Rustic Fabric Pumpkins DIY (Easy)

This quick and easy rustic fabric pumpkins DIY project is perfect for the Fall season. See how to make fabric pumpkins with or without a sewing machine, and add a few pumpkins to your fall season decor.

Rustic Fabric Pumpkins DIY

This is such a fun craft to kick off the season, and the project is achievable by most anyone with or without sewing experience.

You might like these other easy sewing projects for inspiration: DIY Rustic Hearts and Stars Burlap Christmas Ornaments, DIY 10-Minute Envelope Pillow Cover Tutorial, and Reindeer Buffalo Plaid Pillow Cover.

Super Easy Rustic Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

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 DIY.

How to make fabric pumpkins.

Rustic Fabric Pumpkins DIY Tutorial

There are different ways to sew fabric pumpkins. I couldn’t make up 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 easy fabric pumpkins with you?

How To Make Fabric Pumpkins By Hand

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Fabric Pumpkins DIY Method 1

Make cute, cuddly pumpkins from fabric scraps using the hand sewing technique. Step-by-step instructions complete with photos are found here.

These are so easy to make. There is no fabric pumpkin pattern or template needed. Just wait until you see how quickly these cuddly fabric pumpkins come together.

Linen and burlap handmade pumpkins.

Supplies:

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

Recommended Fabric for these Pumpkins

To make fabric pumpkins you could cotton, jersey, denim, felt, or velvet. Use whatever fabric you like. To keep it thrifty, you could even cut up old sweaters or a flannel shirt. If you don’t have any, check your local thrift store.

To give my pumpkins a rustic look, I used burlap and linen fabric in several shades of beige and tan. The texture of the burlap works well with the linen.

Supplies for hand sewn fabric pumpkins diy.

Instructions:

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!!!!!

Step 1: Prep Work

Fold your fabric twice with edges even.

Measuring fabric with a ruler.

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

Marking fabric with a pen.

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.

Cutting fabric along marks.

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

A circle of fabric on a table.

Step2: Sewing

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

Hand stitch around edge of fabric.

Gather the raw edges tightly all the way around.

Gathering the raw edges.

Step 3: Fill the Pumpkins

Do not close your pumpkin yet. It’s 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.

Stuff unfinished pumpkin with poly fill.

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

Step4: Create Pumpkin Stem

Finish by pulling the ends of the thread till opening is as small as possible but enough to fit your branch piece through it.

Pulling ends of thread to close the opening.

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.

Tuck a small twig or stick into the opening for the pumpkin stem.
Hand sewn pumpkin with twig stem.

Step 5: Make Pumpkin Leaves

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

Cutting a piece of burlap to make pumpkin leaves.

Fold it twice as triangle like follows:

Folding burlap.

Now make a cut like shown in the photo below:

Make a cut in the center of the burlap.

Then cut a tiny bit of the center.

Cutting an opening at the end to fit over pumpkin stem.

You will get something like this:

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

Insert over the branch stem.

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.

Hot glue leaves and stem in place.
Hold until glue has set.
Cutting a couple of twine strings and swirling around with hot glue and fingers.

Step 6: Last Touches

The last detail is cutting a couple of twine strings and swirling around with some hot glue and your finger.

Adding finishing touches to rustic fabric pumpkin.
Using fingers to coil twine.

Glue it to the base of the pumpkin stem.

Glue twine to pumpkin.
Fabric Pumpkin DIY

You are done!

Finished fabric pumpkins diy with method 1

The first Pumpkin is ready and pretty!

fabric pumpkins diy Finished
Rustic Fabric Pumpkins DIY decorating a vignete

Fabric Pumpkins DIY Method 2

If you are proficient in sewing, you can make these pumpkins rather quickly.

How to do a rustic fabric pumpkins DIY with a sewing machine.

Supplies:

  • Needle & Thread (I used a thread color that matched my fabric)
  • Scissors
  • Polyester Fiber Fill (poly fill)
  • Twine
  • Fabric (For the tutorial I used rustic linen)
  • Hot glue gun
fabric pumpkins diy method 2 supplies

Instructions

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!!!!!

Step 1: Prep Work

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).

folding fabric

Step 2: Sewing

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.

sew along open edge

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.

Pull ends of thread to ruffle fabric.

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.

Use tread to tie some loops around fabric end to secure.
Secure the end well.

Turn the pumpkin right side out.

Turn pumpkin right side out.

Step 3: Fill the Pumpkins

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

Stuffing the pumpkin.

Ruffle the opening twisting it tight to close it.

Stitch across leaving some fabric to make a stem.

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.

Repeat last step.
Secure base of stem with thread.
Tie thread around base.

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

Pull string tight to make shape of pumpkin with a stem.

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

Make a couple of knots and cut string.
Create the stem by wrapping twine around fabric.

Step 4: Create the Stem

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.

Run twine from top to base and around to create pumpkin shape.
bottom view of pumpkin
Pumpkin is taking shape.

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

Wrap the twine around fabric to create stem.
Keep wrapping twine until it is long enough.

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

Cut 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.

Apply hot glue at end.

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

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.

Bend the stem with hands.

Viola!

Finished fabric pumpkins on table.

You got some pretty pumpkins at this point.

A tray holding several pumpkins made from fabric.
A beautiful fall centerpiece with fabric pumpkins diy, a lantern, and fall foliage.

What do you think?

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

How many pumpkins will you make? I think a small pumpkin, medium pumpkin, and a large pumpkin at a minimum! Any odd number will look great on a table, shelf or mantle.

Check out how pretty my Fabric Pumpkins turned out!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make a fabric pumpkin with felt?

Yes, you can. You can follow the same instructions given here. You just need to be a little more careful while stitching so you don’t damage the felt.

What do you use to stuff the pumpkins?

I recommend Polyester Fiber Fill (poly fill) but you can also use cotton when pumpkins are small or fabric scraps.

What materials can I use to make Fabric pumpkins?

You could cotton, jersey, denim, felt, or velvet. Use whatever fabric you like. To keep it thrifty, you could even cut up old sweaters or a flannel shirt. If you don’t have any, check your local thrift store

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DIY Rustic Fabric Pumpkins

Rustic Fabric Pumpkins DIY

Camila Rojas
This quick and easy rustic fabric pumpkins DIY project is perfect for the Fall season. See how to make fabric pumpkins with or without a sewing machine, and add a few pumpkins to your fall season decor.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course DIY & Craft, Fall
Cuisine Easy Crafts, Sewing
Servings 2 pieces

Equipment

  • Hand Sewing Needle
  • Thread (I used a thread color that matched my fabric)
  • scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fabric Markers.

Ingredients
  

  • Polyester Fiber Fill poly fill
  • Burlap
  • Twine
  • Fabric For the tutorial I used rustic linen and white cotton
  • Ruler
  • A small piece of branch.
  • Pins
  • Twine

Instructions
 

FABRIC PUMPKINS DIY METHOD 1

    STEP 1: PREP WORK

    • 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.

    STEP2: SEWING

    • Thread your needle. Start sewing in and out of your fabric, running a gathering stitch around the outer edge of the circle. You’ll want about a half inch seam allowance. You do not need to sew small stitches, just make them about as they come out.
    • Gather the raw edges tightly all the way around.

    STEP 3: FILL THE PUMPKINS

    • Do not close your pumpkin yet. It’s 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 :)
    • Stuff unfinished pumpkin with poly fill.
    • Once you have the desired amount of fullness, it’s time to close the top.

    STEP4: CREATE PUMPKIN STEM

    • Finish by pulling the ends of the thread till opening is as small as possible but enough to fit your branch 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.
    • Tuck a small twig or stick into the opening for the pumpkin stem.

    STEP 5: MAKE PUMPKIN LEAVES

    • Now cut a small square piece of burlap to add leaf decor the top of the pumpkin. calculate the size depending on your pumpkin’s size.
    • Fold it twice as triangle like follows:
    • Make a cut in the center of the burlap.
    • Then cut a tiny bit of the center.
    • 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.
    • Hold until glue has set.

    STEP 6: LAST TOUCHES

    • The last detail is cutting a couple of twine strings and swirling around with some hot glue and your finger.
    • Using fingers to coil twine.
    • Glue it to the base of the pumpkin stem.
    • You are done! The first Pumpkin is ready and pretty!

    FABRIC PUMPKINS DIY METHOD 2

      STEP 1: PREP WORK

      • 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).

      STEP 2: SEWING

      • 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.
      • Use tread to tie some loops around fabric end to secure.
      • Turn the pumpkin right side out.

      STEP 3: FILL THE PUMPKINS

      • 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.

      STEP 4: CREATE THE STEM

      • 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.
      • Run twine from top to base and around to create pumpkin shape.
      • When you are happy with the sections start wrapping the stem tightly all the way up.
      • Wrap the twine around fabric to create stem.
      • Keep wrapping twine until it is long enough.
      • 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.
      • Bend the stem with hands.
      • Viola! Your second Pumpkin is ready.
      Keyword diy fabric pumpkins, fabric pumpkins diy, sew a pumpkin

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