How to Make Velvet Pumpkins

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins

It turns out that making velvet pumpkins is a piece of cake, or should I say pumpkin pie in this case?

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

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I’m kicking myself for not making them years ago when I first laid eyes on them. This would be such a fun craft idea for a party and if you happen to be my friend and your birthday is in the fall, well, you just might be getting velvet pumpkins for your present this year!

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

I don’t know why I have been so intimidated by them until now. In less than an hour and for a few dollars you can have a little set of the sweetest fall decorations ever.

And, surprise! You probably have a lot of the supplies sitting right under your nose.

Materials Needed

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

My dear friend, Tanya, came over for lunch and a play date on a rainy September day.

We whipped up a whole, little pumpkin patch by the fire and only had one dramatic moment when a naughty pig got out of his pen.

The two of us, with all the kids were running around like crazy chasing that pig,

finally, we offered him a nectarine and that did the trick!

Hopefully, you won’t need to catch any pigs during your pumpkin production time.

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial


  • Draw a circle on the back side of your fabric with your sharpee. It doesn’t need to be a perfect circle, just do your best. If you want to trace something, a salad plate makes a small pumpkin.  A 16″ (diameter) circle makes a medium pumpkin, 24″ (diameter)  makes a large pumpkin.

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

  • Cut out your circle with your fabric scissors.
  • Thread your needle with your upholstery thread or unwaxed dental floss, we liked doubling the thread and making a big, messy knot at the end.
  • Hand stitch using a large running stitch. Start about one inch from the edge of the circle and make your stitches about one inch wide. Continue until you have stitched around the entire circle.

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

  • Cinch up your circle and fill with rice or beans until you like the size and weight. Use the canning funnel for the medium and large pumpkins.

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

  • Pull on the thread as hard as you can and tuck the edges inside. Now stitch across the top a few times to hold it in place. I also liked stitching straight through the bottom a couple of times so they had an indent for the stems. Use an upholstery needle for the large pumpkins.
  • Knot the thread, cut and hide the the extra thread inside the pumpkin.

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

  • Hot glue the stem in place, but be careful to not use too much glue or it will show on the velvet.

These little pumpkins look so good anywhere I put them in the house and

I would love to have them marching down my Thanksgiving table this year, all mixed in with vintage books and ironstone soup tureens.

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

Scroll down for a fun surprise and links on where to purchase these pumpkins!

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

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Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

Stuffed fabric pumpkin tutorial

I am so excited to be part of a Farmhouse Fall Accents Blog Hop today.

There are several other beautiful, autumnal ideas awaiting you from these talented women.


Fall Decorating Blog Hop

Decorating on a Budget for Autumn @ Knick of Time

Books and Pages Fall Farmhouse @ Hunt & Host

Fall in My Farmhouse Dining Room @ Worthing Court

Fall Open Shelves @ Stone Gable

Fall Wreath Update Using Floral Picks @ The Everyday Home

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins @ She Holds Dearly

Farmhouse Fall Decorating @ Seeking Lavender Lane

Autumn on the Porch @ Hymns & Verses

Sharing at these parties!




    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 13, 2016 / 7:46 PM

      Oh, I’m so excited for you!!

  1. September 11, 2016 / 5:51 PM

    Gorgeous, Sarah! Yours are every bit as perfect as the pricey ones I’ve seen at retail. Great tutorial too!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 13, 2016 / 7:46 PM

      Oh my, Suzy, what a wonderful compliment. Thank you so much!

  2. September 11, 2016 / 6:35 PM

    Sarah, these are adorable! I love the colors you chose as well. And of course your home and styling is just stunning!!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 13, 2016 / 7:47 PM

      Deb, that means so much coming from someone as talented as you. Thank you so much, my friend!

  3. September 11, 2016 / 6:40 PM

    I’ve admired these pumpkins for the past three years! Who knew they were so easy to make!!! Your tutorial was great! I may be visiting the fabric store once the fall dust settles around here!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 13, 2016 / 7:47 PM

      That makes me so happy, I can’t to hear about your pumpkins!

  4. September 11, 2016 / 6:40 PM

    Your velvet pumpkins are beautiful, Sarah, and the painted acorns are adorable! I love all the vignettes in your home that are so welcoming for autumn!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 13, 2016 / 7:48 PM

      Angie, you are so sweet! I loved working with you the blog hop and getting to meet another kindred spirit.

  5. September 11, 2016 / 7:55 PM

    Wow – these are simple to make! I have loved them too, but not tried them yet…one more thing for my diy wish list! Stunning home and pics, love it as always

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 13, 2016 / 7:49 PM

      Yes, they were ridiculously easy! I hope you get to try them this fall. Thank you for inviting me to the blog hop!

  6. September 12, 2016 / 6:58 AM

    Great tutorial! I will make some this year!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 13, 2016 / 7:56 PM

      OH, that makes me so happy!

