Fabric Shirt Pumpkins

Shelly L Nemeth
by Shelly L Nemeth
6 Materials
30 Minutes

These are easy DIY pumpkins that you can make from old tops or sweaters. I love using materials I have around the house. It makes things so much cheaper! That's upcycling at its finest!

What you need for this fast project:

Shirt or sweater

Needle and thread



Fiber fill


I started by laying out a shirt and using the plate to trace a circle onto the shirt. I wanted mine a little bigger than the size of the plate so I just used it as a guide. You only need to cut out one side of the shirt but you can cut around both to make two pumpkins.

Next, I prepared my needle and thread.

I used a double knot at the the end.

Then, I just sewed around (over and under) all the way around the edge of the circle, pulling it tight to make it gather.

It should look something like this. Before you reach the end, stuff the inside with fiber fill.

This is a good way to recycle an old pillow.

Fill it with a good amount of fiber fill in and then finish going around the circle with a gathering stitch.

Like this.

Pull the thread tight until the hole is closed up.

Then tie a knot to secure it closed.

Next, I added my stem using my hot glue gun. I used real stems from pumpkins that I got from my local farmers.

Use the stem to cover the middle where you sewed.

Hold it tight for a minute so it dries.


You can embellish your pumpkins using bows or leaves or anything you'd like! Then you're all set to add them to your fall display.

I love how they came out! See more at Gilbert Marketplace and watch my YouTube video below.

Watch my full tutorial here.

Suggested materials:
  • Shirt
  • Fiber fill
  • Needle & thread
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  • Lori Ward-Laatsch Lori Ward-Laatsch on Jul 27, 2021

    These are really cute, I made one sort of like this but not nearly as nice as your pumpkins are. Where did you find the stem? I was looking for those last fall but all that I found seemed really expensive. I like the plate so it is weighted down, the one I did, which I saw on here also, was just the stuffing and it is a bit difficult to get it to sit right. I assume you used a sweater for the grey one, that is also what I did old sweater. Love your pumpkins and the trolls are adorable too.

  • Cj57 Cj57 on Jul 29, 2021

    do you have a step by step for the little trolls? I want them!

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  • Luanne Luanne on Jul 27, 2021

    I love this!!!!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 19, 2022

    A good source for inexpensive smaller pieces of fabric for this project is thrift stores. Look in the children's section (often for only a dollar or two each) for dressier or holiday wear. These items are often in like-new condition