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DIY Rustic Fabric Pumpkins (Quick and Easy)

These cute stuffed rustic fabric pumpkins are quick and easy to make and great for the fall season decor. Fabric Pumpkins is the perfect project for those with or without a sewing machine and little to no sewing experience.

DIY Rustic Fabric Pumpkins

Easy DIY Rustic Fabric Pumpkins

Would you believe me if I told you, I can’t find fresh, real pumpkins here where I live?… I’m sure you wouldn’t. But it’s true. Just around October 15th or so you might see some pumpkins already painted with jack-o-lantern faces on it.

This is my third Fall here in Spain and I haven’t been able to find pretty pumpkins that are not Halloween-ready. For that reason, I had to start being creative making my own pumpkins. Today I’m sharing with you how to make some really cute and easy rustic Fabric Pumpkins.

I couldn’t make my mind about how to make the pumpkins, I had seen Lauren’s style from The Thinking Closet and I love it. Then I saw Christy’s from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer and they look so darn pretty and then again I checked Sondra’s Lyn’s from Sondra Lyn at Home and fell in love! I got so much inspiration.

I decided to make 2 methods and after I was done with one of each, I thought why not share them with you.

Rustic Fabric Pumpkins 2 Ways.

Fabric Pumpkins Method 1:


  • Needle & Thread (I used a thread color that matched my fabric)
  • Scissors
  • Polyester Fiber Fill
  • Burlap
  • Twine
  • Fabric (For the tutorial I used rustic linen)
  • Fabric Markers.
  • Ruler
  • A small piece of branch.
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pins

Check it out the full video tutorial here, or if you are more of a step-by-step photo kind of person, scroll down and keep reading!!!!!

Fold your fabric twice with edges even.

Using a ruler, measure the length from the folded corner to the shortest edge. That will be your measure.

Then start marking that same measure from center corner left side towards the other side every half inch. You will create an arch.

Cut along the marks. to make sure the fabric stays in place I used pins.

Once you cut you will get a circular piece of fabric.

Thread your needle. Start sewing in and out of your fabric, running a gathering stitch around the outer edge of the circle.  You do not need to sew small stitches., just make them about as they come out.

Gather tightly all the way around.

Do not close your pumpkin yet. its time to get to stuffin’, so I just loosened the stitches to fill but don’t cut the thread.

This is a good way to get your kids into the project :)

The picture below shows the fiber fill going inside the fabric pumpkin.

Once you have the desired amount of fullness, it’s time to close the top.

Finish by pulling the string till opening is as small as possible but enough to fit your brach piece through it.

Using your threaded needle, pull the string, pinch the top of the pumpkin where all the fabric is gathered and start sewing it up. Give the thread a few loops around the branch and stitch again. This does not have to be perfect. You just want to make sure the top is not going to pop open or the branch to come out.

Now cut a small square piece of burlap to decor the top of the pumpkin. calculate the size depending on your pumpkin’s size.

Fold it twice as triangle like follows:

Now make a cut like shown in the photo below:

Then cut a tiny bit of the center.

You will get something like this:

Insert the branch through the burlap hole until it reaches the bottom.

Using your hot glue gun start winding the rope around the stem until you get up a few loops. Give as many loops as you wish, I did just a few. Cut the Twine.

Last detail is cutting a couple of twine strings and swirl around with some hot glue and your finger.

Glue it to the base of the pumpkin stem.

You are done!

The first Pumpkin is ready and pretty!

Fabric Pumpkins Method 2:


  • Needle & Thread (I used a thread color that matched my fabric)
  • Scissors
  • Polyester Fiber Fill
  • Twine
  • Fabric (For the tutorial I used rustic linen)
  • Hot glue gun

Check it out the full video tutorial here, or if you are more of a step-by-step photo kind of person, scroll down and keep reading!!!!!

Cut your fabric into a rectangle. For a rounder pumpkin, the length should be 1.5 times the width (6″ wide by 12″ long). For a slightly squattier pumpkin, the length should be 2 times the width ( 6″ wide by 15″ long).

Fold the fabric in half width-wise with right sides together and sew along the open edge across the fold first. You can either use a sewing machine if you have it or hand-sew it. You don’t need to be perfect here.

With right sides still together, gather up the fabric at one of the openings and stitch roughly like in the first method around the edges.

Without knotting or cutting pull the string to the maximum to ruffle it and then tie some loops around the ruffle to secure it. Tie a knot.

Turn the pumpkin right side out.

Time to stuff your pumpkin. Fill the pumpkin with stuffing until it is fairly firm.

Ruffle the opening twisting it tight to close it.

Then with your needle and thread stitch across the stem. Give some loops around it and then stitch across again. Repeat this a few times until you see it firm.

Now Insert the needle from the stem through the bottom of the pumpkin.

Pull the string tight to give the shape of a pumpkin. make a couple knots and cut the string.

The next step is wrapping this baby up! Seriously, the tighter you pull the rope, the more gathered and sectioned your pumpkin will look!

You will start from the stem and across the bottom so that you end up back up on the top. Give it a  loop overlapping the twine end and go again across the bottom and back up with another loop around the stem. Repeat until you get 6 to 8 sections.

When you happy with the sections start wrapping the stem tightly all the way up.

When you think it’s tall enough, stop and cut the remaining fabric.

Then apply some hot glue to the fabric and make the last loops until the very top.

Apply some more hot glue to the top of the stem and make the last loops in a spiral.

Right before the last tiny loop, cut the twine apply a bit more of hot glue and insert the end through the opening.

The last detail is giving a slight bending to the stem.


You got some pretty pumpkins at this point.

What do you think?

Now you can start making different colors and fabrics. Imagination is the limit.

What kind of fabrics can be used to make these Rustic Fabric Pumpkins?

The shortest answer is ANY. Yup. You can use pretty much any fabric to make these fun pumpkins. But to mention just a few:

  • Cotton
  • Jersey
  • Jeans
  • Burlap
  • Linen
  • Felt

Check out how pretty my Fabric Pumpkins turned out!

LOVE IT? Don’t forget to share it with your friends!!!

Rustic Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

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Til' next time...

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