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Fabric Pumpkins

A novice sewer can easily stitch up this pumpkin patch, rendered in matte and lustrous linen, silk, and velvet. Set the sewn pumpkins among real ones (some natural-hued, others spray-painted) in a cool autumnal scene of spare branches and scattered leaves spray-painted silver.




  • Assorted fabrics, like washed-silk or rayon velvet, 45 inches wide, or silk dupioni fabric,
  • Sewing machine
  • Batting
  • Long sewing needle
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle and thread


  1. Step 1

    Cut out a fabric rectangle on the bias that's twice as long as it is wide. (We used 5-by-10-inch, 8-by-16-inch, and 11-by-22-inch pieces for our three pumpkin sizes.)

  2. Step 2


    Fold rectangle, right side up, so short sides meet; stitch along that edge with 1/4-inch seam allowance. With doubled thread and running stitches, sew along 1 end; pull thread to cinch fabric closed, and stitch to secure.

  3. Step 3

    Turn pouch right side out; stuff with batting. With doubled thread and running stitches, sew around open end; pull thread to cinch fabric, and stitch to secure.

  4. Step 4


    Thread long needle with floss. Wrap floss around pumpkin, pulling through the core several times, to add ridges.

  5. Step 5

    For stem, cut out 2 stem-size pieces of fabric. Stitch pieces, right sides facing, leaving base open. Turn right side out; stuff with batting. Secure open end to pumpkin with slip stitches.



Reviews (1)

  • ZKH 2 Sep, 2013

    Brilliant project! A wonderfully spent afternoon, making these pumpkins for the mantle. We used fun fall prints and solids and just love the results! Thank you Martha!