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Easy No Sew Fabric Pumpkins

Easy no sew fabric pumpkins are the perfect craft to diy if you can’t or don’t sew. These scrap fabric pumpkins are quick to make and a cute decoration for fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving. 

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Easy New Sew Fabric pumpkins against a sparkly background on a white counter

Easy No Sew Fabric Pumpkins

I haven’t written too much about this here yet, but I am a big fan of crafting and making things.

Not a shock, I know, from someone that turns Oreos into bumblebees and makes turkey cookies and candy hearts for fun.

So I am taking the leap and starting to share some craft projects I do for my house with you all that don’t involve food like my cinnamon ornaments did.

Ok, in fairness I am using a cinnamon stick as part of the decor for these fabric pumpkins, but it is optional and unless you are literally a goat, you can’t eat this project.

You can however use these diy pumpkins to decorate your shelves or tables this fall. They are great all season long and make adorable homemade Thanksgiving decor. And these easy fabric pumpkins are inexpensive and require absolutely no sewing skills whatsoever.

Easy No Sew Fabric Pumpkins on a white background

Easy No Sew Fabric Pumpkins

Materials Needed

Material for Easy Fabric Pumpkins include fabric or burlap, scissors, cinnamon sticks, plastic bags, rubber bands, raffia, ribbon and other embellishments

Material for Easy Fabric Pumpkins include fabric or burlap, scissors, cinnamon sticks, plastic bags, rubber bands, raffia, ribbon and other embellishments

  • Fabric– You can use any fabric you have on hand. I made these with burlap and precut pieces of fabric that I bought from the craft store. You could also repurpose old flannel or denim to make these and they would be adorable.
  • Plastic bags– To stuff the pumpkins, I used plastic grocery bags because I have a million of them and they hold the round shape well.
  • Rubber bands– To seal the top near the stem.
  • Ribbons– Ribbons make cute “stems.” I like to mix and match ribbon patterns and widths but I do suggest keeping the width of the ribbons between 1/8″ and 1/2″ wide. Raffia and twine look really nice added to this mix as well.
  • Other embellishments– I like to add a few fall floral pieces and cinnamon sticks to decorate my pumpkins. But have fun with it and be creative.

You also need a few basic crafting supplies including scissors. You might also want to have a hot glue gun and hot glue sticks or floral wire available depending on how you prefer to attach the florals and embellishments.

How to Make Easy No Sew Fabric Pumpkins

  1. Lay a square of fabric print flat and stuff.
    A square of fabric around a balled up bunch of plastic grocery bag

    Put the balled up bags roughly in the middle of the fabric.


    Make sure the fabric is print side down and flat. Wad up enough plastic grocery bags to fill out your pumpkins and form a ball. Place the plastic bag ball in the center of the fabric square.

  2. Gather the fabric around the plastic bag ball.
    Fabric secured with a rubber band to make a knob for the pumpkin stem

    Secure the knob with a rubber band.

    Working from the corners gather the fabric up around the plastic bag ball as if you are making a fabric ponytail in the middle of the plastic bag ball. Secure the fabric tail with a rubber band and tuck the ends of the fabric into the band to form a stem.

  3. Add ribbon or raffia.
    A plaid burlap pumpkin with raffia and ribbon tied around the stem.

    Tie ribbon or raffia or both around the stem.

    Tie ribbon around the base of the stem of the pumpkin so it covers the rubber band. Feel free to get creative and add multiple ribbons, raffia, or tie bows. 

  4. Tuck a cinnamon stick in to and embellish with florals to finish.
    A plaid burlap fabric pumpkin with fall florals and ribbons

    Add florals and cinnamon sticks until you are satisfied.

    You might have to adjust the fabric and the cinnamon stick a little until you are happy with how it looks. I prefer the stick to be vertically oriented. Finish by attaching florals, leaves or small pinecones to the pumpkins with floral wire or hot glue. Keep adjusting the fabric and florals until you are happy with how it looks. Display as a centerpiece or on a shelf.

Tips and Tricks

Easy No Sew Fabric Pumpkins

Easy No Sew Fabric Pumpkins

  • Get creative! I like experimenting with combinations of colors, patterns and textures for the fabric and the ribbons. 
  • This is the perfect project to use up old tee shirts or ripped jeans.
  • Make different sized pumpkins by varying the size of the fabric you are using and making smaller or bigger bases with the bags.
  • Don’t want to use bags as the base? Old newspapers or a baggie full of rice or dried legumes would work well.

Other Crafts You Might Enjoy

Easy No Sew Fabric Pumpkins on a white background

Easy No Sew Fabric Pumpkins

These fabric pumpkins are one of my favorite easy to make fall crafts that look adorable for Halloween or Thanksgiving. 

You might also enjoy making these cinnamon ornaments and using a fall or pumpkin cookie cutter.

Easy No Sew Fabric Pumpkins on a white background

Easy No Sew Fabric Pumpkins

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Easy no sew fabric pumpkins are the perfect craft to diy if you can't or don't sew. These scrap fabric pumpkins are quick to make and a cute decoration for fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving.

Materials

  • Fabric- You can use any fabric you have on hand. I made these with burlap and precut pieces of fabric that I bought from the craft store. You could also repurpose old flannel or denim to make these and they would be adorable.
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Rubber bands
  • Ribbons- Ribbons make cute "stems." I like to mix and match ribbon patterns and widths but I do suggest keeping the width of the ribbons between 1/8" and 1/2" wide. Raffia and twine look really nice added to this mix as well.
  • Other embellishments- I like to add a few fall floral pieces and cinnamon sticks to decorate my pumpkins. But have fun with it and be creative.

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun
  • Floral wire

Instructions

  1. Lay a square of fabric down flat and stuff. Make sure the fabric is print side down and flat. Wad up enough plastic bags to fill out your pumpkins and form a ball. Place the plastic bag ball in the center of the fabric square.
  2. Gather the fabric around the plastic bag ball. Working from the corners gather the fabric up around the plastic bag ball as if you are making a fabric ponytail in the middle of the plastic bag ball. Secure the fabric tail with a rubber band and tuck the ends of the fabric into the band to form a stem.
  3. Add ribbon or raffia.Tie ribbon around the base of the stem of the pumpkin so it covers the rubber band. Feel free to get creative and add multiple ribbons, raffia, or tie bows. 
  4. Tuck a cinnamon stick in to and embellish with florals to finish.You might have to adjust the fabric and the cinnamon stick a little until you are happy with how it looks. I prefer the stick to be vertically oriented. Finish by attaching florals, leaves or small pinecones to the pumpkins with floral wire or hot glue. Keep adjusting the fabric and florals until you are happy with how it looks. Display as a centerpiece or on a shelf.

Notes

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