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How to make Fabric Pumpkins

Today I am sharing an easy tutorial on how to make fabric pumpkins:

Spruce up your Fall Table with this quick and easy tutorial on How to Make Fabric Pumpkins. #falldecor #fabricpumpkins


My kitchen table has been in need of a little update for fall.  I'd been seeing these Fabric Pumpkins around in the last year or so and wanted to try and make myself a few.  I finally did and am tickled pink on how they turned out. (Or should I say tickled orange and purple?)  They make the cutest little center-piece on my dining room table.  I think I'll make a couple for our teachers (just for fun.)

Would you like top make some fabric pumpkisn too?  It's so easy and you don't even need a sewing machine!

Here is how to make these pumpkins:

Materials:
  • Fabric
  • Pillow stuffing
  • needle and thread
  • hot glue
  • scissors/ruler
  • Something for the stem and leaves (I used sticks I found outside leaves from an old discarded fake plant, but you could use felt or fabric for the leaves (if you even want a leaf) and for the stump you could stuff a small piece of felt or fabric or use a stick from the yard or maybe even a twiste brown paper sack.)
  • Twine, string or yarn to wrap around the pumpkin.
  • twine, raffia, felt or extra fabric (in case you need to hide any exposed hot glue around the stem, I only needed it on 2 of my 3 pumpkins.)

Instructions:

Cut your fabric into a rectangle, different dimensions will give different shapes.  Technically, a standard pumpkin shape would be width = 2 times the height.  I wanted various shapes that would complement each other, so for reference my cut pieces were:
orange fabric:  15.5 wide by 7.5 tall
purple fabric:  32 wide by 13 tall
stripe fabric: 21 wide by 16 tall

Fold your fabric in half, right sides together and hand sew, machine sew or even hot glue the side seam.


Next, sew a wide basting stitch along the bottom of the tube.  (I tried to use my machine for this basting stitch, but it works better hand sewn since you can get a much wider stitch.)  Gather the bottom up so it is tightly closed and sew a few stitches to secure the bottom.



Flip the fabric right side out and stuff your pumpkin.  (To conserve my stuffing, I made a hole in the middle of the stuffing and used plastic bags and fabric scraps, then put stuffing on top.)


Sew a basting stitch along the top and close it the same way as the bottom.


Pull the top closed and add a few stitches to secure it.


Wrap the twine/string around the pumpkin 2 to 4 times (whatever looks best to you.) Wrap it tightly and tie it off on the bottom.  The tension gives the pumpkin the the puffiness.  If the knots at the bottom bother you, you could cut a circle of fabric/felt and hot glue it over the knots to cover them up.

how to make fabric pumpkis

Add a dollop of hot glue to the top of the pumpkin and attach your stem.

how to make fabric pumpkis


Add your leaves and twine with a little more hot glue and wallah!  A pumpkin!  Cute isn't it?


Now go make a few!

How to make fabric pumpkins

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64 comments:

  1. Your tutorial for the fabric pumpkins is clear and in my opinion the most doable one I have seen lately. In other words, I can see myself making some of these! Thanks for a great idea that is appealing and attractive, Crafty Mom!

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  2. These are great and your instructions make them seem so easy! I am going to try this with my son and send some to his teacher. Thank you so much for your wonderful tutorial

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  3. These are great! I tend to stuff things with fabric too.

    I'm hosting the Fall Into the Holidays blog hop and would love to have you link up.

    http://redcrowgreencrow.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/fall-into-the-holidays-2-happy-misgivings-day/

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

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  4. These are the CUTEST fabric pumpkins I have ever seen! And I've seen a LOT of fabric pumpkins!

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  5. Its an amazing idea, thanks for the tutorial :)

    Greetings,

    Schnulli

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  6. Just love it! I think I have to make a fabric pumpkin! Nice blog, you`ve got...
    Sending you a greeting from Norway...

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  7. You make it look so easy! Found you via the Trendy Treehouse and am a new follower on GFC.

