DIY Fabric Pumpkins

As summer is now a distant memory we are all being inspired by stunning autumn wedding images. This year I am loving muted autumn tones in dusky peaches, blush, rose gold and warm creams.

I have designed a collection of fabric pumpkins perfect as props and decorations for your wedding. They are really easy to make and are perfect to sew on an autumn evening in front of the tv.

DIY Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial

If you would like to have a go at making our fabulous fabric pumpkins we have put together this simple tutorial.

Materials and Tools

  • Fabric (cotton, sequin, velvet, linen etc)
  • Felt (plain or glitter)
  • Thread (to match your fabric)
  • Needle (standard sewing needle)
  • Long Needle (toy making needle)
  • Stuffing
  • Glue Gun
  • Embellishments (buttons, ribbon, tulle, diamante or brooches)
  • Velvet/Satin leaves (with wire stem for the coiled vine)
  • Beads (seed beads, pearls or crystals)
  • Sequins (various sizes and colours)

Step 1

Each pumpkin is made from fabric for the main body of the pumpkin and felt for the stalk, cut the fabrics to the following sizes.

Large pumpkin: fabric 50cms x 25cms, felt 15cms x 5cms

Medium pumpkin: 40cms x 20cms, felt 10cms x 4cms

Small pumpkin: 30cms x 15cms, felt 10cms x 3cms

Smaller pumpkin: 20cms x 10cms felt 8cms x 2.5cms

Mini pumpkin: 15cms x 7.5cms felt 6cms x 2cms

Use the fabric first and fold it in half with right sides together and hand sew, machine sew or glue along the open seam and knot off the seam to keep it secure.

Step 1 and 2

Step 2

Then sew along the top seam using a simple running stitch. You can either sew both layers together or sew around the tube. Pull the thread to gather the fabric up tightly. Knot the thread off to secure the gathered fabric.

Step 3

Turn the fabric the right side out and stuff the pumpkin. No need to stuff to tightly as the pumpkins look best if they are squidgy.

Repeat Step 2 with the other end of the pumpkin.

Step 4 and 5

Step 4

Thread a double thickness of cotton sewing thread onto a long needle, you need quite a long length around 1m. stitch a couple of stitched into the top of the pumpkin to secure the thread.

Now grip the centre of the pumpkin between your finger and thumb to squash it down. push the needle into the centre and out the bottom, pull the thread tight and insert it back in at the bottom and pull out of the top. I repeat this process a few times to really dimple the centre of the pumpkin. When the pumpkin centre is dimpled sew a few stitches to secure the thread.

Step 5

To make it look really like a pumpkin the edges need to be scalloped. You can achieve this by tying thread, string or twine in a criss cross pattern. Tie each length of thread in the centre of the pumpkin pulling tightly to create the scalloped edge.

Step 6 and 7

Step 6.

Use the felt fabric now for the stem of the pumpkin, it is made by rolling the piece of felt along the longest side into a cigar shape. Glue it into the centre of the top of the pumpkin. I always use a glue gun but fabric glue will work aswell, it just takes longer to dry.

Step 7.

This is where you can be creative and decorate your pumpkin with what embellishments you have. I have used velvet and satin leaves, tulle, diamante embellishment, small brooch, beads, sequins, artificial stamen and ribbon.

Just be creative and glue gun decorative items to the stem or bead and embellish the pumpkin. I coiled the wire stems of the velvet leaves around a pencil to created a curly pumpkin vine. Let your imagination run wild.

If you have a go at making one of our pumpkins please share your success with us using #flutterbypumpkins

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