Fall has arrived! 🍂
Have you seen these trendy plush velvet pumpkins sold at home décor stores and online boutiques? They can be a little pricey and are actually pretty simple to make! All you do is cut circle shapes out of fabric, hand stitch around the edges then stuff with dried beans and fiber stuffing. Collect any dry stems from real pumpkins, gourds, ect. or you can use cut up branches for a more rustic look.
I made some recently using a less inexpensive crushed panne velvet fabric at about $2.99/yard, instead of actual real velvet $14.99/yard, and they turned out so great! You could also hunt thrift stores for velvet clothing to cut, or use other types of fabric you may already have on hand.
DIY Plush Pumpkins
Plush Velvet-like Fabric or Real Velvet Fabric
Extra Strong Sewing Thread
Hand Sewing Needle
Dried Beans or Rice
Poly-fill Craft Stuffing
Dried Pumpkin Stems
Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue
- Find a large circle object such as a plate, pot, pizza stone, etc to trace a circle on the back side of fabric using a marker or pen. Pick a circle shape at least 6 inches wide, and cut your fabric. (I used a variety of sizes.)
- Place the circle with the wrong side of fabric facing up and sprinkle some beans in the middle. Create a running stitch around the edges of your circle.
- Gently start cinching the edges, but don’t tie off the thread yet. Fill pumpkin with desired amount of stuffing.
- Pull tightly to close hole and stitch the opening together. Criss cross the opening with tight stitches. Tie off the thread.
- Optional Step: On a couple of my smaller pumpkins I finished by stitching through the top and bottom while pulling tightly. This gives a more realistic smashed down look.
- Glue stem to the top.
- The orange fabric pictured is actually more of a thick upholstery fabric I found on clearance, and you can experiment with other types of fabrics in various textures and colors.
- It’s very important to use extra strong thread so when you’re pulling it tightly to close the top of the pumpkin the thread won’t break.
- Don’t be intimidated by a little hand stitching! I’m NOT an experienced sewer AT ALL! If it’s been a while since your hands have touched a needle & thread, read this helpful post explaining a running stitch and double thread, which is what I used.
These whimsical plush pumpkins are so fun to make!
They look so cute grouped together for a festive centerpiece or on a large tray or bowl.
Grab a group of friends, and make this a fun Fall craft night activity!
Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.