Grab some favorite fall fabrics and make a patch of adorable plush fabric pumpkins to accent your fall decor this year! Today, I’m sharing the free pattern for making an entire collection of these fun fabric pumpkins, which are an easy sewing project (even for beginners) and an excellent way to use fabric scraps you might already have on hand. The beauty of this fabric pumpkin pattern is that it can be assembled using scraps you already have on hand, and it comes in 3 versatile sizes: small (5.5″ across), medium (7″ across) and large (8.5″ across). The sewing portion of this project is lightning-quick, and before you know it, you’ll have an entire patch of these beauties whipped up. Let me show you how to do it!
Fabric Pumpkin Supplies:
- Plush Patchwork Pumpkin Templates (available as a free download below)
- Fabric in assorted patterns (scraps work great here)
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing shears
- Fiber fill
- Hand sewing needle
- Embroidery floss or yarn
- Large embroidery needle
- Cinnamon sticks
- Hot glue
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Click the links below to download the DIY fabric pumpkin pattern pieces:
Print and cut out the pumpkin template of your desired size. Using this template, cut out six fabric pieces from your fabric for each pumpkin. You can either cut all six pieces from one fabric, or mix and match for a funky, whimsical look. It’s up to you!
Place two of your fabric pieces together, right sides facing, lining up all of the raw edges. Pin. (If your pumpkin will be composed of various fabrics, be sure to alternate fabrics as you join them.)
Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch these pieces together.
Pin another of your fabric pieces to this assembled piece, right sides facing, and stitch together in a similar fashion. You will now have a somewhat circular piece composed of three separate fabric pieces. Set this piece aside for now.
Repeat the preceding steps with the remaining three pieces of fabric.
When both 3-pieced sides are complete, line them up along the entire perimeter of their raw edges, making sure the center seams are precisely aligned. Pin together, as shown.
Stitch around the entire perimeter of the pinned pieces (you will be stitching in a circle), making sure to leave about 1.5″ inches open between the beginning and end of your stitching. Using a chopstick or turning tool, turn the piece right side out.
Stuff your pumpkin with a generous amount of fiber fill. You want the pumpkin to be firm when squeezed, but not overstuffed. Using a needle and thread, handstitch the opening shut.
Thread a long length of embroidery floss or yarn through your embroidery needle. (Depending upon the size of your pumpkin, you will probably need somewhere between 1 1/2 and 2 yards.)
Poke the threaded needle down through the bottom of your pumpkin, close to the center, as shown. Poke the needle back down through the pumpkin…
…and tie the two tails of thread that now are hanging from the bottom center of your pumpkin in a nice, tight knot. (This will give your pumpkin a tufted appearance.) Do not trim your thread yet!
Bring your threaded needle up and around the side of your pumpkin, moving from the bottom to the top, poking the needle down directly through the center of your pumpkin, as shown. Pull tightly to further tuft your pumpkin. Repeat this step for each of the six sections of your pumpkin.
When each section has been tufted, secure the threads with a knot on the bottom of the pumpkin. Trim.
Using the template provided, cut a leaf shape from felt, and affix it to the top of the pumpkin with hot glue.
Embellish further with a cinnamon stick stem and a pretty bow.
Your fabric pumpkin patch is complete!
I’d be remiss not to warn you: When you see how easy these are to make, you’ll catch yourself wanting to make enough to fill an entire patch! ?
These would be a darling addition to any seasonal display…
…but they could also double as festive pincushions!
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Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
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