DIY No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins | 5 Easy steps

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Simple DIY Fabric Pumpkins
DIY No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins | 5 Easy steps

Hello, my Fall-loving friends! If you need a quick Fall decor idea, these dollar tree fabric pumpkins will surely fit the bill—a $1 Dolla bill to be exact. Today I’ll show you a step-by-step tutorial on creating these budget-friendly gems for your home this Fall. They also make a DIY workshop or gift idea.

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DIY No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins

Why not cover up that ORANGE dollar tree pumpkin with beautiful fabric? That's what I'm doing right now. Come see!

Supply List: What you’ll need to create fabric pumpkins.

5 Simple Steps

STEP 1… Cut a hole in the top of the Dollar Tree ORANGE pumpkin. The size of the hole is determined by the weight of the fabric you choose for your pumpkin. I’m using upholstery fabric for my pumpkins, so I had to adjust the size. Start with a small hole and increase the size if you need to. You can always make it bigger. The next step will explain more.

Cut a hole in the top of the Dollar Tree pumpkin. This is where the fabric will be inserted.

STEP 2… This is how you’ll determine the hole size for your fabric pumpkin. Take approximately a 19×19-inch piece of fabric and round the edges. You don’t need the excess fabric to cause the fabric to bunch up and not fit into the hole properly. If it doesn’t fit inside the hole, cut the hole a bit bigger until it fits snugly. I like to do a “test drive” of fitting the fabric inside the ORANGE pumpkin before the next step.

Once you have cut your fabric, round off the corners so that the fabric fits nicely inside the hole.

Get Rid Of The Orange

STEP 3… This step can be skipped if your fabric is dark enough that the ORANGE doesn’t show through your fabric. Good luck with that! Chalk Mineral Paint will cover that ORANGE in 1 coat. Apply one thick coat of chalk mineral paint in a similar color to the fabric you’re using. Are you catching my sarcasm about the ORANGE? No, I’m not a fan of the orange pumpkin. However, it is beautiful in a pumpkin patch. 🙂

Paint the Dollar Tree pumpkin so that the orange won't show through the fabric once it's wrapped around it.

I even painted my pumpkin on top of the fabric. Yep, I sat it right down in the middle of the fabric while it was still wet. Now, you’ll want to allow the pumpkin to dry completely before wrapping the fabric around it, but the bottom being wet won’t matter. The paint dries quickly. Use a blow dryer or heat gun if you want to speed up the dry time.

Chalk Mineral Paint covered this Dollar Tree Pumpkin well with one coat.

Wrapping The Fabric Around The Pumpkin

STEP 4… This part can be tricky, and you may have to practice a bit. With your pumpkin in the center of the fabric, pick up one corner and insert it into the top. Pick up the fabric again and repeat this pattern in the same direction. I worked counterclockwise, but it may work better clockwise if you’re a southpaw (left-handed). I folded the fabric (making pleats) as I went so that the fabric lays nicely. This gave it an elegant look.

To make fabric pumpkins, start with one corner of the fabric and insert it into the hole and repeat all the way around.

Get Creative With Fabric Pumpkin Stems

STEP 5… Here’s where the fun begins! Get creative with your fabric pumpkins. Many non-traditional items can be used for the stems. One of my favorites is old hardware. Since I paint furniture for a living, I have endless left-over pulls and knobs. Or be fancy pants and step it up with glass knobs. Oh, YEAH! Hobby Lobby is a great place to get those. I left the screw in the knobs to help give my stem stability. I wouldn’t say I like gluing them permanently on the fabric pumpkins because this allows me to change my designs with different hardware and fabric. We creatives get bored and LOVE change.

I like using non-traditional items for stem on my fabric pumpkins.
DIY Fabric Pumpkins

These turned out classy and elegant. I’ve never been a traditionalist with any of my Fall home decor. Creating fabric pumpkins opens up lots of color choices as well as patterns and even texture. Oh… texture! And as always, your comments and thoughts about this project are always welcome. Or just let me know you stopped by in the comment section below. I’d love to hear from you.

Until the next project… xo, Do



  1. Awesome ideas here Do..I absolutely love the Fall and all that goes with it! My favourite is Pumpkins so Thank You so much for all the nifty cute ideas.
    You are an inspiration and an awesome Lady!

  2. Having trouble trying to make pleats. End up with fabric bunched on bottom and end. What am I doing wrong!!!!???

    1. Hey, Leslie! I need to make a Dollar Store run today for more. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with yours. Have a great week, my friend. 🙂 xo

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