    I've also pinned this tutorial on Pinterest (with credit and a link of course), hope that's ok :)

    Angela
    www.atypicalenglishhome.com

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  8. My husband doesn't like plastic pumpkins but the real ones may not last long with impish teenagers around. I think making these will be our happy medium.

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  9. Very cute! Love the colors and patterns! I have my faux pumpkin items and fabric sitting on my crafting table, ready to go! Great minds think alike, you won the race! Haha.....NeeCee at pinecreekstyle.blogspot.com

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  10. WOW!!! Great job!!! Thanks for the tutorial! I think I can make these! YAY!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  11. I love the purple one! Your pictures are just lovely too. Thanks for the great tutorial. Your idea about making them for teachers is a great one. I'll have to remember that sometime-they'd make such cute gifts!

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  12. i love the use of the twine! it makes them look so real!!

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  13. I just love these! I've been wanting to make some but wasn't sure exactly how to! Thanks so much for sharing these. Hmmm... wonder if I could make these for Christmas gifts?

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  14. These are ADORABLE!!! Love it. I hope you'll link them up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party if you haven't already.

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/09/2012-wickedly-creative-halloween-ideas.html

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  15. Those are great! I was looking for an easy tute to make some... thanks for the share! I'm off to rummage through my fabric!

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  16. Those are cute, thanks for the tutorial! :) Have a great day! hugs, Holly

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  17. What a cute idea! I love how simple they look to make.

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  18. It looks more simple than I expected. Thanks for sharing! I am your newest GFC follower!

    Bobi
    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

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  19. These are so cute. Thank you for sharing your tutorial!

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  20. Those are absolutely adorable!! Love the fabric! And love that you used sticks for the stumps too. Awesome idea! I would love if you shared this at my Throwback Thursday party. I hope to see you there! And thanks for sharing :) http://www.hubbymademe.com/throwback-thursday-no-11/

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  21. Adorable! Love this tutorial..pinning it now. :) Megan

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  22. Love these- esp. since my baby boy has been getting a hold of everything, I like the fact that these won't break!

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  23. These pumpkins are so cute. Love that you used real sticks for the stems. Thanks for the great tutorial. I'm visiting from Shabby Nest's linky party and I'm your newest GFC follower. Would love it if you had a chance to visit some time and follow back. Have a great weekend!
    Tuula :)

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  24. Very nice! I love the fabrics and how easy this project is to do. I'd love to have you at Hookin On Hump Day - it's a link party just for the fiber arts. I found you at A Night Owl's party! I also have a group crafting Pinterest board I can invite you to, if you're interested!
    http://www.mymerrymessylife.com/2012/09/hookin-on-hump-day-15-link-party-for.html

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  25. This is a really clever idea--so cute. My end results turned out adorable because your instructions were very clear. Thank you so much for sharing. These will go on my table, as well, served with my very pumpkin cookies & candy corn cheesecake.

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  26. Yay! Fall is here! Your fabric pumpkins are just too cute. You make these look so easy! I might just what to give this a go. I'm following you through Facebook (via my personal page), Pintrest, GCF, and Twitter. I would love you stop by and link up at our Saturday Social blog hop at Whimsically Homemade! Hope to see you there! http://whimsicallyhomemade.blogspot.com/2012/09/saturday-social-blog-hop.html

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  27. Thank you. I have also seen these but your tutorial tells me I can do it! I especially like the purple one, and I don't like purple!

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  28. These are so cute. I have some leftover fabric I could use to make these.

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  29. Super cute! Wish I was a better sewer!

    LB
    www.accordingtol.com

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  30. these are adorable! I can totally see my Amy butler scraps being put to good use now.

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  31. I love the colors and patterns you selected and it's something you don't have to be a great seamstress for. If you get a chance come link up at our Pin Party.

    http://sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/2012/09/pintastic-monday-link-party-10.html#.UGClu64-WnD

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  32. Love, love it. I love fabric pumpkins and will be making a few for myself. Love the colors and pattern you choose. Adorable! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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  33. Super cute! love the colors, stems, everything!

