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Easy DIY Fabric Pumpkins (2 Ways!)

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Whether you make these DIY fabric pumpkins for Halloween or as a fall/autumn decoration for around your home, you’ll love how easy they are to make!

The first pumpkin I’m going to show you involves absolutely NO SEWING and will take you less than ten minutes to make. Yep, you read that right… I told you they were going to be easy!

The second pumpkin involves a little bit of hand-stitching (but nothing complicated) and will take you less than half an hour to make.

Sound good? Let’s get crafting!

No time to make the pumpkins just yet? Pin this tutorial now and make them later!

Easy DIY Fabric Pumpkins (2 Ways!)

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To make both of these fabric-wrapped pumpkins, you’ll need:

  • Scrap fabric (you could go for orange like me or something else if you want the pumpkins to blend in with a particular colour scheme!)
  • Toilet roll
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Toy stuffing
  • Embroidery floss and needle
  • A small stick from outside or a tiny cardboard tube
  • Glue gun

Easy DIY Toilet Paper Fabric Pumpkin (No-Sew)

If you want to make a fabric-covered pumpkin in less than ten minutes then here’s a quick no-sew method involving a toilet roll. (A rare commodity when I first wrote this tutorial!)

DIY Toilet Paper Fabric Pumpkin


Step 1: Prepare your toilet roll.

Grab your toilet roll and unravel some of the paper.

Wrap the unravelled paper back around the loo roll – but don’t be too neat about it.

The idea is for the toilet paper to act like a bit of padding to make your pumpkin big and round.

Step 2: Prepare your fabric.

Cut enough fabric to cover your pumpkin with a bit left over.

I used an old scarf I no longer wear for my pumpkins, so have a look at what you’ve got lying around the house.

Scrap fabric works perfectly for something like this!

Step 3: Make your fabric pumpkin!

Cover your pumpkin and shove any leftover fabric into the hole in the middle of the toilet roll.

Next, grab your cinnamon stick or small tube and push it gently into the toilet roll hole. The excess fabric should keep your cinnamon stick neatly in place.

And voila! You’re done… and now onto the next one!

Easy DIY Toilet Paper Wrapped Pumpkin

DIY Fabric Pumpkin (Simple Hand Stitching Required)

If you’d prefer to make a pumpkin that looks more realistic and you have half an hour to spare, then here’s how you can make a simple fabric-covered pumpkin with some simple hand stitching.

Easy DIY Fabric Pumpkin


Step 1: Prepare your stuffing and fabric.

Grab your stuffing and roll it into a ball shape about the size of what you want your finished pumpkin to look like.

Cut enough fabric to cover your ball of stuffing and wrap it around it.

Step 2: Sew your fabric pumpkin.

While holding (or pinning) everything in place firmly, it’s now time to make some simple stitches.

Push your needle and embroidery floss through the bottom of the pumpkin and out through the top of it.

Bring your embroidery floss down the side of your pumpkin and push your needle back through the bottom of it so the floss is held in place neatly.

Repeat this step as many times as you need until you have a neat pumpkin shape with even sections divided up by the embroidery floss.

Step 3: Add some finishing touches!

Finish off your pumpkin by glueing a stick or a small cardboard tube to the top of your pumpkin and add any extra decorations you think would look good like ribbons or leaves.

I used a cardboard tube that came out of my dog’s roll of poop bags for my pumpkin. But a stick from your garden would work just as well for a rustic feel!

And you’re done… two pumpkins, two ways! Which is your favourite?

If you enjoyed this tutorial, then you might also like these DIY apothecary jars (my tutorial comes with a free printable), or this scarily easy ghost decoration!

Easy DIY Fabric Pumpkins

If you make anything inspired by this tutorial then I’d love to see it, so tag me on Instagram @houseofmahalo!

Did you like this easy fabric pumpkin tutorial? Pin it now, make a whole patch of pumpkins later!

Easy DIY Fabric Pumpkins (2 Ways!)
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Justine Jenkins

Justine is the brains behind the House of Mahalo craft blog, YouTube channel and Etsy shop. She's been cross-stitching since she was 10, baking since she was 6 and just generally creating something fabulous for as far back as she can remember. In 2020, Justine started upcycling various items around the house, and in 2021, she discovered the wonderful world of junk journals. Since then, she's made well over 30 journals and folios by hand, alongside various handmade gifts and home decor pieces. Justine now shares tutorials and inspiring DIY ideas via this craft blog, her YouTube videos and in her Facebook group called Junk Journal Ideas and Inspiration.

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