Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather, holidays approaching and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. Speaking of pumpkins, I knew this year I wanted to do a craft including my favorite décor item! Fabric pumpkins! I searched online and pulled together bits and pieces of tutorials. This craft requires some sewing but I know there are many online tutorials that share how to make fabric pumpkins without sewing.
Easy Fabric Pumpkin Supplies
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- Velvet Material
- Thick Embroidery Thread
- Template for Shape
- Large Sewing Needle
- Stick (found in my yard)
- Moss Prepackaged
- Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
Additional Supplies Needed
Directions for the Fabric Pumpkins
Start by tracing round circles on your fabric. Then, use different sized plates but anything round will work, using three different sizes. You can make them as large or as small as you want just make the shape a circle. Cut out your fabric based on your template. Use the large sewing needle and embroidery thread to start sewing around the outside edge of the circle after tying off the long end of the thread. Go in about 1/4 from the edge.
Start on the inside of the fabric to hide the knot you will need to make in your thread. Sew in and out until you’ve made it all the way around your circle then lightly pull on the thread. Your circle will make a bucket shape so you can start to fill them with the stuffing. An optional step is to add raw bean or rice to the bottom prior to adding stuffing to give it some weight.
After pulling the thread closed, tie a simple double knot to close up the circle. Run the needle and thread through the center of pumpkin to the bottom, out, then back up through the top. Tie that off with a double knot. This extra step helps give more of a “pumpkin” look. Use the hot glue gun and add the moss and a stick and that’s it! I’ve seen others add additional embellishments like feathers or even antique jewelry pieces.
Hand Stitching the Fabric
How to Cut and Shape the Fabric Pumpkins
For these I used a square template in three different sizes. Cardboard works perfectly. They need to be twice as long as they are tall. So, if your pattern is 18 long, it needs to be 9 tall. Trace the fabric on the wrong side with a pencil then cut out my shape.
Place the fabric wrong sides facing each other by folding long ends together. Then, sew a basic straight stitch all the way through the open end to close up that side. The top and bottom should be left open. Take your large sewing needle and again, use the embroidery thread and knotted the end. Repeat the same stitch as the velvet pumpkins going in and out all the way around until you have stitched the entire opening on one side. Pull it closes then use a simple double knot to tie it off.
Turn your fabric right side out. Fill it with the stuffing and do the same stitch pattern on top and closed it off. Run the needle from top to bottom and back again for shaping and tie it off. Take the upholstery needle (these really help as it makes it easier to run the yarn) and thread it with the yarn. You can use any color you’d like. Run the yarn about 5 inches through the needle leaving a long tail then knot it.
Insert the needle and run it up and the yarn all the way through. Then, through the bottom again and repeat the step. This will give your fabric it’s shape or “indentions”. Repeat that step until you’re happy with the shape and knot the thread. The last step is to top off the pumpkins with real stems.
These are super simple to make and so much fun as well. Most of the supplies needed to recreate these, you most likely have around your house already!
You can make so many variations of these using different fabrics, styles, sizes and so much more. Acorns would also be easy to make and would take the same supplies. I hope this inspires you to craft your own fabric pumpkins and if you do, I would LOVE to see them!
Completed Fabric Pumpkins
You can view my easy fabric pumpkins DIY tutorial on my YouTube Channel
Happy pumpkin making and welcome Fall!