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  34. Thank you so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button: http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2012/09/your-whims-wednesday-78-and-features.html

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  35. I just love your pumpkins and orange is my favorite color, so I will try to do them....tomorrow ;-)) Thanks and your blog is a pleasure to visit !

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  36. I cannot tell you how much I love your fabric pumpkins!! They are gorgeous!

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  37. I'm hosting an It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party. I would love for you to share this, and any other Fall projects you have! Hope to see you there :)

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  38. Ooohh these pumpkins are so adorable!!!! Love the fabrics, really cute!

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  39. They are adorable, Jamie. Great tutorial, too! Thanks for sharing your pretty laundry over at my place! xo Jami

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  40. Super cute and gorgeous photography! Thanks for sharing at It's Overflowning's Party (every Saturday at 7am). I'm featuring you tomorrow. XO, Aimee

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  41. Thank you for sharing @ craft, create and inspire last weekend :)

    Your project is featured this week!

    Hope you will join us again this week ?

    Claire x

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  42. Love this fun project. If you are worried about taller ones falling over you can stuff the middle (in a plastic bag like yours) with some beans or lentils.

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  43. Very nice! I think I'll be making a few myself.

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  44. These are just the cutest pumpkins ever and your tutorial is fabulous!

    I'm featuring these on my Halloween Pinterest Picks -

    http://www.craftyincrosby.com/2012/10/halloween-pinterest-picks.html

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  45. I love these pumpkins!! Great tutorial. In reading the comments and thinking about stuffing the pumpkins, how cool would it be to have a small pouch filled with pumpkin spice to put in the middle of the stuffing? Look great, smell great!

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  46. Thank you so much for sharing. Your post has been featured on Monday Funday at Mel's Daisy Patch. Come Grab a Brag button you deserve it!!
    http://melsdaisypatch.blogspot.com/2012/10/monday-funday-8pumpkins.html

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  47. Well, here I am a year later to say these are the nicest ones with great 'how-to' details, that I have seen. I've looked at a lot too. Thanks so much for sharing. Glad I found you.

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  48. Cool idea! I live in Hawaii right now and it's beautiful, but I'm really missing fall! I think this is the only kind of pumpkin that wouldn't rot weeks before Halloween. Visiting from the From Dream to Reality hop =)

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  49. So cute! I'd love for you to share this with my readers at my Motivation Monday party http://www.alifeinbalance.net/motivation-monday-linky-party-109/. I'll be sharing all the fall crafts linked at this week's party in a round up post on Saturday.

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  50. These have got to be the cutest pumpkins I've seen yet! I would love for you to share this post at my Create & Share Link Party! Hope to see you there :) http://designsbymissmandee.blogspot.com/

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  51. Darling and so easy!! I love this. I may be doing this on Saturday!! Have a great day!

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  52. Pretty and simple. Love the combination of fabrics you chose.
    G'day!

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  53. These pumpkins are so stinking cute! I love the look. I might have to try these out! Thanks for sharing. Stopping in from the link up today.

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  54. These are so cute!! Love that you made them with fabric...very creative!!

    Sharing :)

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  55. Love your pumpkins! I am hosting my first ever Tuesday Link Up Party. I hope you can come over and link up with me!! I love meeting new ladies and getting to see all the amazing content everyone has to offer! http://liverandomlysimple.com/totally-terrific-tuesday-linkup-party-1/

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  56. These are so cute and you make it took so easy to make! They look great!

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  57. Hello!

    These are *so* cute! What a great addition to any fall décor! I'll definitely have to give these a try one day! :)

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  58. Please please please share this fab tutorial at my Show Me Saturdays (party starts at 7:00 am EST). My readers would love this!
    ~ Ashley

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  59. Your pumpkins are so fun! Thanks for sharing them at The Project Stash last week....we featured them! http://goo.gl/UxXsaO

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  60. I absolutely love this! Pinned. It is so fun to party with you. Thank you. I hope to see you at our party on Monday at 7 pm. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

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  61. Love these pumpkins, and wanted to let you know that I'm featuring them as part of Link It or Lump It today. Thanks for participating in our link party! http://www.lovelywren.com/link-it-or-lump-it-58-and-features/

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