I think it’s time for a little Halloween crafting, don’t you? These fabric pumpkins are so easy to make, look fabulous piled up in a squashy heap (see what I did there?) and can be added to year after year. Even fairly small children can have a go at making them although they might need a little bit of help with some of the trickier bits. If, like me, you have a Fat Quarter habit this little project is great for using them up – although I may* have bought the fabric for these on purpose (*I totally did). Well, who could resist this hedgehog fabric? It’s perfect!
How to make fabric pumpkins

To Make Fabric Pumpkins You Will Need:

  • Fabric scraps in various sizes
  • A sewing needle and thread (or sewing machine)
  • Embroidery thread in complimentary colours (I used a good pumpkin orange for all of mine)
  • Blunt ended, large eyed tapestry needle (I used my largest knitter’s darning needle – it just needs to have an eye big enough for embroidery yarn and to be fairly blunt ended as you will be feeding it up through the middle of your pumpkin)
  • Toy stuffing
  • Fabric scissors
  • Felt in contrasting colours for the ‘stalk’, I used beige/pink for all mine
  • Hot Glue Gun or PVA (white/school glue)
How to make fabric pumpkins

How to Make Fabric Pumpkins

  • Measure a piece of fabric twice as wide as it is long. My large pumpkins measure 50cm x 25cm and my small ones were 26cm x 13cm. Cut it out.
  • Fold your fabric in half, right sides together (you’re folding in half so that your longest edge is halved and you make a square).
  • Sew along the side edge to make a tube using your machine if you have one, needle and thread if you don’t.
  • Hand sew a running stitch along the bottom of your tube using fairly large stitches.
  • Pull the thread so that your fabric gathers together and sew a few stitches to hold it. Tie off.
  • Turn your pumpkin right side out.
  • Stuff your pumpkin with toy stuffing – you don’t want it over stuffed but make sure there is enough in there for a plump pumpkin.
  • Sew a running stitch along the top edge,  pull to gather and sew a few stitches to hold it tightly closed. Tie off.
  • Thread your darning/embroidery needle with a long length of your embroidery thread and tie a fairly big knot in the end.
  • Pass your needle up through the bottom of your pumpkin, pull tight and pass it back down through the top of your pumpkin. Pull tight. Repeat, moving around the pumpkin a bit each time, until you have the desired number of pumpkin wedges. An odd number looks best. Pull tight and tie off.
Top Tip: Pull your embroidery thread as tight as you can so that you get nice, plump, well defined wedges and your thread can barely be seen.
  • Cut a rectangle of felt, wide enough to be your stalk (you can always trim it later if it’s too long) and long enough to roll into a stalk.
  • Roll tightly and evenly (I glue gun every couple of centimetres to hold it tight) and glue to hold.
  • Check it against your pumpkin and trim if necessary.
  • Glue gun into place at the top of your squash.

There are lots of video tutorials on YouTube – I meant to do my own but life is busy and time is rushing on, IT’S ALMOST OCTOBER ALREADY! This one from Alison is very clear and her pumpkins are very cute.

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