11 Nov

DIY Tutorial: Festive Velvet Fabric Pumpkins

Fabric Pumpkins - DIY Tutorial

Looking for a creative fall-themed project? These pretty VELVET FABRIC PUMPKINS from floral design guru Kim Foren make for such pretty fall/Thanksgiving decor, and there’s no sewing machine required – just a needle/thread and your trusty glue gun!

I also love that you can customize this project with your favorite colors and fabrics. The velvet and silk used here looks pretty and glam for Thanksgiving, but Kim also included red and warm earth tones here that can be carried on into Christmas! Read on for the full step by step tutorial, as told by Kim…



by Kim Foren of Geranium Lake

– Velvet Fabric
– Needle & Thread
– Scissors
– Dried Beans (ex: Lentils) for Fill
– Gourd Stem(s)
– Hot Glue Gun & Glue

Fabric Pumpkins - DIY Tutorial

First assemble your supplies and make note of the gourd size you will be using. You’ll want to make your fabric pumkin to scale.

Begin by cutting your fabric into a circle. We love the look of velvet but we also used satin to create some variety.

Fabric Pumpkins - DIY Tutorial

Hint: The diameter of your circle determines the size of your pumpkin so gauge approximately for the size of your gourd.

Next, create a simple basting stitch around the perimeter of your pumpkin.

Fabric Pumpkins - DIY Tutorial

Once, you gone a bit, you can begin tugging on the needle and thread start cinching your fabric.

Fabric Pumpkins - DIY Tutorial

Once you have stitched and cinched the entire perimeter fill with the pumpkin with dried beans.

Fabric Pumpkins - DIY Tutorial

After you have filled your pumpkin cinch the top closed and sew shut.

Fabric Pumpkins - DIY Tutorial

Now attach your gourd using hot glue…

Fabric Pumpkins - DIY Tutorial

…and viola you’re DONE!

Fabric Pumpkins - DIY Tutorial



Photography by: Erica Ann Photography

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Lindsey SAYS:

Where did you get the gourd stems?

Reply November 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Natalie SAYS:

We scavenged most of them from the bottom of the gourd/pumpkin bins at our neighborhood grocery stores… with permission, of course!

November 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Heather of Kitchen Conoctions SAYS:

These are too freakin’ cute! I love how easy they are and the sewing involved is minimal.

Reply November 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Sasja SAYS:

Theese pumpkins are just so fine, I really love em.

Reply November 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Kelly SAYS:

What a great project idea! I’m excited to try it out next week :)

Reply November 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Silke SAYS:

What a great idea! I have some little gourds sitting on the deck that I cut the stems of. These will make wonderful hostess gifts as well.

Reply November 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm

nicoledombroskie SAYS:

Just curious: do the stems rot?

Reply August 8, 2012 at 6:12 am

Samantha Keenan SAYS:

Won't the stem rot though?

Reply September 14, 2012 at 2:09 am

AJ Rogers SAYS:

You are fabulous! I cannot believe I haven’t found you sooner!

Reply October 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm

connie SAYS:

you could also stuff them with regular stuffing, the kind used for stuffed animals or rice if it’s cheaper than lentils.

October 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Rini SAYS:

Must Try These!!! Soooo Cute!!!
Is there a stylish substitute for the stems?
I think I’ll have trouble finding them….

Reply October 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Julia Allan SAYS:

I found a great website if you are looking for more ideas: http://www.archiexpo.com/architecture-design-manufacturer/velvet-fabric-2128.html

Reply June 5, 2014 at 5:28 am

Dream-Shop SAYS:

Super fine hjemmelavet græskar,og det er jo snart Halloween

Reply September 6, 2015 at 5:52 am

Kim Remmer SAYS:

Great projec, Theese pumpkins are just so fine

Reply September 5, 2015 at 10:58 pm

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