How to Make a Fabric Pumpkin with Cricut Maker
I dread fall! End of summer chores are just plain depressing. All the beautiful flowers are done and the pool is shut down for another year….but I love fall colors and decorations. Bonfires, hayrides and pumpkins. Oh the pumpkins! So many different varieties, but real ones can be costly. Let me show up how to make fabric pumpkins with Cricut that will last for years!
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Materials for the Fabric Pumpkins
You can start making these cuties with a minimum of supplies. I have most of the materials on hand, but if you don’t, here’s the list.
Cotton fabric in fall colors 1/3 yard for the biggest
Needle and thread
Twig with about 1/2” diameter
Bittersweet or artificial berries
Cut the Circles
I cut rough squares 11” 9” and 7” to begin my pumpkins. Find my designs here in my resource library.
Press the squares and then cut them out with the Cricut Maker. I love the Maker so much! It’s a great tool for cutting fabric! More about cutting fabric here my post The Truth About Cutting Fabric With a Cricut Maker
Thread your needle and make a running stitch around the circle 1/4” in from the edge. Be sure to make a big knot at the end of your sewing thread because you’ll be pulling the pumpkins together and that knot needs to stay to accomplish this.
Stuff the Fabric Pumpkin
Take a handful of polyfil stuffing and place in the center of the fabric. Gather the fabric upward and pull the fabric closed over the polyfil. Take a few stitches through the gathered fabric and secure with a good knot.
Thread the Candle Wicking Thread into a big eyed needle and poke down into the center of the pumpkin. Repeat this until you’ve made six sections. Do your best to keep the sections pulled tight as you continue around the fabric pumpkin.
I turned the needle back into the pumpkins bottom being careful to not go back into the same hole, pulled the thread through and tied a large knot to secure it.
Find some small twigs and trim them to the length you need for your pumpkin. Put a dab of hot glue in the center of the gathered pumpkin then twist it into the middle of the pumpkin.
I used my full sized leaves on the orange fabric pumpkin, but though they were too big. However, when I cut them down in size some for the other two fabric pumpkins they were perfect! I also have curly pieces of vines I’ve saved, so I glued them on top of the leaves and then added a few berries to complete the look. This is cute decoration and also hides the raw edges of the gathered fabric.
Adorable Fabric Pumpkins
Now wasn’t that easy?! They are just adorable additions to your fall decorations. Alright, now that you know how to make fabric pumpkins with Cricut, how many are you going to make? What are you going to do with them? I’d love to see so please post your photos and comments below.