Fall Fabric Pumpkins

Fallen leaves, cold nights and pumpkin pie spiced lattes. Autumn brings all sort of goodies and comforts. Pumpkins are a stalwart of autumn, both in eating and decorating. If like me, you enjoy decorating your home for this wonderful abundant time of year, you’ll love these fabric pumpkins.

More Fall Fabric Pumpkins

Using minimal amounts of fabric (fat quarters in this case) you can make some pumpkins that really add a punch.

Pumpkins real and imagined

 

What you’ll need:

6 assorted fabrics (the coordinated fat quarter from the local fabric store are ideal) Use traditional orange or go wild and use fabulous golds, bronzes or teal.

  • Green fabric for leaves. (I had some lovely faux suede, felt would be a great alternative)
  • Jute twine & Upholstery needle
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Coordinated thread
  • Pumpkin templates
  • Polyester filling (around 10oz for 3 pumpkins of this size).
  • Small circular item (a pencil etc) that won’t stick to glue.
  • Florist wire

The final size of the pumpkins made with the templates are 8.5, 7 & 6 inches. However, if you want pumpkins of different sizes you can either scale up or down the templates or draw your own, following the basic shape.

Making the pumpkins:

6 Inch Pumpkin Template7 Inch Pumpkin Template8.5 Inch Pumpkin Template

Print the templates on normal paper and cut them out.

Pin on the back of the fabric and draw around the template with a pencil.

Place Template on the back of the fabricDraw around the template

Allowing a ½ inch seam allowance, cut around the line. We’ll use this line later to sew along. Cut out six panels for each pumpkin.

Line up the panels so the coordinating panels look nice.

You'll need six for each pumpkin

Pin the first two panels together and sew along one side. Don’t sew across the top.

Sew along line drawn line

Sew these to the next and keep going until all sides are sewn together.  You should have a large opening at both the top and bottom of the panels. Use these to turn the pumpkin the right way.

Sew leaving the top open

Sew a running stitch around the bottom hole and pull “tightish”. You’ll need to leave a little bit of a hole for ease of sewing the jute thread through later.  Sew a running stitch around the top hole.

Use a running stitch around the hole

This will hold the hole open for stuffing.  Stuff the polyester stuffing until the fabric panels have a full shape but still a little squishy.  Pull the top hole “tightish”, again leaving a little bit of a hole.

Work out how much jute you’ll need buy wrapping the twine around the pumpkin 4 times. Make a mark on the jute thread.

Use a really large eyed needle (an upholstery needle) to thread the jute onto. Push the needle through the top hole of the pumpkin, through the filling and pull through the bottom hole. Admittedly this was so tough that I actually had to use pliers to hold the needle and really tug. Pull the jute through all the way to the mark made.

Use a uphostery needle to thread through the hole

Repeat. Pushing the needle through the bottom hole again, pulling the just thread through just a little tighter than it should be and center it on the panel, keep doing this all the way around until you get to the last panel, push the jute under one of the other threads and then tie the thread together. Cut off the jute thread leaving around 4 – 6 inches, these will become the vines.

Now to make the vines:

Cut a small hole in a plastic grocery bag. This will help protect the pumpkin from the next messy bit. Pull the jute threads through, leaving the pumpkin in the bag. You need to make the pencil releasable from the fabric stiffener. I had some plastic rods on hand which are made from a particular plastic which glue didn’t stick too, if you’re not that lucky wrap the pencil in cling wrap. Soak the jute in the fabric stiffener and wrap around the pencil. Clip if it wants to unwrap itself.

Wind the soaked just thread around

Leave to dry and set up. Un-clip and release the pencil. The vine will hold its shape.

Leaves:

Paint the fabric stiffener on to the back of the fabric. I used two coats, but not sure if this made a difference.

Paint fabric stiffener on the back of your fabric

You can freestyle the leaves or use the template below printed on card-stock. These will print about the right size for these pumpkins, adjust the size if you are making smaller or bigger ones.

Leaf Template

Cut out the leaves using the template. The fabric stiffener not only makes the fabric stiff but also provides fray resistance.

Add a small line of glue down the back of the leaf and embed some florist wire.

Apply a thin bead of glue Stick the wire into the line of glue

Stick the wire end in to the hole used for sewing the jute twine through and push deep into the polyester filling to hold. the leaves can be bent into a more natural shape.

And here we are! Three perfectly prized pumpkins.

Use many of various sizes in different colors for different rooms of the house. By storing them in a clean, dry box can be brought out year after year as a cheap alternative to the real thing.

Pumpkins real and imagined

 

So where are you going to plonk your pumpkins down?

 

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