Easy DIY Fabric Pumpkins

Happy Fall! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Since fall is officially here now, I thought it was time for me to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon. I made some easy peasy fabric pumpkins from some thrift store fabrics, and materials that I had on hand for the pumpkin forms.

For the form of the large pumpkin, which sits about 8″ high, I used some laminate under pad that I had leftover from a project we did a few years ago. I’m always thinking of new ways to use things, so I can keep them out of the landfill. I simply cut the under pad into strips and rolled them up until I was happy with its size. Then I secured it with tape.


Then I started carving my pumpkin. I took my scissors to it and shaped it until I thought it looked good.



For the 2 smaller pumpkin forms I used polyester fiberfill and made them the same way as the larger one.



Here are the fabrics I thrifted just last week. They cost me a total of $2.50. I really love the silky embroidered fabric.



I measured my forms, and cut out the fabric so there was enough to go around the form, making sure to leave plenty of extra so I could wrap it around 1 1/2 times. This way I didn’t have to do any pinning, although I certainly could if I wanted to.

Then I stuffed the fabric at the top and the bottom into the centres of the forms until I was happy with the way they looked. The under pad form had a natural hole, but I had to make a hole in the fiberfill with my fingers.



To dress them up a bit I used the rusty coloured upholstery fabric for leaves because it was very stiff, and small gold toned spoons just tucked into the centres for stems.  And that’s it!

I like the fact that they’re not permanent. Next year I can use the same forms with completely different fabrics.

Thanks so much for visiting!


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  1. These turned out great! I love that you were able to reuse items you had on hand too. Homemade pumpkins are perfect for fall 🙂

  2. This is a great idea, Tuula–I love the fabrics you used, and how great that you can switch it out next year, too! I have a question for you–do you have any tips for staining a veneer cabinet? I have a new console cabinet, and I want to stain the top and sides and part of the front, and then paint out the doors a different color. Take care, and have a great week!

    1. Thanks so much Athena! I appreciate your comments. I've painted almost every kind of surface you can imagine, including veneer, but I've never stained veneer. I am a paintin' kind of gal. Sorry I couldn't help you out with this one. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Great idea for a filler. I used some plastic bags the other day for a filler for my pumpkins. I like how you could shape yours. Megan

  4. Love the pumpkins Tuula! Pinning them. Thanks again for the follow.

  5. love that big pumpkins…and sure beats sewing 6 panels together like I do.


  6. Very clever! Thank you for sharing your fabulous Fall inspiration and creativity at Potpourri Friday!

    1. Thanks so much! I hope the tutorial was helpful. It was really a very easy project. Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Tuula 🙂

  7. Darling pumpkins! I love the stripes and I can't believe the great deal you got on the fabric! Very cute!

    1. Thanks you so much! I know… the fabric was a steal. And I have alot left over for more projects. That's why I love thrifting. Thanks so much for visiting!

  8. These super cute! I am going to have to try this for sure! I am following you now too!


  9. Love these ideas! Great job! Thanks so much for joining us at the Keep Calm & Link Up Party! See you again soon for the next one!

  10. Tuula these are fantastic! Thanx for sharing at THT.