How to Sew a Stuffed Pumpkin


Pumpkins have a fun shape that's easy to duplicate in fabric. Make fabric pumpkins of all shapes and sizes to use as Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations. Sew your gourds in muted tones of solid colors for a natural look, or create bright patchwork pumpkins with two or more patterns and colors.

Things You'll Need

  • Circle template
  • Leaf template
  • Any fabric colors you like
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Sewing machine thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Bodkin or long doll needle
  • Heavy sewing thread or crochet thread
  • Cut two fabric circles of any size from fabric colors of your choice.

  • Cut the fabric circles into quarters.

  • Cut four leaf shapes from another color of fabric.

  • Place two quarter-circle sections with their right sides together and stitch one side. Repeat with the remaining three sets of quarter-circle sections. You will then have four half-circle pieces.

  • Place one half-circle piece on top of a second half-circle piece with their right sides together. Stitch the pieces together along the long straight side. You will then have a circular piece consisting of four joined quarters.

  • Repeat with the other four quarters of fabric. You will then have two circular pieces with four sections each.

  • Press all of the seams open.

  • Place one circle on top of the circle with their right sides together. Stitch along the circular edge, leaving a 2-1/2 inch opening for turning and stuffing.

  • Turn the pumpkin right-side out.

  • Stuff the pumpkin firmly with fiberfill.

  • Hand sew the opening closed.

  • Thread the bodkin or long doll needle with heavy sewing thread or crochet thread.

  • Push the needle through the center bottom of the pumpkin and bring it out at the top center.

  • Position the thread along one seam and wrap it around the side of the pumpkin, ending at the bottom center.

  • Push the needle through the pumpkin at the bottom center again and bring it out at the top center, pulling the thread tightly to indent the seam and give shape to the pumpkin section.

  • Continue laying the thread along each seam, wrapping it around the side of the pumpkin and pushing the needle through the pumpkin from bottom to top, pulling on the thread to shape the pumpkin, until all sections are shaped.

  • Push the needle back through the center of the pumpkin from top to bottom, knot the thread and cut it.

  • Place two leaf shapes with right sides together and sew them around the edge, leaving a 1-inch opening for turning.

  • Repeat with the remaining two leaf sections.

  • Turn the leaf shapes right-side out.

  • Sew a zig-zag stitch around the entire edge of each leaf, pushing the raw edges of the openings to the inside.

  • Hand sew the leaves to the top of the pumpkin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a 1/4-inch seam allowance for all pieces.
  • Use a real leaf as a template for your fabric leaf.
  • Use a dinner plate or a bowl of any size as a template for the fabric circles.

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