A handmade Halloween wouldn’t be complete without the appearance of pumpkins! Decorate your stoop with festive fabric pumpkins made in Cypress Cotton Canvas, Petal Signature Cotton™ or another woven cotton. Make and stack a few in multiple sizes and designs for added effect. The best thing about this DIY project? Unlike real pumpkins, once the trick-or-treaters are gone, you can store these pumpkins in the attic for next year!
- Swatch or fat quarter of solid coordinating felt or scrap fabric of choice
- Pencil or washable fabric marker
- Needle and thread
- Yarn or twine
- Hot glue gun (optional)
Pro tip: Use the Fill-a-Yard™ Cheater Quilt template on Signature Petal Cotton to mix-and-match your pumpkin patterns with. After creating your Halloween collection, fill nine 6″ squares (3×3) with the same design to create the small 16″ pumpkin.
Cut Out the Pattern Pieces
1. Begin by drawing a circle on the wrong side of your fabric in the desired diameter. We are making a small pumpkin with an initially drawn diameter of 16”.
To make the center point, measure out 8″ in either direction, and draw a circle connecting both points. Cut out your circle.
Gathering the Fabric
2. Using a needle and strong thread, create a gathering stitch line along the outer rim of your circle about ¼” away from the raw edge. Gather the fabric so that it begins to make a rounded bowl (or pumpkin!) shape. Don’t cinch it too tight just yet as we still need to stuff it!
Stuff the Pumpkin
3. When you have a rounded shape formed out of your gathered fabric, stuff the inside of the form with your fiberfill or filling of choice. Continue to gather and cinch the pumpkin closed as you fill to create a solid, rounded form. Once you’ve stuffed your pumpkin to your desired fullness, cinch and knot the gathered opening closed.
Wrapping and Shaping the Pumpkin
4. Take your twine or yarn and cut it into 6-8 matching lengths. The lengths of twine should be long enough to wrap around your pumpkin.
5. Tie one length of twine around your pumpkin, taking care that the knot is at the top of your pumpkin. Pull the twine tightly before knotting to create puffy segments. Trim the excess twine. Repeat the process of wrapping the remaining twine around the fabric–it should be looking like a pumpkin now!
6. Take your coordinating felt or fabric of choice and cut out a leaf-shaped topper big enough to cover the gathered top and twine knots. Hand stitch with decorative stitches or hot glue into place.
7. Take the remainder of your coordinating felt or fabric and create a rolled cone for your pumpkin stem. You can stitch or hot glue your stem together. Attach the stem to your topper with hot glue or hand stitch.
And that’s all there is to it – now go make some more!