Pumpkins are the pinnacle home decor item for the fall season. Adding these cute fall additions to your home can be pricey if you purchase them from a local store. Make them yourself with fabric from socks, sweaters or t-shirts, by following this easy guide to handmade no-sew pumpkins!
Make No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins In a Few Simple Steps
I love this craft because it's easy and requires no-sewing. Although sewing is a great skill, it can be time-consuming and a bit cumbersome. With just a few items, anyone can put these cute pumpkins together and decorate their home for fall!
Gathering The Items
Everything you need for these little pumpkins is budget-friendly. When buying items, you can make a lot of little pumpkins to place around your home from September to November.
- Fabric - You will need fabric that is in the shape of a tube. This can be from sweater socks, an old sweater sleeve. I like to use older sweaters or socks. It makes the craft much more budget-friendly and it keeps items out of the landfill!
- Poly-Fill - This can be purchased at any local craft store, you can buy it online, and sometimes you can find it at places like Target or Walmart.
- Beans or Small Glass Rocks - I like to use beans because they are cheap and easy to find, however, if you don't want to use a food item, feel free to purchase small rocks, like what you would find in an aquarium. These are used to weigh the pumpkin down.
- Rubber Bands - These will be used to secure the bottom of the pumpkin. I use rubber bands I have collected over time. However, these can be purchased online or at the store if you don't already have a collection.
- Twine or Yarn - For this example I used twine, but a neutral colored yarn can also be used to secure the pumpkin. This will be wrapped around the pumpkin and will also be used as the stem of the pumpkin.
- A Fake Leaf - This is an optional addition, you can add a fake leaf to the stem of the pumpkin to add an extra touch, although the craft looks great without one too!
- Scissors - You'll need this to cut the fabric and the twine. Plus, it's always good to have a pair of craft scissors!
Start by Filling Your Fabric
The first step is the cut the fabric from the sleeve or the sock. You will need about 9 inches of fabric in order to get a large enough pumpkin. Socks and sweaters are usually stretchable, so you may be able to use less fabric, while flannel will not have that stretch to it and you'll need a bit more.
Turn your fabric inside out, so that the seams are showing. Use the rubber band to tie one side of the fabric closed, then turn your fabric outside in again.
Fill the bottom of the pumpkin with a hand full of beans or rocks. I eye-ball it, but it should be about 1/4 cup.
Then begin stuffing the fabric with poly-fill. Fill the fabric until it is stretched, but you are still able to bring the fabric together at the top. You will need to have at least one inch of fabric left at the top to create the stem of the pumpkin.
Using Twine to Turn A Sock Into a Pumpkin
Using a long piece of twine, place the poly-filled sock in the middle of your twine piece. Wrap the twine around the fabric creating large gaps. As the twine comes back around to the top, twist it around once before wrapping it again.
Each wrap around will create a divot on the "pumpkin" so the gaps have to be large. You should be wrapping around the pumpkin 3-5 times total.
Once the pumpkin has enough divots, begin wrapping the twine around the top of the fabric to create a stem. Stick a small leaf in between the twine as you are wrapping. Tie the twine at the top once you have created your stem. Use scissors to cut off any extra fabric at the top of the pumpkin.
Decorating With You New Pumpkins
These cute no-sew fabric pumpkins are a great addition to your fall decor. Because they can be made in any color you have available, they can match any theme!
Use them to fill a decorative bowl or vase, add them to a fireplace mantle, or have them as an accessory to a table runner. These cute little pumpkins are cheap and easy to make too!