Make Fabric Pumpkins

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How to Make Fabric Pumpkins

Fabric Pumpkins are so fun and easy to make.

First, start with a quick trip to the thrift store. I like to buy old clothes to make these pumpkins.

Choose an assortment of fabrics and textures in colors you like. I like the stretch jersey knits. They are effortless to work with and mold very well.

Chenille is also one of my other favorite fabrics to you. In addition, I  have bought an old chenille bedspread to make pumpkins and a robe with tags on it. You can also purchase beautiful white chenille at the end of this post in “shop this post”.

Old plaid flannel shirts are fun to work with as well.

Natural stems make the most realistic-looking pumpkins. You may need to take a trip to a pumpkin farm or your local grocery store.

Make Fabric Pumpkins

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To make fabric pumpkins, you need to create a circle for a pattern.

Use a variety of sizes, so I cut circle patterns out of a brown grocery bag.

Try  6″,8″, 10″ and 12″ circles.

First, you want to cut your circles out of the fabrics you will be using.

Secondly, you will create a running stitch around the edge of the circle. This is a simple in-and-out stitch that you place about 1/2″ from the edge.

I use embroidery thread and these DMC embroidery needles. I find the regular thread to be too thin, and it breaks easily.

Embroidery thread

There is no need to be really picky about your stitching.

You will not see this stitch line when you are finished. You do not need to be particular.

Gather the fabric a bit as I go around the circle.

After you finish sewing around the edge, leave an end on the thread to pull. Then, gather up the fabric to create a pouch.

Add a handful of beans or rice to weigh down the pumpkin on the bottom.

Now it is time to make your fabric pumpkin come to life.

Stuff your pumpkin with polyfill to your liking. I like mine rather full and plump.

It would be best if you didn’t overstuff it as you will need to sew it shut.

Now, it is time to close your pumpkin up.

Put the needle back on the end of the embroidery thread and pull the string as tight as you can. ( you can see in the image how tight I have drawn the thread)

Start to sew from side to side to close the circle.

Next, we will add the ribs to the pumpkin.

Using the same needle and embroidery thread, tie a knot at the end of the single strand.

Insert the needle in the center of the bottom of the pumpkin and push the needle through to the top of the pumpkin.

Wrap the thread around the side of the pumpkin and come up through the center.

Continue this process until you have the number of ribs you like. I like around 6.

close the cirlce on the fabric pumpkin

Decorating your pumpkin is where you can use your imagination. First select a variety of stems, leaves, moss and anything else you would like to add to your pumpkins.

Using the hot glue gun, attaching your stem and decorative items.


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  1. Great post, Wendy! I love the fabric you found. Looks great on the table! ~Missy

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