Learn how to make a stuffed pumpkin with a free sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is perfect for fall and Halloween!
I'm so excited for fall and want to get all my stuffed pumpkins out to decorate. I'm a minimalist decorator, but I have a large collection of fabric pumpkins because they make me so happy!
Having a fall birthday makes fall even more fun and I celebrate it by placing pumpkins throughout my house. I had so much fun making this pumpkin sewing pattern, and I couldn't wait to share it with you! Get the free pumpkin sewing pattern at the end of the article!
It was so fun choosing peach and orange fabric to make these cute pumpkins. I chose small, scattered prints that weren't directional so they would work better with the pattern pieces.
Depending on how much stuffing you fill, the shape of the pumpkin will change. I made the pattern piece to be wide and flat like pumpkins, but the padding and seams will change from each other.
If it's not padded enough it's lumpy, but if it's too padded the seams lose their shape. The best shape comes from a full but not firm amount of stuffing.
What fabric should I use to make a fabric pumpkin?
This pumpkin sewing pattern is designed to work with quilting cotton. The quilting cotton is firm enough to help the pumpkin retain its shape without being too stiff to make it difficult to work with. An orange or peach fabric with a small print is best to show off the color, print and shape of the pumpkin.
What is a PDF sewing pattern?
A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on a computer and organized so that it can be printed on several sheets of letter or A4 size paper.
I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets damaged or my kids or I have changed sizes, I can always print it again. It will never be destroyed since I have a digital version!
How to use a PDF sewing pattern?
Open the PDF on a computer and click Print. When printing, make sure the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the design prints at the correct size.
Once the design is printed, it can be glued together to achieve its actual size. Then the pattern can be cut out for each size piece of the pattern or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.
What are the sizes of the three pumpkins?
The large pumpkin measures 7.5 inches in diameter, the medium pumpkin measures 5.5 inches in diameter, and the small pumpkin measures 2.5 inches in diameter. The height of each pumpkin changes depending on the amount of stuffing and the size of the stem.
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How to make the pumpkin sewing pattern
- Free pumpkin sewing pattern – get it at the end of the article
- 1 large quarter of orange quilted cotton
- sewing tools
- Felt or ribbon
- Hot glue gun and hot glue
- Sewing machine
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Cut out 6 pumpkin pattern pieces in the desired size. Transfer the stitch marks to the fabric.
Working with two pattern pieces, pin the curved sides right sides together and matching the points. Backstitch the curved line at the start and end point. Pin another pattern piece to one side, right sides together, and sew the curved line between the stitches. You have completed half of the pumpkin.
Do the same with the other three pattern pieces so that you have two halves.
Remember to backstitch at the beginning and end of each line of stitching.
Pin the two halves right sides together, matching the points on the top and the points on the bottom. Each half has two seam allowances that intersect at the bottom. Make sure these seam allowances are folded over from the center.
Sew around the two halves starting at the points and working around the bottom curve to the points on the other side. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.
Turn the pumpkin right side out through the hole at the top. The pumpkin will look like a deflated balloon.
Stuff the pumpkin into the top hole. Use small pieces to fit through the hole and give the pumpkin an even shape.
Hot glue the top fabric flaps into a rod shape. Cover the fabric flaps with a piece of felt or ribbon wrapped and glued into a cylinder. Add wrinkles or bends in the stem for a pumpkin stem appearance.
You have finished!
Get the free sewing pattern here!
If you make something using this sewing project, I'd love to see! Please share it on social networks with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and identify me!