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How to Make a Quick and Easy No-Sew Halloween Pumpkin

Updated on July 2, 2016
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Make an Easy No-Sew Halloween Pumpkin Today

I was amazed on how quick and easy it was to make a no-sew fabric Halloween pumpkin for decorating or gift-giving. This pumpkin makes a great fall centerpiece too that can be used all the way through Thanksgiving. I made mine to feature for Halloween and use as an alternative to carving a real pumpkin. Less Mess!

I am an Activity Director for a 55+ Active Adult Community and this was the perfect craft for seniors of all ages and abilities. The craft club members each made a pumpkin in an array of fall colors. Each turned out with it's own personality and the craft ladies had so much fun making them. No experience necessary. Resident Sue said "she never enjoyed herself as much as when making this pumpkins with friends".

The steps below include photos of the Craft Club making their pumpkins, plus a close up showing you the pumpkin I made at home in about 10 minutes from start to finish!

So make several of these pumpkins today or call together your neighbors and friends to have a "Pumpkin Making Party".

Photo by Nancianne

Items Needed for One No-Sew Pumpkin

4"-6" piece of tree branch

Small bunch fall leaves

18" square of fabric

6" wide and 18" long batting

1 double-roll toilet paper

floral wire or string

Scissors

Wire snippers

No-Sew Love: Fifty Fun Projects to Make Without a Needle and Thread
No-Sew Love: Fifty Fun Projects to Make Without a Needle and Thread

If you enjoy this no-sew project, this book will give you fifty more great projects to make without needing a sewing machine or needle and thread. All quick and easy!

 

Halloween Fabrics

I would recommend a variety of fall colors such as orange, yellow, gold and rust for your pumpkins. There are so many different fall and Halloween patterns at the fabric department stores to choose from. Get creative and mix and match all kinds of fall colors and patterns to make a pretty collection of mini pumpkins.

I did not use an expense fabric for this project but found fabric that was only about $3 per yard. You can make several pumpkins with a yard of fabric. I watch for sales at the local fabric or discount stores. This really helps the budget out!

I also would add thinking "outside the box" and use a speckled white or patterned black for a Halloween pumpkin. I am seeing so many different colors of pumpkins and gourds being developed lately. I saw a news show on a farm that is producing a "pink" pumpkin in honor of Breast Cancer Month. Now that is an idea!

Mixing the colors and patterns creates an appealing look if you are creating a fall centerpiece with your fabric pumpkins. They can be used for Thanksgiving as well.

Step 1 - Organizing Materials

Sue Picks Her Colors
Sue Picks Her Colors

Craft Club member, Sue gets her materials together and ready to start working on her no-sew fabric Halloween pumpkin. The tip in making this a quick and easy project is having everything gathered and ready to use. This is such a great craft since it does not call for a pattern, it takes a minimal amount of items and it just takes minutes to make.

Materials to gather before you begin include the Halloween fabric or fall-colored fabric, a large piece of batting, a dry stick from your tree (or neighbor's tree if you don't have a tree), silk or fabric fall leaves, wire cutters and scissors.

Photo by LilMonkey

Step 2 - Preparing the Fabric

Laying Down Fabric
Laying Down Fabric

The first thing to do is cut the fabric into 18" squares if you are using a double size roll of toilet paper. You can use a smaller 12" square if using a regular size roll. I washed my fabric to get all the wrinkles and sizing out so it was a bit softer to work with. It is not required to wash the fabric, but I found it helpful.

Linda is shown here spreading out her fabric square flat on a hard surface like a work table. Place printed or right side of fabric face down so that when you put the batting-covered toilet paper in the center to wrap the print ends up on the outside.

Photo by LilMonkey

Step 3 - Wrap the Toilet Paper Roll

wrapping in batting
wrapping in batting

Next, wrap your toilet paper roll in batting and trim to fit. It should fit all the way around the roll so your pumpkin will come out nice and puffy.

Linda is concentrating on this step.

I used a thinner quilt batting around my double-roll toilet paper. It still turned out nice and puffy.

Photo by LilMonkey

Wrapping the Toilet Paper in Batting
Wrapping the Toilet Paper in Batting
Batting Tucked into Toilet Paper Roll
Batting Tucked into Toilet Paper Roll
Covering with Fabric
Covering with Fabric

Step 4 - Picking Stems and Leaves

Adding the Sticks and Leaves
Adding the Sticks and Leaves

After wrapping your toilet paper roll in batting and fabric, next is picking out the shape and size of the stem you want. I like a thicker tree branch cut in a 4" length just like the real stems on the pumpkins found at the pumpkin patch.

Then pick out some fall leaves to wrap around the base of the stem. If your leaves do not have wire already, secure your leaves with a bit of floral wire or string. I use a 12" long piece of floral wire and curl the end around a pencil to look like a real vine stem.

Photo by LilMonkey

Fiskars Professional Grade Floral Stem Cutter ( Cuts Up-to 1/2" Stems )
Fiskars Professional Grade Floral Stem Cutter ( Cuts Up-to 1/2" Stems )

A good pair of floral wire cutters are important when snipping the leaves off the bunch.

 
Almost Done
Almost Done

Finished Fabric Pumpkin

Easy No-Sew Fabric Pumpkin
Easy No-Sew Fabric Pumpkin

Step 5 - Finished Pumpkins

Completed by Crafts R Us Club
Completed by Crafts R Us Club

As shown in the photo above, the ladies show off their finished no-sew fabric pumpkins that they made within one craft session. Each lady made two pumpkins, one to keep and one to give as a gift to a friend. If time allows you may want to make even more pumpkins to give as little hostess gifts during the fall holiday party season!

I made a couple extras so I could give one to my mother and my sister. Nancia

These no-sew pumpkins are so quick and easy to make. I hope that you will give this project a try. Let me know what you think in the comment below. Thank you.

This is an inexpensive and easy craft to make in a hurry. For under $5 you can have a cute little Halloween or fall decoration. Make several to give as gifts.

Our Craft Club made 30 pumpkins for our Halloween dance table decorations. Thank you Ladies!

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      Wonderful! BRAVO!

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      Nancy Johnson 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @Mr3man7: I agree, October is MY favorite month.

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      Nancy Johnson 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @jimbarnes lm: Thank you!

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      jimbarnes lm 4 years ago

      great idea's

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      Mr3man7 4 years ago

      Nice lens! It's very fun to make these, Octomber it's the best :-)

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