How to Make Fast & Fun Fabric Pumpkins

Make just one or a whole collection of adorable fabric pumpkins creatively embellished with stems, leaves, and berries.
Great for a group activity, hostess gifts and seasonal fall decor!

 finished fast and fun fall fabric pumpkins

I have a couple favorite fall decorations that I display every year and one of them is a felt pumpkin that I’ve had for a while. I’ve always thought I could make something similar but knew I wanted to use some fun fabrics and embellishments. I also decided I needed something to weigh mine down at the bottom since the one I’ve had for years topples over easily.

So here are a few of my versions of cute fall pumpkin decorations that are easy and fun to make and will be a favorite for years to come. I think you’ll find the project fast enough that you may want to make several to display together in a collection, decorate your Thanksgiving table, or give as gifts!


Let’s Go!

Materials:

  • Needle and heavy thread

  • Fabric of your choice (batiks work well because they resist fraying)

  • Round plates, bowls, etc to use as a circular template

  • Rice or small dried peas

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks (I used my favorite glue gun from Ad-tech that you can find here)

  • Polyester fiberfill stuffing

  • Scissors

  • Stem for pumpkin (you can use sticks, dried stems from previous years pumpkins, heavy piece of rope, or purchased stems found at the craft store)

  • Embellishments for your pumpkins (try silk flowers, dried berries, ribbon, linens, or lace, beads, fall leaves, etc.)

  • Pencil or pen for marking fabric

For a video demonstration, click the white triangle "play" button in the center of the image below.

 

Instructions for making fast & fun fabric pumpkins:

 Batik fabric and supplies to make fast fun fabric pumpkins

1. Choose your fabric and iron if necessary.

2. Determine the size you’d like for your pumpkin to be. Double that diameter. That’s the size you’ll need to cut from your fabric.

3. Use your template (I used plates of various sizes) and trace a circle on your fabric. This mark will be covered up so don’t worry too much about the markings showing.

4. Cut your circle

5. With a needle and heavy thread, use a straight stitch around the perimeter of the circle about 1/2” from the edge. Use long stitches so you’ll easily be able to pull your thread to gather your fabric. When you’ve stitched all around the circle, pull slightly to gather a little bit.

6. Add some rice or beans to your fabric pouch for weight. About 1/2 cup is usually enough unless your pumpkin is much larger. Pull your thread a bit more to make sure your filler doesn’t fall out but also leaving an opening for your fiber fill.

7. Using your fiber fill, stuff generously.

8. Leaving a small space open (just enough to poke your stem into pumpkin), pull thread taut and stitch to close. Knot well and cut thread.

9. Hot glue your stem into pumpkin and continue to glue on embellishments as desired.

Here’s how I finished off the largest pumpkin in my collection. The stem is a short stick I found in my yard!

Here are some more examples of the other fabric pumpkins I made and embellished.

Hopefully you’ll enjoy making these cute pumpkins as much as I did. If you make some I’d love to see what you do. I love that each one can be unique and different—just like each of us!

For a fast and fun video demonstration showing ideas how to embellish an assortment of fabric pumpkins, click the white triangle "play" button in the center of the image below.

For another popular fall project that’s both easy and fun, see my Fabulous Fall Wreath How To, and Wired Ribbon or Fabric-Strip Wrapped Wreath.