I have had these Chenille Fabric Pumpkins on my to-do list for years – I am so excited to have been finally able to sew up some of these cute pumpkins!
My sweet friend Michele from The Scrap Shoppe and I had an epic girls day on Saturday! We started the day with some shopping at a local Fall Festival, then more shopping at one of our favorite shops, Daisy a Day Vintage, then lunch (because food) and then all the pumpkin sewing!
I have sewn up fabric pumpkins before but I’ve been wanting to do some chenille versions, I just love how pretty and vintagey they are. We had to add in come fun fall cotton fabrics too – between the two of us we made 20 pumpkins! It was like a pumpkin factory – but with yummy treats.
While at the fall festival we found some fabric pumpkins with little vintage spoons for stems – so of course we had to add those to some of ours! Fortunately Daisy a Day had chenille fabrics and vintage spoons for us. Yay!
We added spoons to our regular cotton pumpkins too – aren’t they fun?
If you want a full tutorial with photos, check out my Black and White Striped Pumpkins tutorial here!
We decided not to do striped pumpkins – so we made a few changes to my original tutorial. Here’s the basics:
Easy Chenille Fabric Pumpkins
Our pumpkins are a variety of sizes. There’s no hard and fast rule for these, but you generally want the width of your fabric to be over twice as wide as the height. Here’s what we cut ours:
- 5″ x 12″ – makes a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pumpkin
- 7″ x 17″ – makes a 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ pumpkin
- 10″ x 25″ – makes a 4 1/2″ x 8″ pumpkin
- 15″ x 41″ – makes a 7″ x 11″ pumpkin
- Fold your fabric in half so the short edges are together and right sides are together. Sew a seam down the end with the raw edges to make a fabric tube.
- With a strong needle and either doubled thread or a light cotton thread like pearl cotton or thin crochet thread, run a gathering stitch all the way around the bottom edge of the tube. Pull of the threads to close the opening. If you need to, make some stitches across the opening to completely close it.
- Turn your fabric right side out, so the seams are on the inside. Fill the pumpkin with fiberfill, then sew a gathering stitch around the top opening. Pull up the threads to close this opening, but before you completely close it add whatever you are using for a stem. Tighten the threads and close the opening. (If you are adding a spoon, I recommend bending the spoon, especially for the small pumpkins.)
- With a long strand of floss or cotton thread, knot the thread and make a small stitch at the bottom of the pumpkin. Bring the thread around the pumpkin crossing over in front of the stem and back around to the bottom. Pull the thread up to make segments in the pumpkins. Take a small stitch and knot the thread so it stays locked. Repeat three more times, segmenting the pumpkin sort of like a pie with the threads. Now you can add a cute embellishment to the top, like raffia or lace! We added some beads and buttons to some of ours as well.
I keep carrying mine around the house – I can’t decide where I want them! I’m kind of leaning towards my dining room – I love the way they look on the table.
Michele made up her pumpkins with a fun blue polkadot chenille too – check out hers on her Instagram page!
I’d love to see a photo if you make some up!
Something else you may want to try: