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How to Make Fabric Pumpkins

Want to learn How to Make Fabric Pumpkins?  You’re in luck, I’ve got a great Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial to share that will show you how to make these cute and colorful DIY pumpkins using just about any type of fabric!

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DIY Fabric Pumpkins as Fall Decor

My kitchen table has been in need of a little update for fall. I’d been seeing these adorable 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?)  

Why Sew Fabric Pumpkins?

  • Adorable – These DIY Fabric Pumpkins make the cutest fall decor display. They look darling as a centerpiece on my dining room table and would look amazing as a fall mantle display. (And you get to tell your family and friends you made them yourself!)
  • Easy – You will absolutely love how easy these easy colorful fabric pumpkins are to make with today’s free pattern. (Even better, I’ve included a video tutorial in case you are someone who prefers video over step-by-step photo instructions. The video should pop up automatically – you can just close it out if not needed.)
  • Scrap Busting Project – These colorful pumpkins only need a bit of fabric, so perfect for using up scraps! The smallest pumpkin only needs a 7.5 by 15.5 piece of fabric.
  • Great as a gift or a craft to sell – The pumpkins are a great craft to sell at a craft fair or Etsy shop and make a darling gift for family, friends, and even teachers.
DIY Fabric Pumpkins

Recommended fabric for fabric pumpkins:

The good news is just about any fabric will work!

  • Quilting cotton / scrap fabric
  • Velvet
  • Canvas
  • Thick knits
  • Corduroy
  • Old sweaters

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a pretty great collection of quilting cotton. I’m on a mission to curate a collection that has all the colors so I can make something seasonal or whatever is trending, without having to rush off to the fabric store. 

I had picked up this particular collection of fall-themed fabric from my local fabric store and have a ton of ideas on projects to use the fabric, starting with these easy fabric pumpkins.

More simple projects for your quilting cotton stash 

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How to Make Fabric Pumpkins

Would you like to make some fabric pumpkins too?  It’s so easy and you don’t even need a sewing machine!

The best part of this fabric pumpkin pattern is that the pumpkins can be made with fabric scraps you already have on hand.

This easy tutorial includes cutting dimensions to make three different sizes.  (Small, medium and large.)

There is a tiny bit of sewing (the side seam and the bottom) but if you don’t have a machine, don’t worry, it is a tiny bit that you can hand stitch in minutes. (You could even use hot glue on the side seam if you aren’t into hand sewing!)

Creative ideas to fancy up your fabric pumpkins:

  • Add burlap, fabric or raffia leaves.
  • Wrap twine around your pumpkin stem.
  • Add a few cinnamon sticks along with the stuffing to give the pumpkins a pumpkin spice scent.
  • Use homespun, plaid, buffalo check or velvet fabric.

Time needed:

About 10 Minutes

Skill level:

Easy (can even be sewn by hand.)

Materials needed:

  • Fabric
  • Pillow stuffing
  • needle and thread
  • hot glue gun
  • 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 twisted brown paper sack.)
  • Twine, string, raffia or yarn to wrap around the pumpkin.

Instructions to Make Fabric Pumpkins

Step 1: Cut your fabric.

Cut your fabric into a rectangle, different dimensions will give different shapes. A standard pumpkin shape would be width = 2 X’s the height. So for a tall skinny pumpkin, reduce the width. For a shorter/fatter pumpkin increase the width.

I wanted various shapes that would complement each other, so for reference, my cut pieces were:

  • Small pumpkin (orange fabric): 15.5 wide by 7.5 tall
  • Short pumpkin (purple fabric): 32 wide by 13 tall
  • Tall/ large pumpkin (stripe fabric): 21 wide by 16 tall

Step 2: Sew the side seams of the pumpkin.

Fold your fabric in half, right sides together, and hand stitch, machine sew, or even hot glue the side seam, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

How to make fabric pumpkins

Step 3: Close the bottom of the fabric pumpkin.

Next, hand stitch 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.

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free fabric pumpkin tutorial

Step 4: Stuff your fabric pumpkin and close the top.

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.

How to make a fabric pumpkin

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

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Step 5: Add the twine and finishing touches to your fabric pumpkin.

Wrap the piece of twine 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 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.

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

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fabric pumpkins

Add your leaves and twine with a little more hot glue and…

Voilà!  An adorable DIY fabric pumpkin! Cute isn’t it?

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Now go make a few fabric pumpkins for yourself!

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FAQ’s

How to Make Fabric Pumpkins No Sew?

You are in luck! If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can still make these fabric pumpkins!

The only part of the fabric pumpkin tutorial that used a sewing machine was the side seam. You can very easily hand stitch this seam or use hot glue or fabric glue to seal the seam. You do still need to hand stitch the basting stitch to close the top and bottom of the pumpkin. (It is the easiest way to achieve the rounded shape.)

How to Make Fake Pumpkin Stems?

Small branch – My favorite way to create pumpkin stems is to just use a small branch or large stick from outside. You can cut the stick into a pumpkin-sized stem and it looks just like the real thing!

Brown Paper Bag – You can also use a brown paper bag. Just twist the bag until the shape looks right. trim the paper stem and add a bit of glue to help the paper stem hold its shape.

