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How to Use Our Free Fabric Pumpkin Patterns

A brief tutorial on using our fabric pumpkin patterns to make cloth pumpkins for your home's decor.
1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Author Angie Holden

Equipment

  • Sewing machine

What You Will Need

  • Monk's cloth or any other fabric
  • Hemp cording
  • Buttons
  • Embroidery floss
  • Driftwood
  • Hot glue and a glue gun
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Pumpkin template download in post

Instructions

  • Cut your fabric using the pattern. You need four sides for each pumpkin. NOTE: The large pumpkin sewing pattern is to be cut on the fold. Then put two of your pieces together and sew around one side. I used a very fine stitch and sewed twice (right beside each other.) This is required for the monk's cloth but other fabrics may be fine with one seam.
  • Keep putting on your pieces, sewing each one with a double stitch. When you get to the very last "side" and are sewing it "closed" leave a slit (about 2 inches is good).
  • This is IMPORTANT!! Learn from my mistake! If you are using a fabric like monk's cloth, sew around both sides of that slit BEFORE you try to turn and stuff your pumpkin. The turning process will make the monk's cloth fall apart. So after you sew down both sides of your slit, turn your pumpkin right side out and stuff it until you love it!
  • If you want to embroider something on your pumpkin, do this after you turn right side out but before you stuff. After you complete the stuffing, sew up your slit either by hand or with a machine.
  • Then you will need a big needle to thread in your hemp cording. Tie a knot in the end and go through a button and then all the way through your pumpkin. You will want to go through a button on the other side as well. Each pumpkin will need two buttons.
  • Run the cording around one of the seams then back through the next buttonhole in the first button. Pull TIGHT!! All the way through the pumpkin again and to the button on the bottom. Repeat this down all 4 seams.
  • See you pull TIGHT! That gives you that pumpkin look. The button keeps your thread from going all the way through the monk's cloth. Then you can tie off your hemp cording after you complete all 4 seams.
  • Your buttons will almost disappear inside your cloth pumpkins.
  • Now all that is left is to cut off a piece of driftwood and use hot glue to secure it on the top.