a piece twice as wide as it is tall. So I have three sizes: 10″ tall by 20″ wide, 8″ tall by 16″ wide and 6″ tall by 12″ wide.

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1. Start by folding your fabric in half with the two short edges together and right sides together, and sew down the side

2. Using a basting stitch, baste one end (still keeping the fabric folded, baste through both layers at the same time) and the other baste in the round. You should only have one side open now, with one side sewn closed, and one basted closed.

3. Pull up the basting stitches from the basted closed side, pulling evenly from both sides. When it’s as tight as possible, tie the threads together. Flip it right side out,

4. Stuff the pumpkin with your choice of filler and then pull up the basting stitches to close. Tie the threads to keep it shut.

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5. Thread your darning needle (or the longest needle you can find!) with the full strand of embroidery floss. Use a good long length – you’ll be going around the pumpkin a total of three times

6. Make a large knot at the end of your embroidery floss and work the needle from the top center through to the bottom. Then pull it back around to the top and push through again.

7. Keep the thread taut while making 6 evenly spaced rounds back and forth (from top to bottom) to give the pumpkin its characteristic appearance. When you’re finished, tie it off.

8. Cut out a leafy shape from some green felt.

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9. Cut/break a bit of a twig or stick off for your pumpkin.

10. Cut a little x shape in the center of your felt leaves. This will allow the stick to be glued into the pumpkin.

11. Glue your felt leaf to the pumpkin top.

12. Add a glob of glue to the bottom of the stick and then jam it in the x on the leaf. Hold in place to be sure the glue grips it well.

And voila! There you have the DIY Fabric Pumpkins.

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The cutest little pumpkin ever! Now go make a bunch more and stack them up somewhere!

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It’s a fun afternoon project to keep little hands busy too 🙂

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Go ahead and use up some of those scraps…and show off your beautiful creations over in the Peekaboo Facebook group! If you enjoyed this tutorial, you might also enjoy our Rustic Thanksgiving Table Setting.

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Happy Sewing!

11 Responses

  1. Do you have a printed pattern on here for the pumpkins? I would like to print it and so much easier to read. Thanks

  2. Would LOVE to make these with my grandkids! How about a cinnamon stick for the branch? Wouldn’t that smell like fall? Thank you

    1. Instead of basting the two pieces together so that it is closed, you open the circle and baste all the way around the diameter so that there is still an opening.

    1. See how in the picture for step 4 there is still an opening but it is drawn up a little? That is from basting in the round. Instead of basting both layers together to close it, you open the whole and baste all the way around the diameter (single layer) and that makes the end that you will stuff from then draw up the rest of the way closed once you are done stuffing.

  3. Oh my gosh! I know what my weekend project will be. I think I will use very thin ribbon for wrapping the pumpkin. One suggestion….for the “stalk” it might be a good idea to take the sticks/reeds/weeds that you’ll be using and toss them in a hot oven for about 5 minutes. Sometimes bugs lay eggs inside deadfall and, while spiders & maggots are part of the Halloween aesthetic, real creepy crawlies in your house are no fun.

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