By Renae Frey

How To Make Velvet Pumpkins

How To Make Velvet Pumpkins

Hey Friends! I’m so glad that you are here today. Can you believe that we are talking about Fall already? As I write this, we are smack dab into the extreme heat of summer. I am definitely looking forward to cooler weather, and do I dare say-wear a sweater? Don’t you just love decorating for Fall? Me, too. One of my favorite decorating items is velvet pumpkins. Have you seen them before? They are so pretty and incredibly easy to make. Come on, I’ll show you how.

Doesn’t this make you want to decorate for fall? It makes me so giddy.

Velvet pumpkins are so beautiful. They come in many sizes and colors, however they can get expensive if you want a bunch of them. When you make them yourself, you are only limited by your imagination. Get creative, you have no rules.

These are the materials needed to make velvet pumpkins.

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You will need velvet fabric (you only need a small amount of fabric for each pumpkin), scissors, thread, a needle, dry beans, polyfil, a pumpkin stem, and a hot glue gun. By the way, have you seen the new glue gun by Ryobi? It’s cordless and it heats up quickly. And, let’s be honest, it feels like you are using a power tool and that’s just cool.

A bowl is a great way to trace a circle for your velvet pumpkin.

Step 1: Draw a circle onto the back of your fabric. The bowl that I used was about 12″ across and I got a pumpkin that is about 6″ across.

Step 2: Cut out the circle.

Step 3: Thread your needle and do a wip stitch around the circle. Leave the thread attached as you will need it for the next step.

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Step 4: Now you will have to be a bit gentle with this step. You will need to pull on the thread and gather the “pumpkin” into a bowl shape.

Step 5: When the opening is about 3″ across, fill it about 1/3 of the space with the dry beans .

Step 6: Fill up with polyfil.

Step 7: Pull on the thread to close the opening to just enough space for the pumpkin stem to fit and tie off the thread.

Step 8: Using the hot glue gun, attach the pumpkin stem. If you have access to real pumpkin stems, use them for this, they look amazing.

Step 9: Hold the pumpkin stem in until the glue is dry. That’s it! You now have a beautiful velvet pumpkin. Don’t want to use velvet? Feel free to use any fabric.

I just love the look of these pumpkins. They are so colorful and elegant.

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12 thoughts on “How To Make Velvet Pumpkins”

  1. Great job on these velvet pumpkins! I haven’t tried making pumpkins with velvet but I’ve seen them in the stores and they are pricey! This would definitely be a more economical way of enjoying them! Pinning!

  2. A great tutorial, Renae. This project would be fun to do and save money. I have the expensive ones and really would like to make some of my own.

  3. Love your velvet pumpkins. They look so rich and pretty. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I am happy to feature these lovelies at Love Your Creativity.

    1. Awe, thank you so much for the feature. I so appreciate you. Hugs and blessings to you.

  4. I’ve been making these too! Yours are lovely! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  5. I love your velvet pumpkins, Renae!! I made some a few years ago while we were still living in our Prairie Home (our Heartland Charleston Landmark 365 RV) and they are up on our mantel today!

    Happy crafting and I am happy to feature your lovely pumpkins (and Tom Turkey) at tonight’s Share Your Style #315 post,
    Barb 🙂

  6. Leslie Watkins

    Beautiful! I need to add these to my list! They are amazing.

  7. great tutorial…can’t have too many pumpkins either! I love your velvet colors…so pretty!
    sending you a big hug!

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Renae Frey

Beautiful interiors don’t have to come with an outrageous price tag. My style is what I like to call Vintage French Farmhouse, I love mixing decorating styles, especially opposites like the glitz of a chandelier dripping in crystals with a chair upholstered in worn aged leather. Refined, yet not too formal-but, livable, elegant traditional design, adding warmth and vintage elements.

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