DIY Velvet Pumpkin Tutorial
Let me show you how to make fabric pumpkins with real stems. To be more specific the tutorial uses velvet to make beautiful high end looking fabric pumpkins with real stems. Fabric pumpkins come in all sizes, fabrics and stem materials, but did you ever notice the commercial velvet ones sit differently? It took me awhile to figure out exactly what the difference was and how to replicate it.
How to Make Fabric Pumpkins With Real Stems
Velvet pumpkins are made using stretchy velvet and very real looking stems, that was easy to notice, but the major difference is the expensive high end velvet pumpkins sit differently. These fabric pumpkin snuggle into the other Fall decor. , these fabric pumpkins snuggle into the other Fall décor. Next time your shopping for Fall take a look, the major difference of the expensive fabric pumpkins isn’t so much the quality of the fabric as it is the stuffing.
Instead of using polyfil stuffing, the expensive velvet pumpkins are filled with plastic stuffing pellets. These are the ones I purchased at Michaels in Canada (not an affiliate link). The plastic weighted stuffing beads give them the weight they need to achieve that distinct look. So lets me show you how to make fabric pumpkins with real stems including todays velvet pumpkins.
Fabric Pumpkin with Real Stems Supplies
Stretchy good quality velvet
Gold Metallic Paint
Hot glue, needle, and thread.
Cut the Pumpkin Fabric
Cut the velvet twice as wide as it is tall. The fabric for the three pumpkins shown is cut 16 by 8 inches, 14 by 7 inches, and 12 by 6 inches.
(Note: If you are willing to use more fabric, cut a circles of fabric with diameters of 16″, 14″ and 12 inches Then stitch along the outside edge of the circle, eliminating the bottom gathering and the seam. The rest of the tutorial is the same.)
Sew the Fabric Pumpkin
Fold the fabric good side together, sew along one side with a sewing machine forming a tube. Turn it right side out.
With a needle and thread weave the needle through the bottom edge of the velvet, making the stitches about 1/4 inch. Pull tight to close the bottom opening and then stitch closed.
Fill with the pellets no more than 2/3 full. Fold the top closure and sew together.
Once sewn, twist the top into a swirl. Hold the swirl in place by adding a few stitches. This is important, the twist gives the pumpkin that signature twisted top you see in purchased high-end velvet pumpkins.
Add the Pumpkin Stem
Start by buying fresh pumpkins with very long elegant stems. Try a farmer’s market or a local gardener grocery stores often cut the stems so short.
Using real pumpkin stems, spray paint them with gold metallic paint. Let the stems dry.
Add the pumpkin stem using hot glue. Make sure to apply the glue along the edges of the stem and attach the stem to the pumpkin so that it hides the gathering stitches on top.
Add Pumpkin’s Feather Embellishments
Feathers or other embellishments are optional. If you decide to add feathers, simply glue them in an arrangement on top of the velvet pumpkin.
Stuffed Fabric Pumpkins
Now that I have finished raving about how beautiful velvet pumpkins are, I need to tell you I love differently stuffed fabric pumpkins as well. Both types are fabric are really nice for fall decorating. The difference lies in how you use them. I love the poly filled stuffed pumpkins every bit as much but use them to fill a basket or to stand alone. Stuffed pumpkins don’t snuggle into vignettes the same way as the velvet ones do. You can see the difference in the next picture.
The stuffed ones are much better for filling baskets or standing up individually. These neutral pumpkins are stuffed and made with simple branch stems.
Here is a vignette from my front view a couple of years ago. In the traditional fall colours.
Other Pumpkin Craft Posts
If you’re looking for a step by step tutorial on stuffed pumpkins, I made some stuffed pumpkins last year in teal and orange. They feature silverware stems and jewel embellishments.
The easiest way to get pumpkin stems is to purchase fresh pumpkins. That’s how I got the stems for my velvet pumpkins. In this post, I share how I process and preserved both the pumpkin and the pumpkin stems.
I hope you found this post useful, and that it helps you to have a stylish home for so much less.