Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial

Hey friends!

Last week I shared a simple DIY autumn wreath with you all, and today I’d like to share another easy fall decorating idea! Like I said earlier, I’m not quite ready to decorate for fall, but I will say that I gave in this week and definitely bought pumpkin spice creamer for my coffee! Ha! The weather has been cooler here in Michigan and I’m starting to get excited for the change in seasons. 🙂

I’ve always loved the look of fabric pumpkins, and last year I actually attempted to make some but I didn’t like the way they turned out. When it was time to throw out all of the mini (real) pumpkins I purchased last fall, I decided to save all of the stems for another attempt at cloth pumpkins this year.

Guys, I don’t know if the real stems made all the difference for me, but I just love the way that these pumpkins turned out this year! Plus they were so easy and fun to make! 🙂 I stuck with neutral toned fabrics, but any color or pattern would work. I actually didn’t have to purchase anything for this project, I already had all of the supplies on hand.

Here’s what I used:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Round plate/bowl to trace your circle
  • Pen
  • Needle and thread
  • Trash bags
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue
  • Pumpkin stems (or sticks)

Step 1

Lay out your fabric and trace your circle. I used a large mixing bowl and actually drew my line a few inches out from the edge in order to take full advantage of the fabric scrap I had. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Step 2

Cut out your circle. For my larger pumpkins, the circles were about 14 inches in diameter. The circles for the smaller pumpkins started out at around 9 inches in diameter.

Step 3

Thread your needle and knot your thread, then simply stitch a line about a 1/4 inch away from the edge of your cutout circle. As you stitch your line, periodically pull your thread gently in order to bunch and gather your fabric.

Step 4

Before bunching your fabric completely, stuff trash bags into your pumpkin shape. You could definitely use fiber filling or some other type of pillow filler, I just used trash bags because that’s what I had on hand!

Step 5

Pull your thread to gather your fabric completely closed. This part can be a little tricky, because you want to be sure your stem covers the entire opening. I continued to stitch from side to side, pulling gently until the opening was completely closed and the trash bags were no longer visible.

I also stuck my needle straight through the bottom of the pumpkin and thread it back through the top, pulling to create a bit of a tuft underneath.

Step 6

Hot glue the bottom of your stem and position it on top of the pumpkin. Hold it down for a minute or so until the glue dries…

then step back and look at your beautiful fabric pumpkin! 🙂

What do you guys think? I love these cute little pumpkins!

I hope you enjoyed this DIY fabric pumpkin tutorial! Have any of you attempted to make cloth pumpkins? What did you do differently? I’d love to hear all about it!

Much love,


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    1. Great idea Peggy!! Thanks for commenting! I have had some people on social media ask what else they could use, and squash stems are perfect!! 🙂 Thanks again!

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