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How To Make Fabric Pumpkins for Halloween

Would you like to make some fabric pumpkins? 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 and 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 outside or maybe even a twisted brown paper bag.)

  • Twine, string, raffia or yarn to wrap around the pumpkin.

Instructions To Make Fabric Pumpkins For Halloween

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: 15.5cm wide by 7.5cm tall

  • Short pumpkin: 32cm wide by 13cm tall

  • Tall/ large pumpkin: 21cm wide by 16cm 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.

Step 3: Close The Bottom Of The Fabric Pumpkin.

Next, hand stitch a wide basting stitch along the bottom of the tube. (This 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.

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

Flip the fabric right side out and stuff your pumpkin.

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.

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.

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

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

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

If you don't have suitable fabric, leaves and cinnamon sticks, visit our shop where you can purchase fabric kits to make three sizes of pumpkin or felt pumpkin kits with instructions.

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