How to Make Your Own Shabby Chic Cloth Pumpkin for Fall

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I am so ready for fall!! Cozy sweaters, fires, snuggly blankets, and pumpkins spice everything! I especially love to decorate for the fall season. The colors are just terrific, warm oranges, reds, creams, and deep purples and greens. I start decorating about this time every year because I just can’t wait!

DIY Cloth Pumpkins

As I was binge shopping, I saw a couple of these rustic looking pumpkins on Etsy and they were just so sticking cute! I figured there has to be a good way to make these. So I took me a bit of trial and error but I got it to work. Now I can show you how to make your own shabby chic pumpkins for fall!

First we will gather our supplies:

The first thing we will do is iron our fabric if needed. Once it is ironed out lay it out flat and draw your circle. I used a dinner plate that was about 9″. This size made a small pumpkin. I am definitely planning on making bigger ones, maybe a 15″ circle?

DIY Cloth Pumpkins

Draw a line around the plate.

DIY Cloth Pumpkins

Then cut them out. I made two sizes one 9″ and the other 6″.

DIY Cloth Pumpkins

Once they are cut out go ahead and thread your needle and tie the ends of the thread together. This way it is double strength. You are going to do a simple in and out stitch all the way around the edge. Like this:

DIY Cloth Pumpkins

I don’t really know how far in I went maybe 1/4 of an inch. You won’t see any of the stitching so it isn’t very important how nice it looks or if you stay the exact same distance from the edge all the way around.

Once you have gone all the way around, pull your thread tight.

DIY Cloth Pumpkins

Now you can put some of the beans in. I would say maybe fill 1/4 of the way.

DIY Cloth Pumpkins

Then fill the rest up with the poly-fill. It is up to you how much you stuff it. I liked mine to look a little plumper so I did a bit more. Then pull the string all the way tight. (Don’t tie off your thread quite yet)



*This next part is optional*

You can leave he pumpkin round or you can do this step to make them a little more squatty.

Here is a picture of what each style looks like. The left is when I leave it how it is, and the right is when I do the next step.

DIY Cloth Pumpkin

Take your thread (still on from the stitching the edges) and push the needle through to the bottom in the middle.

DIY Cloth Pumpkins

Pull it through and go back up to the top. Do this three or four times, then pull your thread tight and it will give you a squished look like the pumpkins have.

To close the hole you can do a couple things. You can hot glue the hole shut by pinching it all together and glueing.

DIY Cloth Pumpkins

Or you can sew it shut by criss crossing across the top. Once the hole is closed take a look at your stem and get an idea of how you want it to sit on your cloth pumpkin. Once you like it, hot glue the bottom of it and stick it on the cloth pumpkin.

Then that’s it! You have a great DIY cloth pumpkin, just perfect for fall!

I plan on making many more in all different colors and sizes They just turned out so cute!

Like the coffee table?

You can check out how I made an old gross one into a great cute farmhouse style. See it here!

Farmhouse Coffee Table

  1. Natasha Botkin

    August 10, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Great idea. Thanks for so much fun

    1. rfolger

      August 13, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Glad you like it!

  2. Sophie

    August 10, 2017 at 10:49 am

    These are too cute! Autumn is my favourite time of year too, the colours are just so beautiful!

    1. rfolger

      August 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you! I just love the warm tones that Autumn brings!

  3. Claire - Heart Handmade Uk

    August 11, 2017 at 9:25 am

    I love these!! I remember the shabby chic blog Dusty Lu (don’t think it’s still live) had velvet versions of these! She bought them but I’ve always wanted to make some velvet ones. Velvet costs too much for me :p I really should though. These look fabulous!! Great job!

    1. rfolger

      August 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Yes! That’s where I got the idea! I was like, I must have these 🙂 I actually just found some burnt orange velvet from a thrift store for a couple bucks! I am really excited to see how those turn out!

  4. kristal

    August 11, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    These are fun. I can not believe we are in fall already. I feel like I can totally do this.

    1. rfolger

      August 13, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      You totally can!! They are sooo easy!

  5. Nicki

    August 13, 2017 at 9:37 am

    These are so cute and such a great idea for Autumn

    1. rfolger

      August 13, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you! It’s nice you can keep them out from September through November!

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