Stuffed Pumpkins

Category: Decor

Made out of your favorite fabrics (and scraps) these soft stuffed pumpkins can be made into a collection of sizes. They really are the best pumpkins to have on hand as you can put them out year after year.  They make great gifts to personalize and give for future seasonal decorating.

Project Notes: The solid black line on the pattern is the cutting line. The pattern provided is for the Small Pumpkin and the Mini Pumpkin. Use a copy machine to enlarge Small Pumpkin pattern as noted then redraw the cutting line for each piece ¼” from the seam line.

For Medium Pumpkin: enlarge  125%

For Large Pumpkin: enlarge 175%

What you need to make this project

One box of Poly-Fil® Poly Pellets® Weighted Stuffing Beads
One bag of Poly-Fil® Supreme® Ultra Plush Fiber Fill

Download Pattern

Cotton print or solid fabric (for pumpkins)
Scraps or fat eights of green print fabric
Cotton Fabrics
Orange Yarn
Strong Thread
Large Sewing Needle
Chenille Stems (for vines)
Optional: Template Plastic (for patterns)

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Step One

Download the Pattern Sheet for preparing all your pumpkin pieces. See Project Notes above for correct sizing.

From your 44”/45” wide cotton fabrics, prepare the following:

  • 1/8 yard for the Mini Pumpkin
  • 1/4 yard for the Small Pumpkin
  • 3/8 yard for the Medium Pumpkin
  • 1/2 yard for the Large Pumpkin

Step Two

From Orange Fabric – Cut six pumpkin sections and mark seam dots on each section.

From Green Fabric – Cut two stems and two leaves, mark dots.  Cut a 1” x 12” bias strip for the vine.

Use ¼” seam allowances for piecing.

Step Three

With right sides together, sew two pumpkin sections together along seam line stopping and back stitching at the marked dots.  Clip curves and turn right side out.  Sew another section to this piece to form half of the pumpkin.  Make the second half of the pumpkin in the same manner.  Sew the two halves together and turn the pumpkin right side out.

Step Four

Pour Poly-Pellets into the top opening:

  •               ½ cup for the Mini Pumpkin
  •               1 cup for the Small Pumpkin
  •               2 cups for the Medium Pumpkin
  •               3 cups for the Large Pumpkin

Stuff Pumpkin firmly with Poly-Fil.

Step Five

Thread a needle with a length of strong thread, doubled and knotted at the end.  Make a row of running stitches around the opening and pull the thread to gather the edges and close the opening.  Secure the thread by sewing several small stitches in one place.

Step Six

Thread the large doll needle with a length of yarn

  • 5 yards for the Large Pumpkin
  • 4 yards for the Medium Pumpkin
  • 3 ½ yards for the Small Pumpkin
  • 2 ½ yards for the Mini Pumpkin

Leave a 6” tail of yarn hanging from the top of the pumpkin to tie off with when you are finished.

Step Seven

Beginning at the center top, wrap yarn around one seam of the pumpkin and pull it tightly to make an indentation.  Pull the yarn around the tail and wrap it tightly around another seam.  Continue wrapping the yarn around the pumpkin and pulling tightly until all of the seams are covered.  Knot the end of the yarn with the tail on the top of the pumpkin and tie securely.  Tack the bottom center where all of the yard strands meet.

Step Eight

Sew the leaf pieces together, leaving an opening between the dots.  Turn right side out.  Stuff the leaf very lightly with poly-fil and slip stitch the larger opening closed.

Sew the stem pieces together.  Turn right side out.  Turn the seam allowance on the bottom of the stem piece under slightly and baste it in place.  Stuff the stem firmly.

Step Nine

Fold the bias strip in half lengthwise and stitch ¼” from the fold.  Trim the seam allowance to 1/8” from the stitching line.  Using a small safety pin or a tube turner, turn bias strip right side out.  Insert a chenille stem into the strip to make the vine.

Step Ten

Insert one end of the vine into the small opening on the leaf.  Sew the edge of the leaf in place.  You can quilt the leaf veins by hand or machine, being careful not to stitch through the pipe cleaner in the vine.  Fold the vine an inch or so below the leaf and curl the end into a spiral.

Step Eleven

Place the stem over the center top of the pumpkin, covering the opening and the knotted yarn ends.  Insert the vine under the edge of the stem.  Tack the vine to the top of the pumpkin.  Slip stitch the stem to the pumpkin top and you are finished.