How To Make Fabric Pumpkins
It's time to transition to fall decor. You might be one who goes all out decorating for the season or one who sneaks in little touches here and there. I am the latter...at least in my mind.
Pumpkins are an easy way to get that fall feel on your porch or inside your home.
Buying real pumpkins too early can result in goosh and rot by the end of October. If you want your decor to last through Thanksgiving you want to check out these fabric pumpkins.
The cost is pennies - the options are endless. You could use cloth napkins, shirts, pillow cases, blankets, you get the picture.
You might even be lucky enough to have foam from a mattress cover your dog chewed and use that for stuffing and the entire thing wouldn't cost a cent.
As you can will see, I cannot stop making these fabric pumpkins. This is a DIY you need to try.
They require only a small amount of material. They are easy, I promise.
I've bought some over the years at the store, settling for the colors available. This past year after an unscheduled rug replacement, my living room colors became more neutral. So creating my own pumpkins to match my home made sense.
I like to decorate for the seasons and holidays within the color palette of my rooms. Weird? Maybe. But these fabric pumpkins make it easy to customize your decor.
I created a video with all of the steps but will lay them out below. Before I do that, can you just look at the cuteness?
Sometimes I look at things and think "oh I can make that" then sometimes, it never enters my mind. Especially when it involves sewing.
Maybe it was my newfound confidence after using my sewing machine for the flannel shirt DIY's. But I began to think about making these.
I looked online for some stretchy velvet but then saw the prices and nixed that. I went to Walmart and picked up some grey precut fleece. It was very inexpensive and I wouldn't feel bad if I ruined it.
I could make 8 medium pumpkins from a yard of material...at least.
I made my first two with the grey. You probably already know I love collecting things on the beach and had plenty of driftwood to create a stem.
Of course I added some of my baby oyster shells and twine.
I had this grey and white material in my office and can't remember why I bought it, but that was my next pumpkin.
You can find fun types online, I found this nubby fleecy (great descriptor) material and picked it up in navy and cream. I love it. It's so snuggly.
Now can you see why I can't stop making them?
Ok now I will focus and tell you how to make one...or 8.
1. Pick your material or use an old shirt.
2. Find something round to trace a circle, a bowl, pan lid.
3. Lay your material out flat and trace around the bowl or object.
4. Cut along the line and you will have one round piece of material.
5. Thread your needle using upholstery thread or a very strong thread.
6. Make a knot in your thread and begin basting in and out of your circle.
7. Add rice or beans or sand to the bottom of the circle for weight. Here I added lentils...
8. Have your poly fill or chewed up foam from guest bed the dog chewed.
9. Oops, disregard 8, use poly fill or any thing you have on hand to stuff.
10.Pull the thread with the needle so the entire piece begins to gather.
11. Finish stuffing to your liking, more full equals more plump.
12. Pull the thread tight so the hole closes, hold carefully so it stays tight. 13. Don't cut the thread, but begin stitching up the top. Just go in and out and back and forth, it will be covered with the stem so it's no time to be perfect.
14. Stitch top together so there is no hole left. Like the picture above.
15. Using hot glue add your stem whether it be real, driftwood, a stick.
16. Add twine if desired around the stem and glue down. This could hide any imperfections.
Here is the one from the flannel shirt. You could make two wine bags to match! - The directions for that are here.
Ok and a few more pictures of the ones I've made.So glad you stopped by to read about my pumpkin problems.
If you like them but don't feel up to making them yourself, I'm hosting workshops in the coming weeks.
Or I can send you a "kit" with everything ready to go and you could watch the video and you don't have to leave the house.
Just a few options because I feel the need for everyone to have this cuteness in their home. What a sweet hostess gift it would be.
You could personalize them with air dry clay tags...or I could just stop here and let you go on about your day!
Til next time, XO, Regina
P.S. Don't forget to subscribe or share with a friend if you enjoy what you see.
Oh - one more thing. I took pictures of two of the pumpkins and put them through my watercolor app (Waterlogue) on my phone. They look so adorable, you could make some then take a picture and put in the app then make the most adorable fall cards for the cost of the paper. Maybe I should save for another post! But look below. How beautiful?
I used the one below to create my advertisement for my workshop.
- Event Inspiration
Enjoyed the project?
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
Join the conversation
Dl.5660408 on Sep 17, 2022
Such cute ideas! Love the “watercolors”. If perchance you don’t have heavy duty thread, dental floss works well too.
Regina @ Saved From Salvage on Oct 01, 2022
Thanks. I just taught a workshop and shared the dental floss tip.
MB on Sep 17, 2022
How clever!! These are so cute and you are right. The watercolor feature makes them a work of art. Now Third you can include that picture on a card to gift somebody. How beautiful.
Regina @ Saved From Salvage on Oct 01, 2022
Thanks so much!
These pumpkins are so cozy and I just love them. Perfect fabric for Fall. 🍂
Maybe a pumpkin pillow made with that bumpy fleece ?
Thank you for posting this adorable project.