DIY Fabric Pumpkins | Free Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial

DIY Fabric Pumpkins

I hope you’re ready to be done with summer and start decorating for Fall. Today we have 2 different tutorials for you for DIY Fabric Pumpkins. These fabric pumpkins are an easy to make fun DIY project that will help you decorate your home or even the Thanksgiving table. 

Our first tutorial for fall fabric pumpkins today comes from Sarah at The Crazy Tailor and the second is from Amy.

DIY Fabric Pumpkins | 2 Pumpkin Tutorials

DIY Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial #1 | Fall Pumpkin

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 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 colored fabrics that coordinated. You don’t have to be too matchy – even a variety of whites or textures would work for these pumpkins!

Fabric Pumpkins

Materials to Make Fabric Pumpkins:

  • something to stuff the pumpkins 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 Pumpkin Instructions:

Ok,  so to start with the pumpkins you need to cut out your fabric. The general rule here is to use a piece of fabric 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.

Fabric Pumpkins

Fabric Pumpkins Step 1: Start by folding your pumpkin fabric in half with the two short edges together and right sides together, and sew down the side

Fabric Pumpkins Step 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.

Fabric Pumpkins Step 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,

Fabric Pumpkins Step 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.

Fabric Pumpkins

Fabric Pumpkins Step 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

Fabric Pumpkins Step 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.

Fabric Pumpkins Step 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.

Fabric Pumpkins Step 8: Cut out a leafy shape from some green felt.

Fabric Pumpkin

Fabric Pumpkins Step 10: Cut/break a bit of a twig or stick off for your pumpkin.

Fabric Pumpkins Step 11: Cut a little x shape in the center of your felt leaves. This will allow the stick to be glued into the pumpkin.

Fabric Pumpkins Step 12: Glue your felt leaf to the pumpkin top.

Fabric Pumpkins Step 13: 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.

Fabric Pumpkin

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

Fabric Pumpkin

Fabric Pumpkin

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

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DIY Fabric Pumpkin #2 | Fat Quarter Pumpkin

Sarah’s tutorial was great and her pictures are amazing. Now we have one more DIY Pumpkin Tutorial for Amy: 
It’s a bit late in the season but these fun Fat Quarter pumpkins will work great for November too! Come learn how to make fat quarter pumpkins today.
DIY Fat Quarter Pumpkins
I love how plump the fat quarter pumpkins are and how cute they look with the rest of my Halloween decor 🙂 They will definitely be staying out next month for our big Thanksgiving feast!
DIY Fabric Pumpkins | Free Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial

Fat Quarter Pumpkin Materials:

  • 1 FQ for each pumpkin (I used fabrics from the Posh Pumpkin line courtesy of The Ribbon Retreat)
  • Twine, Ribbon, Embroidery floss, etc.
  • Polyfill or fabric scraps
  • Needle and thread

Instructions to Make the Fat Quarter Pumpkin

Fat Quarter Pumpkins Step 1: Decide on the dimensions for your pumpkins. For a short, fat pumpkin I cut my FQ in half into 2 long strips
DIY Fabric Pumpkins | Free Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial
Fat Quarter Pumpkins Step 2: Then I sewed the short ends together with right sides together to form one big loop
DIY Fabric Pumpkins | Free Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial
Fat Quarter Pumpkins Step 3: For a tall, skinny pumpkin I just folded the FQ in half and sewed the edges together. This turned out a bit too tall so I ended up trimming off the top 6″ which you could definitely use for a baby pumpkin
DIY Fabric Pumpkins | Free Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial
Fat Quarter Pumpkins Step 4: With a needle and thread sew a long running stitch across the top edge of the pumpkin. Only sew through 1 layer and go all the way around then pull on thread to gather
DIY Fabric Pumpkins | Free Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial
Fat Quarter Pumpkins Step 5: Once it’s completely gathered tie it off with several knots to secure
DIY Fabric Pumpkins | Free Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial
Fat Quarter Pumpkins Step 6: Turn right side out. The top of the pumpkin will now look like this:
DIY Fabric Pumpkins | Free Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial
Fat Quarter Pumpkins Step 7: Grab your stuffing and fill the pumpkin to the brim
DIY Fabric Pumpkins | Free Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial
Fat Quarter Pumpkins Step 8: Sew a running stitch across the bottom edge, gather, and knot off. I ended up pulling out a tiny bit of stuffing to be able to get it to shut completely.
DIY Fabric Pumpkins | Free Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial
Fat Quarter Pumpkins Step 9: Grab your twine, ribbon, etc. and wrap your pumpkin up just like you’d wrap a present. Criss-cross the twine at the top and bottom of the pumpkin to create 6 sections. The secret to getting nice defined sections is to pull the twine nice and tight.
DIY Fabric Pumpkins | Free Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial
DIY Fabric Pumpkins | Free Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial
Fat Quarter Pumpkins Step 10:I finished my pumpkins off with a simple bow but you could also add a little twig stem with some hot glue. I hope you enjoyed this DIY Fat Quarter Pumpkins Tutorial.
DIY Fabric Pumpkins | Free Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial
And there you have it – making fabric pumpkins wasn’t as hard as you expected. I hope you enjoyed our tutorial today and were able to sew fabric pumpkins that can liven up your home this Fall. 

Other DIY Tutorials to Make for Fall

Before you leave, I should at least point out a few other DIY articles around here that might help you get ready for the season: 
(1) DIY Halloween Treat Bags: Stephanie made up this excellent DIY tutorial on how to make custom Halloween treat bags. You can make these bags with some cute Halloween fabric, ribbon, and basic sewing supplies. They’re a fun addition to your give-away treats this year.
(2) DIY Halloween Pillowcases: These fun DIY pillowcase covers by Pienkel are a fun addition for Halloween. She shows you how to take some seasonal fabric and add words and even a spider to it to make it right for the seaon. 
Alright – we won’t keep you any longer. Thank you for taking a look at our pumpkins and we hope you have some inspiration to make a DIY decoration for your home.
Go ahead and use up some of those scraps…and show off your beautiful creations over in the Peekaboo Facebook group!
Happy Sewing!
DIY Fabric Pumpkins

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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