Everyone knows I love a good pumpkin craft and have done several over the last few years. Somehow I’ve never made any fabric pumpkins, but have been seeing them everywhere this season (and even got some from Target) so I decided that fabric pumpkins would be my pumpkin craft this year! I was even more excited when I realized I didn’t need to cut all the fabric – my Cricut Maker could do the work for me. I got the materials together and knocked them out when my sister was in town!
DIY Fabric Pumpkins
What you’ll need:
- 1 yard of fabric of your choice
- 2 pairs of adult tube socks
- Fabric scissors
- Cricut Maker
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- 3″ wooden stick (from your yard)
I found 3 cute cotton fabrics from Hobby Lobby and got 1/2 yard of each. They actually had some tube socks there as well so I grabbed those, pulled out my hot glue gun and Maker and was ready to go!
First of all you’ll want to make the body of the pumpkin out of the tube socks. Cut the toe of the sock off and roll each one down so it creates a little pumpkin shape.
Now you’ll create the template to cut the fabric and cover the sock part. Insert a circle shape on your canvas in Design Space. After some trial and error, I figured out that 11.5″ is the magic number to resize your circle so it’s the perfect size to cover the sock.
Cut a 12″x12″ fabric square and apply it pattern side down on your fabric mat. Click “Make it” in Design Space and choose your material – cotton in my case. It will tell you to also load your rotary blade, so put that in clamp B, load your mat and let the Maker cut the fabric!
When it’s done cutting, unload your mat and remove the excess fabric. You almost can’t see the cut on the fabric, so pulling back the excess shows how crisp that cut is!
Now you’ll take your fabric circle, pattern side down, and put the sock in the middle with the sock hole size up. Then fold pieces of the fabric into the center of the sock hole in pieces. Too big of pieces will create awkward folds, so do it in smaller pieces to keep the shape of the sock pumpkin.
Finally put some hot glue on one end of your stick and place it in the center of the fabric folds to create the stem of the pumpkin. Then repeat for the rest of your pumpkins!
I found that 1/2 yard of fabric will yield 3 pumpkins, so a 1/2 yard of 3 fabrics got me 9 pumpkins. When I needed more socks, I went into Hunter’s sock drawer and pulled out the dingiest ones (seriously). He wasn’t going to miss them and no one would see that they were old socks – a perfect reuse!
Once I made my pumpkins, my sister wanted to make some as well so we went back and got more fabric so these could be part of her Thanksgiving tablescape. Cleo was loving being part of the process and sitting on the fabric. Typical kitty.
Look how cute these lil guys turned out! I love how the fabrics worked together and were something you’d never expect as a pumpkin. The best part is that you can customize these to your home by choosing fabric that works for you!
These are now sitting in a basket in our kitchen next to my letterboard. Don’t judge the outdated tile.. lots of kitchen updates coming here one day!
Another year, another pumpkin project! These will definitely stick around through the next few years..
PS – Click here to watch the Facebook Live video of me making these pumpkins!
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