Simple Fall Cotton Pumpkin / This simple fall cotton pumpkin is so easy to make you’ll want to make several to add to your fall decor – great for vignettes!

A cloth pumpkin sitting on a tableIt takes 90 – 120 days to grow a pumpkin from seed to maturity here in Virginia. It probably takes close to that time where you live too, but in less than an hour you can make this simple fall cotton pumpkin.

Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes… my favorites are the imperfect squatty ones.

I tend to keep things simple when decorating for fall even though it is my favorite time of year. I like simple touches placed here and there throughout the house. These cute little pumpkins fit right in. I made this one out of cotton ecru, and I love how it turned out. I may make a few more using different kinds of fabric – burlap, linen, velvet, even drop cloth would work. You probably already
have fabric you can use to make one.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Simple Fall Cotton Pumpkin:

Serving Up Southern ? Simple Fall Cotton Pumpkin

  • fabric  (I used an ecru 18 in. x 21 in. Waverly fat quarter from Walmart.)
  • polyester filling (I used Poly-fil.)
  • embroidery thread
  • long craft needle
  • glue gun
  • glue stick
  • twine

Lay your fabric out flat. Put a couple handfuls of filling in the center and gather the fabric up around the filling and tie tight with a piece of the embroidery thread. Thread the long craft needle with ample thread, and tie a knot with both ends of the embroidery thread so that your thread will be doubled.

Serving Up SouthernPut some filling in the center of the fabric.  A couple of handfuls will do, but you can add more if you want your pumpkin to be on the puffier side.

Serving Up SouthernThen gather the edges of the fabric pulling them up and around the filling.

Serving Up SouthernWhen you have all the edges gathered tie them together in the center with a piece of embroidery thread.

Insert the needle through the bottom center of the pumpkin, running it up through the middle and out just below what will become the stem.

Serving Up Southern When you have completely worked around the pumpkin forming several quadrants, run the needle through the bottom several times and cut.

Serving Up SouthernNext, fold all but one of the long points down.

Serving Up Southern  Then wrap that around the center folds and hot glue to hold in place.

Serving Up SouthernFinish your pumpkin by trimming the stem to the length you want and adding a piece of twine tied in a bow around the stem. You’re all done!

A cloth pumpkin sitting on a tableI love it’s perfectly imperfect shape…

A cloth pumpkin sitting on a table…and all the layers that make up the stem. You can make any size pumpkin you want by simply using a larger or smaller piece of fabric. Happy DIY pumpkin making, friends!

A cloth pumpkin sitting on a table




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  1. I love making different kinds of pumpkins. Definitely will give this cute little one a try!

    1. Kim at Serving Up Southern says:

      Thanks Joyce! I’m sorry I’m just now seeing this and replying. I agree, all sorts of pumpkins are fun to make. :)

  2. Cute pumpkin, beautiful photos! Always enjoy your posts.

    1. Kim at Serving Up Southern says:

      I’m responding late to this, but thanks Julie! :)

  3. Cute fabric pumpkin – like the way you made the stem! Pinned :)

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