Make These Easy & Festive Velvet Pumpkins at Home!

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velvet pumpkins displayed on table

Fall means pumpkins!

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

woman holding velvet pumpkins

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! Even better, the options are endless since you can make them using any fabric you want and still get a high-end look.

velvet pumpkin diy supplies

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?!

woman holding velvet pumpkins

Hip Tip: 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.

pile of velvet pumpkins in a stack on table

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

  • 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 extra strong thread. This is very important so 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

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!

hand holding green velvet pumpkin

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 just buying some velvet pumpkins? Here are 3 different places you can find them:

1. Bulk Harvest Velvety Pumpkins

orange and brown velvet pumpkin sitting on table

If you’re in a pinch and need a bunch of velvet pumpkins to put on display, use as gifts, or even incorporated into fall wedding decor, the Dollar Tree is a great place to scoop up affordable, bulk velvet pumpkins.

Hip Tip: Speaking of buying in bulk, these are the 10 most popular items to buy in bulk online from Dollar Tree.

2. Your Heart’s Content Velvet Pillows

gray and white velvet pumpkins on jute table

As you probably already know, Amazon has everything – including trendy, handmade velvet pumpkins. If you’re looking for quick shipping and gorgeous fall decor, this listing fits the bill!

3. Perky Pumpkins Velvet Pumpkins

black leopard velvet pumpkins sitting in dried leaves

Etsy is the perfect place to find incredible handmade goodies. Not only does Perky Pumpkins have a large assortment of totally unique velvet pumpkins, but you can also find dried pumpkin stems and even decorated acorns to make your fall home really stand out!

Decorate your front door for under $35 with Hobby Lobby decor!

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 13

  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 πŸ’•πŸ™Œ

  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 😍

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