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The wonderful thing about sewing and crafting is being able to create your own decorations to match the season. You will probably have seen lots of ways how to make a stuffed pumpkin decoration. But today I am going to share with you an easy fabric pumpkin pattern to sew and a fabric pumpkin tutorial.
Before you know it you can create your very own cloth pumpkin patch in time for fall and Halloween. Here is how to make fabric pumpkins – and it includes a free printable fabric pumpkin pattern!
DIY Cloth Pumpkin – With Free Fabric Pumpkin Pattern
This is not the first time that I have made a fabric pumpkin. I’ve done pumpkin sewing crafts before and actually used a simple method to create a full garland of mini pumpkins for a Halloween garland. But todays pumpkin sewing patterns are actually a little bit more structured and give a little more of a stylised, lumpy result.
Materials needed for DIY Fabric Pumpkins
- material – woven is best – I had some clothes to upcycle in fall colours,
- coordinating thread and a sewing machine.
- a twig or cinnamon stick plus some other cloth/ribbon to decorate
- my free Padded Pumpkin Template
How To Sew A Pumpkin
Print and cut out my free cloth pumpkin pattern. My tip is to print the patterns for pumpkins out on card as this is more durable.
Fold your fabric in half and cut out 8 of the pattern shapes on the fold.
Place 2 of the fabric shapes right sides facing together and sew all the way around with a 1cm (1/2 inch) seam allowance. Leave a gap at the base as indicated on the pattern, and backstitch at the start and end of your stitching. Pivot with the needle down at the top.
Next, clip into the curves all the way around the seam allowance. This means that once turned the seam is neater and crisper.
Turn the whole piece inside out and give it a good press. Repeat for the other shapes you cut, meaning that you now have 4 pumpkin pieces.
Place these pressed pieces together on top of each other and sew a line of stitching straight down the middle from the top dint to the middle of the base. Again backstitch to secure the beginning and end of these stitches to keep this line secure.
The base should now have 8 small gaps through which you are going to stuff your pumpkin. You can use fabric scraps, kapok, teddy bear stuffing or even the stuffing from old pillows. You do need a lot of it!
Once you are happy with how well the pumpkin is stuffed the final step is to finish off the top.
The gaps are now the top of the pumpkin. Sew them up using a ladder, blanket or running stitch at the edge of the gaps, but I also like to stitch into the centre of the pumpkin to make the top of the stuffed pumpkin have more of an indent. Add a cinnamon stick or a twig (I pulled off a small branch from one of my garden bushes). as the pumpkin stem before fully closing
Finally, you may wish to add a cloth leaf, some twine as vines and a ribbon to decorate (you can tie, sew or use a glue gun to attach these) and your DIY fabric pumpkin sewing project is complete!
I think these are a wonderful addition to your home decor this fall. This is quite a large pumpkin pattern, but if you are confident you could also cut down or add to this pattern to make various different sizes to make a really cute display!
Love This Post On How To Make Cloth Pumpkins? Why Not Read Some Of My Other Zero Waste and Eco Friendly Posts?
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- Zero Waste Projects For Your Home
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- What To Do With Your Fabric Scraps
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