Several years ago I snagged some velvet pumpkins during an after Thanksgiving sale and I have enjoyed them ever since! I love the bright colors and the pretty texture they add to a space. They are super versatile and I have placed them in many different decor creations throughout the years.
I have been wanting to make my own fabric pumpkins for a while now, but never got around to it. In anticipation of making them, I have been saving pumpkin stems 😁, snapping them off before we tossed the pumpkins and made room for the Christmas garland. If you don’t happen to have pumpkin stems lying around, ask your local pumpkin patch or even grocery store. You’ll want to make sure they are nice and dried out. Glue won’t adhere well to the fresh stems and they could start rotting.
I love the look and feel of velvet pumpkins, but for this project I decided to recycle some old shirts and sweaters. Of course, you can select whatever fabrics you desire from the store, but it’s also fun to see what you can create using your worn out clothes.
I apologize in advance for the poor quality of the “how to” photos. I took a video intended for Instagram Reels, and then decided to create a blog post after the fact. Some of the images are screenshots from the video, but they will show you what I am describing. I see you, visual learners! 😉
Fabric of choice
Heavy duty thread
Dried beans or rice
Lay your fabric on a flat surface. Draw or trace a circle (I used a large pizza pan and also a smaller bowl).
Using sharp scissors, cut the circle. Be careful not to cut your curious animals 😉
Thread your needle, making a double thread, and knotting the end. Start the thread about 1/2″ from the edge of the fabric, grabbing a small amount of fabric and pulling the needle through the knot to secure. This will ensure your knot won’t pull through the fabric.
Using a large stitch, go around the perimeter of the fabric circle, staying about 1/2″ from the edge. When you have made it back to your starting point, set the needle to the side, but don’t cut the thread just yet!
Add 1-2 handfuls of dried beans or rice to the fabric “bowl” that you have now created. This will give your pumpkin some weight. Next, fill the remainder of the space with Poly-fil.
Gently pull the thread to gather the material until the hole is closed, then knot the thread. If your opening is too large, you can stitch across the hole.
Holding some tension on the thread, insert the needle on some fabric on the opposite side, pulling the thread tightly to close the opening. Repeat until the hole is closed, then knot.
If you want to create a squatty-looking pumpkin, you’ll want to stick the needle straight through the middle of the pumpkin, downward to the bottom. Pull the needle through, then put the needle back in (about 1/2″ away from where it came out) towards the top of the pumpkin again.
Pull the thread to create a squished effect, knot by grabbing a little bit of fabric (like we did at the very beginning), and snip the thread. Hot glue the stem over the opening, and you’re all done!
These cuties are addictive to make! I loved creating different sizes and experimenting with different materials!
So…start saving those pumpkin stems!