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DIY neutral fabric pumpkins to decorate for fall, Halloween, or Thanksgiving.
As the house-buying process continues, I’ve been trying to get a few things done around the place that will help the eventual move be a little less stressful. One of the things I like to do before any move is spend a bit of time going through stuff to decide what to keep, what to sell, what to repurpose, and what to donate to charity.
This week I decided to sort through my craft supplies.
And, uh, yikes.
I’ve accumulated so much stuff.
I’m not even sure why I’ve kept some of it. I mean, I found a mouldy pinecone. Why did I keep a mouldy pinecone? In my defence, I’m not sure it was mouldy when it got tossed into one of my craft boxes. But still.
Anyway, while organising my craft stuff, I realised I had a lot of small drop cloth off-cuts, leftovers from projects like the faux-linen napkins and the wildflower pillow cover I made. They were too small to make much from, but I didn’t want to throw them out, so instead I decided to use them to make some cute autumn decor in the form of these little fabric pumpkins.
I’m certainly not the first person to make these fabric pumpkins, and I don’t want to claim any sort of credit for the idea. But they were pretty easy to make and, like the no-sew fabric pumpkins I posted last year, are a good way to use up leftover fabric scraps, so I thought I’d share them here anyway.
DIY fabric pumpkins
- A round object (such as a plate, pot, or bowl) for tracing a circle shape.
- A pen for tracing.
- I used an air-erase marker, but you can use a regular marker or pen, as the line you make will be hidden anyway.
- Fabric scrap.
- I used drop cloth scrap.
- To save money, I used the stuffing from inside a throw pillow that had seen better days.
- Fabric scissors.
- Needle and strong thread.
- A small branch, broken into pieces.
- This will form the pumpkin stem.
I began by using a plate to trace a circle shape on to the fabric, then cut out the circle using fabric scissors.
Next, I threaded a needle with two strands of thread, tying it off in a knot. When I first tried making these pumpkins, I used a single strand of thread but it kept breaking due to the pressure put on it, so I switched to using two strands instead.
I then very roughly stitched around the edge of the fabric circle, around 1/2″ – 3/4″ from the edge. I experimented with stitching closer to the edge, but found that it made it hard to hide the raw edges of the fabric later on, which was something I wanted to do.
When I had stitched around the whole circle, I pulled the thread really tight to bring the edges together, leaving a little hole at the top. Don’t tie or cut the thread off here as you’ll need to pull it even tighter in just a minute.
I then stuffed the pouch with polyester filling. I used the filling from a pillow insert that had seen better days, but you can buy bags of polyester fill at most craft stores or here.
Once the pouch looked nice and full, I pulled the thread super tight and knotted it several times to keep it in place, tucking the raw edges of the fabric into the top to hide them.
Keeping the thread taut while you’re knotting it can be a bit fiddly. I messed up my first few attempts, but found that it got easier the more knots I tied. If you can find someone to help hold the thread while you knot it, that’d definitely make things easier, but it’s not completely necessary.
You can stop here, but I wanted my pumpkins to look a little bit more realistic by dividing them into sections using thread.
To do this, I looped two strands of thread around the fabric pumpkin to form a cross shape. I then pulled on the thread really hard and tied it off with a few knots. As with the stitching, you need to use at least two strands of thread, otherwise the thread will probably break as a result of the pressure.
I then did the same thing again (made another cross shape) so that the fabric pumpkin had a total of eight sections.
To finish, I flipped the pumpkin back over and pushed a piece of a broken branch into the small hole at the top to create a little stem.
As it’s spring here at the moment I probably won’t use my little fabric pumpkins until next year, but I’m glad I made them as it means I have something else to decorate with come autumn.