These darling fabric pumpkins are easy to make and are perfect for fall. Make them in any size you’d like with our easy-to-follow tutorial.
Watch our step by step video!
Make your own little pumpkin patch this fall with this easy tutorial. A great way to use up scrap fabric. These fabric pumpkins are easy to make! I made a basket of pumpkins to give to the ladies at my church for a training meeting that I am doing. If you’re interested in the pumpkin spiritual thought that I shared you can scroll down to the very bottom of the post!
Fabric Pumpkins Are Easy To Make
If you made our sock pumpkins last year you’ll love this tutorial! Instead of socks, we’re using cotton fabric. Fabric pumpkins require a few seams of sewing, but they are simple stitches that can be done by hand or by using a sewing machine (or a combination of both which is my preferred method).
Add a few pumpkins to a basket, stack a few and place them on a bookcase, set on a windowsill or use as placeholders on Thanksgiving! These would make great teacher gifts too with one of my printable gift tags! I love these ones with an Anne of Green Gables quote. The darling tag says, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
Fabric Pumpkin Supplies
- Fabric (Halloween Prints) (Plaid Prints)
- Felt Scraps
- Embroidery Thread
- Sewing Machine/Thread
- Measuring Tape
- Small Pliers (optional)
- Hot Glue/Glue
Fabric Choices for Fabric Pumpkins
My favorite fabrics to use are lightweight cotton prints such as calico or quilter’s cotton. They come in so many fun prints and are easy to stitch through. I used a combination of plaid prints and cotton prints for these pumpkins. Flannel or muslin would be a great choice, too.
You can also upcycle fabric from sweaters to make adorable pumpkins. Because sweater fabric already has holes in it, it’s easy to pull a needle and thread through the center of the pumpkin.
Fabric Pumpkin Variations
Here are a few ways to add variety and your own style to these pumpkins!
- Use a small piece of wood or a cinnamon stick for a stem.
- Add a felt leaf as a decoration with the stem.
- Add buttons or other trim for texture and color.
- Tie a ribbon around the stem.
- Add a few drops of essential oil to the stuffing before closing up the pumpkin.
How To Make Fabric Pumpkins In a Variety of Sizes
It’s easy to make small, medium, and large pumpkins with this tutorial. Take the width measurement and double it for the length measurement. Here are some example measurements below. The pumpkins shown in the photos are made with an 8″ x 16″ rectangle of fabric (medium-sized pumpkins).
Fabric Cutting Guide
Small (5″ x 10″ rectangle of fabric)
Medium (8″ x 16″ rectangle of fabric)
Large (10″ x 20″ rectangle of fabric)
If making a larger or smaller pumpkin, adjust the stem size by adding a bit to the width and length.
Easy Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial
Easy Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial
- sewing machine
- measuring tape
- long sewing needle
- hot glue gun/glue
- small pliers (optional)
- You can make any size of pumpkin that you'd like by doubling the width measurement. For example, my fabric was 8" wide and 16" long. CUTTING GUIDECut fabric into a rectangle that measured 8" x 16".Cut a piece of felt that is 1"x 6" for the stem.Cut a 2" oval of felt for the bottom of the pumpkin.
- Fold the fabric in half with the right sides together.
- Sew along the seam using a 3/8" seam allowance.
- You should now have a tube of fabric. Look at the pattern and note which side will be the bottom and which side will be the top.
- Thread a long piece of embroidery thread through a needle.Stitch a gathering stitch around the bottom opening of the pumpkin.Note: To gather, you'll create a wide running stitch along the top of the opening, about 1/4" away from the edge. Leave the ends of the string long so that you can pull them to gather the fabric later.
- Pull the end strings tight to close off the bottom of the pumpkin.
- Tie the strings in a double knot and trim excess. Save the needle and thread for a later step.
- Turn the pumpkin right-side out.
- Fill the pumpkin with stuffing.
- Grab your needle and thread and stitch a gathering stitch around the top opening of the pumpkin.
- Pull the end strings tight to close off the top of the pumpkin.
- Tie strings in a double knot and trim excess.
- Cut a strand of embroidery thread that is 48" long. Thread it through a long needle and tie a knot at the end.Press the pumpkin down to squish it down a bit (this makes it easier to insert the needle). Poke the needle through the center of the pumpkin and out the back. Pull until the knot hits. Bring the needle around to the top again, insert through the center and out the back again, then pull the thread TIGHT. You'll notice that you've created one of the pumpkin grooves on the side of the pumpkin.
- Continue this process until you have 6 sections (dimples). It can sometimes be a little difficult to pull the needle through the stuffing. A small pair of pliers can be helpful in grabbing the needle.NOTE: I highly recommend referring to my step-by-step video for a great visual on how to create the pumpkin sections/shape using the thread.
- Roll up the piece of felt.
- Hot glue the end of the piece of felt to secure it.
- Glue the stem to the top of the pumpkin.
- Glue the oval of felt on the bottom of the pumpkin (this adds a finished touch and hides any knots and unfinished edges on the bottom of the pumpkin).
- 6" x 12" (small pumpkin)
- 8" x 16" (medium pumpkin)
- 10" x 20" (large pumpkin)
Pumpkin Spiritual Thought
I mentioned above that I am giving these pumpkins as gifts to the ladies in my church. I found a talk called, “What a Single Pumpkin Seed Taught Me about God’s Love” by Larry Laycock.
Here are some of my favorite parts:
“My boyhood home was surrounded by alfalfa fields. When I was nine years old, I cleared a small plot on the edge of the fields to plant a garden. In early spring, I planted a single pumpkin seed and cared for it each day, eager for it to sprout. Within days, to my delight, small green leaves pushed through the soil. Over the days and weeks that followed, I marveled at the rapid rate of growth of my small, single pumpkin seed. With divine components of seed, soil, sunlight, and water, my small seed miraculously transformed into multiple vines stretching out in all directions.
A short time later, green bulbs appeared where orange and yellow flowers had just bloomed. And over the course of the summer, the bulbs transformed into large, orange pumpkins. When the harvest arrived, I cut open my pumpkins. I was astonished! Each pumpkin had produced hundreds and hundreds of seeds.
You might be thinking to yourself, “That’s great, but what does this pumpkin seed have to do with me as a young adult?” Well, in observing the seemingly endless supply of seeds from my harvest, I suddenly understood how, with God’s help, the finite (one seed) could be transformed into the infinite and eternal. I saw that “with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37). I experienced the truth of the scriptural words “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6).
God created my small pumpkin seed to produce limitless, even infinite, generations of seeds in a never-ending cycle of growth and development. And the same is true for many other things in our lives, including the ability to feel and share His divine love.
Over time, I have come to understand that our loving Heavenly Father has planted within each of us the seed of His eternal love. God loves us enough to plant His love in our souls with the intention that we cultivate and grow it through service, faith, repentance, and covenant keeping.
…If we cultivate God’s love through kindness, courtesy, compassion, and inclusion, it will grow exponentially. Our capacity to love and serve others will become infinite, eternal, and more beautiful than we ever dreamed possible.
As we cultivate the seed of God’s love within us, we can reap the pure love of Christ—charity (see Moroni 7:47). Those who cultivate the seed of God’s love also reap a bounteous crop of friends, fellowship, and increased faith…
As we carefully cultivate the seed of God’s love, we can experience a limitless harvest of eternal love in our family relationships, our Church service, and our personal lives.”
Welcome! I'm Brandy, mother to 5 darling kiddos and a cute black lab named Toby. My husband is in the Coast Guard so we've lived all over the place, turning each house into a home. I love baking, sewing, making cute things with my kids, and sharing what I've learned with all of you!