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Crafting DIY Décor: A Step-by-Step Guide to Sewing Your Own Fabric Pumpkins

Updated: Jan 14

These cute pumpkins are perfect to sew up this Autumn for your home. Make them spooky with Halloween farbic or use ornage tones for an Autumnal feel. This sewing project uses rectangles of fabric so no pattern is needed!

I've listed the sizes of fabric I've used for the 3 pumpkins below, but they can be made up in any size as the construction will be the same.

I've used the Terracotta Sewing Panel for my pumpkins. One panel will make all 3 pumpkins.

What you'll need:

Small pumpkin - 42.5 x 20cm of fabric

Medium pumpkin - 42.5 x 25 cm of farbic

Large pumpkin - 85 x 29.5cm of fabric

Strong thread (I've used top stitch thread)

Hand sewing needle

Doll needle

Twig or cinnamon stick for the stalk

Faux leaves to decorate


Toy stuffing

Hot glue gun


1. Fold the rectangle of fabric in half width ways with right sides together and sew. Use 1/4" seam allowance.

2. With strong thread, hand sew a running stitch appox 1/2" from the edge of the bottom of the farbic. Use long stitches.

3. Pull on the thread to gather to meet in the centre. To secure the gathers further, sew opposite sides of the fabric together. Tie a knot in the end of the thread.

4. Turn the pumpkin right side out and push in any raw edges. (Don't worry about making this really neat, you won't see the bottom!)

5. Stuff the pumpkin with toy filler.

6. Sew the same gather stitches around the top edge of the farbic and gather in the same way without tying a knot in the thread.

7. Switch to the doll needle and push through the centre of the pumpkin until the needle comes out the opposite side. Go back through the bottom of the pumpkin with the needle coming out at the top through the fabric and pull the thread tight. Tie the thread in a knot to secure.

TIP- leave a small hole in the top for the twig to go in!

8. Use top stitch thread or twine to wrap around the pumpkin. With the small pumpkins, I found the centre of a piece of twine and placed the pumpkin on top. Then wrapped the twine around opposite sides of the pumpkin, crossing over at the top and repeated 3 times, moving slightly each time.

9. Tie the twine in a knot on top.

10. Push the twig or cinnamon stick through the small hole in the top of the pumpkin and use the hot glue gun to secure in place.

Now you can place them in your home on a windowsill or mantle place to decorate!

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