Old Chenille Bedspread = Fabric Cinderella Pumpkin
I’m not sure who originally came up with this idea but when I came across some old chenille fabric scraps – complete with fringe – I knew I wanted to make pumpkins.
Today I’m sharing a step by step tutorial so you can make your own!
Fabric Cinderella Pumpkin From An Old Chenille Bedspread
Fabric pumpkins are hardly a new concept. I remember my Mom making bright orange and green ones when I was young.
And I love real life cinderella & fairytale pumpkins so the idea of making lumpy, imperfect fabric pumpkins from an old bedspread really appealed to me.
- Begin by giving your white chenille a nice, hot, tea-bath to stain the white a more distressed color.
- For this shape of pumpkin cut a piece of chenille longer than it is wide.
- For the large pumpkin cut chenille 18″ x 48″ OR 1/2 yd of 54-60″ fabric (44/45″ wide fabric will give you a slightly smaller pumpkin.
- For smaller pumpkin cut chenille 15″ x 30″ OR 1/2 yard of fabric
- If you have any fringe leave it attached along one edge.
- Fold fabric in half along short sides.
- Sew a seam in short side of folded fabric leaving upper and lower edges open.
- Sew with dark brown thread only if that’s what you have in your machine and you’re in too much of a hurry to change it out.
- Using a large embroidery type needle & quilting thread, begin sewing a long basting stitch along the lower edge.
- When you’ve basted along the entire lower edge, pull thread to tighten & close hole.
- Whip stitch several times to secure.
- Turn right side out. This is now the bottom of your pumpkin.
- Stuff your pumpkin with poly-fil stuffing.
- Begin closing the upper edge of the pumpkin by stitching closed or tying the chenille fringe together.
- With this pumpkin, I tied 6-8 together fringe strings together until my pumpkin was closed. It was quite random and not at all perfect.
- Next, begin the process of making the “lines” around your pumpkin using jute twine.
- An embroidery needle with a large eye works best for this step.
- Secure the twine by making a couple of stitches in the top of the pumpkin and knotting it. (With the pumpkin above I tied the twine to one of the fringe strings).
- Push the needle & twine through the center top of the pumpkin – squishing the pumpkin if necessary…
- In order to pull it through the bottom center of the pumpkin.
- Still squishing the pumpkin in the center repeat the process of pulling the twine through the center of the pumpkin and wrapping it around the outer side to form 6-8 “lines”.
- If the twine becomes too short just knot two pieces of twine together and keep going.
Above shows the bottom of the pumpkin.
The pumpkin above is shown using a real pumpkin stem which is a really cool look.
I only had the one real stem so I decided to use burlap instead.
How To Make A Burlap Pumpkin Stem
Experiment with the size of pumpkin stem you’d like. As in real life, pumpkin stems can be a multitude of sizes and shapes.
- Cut a piece of burlap or burlap ribbon into a 5″x5″ strip.
- Fold in half to create a 2.5″x5″ strip.
- Thread a large eye needle with twine.
- Roll up the strip of burlap where the top edges aren’t perfectly aligned. See below.
- Secure the burlap along the side and bottom raw edges with the twine or thread.
- Secure burlap stem to pumpkin top by stitching in place or with hot glue. This stem is 2.5″h.
Finished Fabric Cinderella Pumpkin
The finished round pumpkins are very…well, round. And symmetrical.
If you’d like them more big and squishy and lopsided then be sure to cut your fabric much longer than wide.
- For the larger stem I wrapped the burlap around an empty thread spool and hot glued it in place.
- This stem is 6″h.
I’m really glad I experimented with the fringe. It sort of mimics the feel of leaves and vines around the stem.
Finished Pumpkin Sizes
The sizes will vary but they’re approximately…
- Large – 45″ in diameter x 7″ h
- Small – 28″ in diameter x 6″ h
This was such a quick project. Honestly, it took longer to write this post than it did to make both of these pumpkins!
Very quick and easy – Fabric Cinderella Pumpkin!