Monday, 13 September 2010

Fabric Pumpkins


- Fabric
- Paper (to make your pattern)
- Tread
- String, twine or yarn
- Sharpie, marker or pen
- Fabric scissors
- Paper scissors
- Streamers
- 2 buttons (per pumpkin)
- LONG needle. I mean LONG - The one used was 4".
- Hot glue
- Pins
- Polyfil

Create your paper pattern. You'll need 6 pieces of fabric exactly the same size and shape, so create a pattern from a piece of paper:

Fold the paper in half corner to corner. (This just maximizes the size of the paper, you're really welcome to fold it anyway you please... As long as it is in half.)

Draw an arc along the fold.

Cut the arc and open it to reveal your pattern shape. 

Pin the pattern to your fabric and cut 6 identical pieces. Depending on your quality of scissors you might be able to get all 6 of your pieces cut at once.

Pin the fabric in pairs, right sides together.

Sew the pairs, right sides together down the right arc.

With the 3 pairs sewn together, take 2 of the pairs and sew them together, right sides together.

Add the 3rd pair and sew it to the first 2, right sides together, being sure to leave about a 2-3" gap so you can turn it right side out.

Flip the fabric right side out and fill with stuffing. Hand sew the hole shut.

Time to take this ball we've created (pictured above) and turn it into a pumpkin. Thread a button on the bottom of the ball where the 6 pieces some together. Then push the long needle through to the other side. You may need a pair of pliers to pull the needle through.

Then push the needle back down to the bottom of the pumpkin pulling the string as tight as you can so that the top and bottom buttons come together a bit and pucker the pumpkin.

It will look a bit like this:

Now it is time to make the ridges along the sides of the pumpkin by taking the string from top to bottom, around the button, then back from bottom to top, around the button and so on and so on. You can either evenly space the string, or you can vary it - whatever works for you.

Create a stem and tendrils out of the streamers and hot glue them to the top.

And there you are - pumpkins!!!



  1. Thanks for featuring my pumpkins!

    I'm flattered!

  2. So pretty! I will definitely have to check these out! Thanks for the visit today!

  3. Interesting...have you checked Maratha's Halloween ideas??these are also awesome...

  4. Lindo trabalho!!!!!
    Amo abobóras!!!