How to Make Velvet Pumpkins Simple DIY Tutorial

How to make velvet pumpkins to decorate your house this fall. This is a simple tutorial for making your own velvet pumpkins with real pumpkin stems!

how to make velvet pumpkins

Even though it’s technically still summer, it’s starting to look like fall at our house! Recently, I shared a tutorial for burlap pumpkins and a fall leaf book page banner.

What I love about these projects is that they add a touch of fall without going overboard since they’re made with neutral colors.

If you love neutral fall decor, you’ll love today’s tutorial! (And if you prefer color, you can make these any color you like!)

I’ve been wanting to learn how to make velvet pumpkins for a long time, so this was a very satisfying project to complete. And, they’re really simple to make. You can make a whole pile of them in an afternoon!

The process is pretty much exactly the same as the burlap pumpkin tutorial, but the velvet gives them a completely different, more elegant look.

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own DIY velvet pumpkins.

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how to make velvet pumpkins

1. Cut out a circular shape.

First, you’ll need to cut out a circle. Don’t worry about making it perfect. This is one craft where it really won’t matter!

I made my pumpkins 12″, 14″, and 16″ in diameter. If you can find something circular to trace that is the size you want, go ahead and use that. I couldn’t find anything big enough, so I just cut mine out freehand.

Here’s how I cut mine. First, I cut out a square that was about the size I wanted. The one in this example was 14″ x 14″.

Then, I just rounded the corners to make a circle shape.

how to make velvet pumpkins

2. Next, thread your needle with your heavy-duty thread.

You can use any sewing needle for this, but a longer one like this one will be easiest to work with when you go down through the center of the pumpkin (in a later step).

I have one of these longer needles (from when I made this doll years ago), but I couldn’t find it so I just used a regular one I had on hand.

The thread will need to be thick and sturdy enough that it doesn’t break as you cinch up the circle. I used a thread meant for hand quilting, which tends to be sturdy and thicker. You could also use upholstery thread.

The important thing is that your thread is thick enough that it won’t break when you pull on it to draw your circle closed.

I used a length of thread about 40″ long. Thread the needle and then make a knot at the end of your thread.

3. Sew a gathering stitch along the edge.

After you’ve threaded your needle, sew a large gathering/basting stitch about 1/2″ to 1″ away from the edge of your circle.

A basting stitch is just a very loose straight stitch that will allow you to pull the thread and cinch up the circle to make a little pouch. Make your stitches about 1/2″ to 1″ long.

I started on the wrong side of the fabric so that the knot will be hidden on the inside of the pumpkins.

Your stitches don’t have to be perfect either. You just need them to be loose enough to gather your circle into a pouch.

how to make velvet pumpkins

4. Cinch up the circle.

Now pull on your gathering stitch to cinch up the circle and make a little pouch. Leave an opening big enough to fill with rice and stuffing.

how to make velvet pumpkins

5. Add some rice.

Don’t cut the thread yet, just leave it hanging. Add some rice to the bottom of your pumpkin. I don’t measure mine, I just fill the bottom about 1/4 of the way full with rice.

how to make velvet pumpkins

6. Stuff your pumpkin.

Now fill the pumpkin the rest of the way up with poly-fil. Pull on the gathering thread to close the opening.

how to make velvet pumpkins

7. Sew across the top.

Now it’s time to stitch the top of your pumpkin closed. To do this, just cinch your pumpkin tightly together by pulling on the gathering thread.

Then sew across the top several times to secure it. Put your needle in on one side and go across to the other side and catch the fabric in the stitching.

how to make velvet pumpkins

8. Sew down through the center.

Now stick your needle straight through the center of the pumpkin at the top, and come out on the bottom end.

Stick your needle back up through the bottom and come up at the top. Pull the threads tightly. Do this several times to make an indentation at the top where your stem will go.

how to make velvet pumpkins

9. Finish sewing and glue on the stem.

After going through the center of the pumpkin several times (in the previous step), end up at the top of the pumpkin and tie off your thread and cut it off.

Using your glue gun, glue a pumpkin stem on the top of the pumpkin. Don’t use too much glue, or it will ooze out and show. Just use a small amount and hold it on for a few seconds so it adheres to the velvet securely.

I used real pumpkin stems for this project, but you could also use a stick if you don’t have a dried pumpkin stem handy.  (Or, you can find real pumpkin stems for sale here.)

That’s it! Now it’s time to enjoy decorating with your new handmade pumpkins!

how to make velvet pumpkins

I’m loving the way these velvet pumpkins look all piled up together in an ironstone wash basin.

how to make velvet pumpkins

how to make velvet pumpkins

They also look great on an ironstone platter.

how to make velvet pumpkins

My favorite pumpkin stems are the ones that have a bit of character to them, like this one below:

how to make velvet pumpkins

Now that you know how to make velvet pumpkins, you’ll want to save your own pumpkin stems so you can make more!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make velvet pumpkins! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  1. I love these white and neutral velvet pumpkins Joy.
    Thank you for sharing this DIY project at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your velvet pumpkin DIY at the party tomorrow and pinning too.

  2. Such a great project! You might have noticed from my blog that I LOVE decorating with white pumpkins so your post really caught my eye. So, I featured you this week at Best of the Weekend! Be sure to stop by to see the others and link up any other projects you have done. I will also be pinning and sharing on Instagram stories this weekend. Thanks for joining us and have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thanks! Yes, it does stay indented on the bottom. The stitches through the center give it a more realistic pumpkin appearance.

  3. These are just beautiful! Thank you for sharing a tutorial for making them–I’ve often admired these, but haven’t wanted to pay retail prices for them. Using the real stems makes a big difference! 🙂

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

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