Pumpkin Pincushions

Posted by NancyC on Friday, July 13th, 2012

Hi, I'm Nancy from the SewSewHappyBlog and I am excited to be making a pincushion for Riley Blake. I know its hard to think about fall and Halloween when its 103 degrees outside, but fall will be here before you know it.

Today we are going to be making pumpkin pincushions. I am using the Costume Clubhouse collection from Sheriberry. I just love the colors and the adorable designs on the fabric.


I could not decide which fabric to use, so I decided to make three pumpkins. They are quick and easy to make and you'll have your own pumpkin patch in no time at all.

Heres what you need to make your pumpkins:

1 rectangle of fabric 4 inches by 7 inches

1 rectangle of fabric 5 inches by 8 inches

1 rectangle of fabric 6 inches by 9 inches


heavy duty thread or hand quilting thread

scraps of fabric for stems

1 cup of sand or Poly Pellets

floral wire


embroidery floss

fabric glue or a hot glue gun

basic sewing supplies: thread, needle, pins, ruler, marking pencil, scissors, rotary cutter, cutting  mat and bias tape maker (optional)

As you are cutting the rectangles from your fabric, pay attention to the design. On my largest and smallest pumpkins, the fabric was directional and I wanted to take advantage of the design, so I fussy cut my rectangles. The long side of the rectangle should go left to right.

Fold under the long top edge of each rectangle 1/4 inch and press to the wrong side.

Fold your rectangle in half, right sides together with the folded edge at the top. Sew along the side edge and bottom edge using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Make sure to secure your stitches at the starting and ending point by backstitching.

Make a boxed bottom by matching the side seam with the bottom seam on one side and the fold with the bottom seam on the other side. (I try to match up my seams by poking a pin from the center of the side seam and come out in the middle of the bottom seam). Measure 3/8 inch in from the point and draw a line with your marking pen. Pin in place and then sew on the marked line. Repeat for the other side. Cut off the point leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Repeat for the other two pumpkins.

Turn the fabric right side out. Don't worry if your side and bottom seams don't line up perfectly.

Using your needle and thread, sew 1/4 inch gathering stitches in the folded edge  of your pumpkin. Leave a tail on each end so it's easy to pull up your stitches and tie a knot.

Put 1/4 - 1/2 cup of sand or the Poly Pellets in the bottom of each of your pumpkins to give you a solid bottom. Stuff fiberfill on top of the sand and fill until your pumpkins are well stuffed. Pull up your gathering stitches, leaving a hole at the top big enough for the tip of your finger. Tie the ends securely in a couple of knots. Trim your threads and give your pumpkins a little squeeze to miz the sand in with the fiberfill. If you have fiberfill sticking out of the hole at the top, push it in with the tip of your small scissors.

Now its time to make your pumpkins more life-like. Cut a strand of embroidery floss about 36 inches long for the small pumpkin and 48 inches long for the biggest pumpkin. Find the center of your strand, place it over the opening of your pumpkin and wrap the floss around the pumpkin like you would tie a ribbon on a package. Keep wrapping and twisting the two ends on the bottom and top of the pumpkin, until your pumpkin has eight sections. Make sure to pull your embroidery floss taunt to give the pumpkin some "poof". Tie your ends of the embroidery floss in a knot and cut the loose ends. Adjust the floss around your pumpkin until the seams are covered and you have eight equal sections. Repeat for the other pumpkins.

For the stems, I took a piece of fabric, put it though my bias tape maker, and wrapped it around a piece of  fabric covered florist wire. I then stitched close to the edge on my sewing machine.  (You can make this without a bias tape maker by cutting a 1 1/2 inch piece of fabric, fold in half, open it up and fold the raw edges to the middle. The fold your strip over the wire and sew on your machine.) I took another short piece of floral wire, wrapped it around a chopstick (or pencil) and made a curly Q. Insert these into the top of your pumpkins and secure with a drop of fabric glue or hot glue.

Happy Fall y'all.

Category: Pincushions


  1. Nancy- You made it look easy!! thanks for posting this quick tutorial!
    by Jennifer
    July 13th, 2012 at 5:18 a.m.
  2. Love the fabrics and great photos and instructions
    by CAS
    July 13th, 2012 at 9:12 p.m.
  3. I love these. I may have my students- I teach Middle School make these.
    by Joyce
    July 15th, 2012 at 10:08 a.m.
  4. Adorable!
    by Becca
    July 19th, 2012 at 12:04 p.m.
  5. Absolutely adorable!!!!!
    by Terry
    July 28th, 2012 at 8:11 a.m.
  6. These are adorable.Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial. Pinning and sharing.
    by Linda aka Mixed Kreations
    August 05th, 2012 at 1:49 p.m.
  7. easy idea happy fabric thanks
    by skander nafti
    April 21st, 2013 at 10:27 a.m.

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