Fall Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial


I love decorating for fall, and I decided I needed to add to my Fall Fabric Pumpkin collection.  Virginia is definitely starting to feel like fall. The days are still warm, but nights are cooler and darkness comes quicker.  Pumpkin patches are starting to open, as apple season winds down.

I wanted some lighter, brighter color fabric for my fabric pumpkins.  So last weekend I headed to Joanns’ Fabric Store with coupon in hand.  I raided the remnant pile which was an additional 40% off and came home with three super cute pieces of fabric.  The Fall fabric pumpkin tutorial is such a quick, easy and decorative project.  I wanted to share the tutorial with you!


Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial


Fabric pieces – variety of sizes
Fiberfill or other stuffing material
thread to match
Thick twine
Hand-sewing needle
Sewing Machine
hot glue
* for no sew option simple hot glue wherever it says to sew.
* for sewing by hand, simple use a basic stitch wherever it says to machine stitch


Gather your fabric.  I used decorator weight fabric so they are a bit sturdier, but quilter’s cotton would also work.
Cut your fabric.  I wanted my pumpkins to be all different sizes since no two pumpkins are ever the same.  Here are some of the measurements I used:
17.5″ x 10″
17.5″ x 12″
12″ x 6″
12.5″ x 7.5″
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Basically you are looking to cut out a rectangle shape.
Fold your rectangle, right-sides together.  Stitch down the long-side (side to the right) with a regular straight-stitch.  Then run a basting stitch around the top and the bottom (leaving the top and bottom OPEN).  You can also use a hand stitched running stitch.  Turn right-side out.
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Pull the bobbin thread to start gathering one of the ends.  Work the gather until you have pulled it as closed as possible.   If you are using decorator fabrics, this can take some time and go slow because the thread can break.
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Tie your thread ends together and turn it in-side out again.  Either sew it closed with the machine or by hand.
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Turn the fabric right side out.  Next fill your pumpkin with fiberfill or whatever type of stuffing you have on hand.
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Once you have stuffed your pumpkin, pull the bobbin thread from your other gathering stitch to begin to close the opening.
Close the opening entirely by hand-sewing.
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Take your twine and wrap it around the pumpkin (very tightly).  Do this as if you were wrapping a present.  Loop it around, then cross-over, around and cross-over.  You will cross-over at the top and bottom of the pumpkin.  Go back and forth until you have 6-8 sections on each pumpkin.  Finish by simply tying in a knot.
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You may need to slide the twine around until you have even look sections – just work it until you like the look.
Next you will make the stem simply by hot glueing a stick to the top of the pumpkin.
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And ta da!  A new collection of fall pumpkins.  They are so cute!  My little guy thought they were pretty awesome for tossing around and playing catch with as well:)
Where will you put your fabric pumpkins?
To find the tutorial for the pillows above, check here