Make a fabric pumpkin in three sizes with this pattern from The Birch Cottage.
pins or clips
polyester fiber fill
wood for stems, cut 2"-3" long (can also use wine corks)
strong thread, twine or embroidery thread
long darning needle
1/2yardfabric for large pumpkin
1/4yardfabric for medium pumpkin
1fat quarter of fabric for small pumpkin
Step 1: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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.