  7. Vanessa
    September 12, 2016 / 8:16 AM

    I have not made pumpkins out of velvet yet – but for the last three years – during the fall – I have gone on a pumpkin making frenzy, with other materials. These are so cute! Never thought of using a stem from anything other than a pumpkin – great suggestions. I usually ask my friends to save the stems from their pumpkins for me. Love the fall! Thanks for posting this.


    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 13, 2016 / 7:56 PM

      Yes, the stems are my favorite, too. Good luck!

  8. JaneEllen
    September 12, 2016 / 12:11 PM

    Aw shucks, wish had saved my old pumpkin stems, they sure look much better than sticks, lol. I too have been intimidated about making velvet pumpkins, you make it look so easy in your excellent tutorial. So glad you shared this so now I have no excuses not to make prettier pumpkins. Just have to get myself to fabric store. Saw some pretty new fabric at Walmart last week, they changed location of whole dept. along with crafts. Have idea for couple other items.
    What did we do before blogging? Now just get on and so many incredible ideas are waiting, love it.
    Hmmm, think is time to get my fall decorations out. Hubs made me promise not to have Fall decorations all over before at least middle of Sept. but it’s killing me seeing all the wonderful ideas. I can’t get boxes down on my own so have to ask his help, drat.
    Maybe had better take down all my bee stuff and put away first.
    Have awesome fun week decorating for Fall.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 13, 2016 / 7:55 PM

      I hope you try these this fall, there is still time. 🙂

  9. September 12, 2016 / 2:55 PM

    Your pumpkins are very sweet and your photography is beautiful!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 13, 2016 / 7:50 PM

      Oh, thank you, my dear, you are always so good to me!

  10. Jen D.
    September 13, 2016 / 4:59 AM

    Those are beautiful and your tutorial is great…I also love your green twisted candles in the pitcher – adorable!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 13, 2016 / 7:51 PM

      Haha, you are so sweet to notice. They are actually silverware, but I do love them, too. I found them at Goodwill!

  11. Janet
    September 13, 2016 / 5:54 AM

    Love seeing how the velvet pumpkins are made…If I only knew how to sew!!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 13, 2016 / 7:51 PM

      Janet, this would be the perfect piece to start with!

  12. September 13, 2016 / 1:44 PM

    Sarah, these are the cutest pumpkins! Thank you so much for sharing your easy tutorial. I’ll be making a special batch for myself.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 13, 2016 / 7:53 PM

      Thank you, Shannon. I can’t wait to see how you design yours!

  13. Tanya Hulbert
    September 13, 2016 / 10:49 PM

    Sarah! I loved making these with you! They are so addicting! What a great tutorial and now that we know, they aren’t intimidating at all! And I will never forget that naughty little piggie! Love you so!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 18, 2016 / 6:52 AM

      Yes! Such good memories, thank you for helping me get this post pulled together. xoxo

  14. Gwyn Rosser
    September 15, 2016 / 2:22 PM

    Oh my goodness! These are gorgeous. I can’s wait to get some girlfriends together and whip up a few. So fun. Thank you for the easy to follow tutorial.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 18, 2016 / 6:50 AM

      I love your idea, I hope you have a wonderful time!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 18, 2016 / 6:49 AM

      Oh, I hope you do, they are such a rewarding project!

  15. September 18, 2016 / 5:50 PM

    Lovely tutorial and photos. I have to try making these! I hope you’ll link up to our new party: Monday Social.

  16. September 18, 2016 / 8:16 PM

    I am the retail manager at Kneaders Bakery and Cafe. We sell these and I love the fact I can make them- thanks to your tutorial- for much cheaper !
    Love it!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 22, 2016 / 8:11 AM

      Oh good, its good to have options sometimes, isn’t it?

  17. September 19, 2016 / 12:52 PM

    These look so great! I purchased something that looked very similar. I wish I had seen your tutorial first.


    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 22, 2016 / 8:07 AM

      OH, dang it! Oh well, a girl can have more than one. 😉

  18. September 20, 2016 / 10:15 AM

    Your photos are always so beautiful Sarah! Thank you for linking up with Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! Pinning!


    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 22, 2016 / 8:06 AM

      Thank you, sweet Cat, that means a lot to me!

  19. September 25, 2016 / 5:37 PM

    I have a couple of these pumpkins but have never made any myself. That will change now with your great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 2, 2016 / 2:01 PM

      Oh good! I love to hear that, I hope you have fun making them!

  20. September 26, 2016 / 4:52 PM

    Beautiful job! Stunning photography and great tutorial. Thank you so much for joining us at Dishing It & Digging It. Hope to see you back again this week!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 2, 2016 / 2:02 PM

      You bet, thank you for hosting and for stopping by!

  21. Edy
    October 18, 2016 / 6:37 AM

    Thanks for the tutorial…i made 2 dozen

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 18, 2016 / 6:08 PM

      WHAT?! Get out! You are amazing, Edy. You can open a store now!

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