Fall decorating season is here! Let me show you how to make an easy DIY Fall home decor fabric pumpkin for your home.
Hello and welcome to my DIY Fall home decorating series. Today I’m showing you project #2 in this mini series. It’s an easy DIY Fall home decor fabric pumpkin. This fabric pumpkin is adorable, easy to make and takes only about twenty minutes.
Fall Home Decor
Pumpkins are a great decor item to use in your Fall decor. They come in all shapes, colours and materials. Fabric pumpkins are a really popular decor this Fall. I have seen fabric pumpkins made from fluffy chenille, cozy cable knit sweater material and many other pretty patterned fabric.
Think about where you would like to put a fabric pumpkin and what material would go well with your decor. Plaids and stripes are a great place to start if you’re stuck on what to choose. Next think about what size of pumpkin you want to end up. I used a 12 inch circle to make my pumpkin and the finished size ended up being approximately 5 x 5 inches.
So go grab your supplies (hopefully you’ll have most of these on hand), and let’s get started on this fun project. Once you make one, you will definitely want to make more!
- Fabric- 1/2 yard/metre or less
- Polyester stuffing
- Sewing needle
- Sewing thread
- Round tracing pattern
Where to Buy the Supplies
Here are a few places to shop when buying the supplies for this DIY pumpkin. First of all, check out your own home stash of fabric. You can make a little pumpkin with quite a small scrap of material. A second hand store is another great place to buy unused pieces of fabric for a good deal. Of course craft and fabric stores are another place to buy fabric too. Micheals and Walmart have pre-cut bundles of adorable fabric and specific fabric stores like Joann’s or Fabricland have huge selections to choose from. If you don’t have a store nearby try checking out online fabric shops. Spoonflower https://www.spoonflower.com/, is another adorable online company and even Amazon carries fabric.
Polyester stuffing is the fluffy white filling that you put inside the pumpkin to make it look plump. It can be found at most of the fabric and craft stores mentioned above. I bought a 16 oz bag from Walmart.
Find thread that will match the colour of the fabric you are using. A sewing needle and thread is needed to close the top. Don’t worry, there is no complicated sewing involve here:) If you can thread a needle and put the needle in and out of fabric, you’re good to go.
The last few supplies needed are: a pencil for tracing around the circle pattern, a round object/pattern to trace, twine, and a stem. I used a large bowl lid for my circle pattern. Really anything round in the size you want would do. Twine can be bought at the dollar store or a hardware store. I went outside and found some sticks that I could use for my pumpkin stem and it ended up working quite well.
How to DIY a Fall Fabric Pumpkin
- Gather and find the supplies mentioned in the list above. Find a flat surface like a counter or table, where it’s easy to work and cut the fabric out.
- Lay out the fabric (wrong side up) and decide what size of circle that you wish to use. I cut a 12 inch circle and my finished pumpkin was almost half that size. (5 x5″)
- I found a large bowl lid that was perfect to place on top of the fabric and trace around with a pencil. Remember you only need one layer of fabric and mark on the wrong side of the fabric so you can’t see it when it’s finished.
- Following the traced circle lines, cut out the fabric with scissors.
- Thread your needle and sew a weaving stitch on the outside, around the edge of the circle. Leave a length of thread where you started and where you end, to later pull the top of the pumpkin closed. (Kind of like a drawstring bag.)
Finishing Up the Pumpkin
- Stuff the pumpkin a little at a time with the polyester filling until the pumpkin is nice and full.
- Add the wooden stem into the top of the pumpkin. It’s helpful to have the stem halfway inside the pumpkin so that it stays in place well. The length of the stem will vary depending on the size of the pumpkin and what you think looks good. My stem was about 4 inches long with 2 inches sticking out the top.
- Pull the two threads from the gathering stitch you previously sewed closed at the top of the pumpkin, around the stem. Adjust the gathers of the fabric as you do this, so it looks even. Tie the two threads in a knot to hold it in place.
- Lastly I wound some twine around the base of the stem and then tied it in a bow. If the gathers of the fabric are not staying in place around the stem, try tacking it down with a hot glue gun.
- You could also decorate the fall fabric pumpkin with some leaves by the stem or some ribbon.
Where to Display Your Fabric Pumpkin
These fabric pumpkins look adorable in so many spots among Fall home decor. I loved how mine looked on my dining room shelf beside a cute sign and some pretty Fall florals. They also look really cute sitting on an end table, dresser or counter. Try stacking three different sizes on top of one another for a cute pumpkin stack. Fabric pumpkins looks great displayed on a tray, in a basket or on a tiered tray.
Easy DIY Fall Home Decor Fabric Pumpkin
I hope that I’ve inspired you to go try and make your own easy DIY Fall home decor fabric pumpkin. They are very budget friendly and will look so adorable in with your home decor this Fall. These fabric pumpkins are very easy to make and only take about 20 minutes of your time. Once you make one, there will be no stopping you from making many more…
Have a wonderful day and Happy Fall decorating!