DIY: How to Make Fabric Pumpkins

It’s officially fall! Although, for me it was a little anti-climatic, since I started decorating for fall the first week of September. But now, we autumn-aficionados can revel in our favorite season and post too many photos of pumpkin spice lattes while wearing cozy sweaters and boots.

I shared in my Friday Finds post these adorable velvet pumpkins from Target (for $1!) but bemoaned that they only had one color left. After I brought them home, I remembered that I have yards of bright blue velvet in my fabric stash, thanks to the Ikea curtains we bought for our master bedroom that needed about a foot cut off of the bottom to fit our windows. I didn’t have any real pumpkin stems, so I DIYed a cute way of getting around that, so don’t despair if you don’t have any pumpkin stems either. I like the contrast of the hemp twine and velvet anyway; it’s very farmhouse chic.

Let’s get started!

You Will Need:

  • Fabric of your choice (Check the thrift store for velvet, fun prints, or chunky sweaters!)
  • Stuffing
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • A stick
  • Some jute twine
  • Or, actual pumpkin stems, or fake pumpkin stems
  • A hot glue gun
  • Rice or beans

velvet pumpkin on shelf


  1. Trace around a round object on the wrong side of your fabric, and cut out the circle. A dinner plate was the perfect size for the small pumpkins I made.
  2. Stitch around the edge of the circle, making a large running stitch.
  3. Pull on the ends of the thread to gather the fabric. The pumpkin is starting to take shape.
  4. Pour in some rice or beans. This will just weigh the pumpkins down, which helps them stand up better.
  5. Fill the pumpkin with your stuffing, and pull the threads as tight as they will go. If the pumpkin won’t close all the way, try taking out some of the stuffing.
  6. If you have some real pumpkin stems, or bought fake ones, hot glue them over the opening. If you don’t, cut or break off a section of the stick that’s just a couple inches long. hot glue this into the opening.
  7. Wrap the stick with the jute twine, wrapping more around the base to create a stem shape. Hot glue it to secure it.
  8. Display them around your house, and enjoy the cuteness!

In that photo of my fall mantle, I bought the big gray velvet pumpkin and the hounds tooth patterned one from a friend who sells them at craft fairs, and the “white pumpkin” candle is one of my new favorites from TJ Maxx.

I’m looking forward to going to the pumpkin patch to get some real stems, now that I found this great way of using some of my fabric stash! Have you decorated for fall yet?