Fabric Pumpkins

Fabric Pumpkins - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Fabric pumpkins are a wonderful way to welcome fall in your home decorations!

There are so many ways to personalize these pumpkins and dress them up!
And the best part?
They live forever! 🙂

They are very simple and you do not need a sewing machine to make them.
Just a little bit of creativity and you’re set!

– Supplies –

(One fat quarter works for two larger pumpkins.)
Brown Fabric for the stem
Needle and Thread
Yarn/Embroidery Thread/Twine to wrap around the pumpkin
Yarn Darners
Fabric Marker

Let’s get started!

Iron all your fabric. We don’t want any creases.

Now we are going to cut our fabric.
Cut out a rectangle. An easy way to measure is to choose your height and double it for the width.
This isn’t an exact science; it just depends on how you want your pumpkins to look.
If you want them to be fatter, make a wider rectangle. If you want it to be tall, make the rectangle taller.
Here is what I did: 12 1/2″ tall x 25″ wide. (I doubled the 12 1/2″ to get 25″.)

Fold your fabric, right sides together, and sew the one side together.
I used my machine, but you could totally do this by hand fairly easily.

Now thread your needle. I doubled my thread and tied a knot in the end.

Thread your needle through the bottom.
And go all the way to the end.

Now pull your thread so the fabric gathers.
Then tie off your thread.
I took a couple stitches into the fabric and then tied my knot.

Next we are going to turn our fabric right side out.

Now stuff your fabric full of stuffing.
Make sure to put lots and lots of stuffing in it! 🙂

Thread your needle and thread (make sure to make a big knot in the end) through the top of the fabric.
This is the same way we threaded the bottom, we are just going through one layer this time.

When you get to the end, start pulling the thread to tighten the top closed.

I took a couple stitches in my fabric and tied off my thread.

Now we are all ready for the next step! 🙂

For these larger pumpkins, I used crochet yarn to wrap around.
Since my pumpkins were so big, I couldn’t stick my regular needle through. It was too short.
I got this knitting needle since it was so much bigger and the yarn fit through it nicely.

The bad part about this needle is how wide the end is.
It made pretty big holes in the pumpkin so you have to tie a large (really large!)
knot in the end of the yarn.
Also it was really hard to pull through the fabric since the end was so big.
It would probably be better to use Yarn Darners!

Thread the yarn (or whatever you’re using) and tie your knot in the end.
You’ll want to have plenty of yarn ready for this. It’s better to have too much at the end than run out!

Thread your needle through the bottom, up to the top, and then bring the yarn down to go through the bottom again.

As you do this, you will need to tighten the yarn as tight as you can.
I would make the next loop and then go back to the previous one and tighten it.
Then I would tighten the newest loop and continue in that pattern.

Make your first loop to be on the seam of the fabric.
You can do as many loops as you want.
I don’t think I did enough on this green pumpkin. 🙂

Once you have all your loops done and tightened, tie off your yarn.
I did about three knots to make sure it wasn’t going to fall back through.

We’re almost done!

Now for the stems!

Draw your stem on two layers of brown fabric with Fabric Marker.
If you are using patterned fabric, make sure the two layers are facing right sides together.
The nice thing about stems is they don’t have to be perfect.

Now cut it out from both layers.

Sew the edges of the stem closed, leaving the bottom open.
You can do this by machine or by hand.

Turn the stem right side out.
I used my Purple Thang to help with this.

I didn’t bother ironing the stem because we’re just going to stuff it.

Get your stuffing out and stuff the stem.
I rolled a little bit of stuffing in my hands so it would fit in the stem
and pushed the stuffing in using a tool like the knitting needle or Purple Thang.

After they are stuffed, we are going to stitch them onto our pumpkin.
You can stitch the opening closed and then hot glue it onto the pumpkin.

Fabric Pumpkins - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

All finished!

Fabric Pumpkins - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

The fabric used is Grass Green Curly Swirls in Meadow Friends – Girl by Deb Strain for Moda.
So pretty!

Would you like to learn how to make one with different fabrics?

Fabric Pumpkins - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I first decided how long I wanted my fabric to be.
Then I decided how many different fabrics I wanted.
Then divide the width of fabric by how many fabrics you want.
I chose 25″ and 5 fabrics. I divided 25/5 = 5″ per fabric.
But because of seam allowances, I made each fabric be 5 1/2″.

Since I wanted it to be 25″ I needed to find the height of the pumpkin.
Divide your width by two.
I divided 25″/2 = 12 1/2″ tall is the height of my pumpkin.

Each of my five pieces of fabric measures 5 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.

I sewed each one together, right sides together, along the 12 1/2″ side.

When all the pieces are sewn together, you will want to press the seams.

