Fabric Pumpkin DIY

You can make pumpkin deco, accessories in the following way, it’s easy though steps are long, just keep going…

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Here’s what you need:

  • Fabric. (The author used a diverse mix of vintage sheets, velvet and new patterned fabrics. If your fabric is sheer (like  “burnout” silk/rayon velvet floral, you’ll need to back it with a solid cotton. I used just a regular cream linen.)
  • Scissors/Rotary Cutter (whichever you like to use best)
  • Straight edge (ruler)
  • Yarn
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Tape measure
  • Self-healing mat
  • Polyester Fiberfill (to stuff your pumpkins with)
  • Sewing pins
  • Vanishing marker/pen
  • Embroidery needles
  • Long embroidery needle (basting needle) OR if you plan on using yarn, you’ll need a plastic yarn needle (this worked REALLY well for me on the larger pumpkins.. if you crochet or knit, this is something you probably already have.
  • Sewing machine (optional)




1. Cut out your piece of fabric, rotary cutter works better.


Note: The size of your fabric should be twice as long as it is wide.. i.e. a 6″x12″, or a 9″x18″, etc.

Once you’ve cut your fabric, fold it in half so that the wrong side of the fabric is on the outside, and line up your ends..

2. Now thread a regular embroidery needle with 2-ply embroidery thread, knot the end of your thread.

If you’re hand-stitching, drawing a line on your fabric about a half inch from the edge (using a pen or vanishing marker.. doesn’t really matter because it will be on the inside of your pumpkin, so it won’t be seen) might help you keep your stitches straight.  Stitch along this line. If you hand-stitch, use the backstitch.


All done. Make sure to secure your thread when your done stitching.

3. Now pick either the top or bottom of your square (doesn’t matter which) of fabric and do a running stitch along the edge (again with a half inch or so seam-allowance like you did in the last step). Draw a line first to make your stitching easier.  Do not secure your thread or cut it yet…



Now take your needle in one hand and hold the edge of your fabric where you did your last running stitch.  IMG_3479

Now pull your needle and thread away from your fabric…



Keep pulling. You’ll notice …the fabric will start to cinch together.


Now you can secure your thread and snip. (few satin stitches and then snipped the thread.)



4. Now for the stuffing.

Now flip your fabric inside out.

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Now start stuffing your shape with polyfill.

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and just when you think you’ve stuffed enough, stuff some more. When your stuffing is pretty much spilling out the top, then you’ve stuffed enough. 🙂



5. For another running stitch.

Thread your regular embroidery needle again, knot the end, and do a running stitch around the top of your stuffed shape.


Now, pull your needle and thread (like you did before) with one hand while holding your stuffed shape. Keep pushing your stuffing inside (with your other hand) as the top of your shape is cinching together.

Pull til you can’t pull anymore and while holding your cinched fabric together with one hand, secure your thread with the other hand/needle. I did a bunch of whipstitches (below) to secure the thread and to keep the pumpkin closed.. don’t worry if it looks messy, it will be covered up by your “pumpkin stem”.


Snip your thread when you’re done.


Step Five: Now it’s time to give your pumpkin some shape.

It is suggested to use embroidery thread to do this, which I think works fine on the smaller pumpkins.. but once your pumpkins start getting larger, it gets harder to use embroidery thread.. especially because of the sharp needle you’re using (you’ll see why).


Thread your needle with your yarn, and knot the end. Make sure to cut a very long piece because it needs to wrap all the way around your pumpkin several times.


Flip your stuffed fabric shape over.


Stick your needle in the center…



So now you’re going to to pull your needle through to the other side of your pumpkin. this is why a plastic needle works better than a sharp needle… Pull it through…

Now you’re going to pull your needle and yarn down and back through the bottom of your pumpkin, and repeat all the way around your pumpkin. Up through the bottom, through the top, back down and up through the bottom, through the top, etc.

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Pull tightly as you go around. This was my 2nd mistake when i made my first pumpkin. I didn’t pull tight enough. The tighter you pull, you’ll get more defined “sections” around your pumpkin. It will look more like a pumpkin, and not just a fabric ball with strings around it.



Once you’ve made it all the way around, make sure you’re still pulling tightly. Snip your yarn leaving several inches.



Now you want to tie off your yarn to secure it. Keep it taught, just wrap it around one of the loops of yarn going around the pumpkin…

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And pull… do this several times to knot it and secure it. You don’t want your long piece of yarn unraveling and losing your pumpkin shape.


Your pumpkin is done!


you can pull and stretch your fabric to make it look nicer and to smooth out the creases.

Step Six: Now make your stem.


Draw a stem shape on your choice of fabric (on the wrong side of the fabric). Doesn’t have to be perfect. 🙂 Just make it a good size that will be proportional to the size of your pumpkin.   Cut it out.

Lay it on top of another scrap of fabric and trace around it. Cut it out.


Now line them up together with the wrong sides of the fabric facing outwards.


Pin it to hold the pieces together and start backstitching all the way around leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance…


Secure your thread and snip.

Now turn your “stem” inside out.


Now stuff…



And whipstitch closed…


Now take your stem over to your pumpkin…


And whipstitch it into the center of the top of your pumpkin… it’s a little hard to get in there with your needle, but you can do it. 😉 You might stab your fingers a few times,, just be careful!


Make sure to secure your thread really well and snip.

You’re done! 🙂


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