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Pillowcase Pumpkin Costume

This simple but adorable pumpkin costume can be made using an ordinary pillowcase in about 1 1/2 hours.




  • Pumpkin face template
  • Stem hat template
  • Orange pillowcase
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • White chalk pencil
  • Spool of thread
  • 1/4 yard brown felt
  • 1/2 yard green felt
  • Fabri-tac
  • Orange cording
  • Sewing machine


  1. Step 1

    Turn pillowcase inside out, fold in half and lay flat, making sure to match folded edge with stitch line of pillowcase.

  2. Step 2

    Measure from child's neck to inner thigh, then add an inch for ease and seam allowance.

  3. Step 3

    Trace a 5-inch half circle for the arm hole, 1 inch away from flange. Using fabric scissors, cut arm holes in fabric. Pin fabric in place to prepare for sewing. Sew hem using straight stitch.

  4. Step 4

    Download pumpkin face template. Enlarge template 200 percent; print. Trace template on brown felt using white chalk pencil. Cut felt pieces around template.

  5. Step 5

    Using fabri-tac, take cut face pieces and attach to fabric. Push orange cording through to create drawstring. Knot cord and fray check ends.

  6. Step 6

    Download stem hat template. Enlarge template 175 percent; print.

  7. Step 7

    Cut stem pattern on the fabric fold. Sew back seam, right sides together. Sew circle in top opening, wrong sides together. Trim seams if needed.

  8. Step 8

    Create a treat bag by making a drawstring bag with the excess end of the pillow case. Round the corners of the bag and use fabri-tac to glue on a smaller pumpkin face (using pumpkin face template as is), and sew green felt around the top.

The Martha Stewart Show, October October Fall 2007 2007



Reviews (4)

  • greeniemom 9 Oct, 2010

    The arm and leg holes seem so unfinished! Any suggestions? I added more than an inch in length and still wound up having to add an extra piece in the crotch. I also closed the crotch with velcro to make it easier for my 3 year old son to get to the bathroom.

  • mom23kids 22 Sep, 2010

    You can add bunched-up newspaper to make it poofy- that's what my mom did for my pumpkin costume when I was a kid.

  • khamby 21 Aug, 2010

    How do you add filling to make the pumpkin poofy?

  • Hammybe 12 Nov, 2008

    I made this for my 3 year old and it turned out sooo cute. I used black felt for the face and she wore a black sweatsuit underneath to keep warm. Everyone asked where I got it from and I was proud to say that I made it!! Very easy to make too.