Fold the fabric, right sides together, and continue the tutorial where we stitch the sides together.

The fabrics I used for this pumpkin are Leaf Lacy Dogwoods in Dogwood Trail by Sentimental Studios for Moda, Kelp Grunge in Origins for Moda, Orange Pears in Decadence by Samantha Walker for Riley Blake, Orangesicle Picnic Plaid in Sunkissed by Sweetwater for Moda, and Orange Floral in Happier for Riley Blake.

You can be creative with your fabrics, you can cover the string parts with ribbon/ric rac, you can add ribbon or fabric to decorate the stem, so many possibilities!

Fabric Pumpkins - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Fabric Pumpkins - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I did a couple smaller ones so I could use a regular (large) needle.
I used regular thread and that seemed to work.

The only thing to warn you about is that you will get poked several times with the needle.
And it hurts!

Fabric Pumpkins - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I think these would be so fun to make and then put in jars or bowls for decoration.

The fabric I used for these cute pumpkins are
Large Funky Dot and Brown Small Damask in Sublime – Brown/Orange for Riley Blake.
I think these are just perfect for Halloween!

Another way to wrap the yarn/thread around the pumpkins that I found was to just wrap around the pumpkin without going through the center. I haven’t tried it, so I am not sure how it would turn out. I assume you would have to pull the centers down, but maybe not. This might be an easier way to wrap the pumpkins!

As always, if you have any questions or comments, let me know!
We love hearing from you!

I hope you enjoy your cute fabric pumpkins! 🙂

Fabric Pumpkins - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

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  1. Posted October 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!! I think I’m going to make some of these!! 🙂

  2. Cherie
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Wow! These actually seem kind of easy! I would’ve never thought! They are SO cute!

  3. Shelby
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Those are super cute!! I’m going to have to try makeing a few.

  4. Valerie Balmforth
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    I love these Shirley! Way to go…

  5. Nicole
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink


  6. Demie
    Posted October 18, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    ♥ it! thanks for sharing!

    • Shirley
      Posted October 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Demie!

  7. lilian
    Posted October 19, 2011 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    I’m so excited to try this! I don’t have a sewing machine so this is right up my alley!

    • Shirley
      Posted October 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

      Lilian – this would only take probably 30 minutes more TOTAL to do by hand without a sewing machine. Totally doable! And I’m a slow poke… so probably faster. 🙂 Have fun!

  8. mary
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    i just love pumpkins, i’m always buying them at craft shows. I am definitely going to make some of yours. Thank you so much for sharing. Keep them coming.

  9. Jennifer
    Posted August 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    I just love these pumpkins! So glad I found your blog. Thank You 🙂

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 19, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

      I’m so glad! Thank you so much for your comments! – Shirley 🙂

  10. Taylor
    Posted October 3, 2012 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    super cute idea! I’m using mine as part of a display for my Halloween bows and clippies 🙂 i think they look adorable! 😀

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 5, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      Hi Taylor! That is SUCH a cute idea!!! If you do it and take picture, be sure to share with us! You can post it to our FB page! – Shirley 🙂

  11. Posted May 20, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    LOVE these pumpkins! Fall is my favorite decorating season, will pin these on Pinterest!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 21, 2013 at 12:51 am | Permalink

      Hi Jill! Thank you for your comment and compliment. Fall decorations are so much fun! I LOVE fall and these pumpkins scream fall to me and all of the beauty that comes with this spectacular season! Thanks again Jill! Have a most wonderful day!

  12. Julie Peterson
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Wish I’d seen this tutorial before making mine! It would have saved me some time. I am anxious to try your method. I totally made mine up. I love your dimensions for different sections of fabric! That will be a fun way to use scraps! I’ve been using small pieces of a fallen tree branches for the stem. I hot glue it on. For a leafy and vine affect, I rip several strips of varied green fabric and tie them around the stem with a little raffia tied between it. It’s a fun variation to the fabric stem.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      Hi Julie! Thank you so much for sharing. I bet your pumpkins are so so cute! Thank you Julie! Michelle 🙂

  13. Mary Sokolowsky
    Posted October 22, 2015 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Love it! Made two yesterday — wish I could share the pic. So cute & so easy! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 25, 2015 at 11:48 am | Permalink

      Hi Mary! Yay! Great job! I bet they are adorable! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  14. Joyce Dawson
    Posted July 29, 2016 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Looks great, going to try it today. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Tricia
    Posted October 18, 2018 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    I swear I have looked at a katrillion links on how to make fabric pumpkins and your tutorial is by far the easiest, most simple tutorial to understand. Not to mention the cutest fabric pumpkins I have seen. Thank-you… now I am off to make me some fabri pumpkins!!

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