Wednesday, September 18, 2019

DIY Fabric Pumpkins with a twist

Some of you may not agree, but I think it's TIME to get pumpkins out!  Actually it's past time!  I feel like I have exhibited some serious self control not doing or posting any pumpkin crafts until now.  Go me!

I've seen fabric pumpkins around for a couple of years, but haven't ever tried to make any.  On my last thrift store trip, I found several shirts made from great fall fabric.  It inspired me to use those shirts to make DIY Fabric Pumpkins with a twist.

DIY Fabric Pumpkins with a twist

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Have you seen the meme that says, "Why buy a finished craft for $12, when I can spend $90 in supplies and 3 hours making the craft?"  That always cracks me up because it is SO TRUE and seems to be my crafting motto- as evidenced by my crafting space and all of my supplies.

Well, this project is not like that.  I repeat, it is not like that!  I spent about $4 to make 6 pumpkins.  That's not too bad at all, and it used up some of the supplies that I hoard have in my stash!

Supplies needed to make Fabric Pumpkins with wooden stems

*Goodwill sells everything for 50% off on the first Saturday of the month.  I found 4 different shirts, in super cute, pumpkin making fabric, for only $1 each.
**Buy super inexpensive dry beans in large bags from the grocery store.  I use them for vase filler and all sorts of projects

Directions for making Fabric Pumpkins with wooden stems

1.  Find a shirt at the thrift store (or in your closet) in a color and pattern you wish to make a fabric pumpkin.  Cut the sleeve off of the shirt.  Set the body of the shirt aside to use for another project.  I like to use a shirt sleeve because it is already sewn into a column and only the top and bottom need to be sewn closed.

How to make a Fabric Pumpkin from old shirts

2.  Turn sleeve inside out and sew a running stitch around the open end that will be the bottom.  Pull strings tight to close the sleeve and tie thread off.

How to make a Fabric Pumpkin from old shirts

3.  Turn sleeve right side out and fill bottom with beans.  This will be weight to help the pumpkins stand up.

How to make a Fabric Pumpkin from old shirts

4.  Stuff sleeve with poly fill, making the pumpkin as full and tight as you wish.  

How to make a Fabric Pumpkin from old shirts

5.  Fold over the fabric at the top of the pumpkin and stitch the opening closed with the same stitch as the bottom.  Don't pull the threads tight just yet.

How to make a Fabric Pumpkin from old shirts

6.  Cut down leftover wood into small pieces for stems.  I used old stair banisters, cut into about 3-4 inch pieces with my miter saw.

repurposed wood piece stem for fabric pumpkin

7.  Put a big dollop of hot glue on the wood and stick it inside the opening of the fabric, at the top of the pumpkin.  Pull the threads tight around the wood and trim the threads.  If necessary, apply more hot glue where the fabric meets the wood.

repurposed wood piece stem for fabric pumpkin

Once I made one, I kept making more because they were so fun and easy to do!  I would have kept going since I can make several pumpkins out of each shirt, but I ran out of polyfill.  Once I get more, I'll be making more pumpkins!

These DIY Fabric Pumpkins with the twist of using repurposed shirts and wooden pieces, are a fun addition to fall home decor!

DIY Fabric Pumpkins with a twist |  Use thrift store shirts and repurposed wood pieces to make pumpkins for Fall/Halloween


  1. Hi Candice!
    Your little pumpkins are adorable! It's so creative to use the arms of shirts for making these. Thanks for the inspiration! I would love for you to share these at Homestyle Gathering link party via Serving Up Southern. I hope to see you there!

  2. So cute. Love the idea of adding beans to the bottom. I haven't tried my hand at these yet, but you make it look easy. Also, great idea on getting shirts from Goodwill. I would have never thought of that.

    1. Thank you! I promise it is easy to make them!

  3. These are SO cute, Candice! I love the idea of repurposing shirts! So clever!


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