Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

Looking for an easy DIY pumpkin? Look no further! Here’s a cute way to make them out of fabric. You could even have an older child make or help make them.

To get started you’ll need orange fabric (cutting instructions below), leaves cut from green fabric (felt or fleece would be ideal), 2″ piece of stick, embroidery floss, heavy duty thread and needle, a glue gun, brown or tan raffia, and a sewing machine (optional).

1. Cut your orange fabric into a rectangle. For a rounder pumpkin, the length should be 2 times the width (ex. 10″ wide by 20″ long). For a slightly squattier pumpkin, the length should be 2.5 times the width (ex. 10″ wide by 25″ long).

2. Fold the orange fabric lengthwise with right sides together. Use a sewing machine or hand stitch along the open edge.

3. With right sides still together, gather up the fabric at one of the openings and tie securely with embroidery floss. A rubber band rather than floss could also work but may not be as durable over several years.

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4. Turn the pumpkin right side out. Loosely hand stitch around the opening of the pumpkin with a 3/8″ seam allowance with stitches around 1/4″ wide. Use a heavy duty thread so it doesn’t break when you pull it in step 6. Leave loose tails hanging off at both the beginning and the end and don’t tie any knots.

5. Fill the pumpkin with stuffing until it is fairly firm.

6. Pull the ends of the thread stitched around the top until the opening is closed or nearly closed and tie several knots. Trim off the long ends of the thread.

7. Take your embroidery floss and tie a tight circle around the pumpkin and leave around a 6″ tail. (For reference, I needed about 4 feet total of embroidery floss for a pumpkin that used the fabric measurements of 10″ x 20″).

8. Next, wrap the long piece of the embroidery floss twice around the pumpkin diagonally from your first line so there are six total segments. Tightly tie the string to the tail left from step 7.

9. Use your glue gun to make a large dot of glue in the top center of the pumpkin. I’m using white glue so you can see it in the photo but clear would be best. Press your stick into the hot glue.

10. Use the hot glue gun to attach your leaves.

11. To finish, wrap a piece of  raffia around the base of the stem to hide any excess glue.

12. After this step you can call it finished, or you (or kids!) could cut jack o’lantern faces out of felt and hot glue them to the pumpkins.

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  50 comments for “Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

  1. October 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Very cute and great tutorial!

  2. October 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Great tutorial and awesome pumpkins! :)

  3. October 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Super cute!

  4. October 11, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    This would be perfect for my daughter to make! Thanks!

  5. Jamie
    October 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

    super cute & pretty easy to make! nice!!

  6. October 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Great Tutorial. I’d love for you to link it to my party:http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2011/10/linky-11-will-craft-forinspiration.html

  7. October 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    So simple and cute! Great tutorial!

  8. October 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    How cute is that? Love it.

  9. October 12, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I love these, they are so cute! And they look easy too!

  10. October 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    These are super cute. I always run away when I see needle and thread, but maybe… I should try…
    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking…

  11. October 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I pinned this!

  12. October 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    These look great!

    I stumbled this post!

  13. October 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I would love it if you would link this to my link party, and any others you may have. Thanks, It just started :)

  14. October 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    These are so cute! Thanks for the step by step tutorial, have a great weekend!

  15. October 15, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I love them! I have started these and need to finish them:) Thanks for the little nudge! Have a fabulous weekend!!

  16. October 15, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Good morning!! You got a Saturday Shout Out over at Sassy Sites! Come on by and grab a button!! XOXO!

  17. October 16, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Wow, too cute, I’ll be making a few of these myself. This need to be shared, Would you post at my Sunday’s Best party going on now, http://www.my1929charmerblog.com. I want everyone to see these!

  18. October 17, 2011 at 11:22 am

    These are soo adorable.. and I just love the simplicity of making them.. I think even a sewing like myself could master these! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party!

  19. October 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Very cute!!

  20. October 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Hi! I spotted your pumpkins on a linky party. Very cute, my dear! Stop on over Dazed for a visit! :)

  21. Jill
    October 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    The perfect simple craft for Halloween! The pumpkins look fabulous!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  22. October 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    love these and I made some this weekend! Hope you’ll check them out, I linked back to this post!

  23. October 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    these are BEAUTIFUL..

  24. October 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    These are just plain adorable! :)

    I’d love for you to link up to my pumpkin party:

    “Pumpkinspiration Party!

    • October 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks for the invite! Tutorial just added. :)

  25. October 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Just wanted you to know that I think your tutorial and end result is the best one out there on the web! I’d pinned your to my fall board a couple of days ago, but just got around to trying it out today. Thank you so much for sharing!!! :)

  26. Felicia
    October 20, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Love! I just cleaned out my fabric will have to try with some of the orange I have!

  27. October 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    What a fantastic tutorial – I now know what my daughter and her friend will be doing tomorrow at her play date. Thanks for posting this!! I will post on my blog and link back this weekend :-))

  28. October 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    oops, I left the wrong web address, silly moi. It is http://www.whimsicalmermaid.blogspot.com . The girls are so looking forward to making these tomorrow!

  29. Lola
    October 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    That is so cute, i’m going to make a few for my craft room!!!

  30. October 27, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Thanks again for the tut – I posted a pic, and a link back to this post today – along with a fat quarter giveaway that I am hosting – we had an absolute blast making these pumpkins!

  31. October 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I’m very fond of your pumkins!!! Yes!!!
    Enjoy a nice day.
    Friendly yours.

  32. October 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    My birthday is on Halloween and I love all things fall. Looking forward to making some of these pumpkins! Thanks for info

  33. January 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    These are so adorable I wish it were fall again!

  34. September 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Thank you for this! A former coworker made them years ago and I’ve been looking for a pattern.

  35. Donna
    October 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you for a very cute idea!

  36. September 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    These are so cute! I just had to share them on my latest post along with a link back to this page.

    • September 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing, Terri!

  37. Marisa
    September 27, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Made these with various burlap colors and they turned out so cute! Thanks you!

  38. Merry
    September 27, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing. These turn out cute and still look good if you have to piece your rectangle together. I made fatter pumpkins by going about 1:3, for example 10″ x 30″.

    Also, in Step 3, you can use a rubber band to hold the gathers together while you wrap the embroidery floss (I used button-carpet thread) around the bottom of the pumpkin.

    • September 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Great ideas, thanks for the tips Merry!

  39. mary hackney
    October 28, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Kids Made this today from felt in Bible school when I was desparate for a craft. They loved it!!

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