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Let's get crafty: Fall fabric pumpkin tutorial

Sep 24, 2021 || IHMVCU

Fabric pumpkin

If you’re any kind of crafter, maker or quilter, you’ve probably got more fabric scraps than you know what to do with. Well, we've got a solution for them!

Whipping up these fabric pumpkins is easy as pumpkin pie. Whether they’re big, small, coordinated or delightfully mismatched, these cute little pumpkins will look great on your autumn mantle or in a festive tiered tray display.

Here's what you'll need:

  • ¼ yard or fat quarter of fabric
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Stuffing
  • Long needle
  • Thread
  • Floss
  • Ruler
  • Glue gun
  • Optional: ribbon or embellishments


Step 1: Cut fabric to your desired size. You’ll be folding it hamburger style, so be sure to double the width you want to end up with. Ours ended up being about 18 inches long by 8 inches tall.

Step 2: With right sides facing, fold the fabric in half along the short side. Sew closed using ¼ seam. Press the seam open.

Sewed edge of fabric

Step 3: Using a needle and thread, sew a loose running stitch about ¼ inch from the top edge all the way around.

Using needle to sew through fabric

Step 4: Gently pull the thread to create gathers and close the opening. Stitch through the gathered fabric a few times, then tie off the thread.

Step 5: Turn the fabric right side out and start to stuff your pumpkin. Fill as much as you can for a fluffy, full look.

stuffing the pumpkin

Step 6: Sew another running stitch along the top unfinished edge and close the pumpkin (see step 4).

Sewing pumpkin closed

Step 7: To create the pumpkin segments, thread embroidery floss into a long needle. Push the needle through the bottom of the pumpkin and up through the top. Tightly pull the thread to the side, push your needle back up through the pumpkin and repeat until all your sections have been created. Tie off your thread. And be careful not to poke yourself!

threaded embroidery floss to make segments

Step 8: Cut a rectangle of felt and roll it to create your pumpkin’s stem. Secure the roll with hot glue, then place a generous blob of hot glue on the bottom of your felt stem and place on top of your pumpkin.

Cutting stem and inserting it into pumpkin

Step 9: Embellish with ribbon and enjoy your new handmade décor!

Final pumpkin

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