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How to Make DIY Fabric Pumpkins for Your Thanksgiving Table

Make your Thanksgiving table extra festive with these DIY Fabric Pumpkins.

Thanksgiving has to easily be one of my most favorite holidays. Time spent around the table with those you love while being surrounded by delicious food? A holiday doesn’t get any more perfect than that. Besides cooking all of those scrumptious homemade dishes for Thanksgiving (can you say stuffing and creamed corn?!), my next favorite thing to do is to create a tablescape for the big meal.

I always love to decorate in a harvest and fall theme, adding autumnal-colored dishes, fall leaves, and, of course, pumpkins. Pumpkins are great all fall long—not just for Halloween. But, getting your pumpkins to last all season can be a bit tricky, so I like to add faux pumpkins, including some adorable fabric pumpkins. With only a few supplies, you can have some fun and festive pumpkins for your Thanksgiving tablescape in quite literally just a minute!

Read on below to learn how to make your own DIY Fabric Pumpkins!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Fabric squares (I got some pre-cut Thanksgiving-themed fabric from Walmart)
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Sticks (I grabbed some out of my backyard)
  • Fake leaves (I grabbed some off of a stem of faux flowers I had on hand)

How to Make Your DIY Fabric Pumpkins:

To make your fabric pumpkins, start by laying out your square of fabric. You can use any fabric you’d like, or even leftover fabric that you may have around the house; just make sure that as you’re going to fold up the fabric around your “pumpkin” (aka toilet paper roll), you’ll have enough fabric to be able to secure it within the center of the toilet paper roll.

Once you have your fabric laid out with the pattern side down, take your roll of toilet paper and place it in the center of your fabric.

Grabbing one corner of the fabric, lift it up and tuck it inside the center of the roll, pushing the fabric to the bottom of the roll to ensure that it is tucked in securely.

Next, turn your “pumpkin” slightly to the left and pick up the next corner. With your other hand, pull the fabric towards the towards the top to the left to help make a pleat. Keeping the fabric pulled taut, lift the corner up and tuck it into the center of the toilet paper roll. You’ll now have a crease to create those ribs that pumpkins normally have.

Follow this same process as you tuck the fabric into the toilet paper roll. Simply turn the “pumpkin” slightly to the left, make sure the fabric is taut, and pick up and tuck in the next corner of the fabric.

Once you get the last bit of fabric that needs to be tucked in, simply push in the excess fabric underneath the corner so you can create the last two pleats for the pumpkin ribs and lift the corner of the fabric and tuck it into the toilet paper roll.

When all the fabric is tucked in, it should look something like this.

Next, grab the stick you’ll be using for the stem. I got the sticks I used from my backyard, so see if you have any twigs laying around in the backyard or snag a small stem off of a plant. Place the stick into the center of the toilet paper roll, pushing down on all the tucked in fabric.

After you have your stem placed, grab your leaves (I grabbed mine off of some faux flowers I had in my craft closet, but you would totally use some leaves from the yard) and slide them into the center of the toilet paper roll along with the stem.

And there you go! You have a super cute DIY Fabric Pumpkins for your Thanksgiving table!

The best part is, once your dinner is done, you can disassemble the fabric pumpkin and get your toilet paper back. Ha! Just make sure to hang on to your pumpkin parts until next year and you can make your DIY Fabric Pumpkins for your table again!

What do you these of these DIY Fabric Pumpkins? Would you make them for your Thanksgiving table? Let me know in the comments below!

And, as always, you can check out my video tutorial for these DIY Fabric Pumpkins on my TikTok!

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

2 thoughts on “How to Make DIY Fabric Pumpkins for Your Thanksgiving Table”

  1. Stuffing and cream corn! 😅
    What an easy way to make a fabricated
    Pumpkin. I love your idea using it for the dinner table. I’m on it! Thanks for sharing your creative ideas.

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