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DIY Plush Velvet Pumpkins (Festive Fall Decorating Idea)

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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.

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DIY Plush Pumpkins

Supplies Needed:

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Directions: 

  1. 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.)
  2.  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.
  3. Gently start cinching the edges, but don’t tie off the thread yet. Fill pumpkin with desired amount of stuffing.
  4. Pull tightly to close hole and stitch the opening together. Criss cross the opening with tight stitches. Tie off the thread.
  5. 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.
  6. Glue stem to the top.

Notes:

  • 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.

DIY Velvet Pumpkins

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!

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  1. Sue

    That is such a cute idea. I really enjoy all the different things you come up with and some of your recipes too.

    Thanks for all you do.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks for your sweet comment Sue! ❤️

  2. Mella

    Awesome! These look great

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Mella! So fun to make 😀

  3. Whitney

    Target one spot has some really cute pumpkins that are $3 each. I got a couple for my dining room table!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh fun -I love the one spot! 😀

  4. Kim Tenny

    So stinking cute. Love the velvet and textured ones!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Kim!!

  5. Heather

    Where do you get pumpkin stems lol

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Several ways : Ideally a pumpkin patch may be a free or cheap option, start collecting if you use squash for soup, ask friends to save theirs, and finally in a pinch search online on eBay or etsy. This craft has created a market for them 😀 Alternatively cut pieces off of a dried branch.

  6. Karen

    Anyone know how I save this?

    • Yolie

      On iPhone or iPad – If you hit the share button (box with arrow) you can save to Pinterest or I save to an app called Pocket that will save any webpages, messages, notes, etc all in one place. HTH!

  7. Shari

    I wonder if you could use a brown paper bag for the stem? Cut off a piece and mold into stem then you paint it. Going to get stems is the only thing holding me back. I’ll let you know. Gonna try tomorrow.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh smart idea! Thanks Shari 😀

  8. Allison

    My mom makes these with cinnamon sticks as stems. Very cute!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh that’s awesome- thanks for sharing 😀

  9. cindy

    Lina-L.O.V.E.! Thank you!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure – Cindy! Thanks for stopping by 😀

  10. LindaD

    You’ve inspired me! I went to Joann’s and bought some suede-like remnant in gray and batting to give it a shot. Pretty easy. Just need to get a stem (and find my glue gun!). Can’t wait to try other colors and sizes. Thank you!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh sure Linda! Have fun 😀

  11. jenifer

    I adore this project! I have zero sewing skills, but think I will give it a try. A local boutique has these starting at $17.99. Yikes!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yep! I’ve seen them too. Have fun Jenifer 😀

  12. visitor3

    Love this. Cordoroy, burlap, would work also and give other textures.

    For long-term storage, I might use beads, pebbles, sand, or something mice wouldn’t seek to nibble.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great idea 👍

  13. Allison

    I saw these last weekend at a high dollar gift shop!!! Wanted them so much NOW I can have them!! THANKS!!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yay! Glad you share in my excitement! 🎃 I loved these in the store too and now enjoy them in my home 😀

  14. sam

    My daughter and I make these every year! They are super easy and great gifts! We use many different types of fabrics, not just velvet.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s great! Thanks for sharing – I love this craft. ❤️

    • Cindy

      What do you use as stems? Guess I could raid the after Halloween pumpkin patches

  15. Holly

    I actually bought 10 of them from Target for $1.00 each! So cute

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great find!

  16. Karen

    You do have the cuties crafts, can you help me find or make some reasonable cornstalks. My daughter is doing children of the corn for a haunted Halloween at school and all the corn stalks I have been lookin at are $15 and up. Any suggestions are greatly welcome.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi Karen! I asked the hip2save team your question and everyone says to contact your local farms and pumpkin patches. Maybe even farms that sell eggs, goat milk ect. Look on Craigslist or local facebook groups for ads. I hope that helps! Good luck!

      • Karen

        Thank you, we have many local farms I will try that this weekend.

        • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          Oh perfect! Good luck 👍

  17. MOM3

    Do you do anything to preserve the stems so you can use them again next year?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I would just make sure they are clean and dried out.

  18. Geo

    Instead of going to the fabric store, I’ve gone to Goodwill in the past. I’ve found chunky sweaters and other fall-like textures for cheap by harvesting cheap clothing items.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes! Great idea Geo!

  19. Justine

    I tried to click on the link for the crushed panne velvet fabric, but it didn’t work. Could you re-post it please?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks SO much for bringing that to our attention, Justine! That link has been updated if you wanted to check again!

  20. Grandmom

    Would there be a problem of any insect infestation using beans as the filler? I was given a mason jar filled with beans that was adapted into an electric candle holder and I saw little bugs crawling throughout the beans. Perhaps you need to rinse the beans and dry them before proceeding with the craft?

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