Learn to sew a fabric pumpkin with this pumpkin pattern in 3 sizes. Add a touch of fall to your home decor with this easy fabric pumpkin pattern!
Like a lot of you, I just love fall. I love the cooler weather. I love the changing of the colors. I love all the acorns, Buckeyes and other tree nuts that the trees give up so plentifully.
I also love the pumpkins and so enjoy incorporating these pieces of nature in my home decor, don’t you?
Last year, I sewed a dozen or so pumpkins in various sizes. My goal was to make enough pumpkins to fill my large Longaberger basket with fabric pumpkins.
Well, I never got around to filling my basket and I never got around to creating the pattern that I could share with you. That’s all about to change today!
Free Fabric Pumpkin Pattern
The pattern for these fabric pumpkins is available in three sizes: small, medium and large.
My favorite is probably the medium-sized fabric pumpkin. But, when you combine all three sizes together it really makes quite a little pumpkin patch!
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How to Sew a Fabric Pumpkin
I gotta warn you that once you get started sewing these cute little fabric pumpkins, you’re gonna have more pumpkins than you know what to do with.
What You’ll Need:
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- 1/2 yard fabric for large pumpkin
- 1/4 yard fabric for medium pumpkin
- fat quarter of fabric for small pumpkin
- craft felt
Supplies & Equipment
- cutting mat
- pins or clips
- polyester fiber fill
- matching thread
- wood for stems, cut 2″-3″ long (can also use wine corks)
- strong thread, twine or embroidery thread
- long darning needle
- glue gun
- glue sticks
- sewing machine
Step One: Cut Fabric
After you downloaded and cut out your pumpkin pattern. Place the pattern on the fabric and cut out six (6) pieces.
Step 2: Cut Felt
If you’re using a felt leaf on your pumpkin, you’ll want to cut out the felt leaf as well.
Step 3: Sew Pumpkin Pieces
Take one of the pumpkin pieces and lay it face up. Take another pumpkin piece and lay it face down. Sew a 1/4″ seam along one edge of the two pieces.
Then open the two pieces up and lay one of the pumpkin pieces face down. Again, sew along the edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
You’ll now have three pieces sewn together. Lay that set aside and pick up two more pieces. Lay one face up and the other face down on top. Align the edges and sew using a 1/4″ seam.
Open the two pieces up and place the last pumpkin piece face down along one edge and stitch using a 1/4″ seam. Just like you did with the other three pieces.
Now, open the two pieces (three sections sewn together for each). Lay one face up and one face down on top. Align the edges and pin or clip in place. Begin sewing the two sections together along one of the sides. Sew completely around the pumpkin, leaving a 3″ opening on one side for turning.
Once you have your pumpkin pieces sewn together, turn right side out through the opening.
Step 3: Stuff the Pumpkin
Once you have your pumpkin pieces sewn together and turned right side out, it’s time to stuff your pumpkin.
How firmly you stuff your pumpkin is totally up to you. Once your pumpkin is stuffed to your liking, just whip stitch the opening closed.
Step 4: Add Tufting
Although this step is totally optional, I think it adds a nice finished touch to the look of your fabric pumpkins.
Take a piece of twine about 72″ long and thread onto your darning needle. Insert it into one end of the pumpkin and pull the needle through to the other end, leaving about a 6″ tail.
Wrap twine around outside of pumpkin and again insert the needle in through the bottom and back out through the top. You’ll this six times around the pumpkin, pulling slightly taut after each section.
Once you’ve completed the six strands around the pumpkin tie the two ends together and fasten off.
Step 5: Attach Leaf & Stem
If you are adding a leaf and/or stem to your pumpkin, you’ll want to do that now. Use your glue gun and apply glue to the center of the top of the pumpkin and place your leaf on top, carefully applying gentle pressure.
Then, attach a dollop of glue to the center of the leaf/pumpkin and attach your stem.
Your pumpkin is now finished!
You can adorn your pumpkin in many ways. I cut pieces of burlap ribbon and attached them to the top of the pumpkins. I also used wine corks on some of the pumpkins. And I even used cinnamon sticks on some.
I’ve also used different fabrics. Although I love the look of the bleached drop cloth pumpkins (pictured above). I found that because of the loose weave of this fabric, it does tend to unravel. So be careful with your fabric choices. Tightly woven and cotton fabrics are your best options.
If you sew a pumpkin, I’d love if you’d share a picture. Just leave a comment below, tag me #thebirchcottage or #ahandmadehome on social media, or come join in on the creativity at A Handmade Home Facebook Page.
Til next time…