This quick, fun project will help with fabric stash-busting and also adding a handmade flair to your fall home decor! Below is a list of what you’ll need to create your own fabric pumpkin:
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- Fabric (for a larger pumpkin, you’ll want 2-3 feet)
- Bowl, plate or other circular object
- Poly-Fil or other stuffing
- Hot glue gun
- Pumpkin stem
To get started, lay your fabric out on your work surface and place a bowl or plate on the fabric. Trace around the bowl with a pen, marker, or thin sharpie, and then cut out your circle.
* Anything smaller than a bowl or plate and your end result might look more like an acorn!
The circular piece of fabric doesn’t have to be perfect (as shown with mine!) because the ends will be sewn up and you won’t notice inconsistencies.
Once the fabric is cut, get out your needle and thread and sew a running stitch (or basting stitch) all around the edges of the fabric. Again, this doesn’t have to be perfect! When doing this, I like to make the stitch that’s on the outside very short, and the stitch that will be on the inside of the pumpkin much longer, as shown below:
Do this around the edge of the fabric, pulling every so often, allowing the fabric to start to gather. Once you get close to the end, add some Poly-Fil to fill out your pumpkin. Continue with the stitching and pull the thread taut and knot the end making sure you don’t give up any slack. Then, using your glue gun, put a generous amount of hot glue on the end that you just gathered and tied off, and put your pumpkin stem on top. Hold in place applying pressure for 30 seconds.
*** An edit you could make to this would be to add a wire “pumpkin stem” to the top if you don’t have a real stem! Let your imagination run wild :)
And that’s it! You can play with the size of them, type of fabric used, and type of stem to create your very own fabric pumpkin patch!