DIY fabric pumpkins: how to make an easy no pattern pumpkin

In just minutes you can create one of the easiest DIY fabric pumpkins for your fall decor. This no-pattern pumpkin tutorial is perfect for newbies and seasoned crafters.

Super easy no pattern fabric pumpkin DIY

orange and black diy fabric pumpkins. Orange fabric pumpkin has a cork wrapped twine stem, twine / jute small bow and green felt leaves. There are 2 black fabric pumpkins behind the orange pumpkin. Fall pumpkin decorations are sitting on a white table.

These DIY fabric pumpkins are SO easy to make. There is no real pattern to follow. No sewing machine involved. No hard instructions to veer off track of. They are simple hand-stitched pumpkins.

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What supplies do you need to make easy DIY fabric pumpkins?

You will just need a few basic items to make these DIY fabric pumpkins:

How do you make a simple fabric pumpkin?

This tutorial is SO easy to follow. In a few simple steps, you will have your own set of adorable fabric pumpkins! If you can cut a circle, use a glue gun, and make a semi-straight hand stitch you’re golden!

1. CUT A CIRCLE OUT OF FABRIC

Using a pair of fabric scissors (or any scissors that you’re children haven’t destroyed with glue 😆) cut a circle out of a piece of fabric. I used some scrap fabric I had in my craft room. This doesn’t have to be precise, just a round circle shape about 8″ in diameter.

using scissors to cut a circle out of black fabric to make a fabric pumpkin for DIY fall decor

For smaller-sized pumpkins make your circle smaller. For larger-sized pumpkins, make your circle larger.

2. HAND STITCH ALONG THE TOP

Using a double threaded needle, make a running stitch (basting stitch) along the raw edge of your cut-out circle.

using a needle and thread to hand sew a black scrap fabric pumpkin

Again, this doesn’t have to be precise my stitching looked like a hot mess with uneven stitches. But, my mini fabric pumpkins turned out adorable despite that.

3. GATHER THE THREAD & STUFF THE PUMPKIN

  • with the needle still attached to your thread pull the thread to bunch up where you just stitched
  • stuff the inside with crumbled up paper
  • leave the opening of the pumpkin just big enough for a cork
  • tie the thread off and cut the excess end of the thread
gathering stitching on a black scrap fabric pumpkin

I opted for paper for stuffing but you can use whatever you have on hand. Other materials you could use as stuffing:

  • polyester stuffing
  • recycled paper
  • junk mail
  • plastic bags
  • old fabric you don’t use
stuffing a black fabric pumpkin with brown craft paper

4. WRAP THE CORK IN TWINE

Use your hot glue gun to glue twine to the wine cork. Start at the top of the cork and hot glue the twine going in a circle around the top. Then keep wrapping the twine around the wine cork gluing as you go till you reach the end.

hot gluing twine jute to a wine cork for a diy fabric pumpkin stem

Place the cork stem inside the top of the pumpkin, secure with hot glue. I found it was less of a mess if I applied the glue to the hole in the pumpkin vs applying it to the cork stem.

5. PUMPKIN LEAVES & ACCENTS

Use a piece of felt and cut out a leaf shape. Make the leaves different sizes so that they aren’t identical.

Wrap a piece of twine around a pencil or paintbrush. Use clothespins to hold it in place on the ends. Apply a thin layer of matte finish mod podge to the twine then let dry. Once it’s dry remove it and it will be curly.

wrapping a piece of twine around a wood paint brush to make curly vines for a diy fabric pumpkin

Make a small simple bow from a piece of twine or jute.

Hot glue the leaves to the bottom of the pumpkin stem. Add the little accent pieces. I glued a bow to one of my pumpkins and the curly twine vines to the other two pumpkins.

woman making a fabric pumpkin with scrap black fabric, twine wrapped wine cork, green felt leaves and hot glue gun

That’s it! So easy to make your own fabric pumpkin! There are so many different colors, and types of material you can use to make these. Have fun and enjoy making and filling your home with your DIY fall decor.

orange and black diy fabric pumpkins. Orange fabric pumpkin has a cork wrapped twine stem, twine / jute small bow and green felt leaves. There are 2 black fabric pumpkins behind the orange pumpkin. Fall pumpkin decorations are sitting on a white table.

Easy fabric pumpkins that you can use every year in your fall home decor.

DIY FABRIC PUMPKINS

In just minutes you can create one of the easiest DIY fabric pumpkins for your fall decor. This no-pattern pumpkin tutorial is perfect for newbies and seasoned crafters.
Total Time15 mins
Keyword: DIY FABRIC PUMPKINS, easy fall decor, scrap fabric pumpkins
Cost: $

Materials

Instructions

  • CUT A CIRCLE OUT OF FABRIC- Using a pair of fabric scissors (or any scissors that you’re children haven’t destroyed with glue ) cut a circle out of a piece of fabric. I used some scrap fabric I had in my craft room. This doesn’t have to be precise, just a round circle shape about 8″ in diameter.
  • HAND STITCH ALONG THE TOP- Using a double threaded needle, make a running stitch (basting stitch) along the raw edge of your cut-out circle.
  • GATHER THE THREAD & STUFF THE PUMPKIN-
    with the needle still attached to your thread pull the thread to bunch up where you just stitched
    stuff the inside with crumbled up paper
    leave the opening of the pumpkin just big enough for a cork
    tie the thread off and cut the excess end of the thread
  • WRAP THE CORK IN TWINE- Use your hot glue gun to glue twine to the wine cork. Start at the top of the cork and hot glue the twine going in a circle around the top. Then keep wrapping the twine around the wine cork gluing as you go till you reach the end.
    Place the cork stem inside the top of the pumpkin, secure with hot glue. I found it was less of a mess if I applied the glue to the hole in the pumpkin vs applying it to the cork stem.
  • PUMPKIN LEAVES & ACCENTS- Use a piece of felt and cut out a leaf shape. Make the leaves different sizes so that they aren’t identical.
    Wrap a piece of twine around a pencil or paintbrush. Use clothespins to hold it in place on the ends. Apply a thin layer of matte finish mod podge to the twine then let dry. Once it’s dry remove it and it will be curly.
    Make a small simple bow from a piece of twine or jute.
    Hot glue the leaves to the bottom of the pumpkin stem. Add the little accent pieces. I glued a bow to one of my pumpkins and the curly twine vines to the other two pumpkins.

Video

diy fabric pumpkins from scrap fabric. Orange and black scrap fabric handmade pumpkins with twine wrapped cork stems, green felt leaves, curly twine vines and a twine bow easy craft tutorial

Happy crafting,

Megan

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