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DIY No Sew Mini Fabric Pumpkins

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

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I just finished up with my larger Buffalo Check Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial and I thought it would be fun to try and make some minis to go with it. I used a lot of recycled materials so these ended up being super budget friendly too! The best part about these mini pumpkins is that you can use any kind of scrap fabric you might have on hand. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make upcycled mini no sew fabric pumpkins.


  • Scrap fabric

  • Jute twine

  • Newspaper

  • Plastic grocery bag

  • Rubberband

  • Pipe cleaners

  • Hot glue gun / glue sticks

  • Scissors

To start, you will need to create the pumpkin body. I used an easy recycled base made with newspaper and a plastic grocery bag. I love making my pumpkin projects with this base because I know there are a few less plastic bags in the landfills. Roll the newspaper into a ball and place it inside the plastic bag. Twist the top of the plastic bag until tight and use a rubber band or a pipe cleaner to tightly close off the bag. Cut off the extra plastic off the top and now you have an easy base to wrap the fabric around. See the full tutorial for an Easy Starter Base for Fabric Pumpkins.

The measurements for these pumpkins is not an exact science as it depends on how big of a pumpkin base you created and the size of your scrap fabric. I found that this was the perfect way to use some of my leftover scrap fabric and leftover odd cuts.

As long as you have enough fabric to generously cover the base, this will be plenty to work with. You can test this by making sure that each corner will reach up to the stem (pipecleaner) base where we will glue it.

Once you have your fabric and pumpkin base ready to go, it’s time to start gluing the fabric into place. The pipe cleaner/rubber band that we used to seal up the base is the perfect start to what will be the base of the stem. We can use this to glue each corner of the fabric. Once you have glued the four corners, you can bring up each of the new corners.

Continue gluing each corner up at the stem base until all that remains are small flaps in the fabric. A drop of glue in between the flaps will help hold them together and smooth them down some. These will later be covered with our jute and pipe cleaner pumpkin “ribs”.

Next form the stem to add to the stem base from the pipe cleaner. Form a loop and twist the bottom where it overlaps. Then twist it together leaving the two pieces at the bottom. The two pieces will need to be glued to the stem base which is the top part of the plastic bag that should be slightly showing through.

To form the ribs of the pumpkin, you will need three pipe cleaners and the jute twine. If you need longer pieces, twist two pipe cleaners together. Take the end of the twine and, using a small drop of glue attach it to the end of a pipe cleaner. Start to twist the twine tightly around the pipe cleaner until it is completely covered. If you have bits of pipe cleaner showing through, you can go back and wrap it again. Use another dab of glue to tack the end of the twine in place.

Take a finished jute rib and place it around the body of the pumpkin where the flaps of fabric are glued with each end placed at opposite sides of the stem. Glue them into place at the stem around where the pipe cleaner stem starts. Repeat this for the other two ribs, gluing each end to the stem base. They should cross over each other at the bottom. If the ends of the jute pipe cleaners are too long, trim them down to the base so they are just sticking up. They will be covered with more jute for the stem later.

An alternative to making the ribs with the pipe cleaners is to just use the twine to form the ribs. I used this method for the smallest pumpkin I made. Just glue them into place like you would the jute wrapped pipe cleaner.

Once all of the ribs are in place, it’s time to start forming the stem. Using the twine, glue an end to the base and start wrapping the jute somewhat tightly around the stem. For this smaller one I just wrapped it around until I was happy with the shape. It might help in some cases to dab a little glue as you go to keep it from unravelling. For the tip of the stem you will have to come back with the jute and re-wrap a few times until you have a shape you are happy with. Use a drop of glue to tack the end of the jute in place.

To finish off the pumpkin, bend the tip of the stem into place. I like the curved look of these stems, it gives them an almost whimsical look. For some extra finishing touches, I made some jute “vines” by wrapping some twine tightly around a pencil and letting it sit for a few hours. I also had some extra leaves that I glued into place at the base of the stem.

There you have it - easy DIY no sew mini fabric pumpkins! These were so much fun to make and I love how they turned out. Using the same starter base I made several sizes to decorate our guest bathroom with. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I hope you make some mini pumpkins of your own. Good luck and happy decorating!


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