Make DIY Velvet Pumpkins on the Cheap with Our Easy Tutorial

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DIY velvet pumpkins are the prettiest fall decoration!

collection of diy velvet pumpkins displayed near art

Fall means pumpkins! 🎃 

Better yet, velvet pumpkins make for some gorgeous and unique fall home decor, so here’s a fun DIY tutorial so you can make your very own velvet pumpkins at home for cheap!

And it’s easy to make them – here’s how:

These trendy plush velvet pumpkins sold at home decor stores and online boutiques can be a little pricey, but they’re actually pretty simple to make! We especially love the DIY version because the options are endless using any fabric you want while still getting a high-end look.

hand holding green velvet pumpkin

I mixed up my pumpkins by using some Crushed Panne Velvet and upholstery fabric I found on clearance. Then all you do is cut circle shapes out of fabric, hand stitch around the edges, then stuff with dried beans and fiber stuffing. Easy peasy, right?!

pumpkin stems

pumpkin supplies

cloth circle with dry beans in the middle near sewing supplies

sewing pumpkin edges

closing velvet pumpkin

sewing pumpkin closed

closed velvet pumpkin

velvet pumpkin

DIY Velvet Pumpkins




Find a large circular object such as a plate, pot, pizza stone, etc. to trace a circle on the backside of your fabric using a marker or pen. Pick a circle shape at least 6″ in diameter and cut your fabric.


As a tip, use a variety of sizes if you’re making multiple pumpkins so you have a diverse selection of pumpkins to display.


Place the circle with the wrong side of the 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 the pumpkin with the desired amount of stuffing.


Pull tightly to close the hole and stitch the opening together. Crisscross 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 stems on the top of your pumpkins. Enjoy!

woman holding velvet pumpkins

Here are a few DIY tips to keep in mind when making velvet pumpkins:

  • Collect dry stems from real pumpkins, gourds, etc. or you can use cut-up branches for a more rustic look. To glam them up, you could even spray-paint them gold or silver.
  • Instead of using expensive velvet fabric, you could opt for this Crushed Panne Velvet which comes in many colors and is only $8.24 a yard – super cheap compared to the other expensive options!
  • Go thrift shopping for cheap fabrics. There are many ways to save at thrift stores, so why not shop for some unique fabric while you’re there? Plus, more than likely you’ll end up paying way less than buying it new.
  • Use an extra strong thread. This is very important so that when you’re pulling your thread tightly to close the top of the pumpkin thread won’t break.

pile of various velvet pumpkins sitting on wood tray table

These whimsical velvet 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 activity!

Thinking about buying some velvet pumpkins instead?

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gray and white velvet pumpkins on jute table

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About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 19

  1. Lori

    These are beautiful! And so easy.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much Lori! Yes agree so easy and fun.

  2. Nee

    Great idea!! Thanks!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Glad you like these! Thanks!

  3. Suzanne H

    I really love these but I didn’t want to buy any supplies. I spent the weekend using yarn I already had to knit several pumpkins of various sizes. I filled them with some dried pinto beans and stuffing I had on hand. Used wine corks as the stems (had from another project). While I love the velvet pumpkins, knitting them gave me something to do (quarantine bored) and they are also cute! Thanks for the motivation.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      OHHHH That’s so neat Suzanne! I bet they are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Terry

    Made mine out of thrift stor sweaters.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Perfect! I love that idea Terry 💕🙌

  5. Sue C

    Love these am going to try today…thank you

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      oh fun! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Nan

    Alternatives to beans is using recycled store plastic bags for stuffing. One site also suggest using dental floss to sew with as it is very strong.

  7. Melissa

    I love the orange fabric you used! 😍 Great instructions!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks! Fun project 😍

  8. yjr2004

    I saw these exact same pumpkins for sale at my local Safeway. I was going to buy on until I saw it was $69.00 for a large one. The smaller ones started at $30.00. Now I can make my own for cheaper. Thanks.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      YES!! I have seen those at Safeway too. They are pretty but yay for making your own!

  9. Kellie Z

    I’ve also seen people use burlap or old flannel shirts/kids old pajamas for these too. I got a bit carried away making these a few years ago, but still love them. Especially since you can use them as decorations from October 1st through Thanksgiving.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Those sound like great fabric options too, Kellie! 🤗 I also love that pumpkins can be decor for a long period of time too! 🙌🎃

    • Sheri Baby

      I start fall decorations in September over Labor Day weekend and enjoy for 2 full months before switching over to Christmas in early November. Both seasons get 2 months of decor.

  10. Csandst1

    Cute but too much effort for me. I’m a 10 minute limit crafter

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