Back to school means that fall is here so I am sharing a favorite Fall Pumpkins DIY. These pumpkins are made with fall fabric and driftwood!
I always strive to make crafts that look fancy and expensive, but are easy and inexpensive to make. This fall pumpkins craft is so easy and inexpensive and I promise, this is a project that everyone can make!
I love these fall pumpkins so much. You don’t need a sewing machine and they are one of the easiest crafts I have ever made.
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Not only are these pumpkins really easy to make but they are the best pumpkin decorations. Almost all of the pumpkin decor in our home is something that I have made. These fall pumpkins are filled with rice and polyfill and the stems are made from driftwood I collected at the beach. For the stems, you can also use old sticks, cinnamon sticks, and dried fresh pumpkin stems if you can’t get to the beach.
I tied the pumpkins with raffia and ribbons that I made from the fabric. I love how the colors work with all of the fall decor throughout our home.
Easy Fabric Pumpkins
As I mentioned, my goal is always to make something that looks amazing but is easy to make. These pumpkins fit both of those requirements.
How is that? Well, most of us can cut a circle and use a needle and thread. We can also stuff a pocket of fabric with rice and Poly-fil. And I know we all know how to tie a bow.
Those are pretty much the only skills needed to make these pumpkins.
How to Make Fall Pumpkins
You can use any fall fabric you want for these pumpkins. I love to work with decor fabric because it is a little bit heavier and longer-lasting. It also holds its shape better. I bought the fabric at Joann and here is the link to the printed Waverly Dashing Damask Natural Burlap. Combined with the colorful orange fabric, it’s unexpected and I think the pumpkins turned out great.
What You Need to Make Fabric Pumpkins
- fabric (I used 1/2 yard of two decor fabrics and I love them)
- large needle and thread
- round circle template – 10″, 14″, and 19″ (or any similar sizes).
- hot glue gun and sticks
- driftwood or small branches (for stems)
- one bag of rice
- autumn themed raffia
Step-by-Step DIY Instructions
- one – As you can see in both photos, I used anything round I could find in my house as a template. I used a pan lid and a pizza pan to cut my cardboard template and cut a 14″ template as my sample size. I am proud of how clever I was to cut a larger one (about 19″) from the grey and white fabric. It is amazing how handy a deck of cards can be at a time like this! (All I did was tape a pen to the deck and carefully outline along the cardboard circle.) Cut one pattern and draw up the fabric at the top to see the finished size of the pumpkin. It’s deceiving how large you need the circle to be!
- two – With a needle and double thread, sew a running stitch along the outside perimeter so you can gather the pumpkin once it is filled.
- three – Lightly gather the pumpkin once you are done sewing so that you can make sure your stitches will hold the stuffing.
- four – Depending on the size of your circle, add one to four cups of rice. Just make sure there is enough rice to weigh down the bottom so the pumpkin will lay flat. Fill the remaining inside with poly-fil.
- five – Carefully tighten the thread and place your stem inside. At this point, secure the bottom of the stem in the fabric by placing a generous amount of hot glue at the bottom and along the inside of the fabric. Pill the thread tight.
- six – Once the stem is glued, this is what it should look like.
- seven – Tie one end of the raffia around the stem at the point where the fabric meets the stem.
- eight – Wrap the raffia all the way around the pumpkin, pull it a bit, and tie the raffia to the stem. This will add “sections” to your pumpkin. Do this three times to make six sections on the pumpkin.
- nine – Tie more raffia, and a ribbon cut from the fabric to complete the pumpkin.
Don’t these finished fall fabric pumpkins look great?
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