Autumn Fabric Pumpkins

Hi Everyone!  As part of the Sew Much Fun Halloween Blog Hop hosted by Jen at Faith and Fabrics, I decided to make some autumnal fabric pumpkins. I wanted to make something new for the house but decided to forgo the Halloween novelty fabric and use fall fabric so I could leave them out through Thanksgiving.

These pumpkins are such a breeze to make. I poked around Pinterest for a while and found this easy tutorial from HGTV. Mainly I was looking for suggestions on the size of the individual rectangles that make up each puff on the pumpkin. This tutorial had three sizes worked out which was just perfect.

To  make the sections of one pumpkin, I cut six rectangles of equal size. I stacked the rectangles and trimmed off each corner, making a slightly curved shape.  Next I sewed the long side of the rectangles together from top curve to bottom, using a large, basting stitch.  (My Janome machine stitch length was set to four.)  Use the threads on either end of the seams to gather the pumpkin sides to your liking.

Then you hand sew a loose, running stitch around the bottom opening and draw the opening to a close.  Stuff with pillow stuffing (you might be able to use batting scraps?) and then sew a loose running stitch around the top to close the opening.  When closing the top and bottom openings, it doesn’t have to look perfect because both areas are covered.

To cover the bottom, I traced a round object (the top to my little button jar) and cut a circle of matching fabric.  I used raw edge applique to attach it, hiding the bottom stitches. I thought the blanket stitching looked really nice for this.

Here is another one.

I found a sprig of fall leaves at Ben Franklin and decided to cut it apart, using the leaves to decorate the tops of the pumpkins.  I also took apart two beaded napkin rings I had to use the little vines with red and gold beads on them. They look really cute.


The smallest one, below, is my favorite. Probably because I really like the fabric used for this one.

Nothing here that can’t be accomplished with a bit of hot glue and some leftover bits found around the house! I was glad to have a bag of stuffing that was nearly full (leftover from making these stuffed blocks for my grand baby).  It took the remainder of that bag to stuff the three pumpkins. I found twigs in the yard for the main pumpkin stem. The only thing I purchased specifically for this project was the fall leaf sprig for a whopping $2.99!

I hope you will give these a try.  If you get stuck or have questions, don’t hesitate to comment or shoot me an email. I am happy to help.

For more Halloween inspiration, be sure to check these posts out too.  Have fun!!

Faith and Fabric

The Cloth Parcel

Daydreams of Quilts

Slice of Pi Quilts

I Have Purple Hair

Patterns by Jen

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Sew and Tell Project

13 thoughts on “Autumn Fabric Pumpkins

  1. Deb E / Oregon

    Cute pumpkins! Four of the links are broken (the ones for fellow bloggers with their projects)…..

  2. Bernie2

    I love these and might actually venture to make one. I love that you give detailed instructions. I had a few I had bought in Texas from a “crafty” friend, but our dog escaped his confined area and used one as a chew toy while we were out. I should have saved the stuffing!

    1. Bernie Post author

      Im glad you liked the post. I am happy to give you more details if needed. Or just let me know if I can help you. Enjoy! 🎃🎃🎃

  3. Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow

    Bernie these are super cute! I haven’t decorated for fall at ALL yet / the weather is so strange…It DID go down to 33 degrees last night, and will be around 39 tonight, ( Southwestern PA ) but will gradually warm up again / little foliage change, flowers all still in bloom…still feels more like summer

    Whether I HAVE been in the mood to decorate for fall or or not, doesn’t matter…this was a fun post and a sweet project 🙂

    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Deb! We just got home from a trip to Vermont where we had drastically different weather each day – from very sunny and warm to cloudy cold and quite windy. It has been a strange start to fall. I am sure your leaves will be changing soon. We came home to beautiful red leaves on our maples.

  4. Kate

    They are so lovely, we don’t decorate for autumn here but maybe we should, it’s my favourite time of year.

    1. Bernie Post author

      It is also my favorite time Kate. I love the weather – we are done with the heat of summer and not as cold as it soon will be. 🙂

  5. Kaholly

    She’s also absolutely adorable! Vermont is such a lovely state, especially this time of year. So glad you were able to get away and have such a nice visit.


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