Modeling Clay – Use a bit of clay to create the shape of the stem. After the stem has dried, paint it bown.

Wrap a pumpkin stem-shaped object with burlap twine or raffia – A small piece of PVC pipe trimmed to size, a wine cork, or just about any object of similar shape. Just wrap it with the twine, add glue, and Voilà! You have a DIY pumpkin stem.

I think my next set will be velvet pumpkins.

How about you, what fall sewing projects do you have lined up?

Did you Make These DIY Fabric Pumpkins?

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How to Make Fabric Pumpkins

*photos updated 7/2017

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Yield: 1 fabric pumpkin

How to Make Fabric Pumpkins

Fabric Pumpkins

Make some adorable Fabric Pumpkins using any type of fabric! These cute and colorful fabric pumpkins make a great centerpiece or fall display.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • Fabric
  • Pillow stuffing
  • needle and thread
  • hot glue gun
  • 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 twisted brown paper sack.)
  • Twine, string, raffia or yarn to wrap around the pumpkin.

Instructions

Step 1: Cut Your Fabric.

  1. Cut your fabric into a rectangle, different dimensions will give different shapes. A standard pumpkin shape would be width = 2 X’s the height. So for a tall skinny pumpkin, reduce the width. For a shorter/fatter pumpkin increase the width.
  2. I wanted various shapes that would complement each other, so for reference, my cut pieces were:

Small pumpkin (orange fabric): 15.5 wide by 7.5 tall

Short pumpkin (purple fabric): 32 wide by 13 tall

Tall/ large pumpkin (stripe fabric): 21 wide by 16 tall

Step 2: Sew The Side Seams Of The Pumpkin.

  1. Fold your fabric in half, right sides together, and hand stitch, machine sew, or even hot glue the side seam, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Step 3: Close The Bottom Of The Fabric Pumpkin.

  1. Next, hand stitch 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.)  
  2. Gather the bottom up so it is tightly closed and sew a few stitches to secure the bottom.

Step 4: Stuff Your Fabric Pumpkin And Close The Top.

  1. 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.)
  2. Sew a basting stitch along the top and close it the same way as the bottom.
  3. Pull the top closed and add a few stitches to secure it.

Step 5: Add The Twine And Finishing Touches To Your Fabric Pumpkin.

  1. Wrap the piece of twine around the pumpkin 2 to 4 times (whatever looks best to you.) Wrap it tightly and tie it off on the bottom. 
  2. The tension gives the pumpkin the puffiness.  
  3. 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.
  4. Add a dollop of hot glue to the top of the pumpkin and attach your stem.
  5. Add your leaves and twine with a little more hot glue and…

Voilà!  An adorable fabric pumpkin! Cute isn’t it?

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70 Comments

  1. Lisa M Vickery says:

    After much research for the best instructions to make fabric pumpkins, this by far is the best. Thank you for making it so simple.

  2. Cynthia Felice says:

    I love it sooo nice of you to share want to make with the girls in my Sunday school class at my house they will love it! Thanks for sharing Cindy in VA

  3. Nikki Jiles says:

    Love the easy way these are made. I will be making these small (3″ to 6″) so I can use them on wreaths & fall crafts instead of using the plastic ones from the store. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Cute, cute, cute! And so easy I could even whip out a few while watching tv with the hubs in the evening! Thanks! Appreciate the talents of those who can figure out how to make things and are willing to pass along the how-to’s to the rest of us.

  5. 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!

  6. 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. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  7. Your pumpkins are so fun! Thanks for sharing them at The Project Stash last week….we featured them!

  8. Hello!

    These are *so* cute! What a great addition to any fall dΓ©cor! I'll definitely have to give these a try one day! πŸ™‚

  9. 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! h

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

    Sharing πŸ™‚

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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 πŸ™‚

  14. So cute! I'd love for you to share this with my readers at my Motivation Monday party

  15. 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 =)

  16. 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.

  17. 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!!

  18. 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!

    1. Nikki Jiles says:

      You could glue the stem in the top before closing the top making the stem much more sturdy. Before closing, twist a green or brown pipe cleaner around a pencil/dowel & glue in with the stem. If your leaves have a stem on them, glue them in also. Close the opening as you described on the bottom. A small piece of felt or the same fabric as pumpkin wrapped around the stem will cover the thread used to close the top. No big need to hide glue.

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

    I'm featuring these on my Halloween Pinterest Picks –

  20. 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.

  21. Thank you for sharing @ craft, create and inspire last weekend πŸ™‚

    Your project is featured this week!

    Hope you will join us again this week ?

    Claire x

  22. 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

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

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

  25. 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 !

  26. 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!

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

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

  32. 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 πŸ™‚

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

  34. 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 πŸ™‚

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

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

  37. 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!

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

  39. 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?

  40. 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!

  41. 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!

  42. 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

  43. 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.

  44. 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 πŸ™‚

    Angela
    http://www.atypicalenglishhome.com

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

  46. Its an amazing idea, thanks for the tutorial πŸ™‚

    Greetings,

    Schnulli

  47. 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.

  48. 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

  49. 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!