Oct 15, 2011

Burlap Pumpkins | Tutorial

burlap pumpkins

So, I’ve been seeing fabric pumpkins all over Pinterest. I knew I wanted to make some, but I wanted to put my own twist on them- burlap. I found this tutorial last year, and used it as a base. Since I used burlap, I had to make a few changes, but it’s pretty much the same process she did. They’re super easy to make!


    • Burlap
    • Yarn
    • Yarn Needle
    • Fiber Fill
    • Thread and Neede (or sewing machine if you’re laze like me)
    • Hot Glue Gun

Please excuse my horrid pictures, I snapped most of them at night and our house has very poor night lighting!


First you want to cut your burlap, you want it twice as long as it is wide.

My measurements were:
10 x 20 | 8 x 16 | 6 x 12

Next you need to fold the piece of burlap length wise in half and sew  it up, forming a tube.

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Since we’re using burlap, and it likes to fray like CRAZY, I went back and finished the edge with a zig zag stitch.

Take one of the open edges of your tube and sew it together, again going back and finishing the edge with a zig zag stitch. (This will be the bottom)


You should have something that resembles a pillow case now. Go ahead and zig zag stitch around the top open edge:

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Now we’re done with the sewing machine.

Take your yarn and yard needle. Along the bottom sew a basting stitch with your yarn. Tie a knot at the beginning (leaving 2 inches of excess yarn, this will help you close up the gather in the next step)086

When you get to the end, don’t tie it, you want to pull and gather your bottom edge, then tie it with the excess 2 inches of yarn you left at the start:

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Turn it right side out and fill with filling. Once you have enough filling in there, you’re going to do another basting stitch around the top (again, tie a knot at the beginning, leaving some excess yarn). Then just pull the yarn and tie it together, forming a ball:

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Here’s what it should look like at this point:


Let make it look like a pumpkin!

Take a long piece of yarn and your needle, pull it through the center of your sphere, leave a 2 inch tail, turn the needle around and go back through the center.

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You should have your tail, and your long piece of string now, pull them tight so the center starts to pinch. Tie in a knot.


Then bring the needle/yarn up the side and through the middle again (needle goes top to bottom). Pull tight (as tight as you can without ripping the yarn) This is what forms your pumpkin.

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Keep doing this all the way around your sphere until it takes the shape of a pumpkin. When you get to your last one, just tie it with the tail you left, and snip the excess.


For the stem, I just took strips of burlap, rolled them up and hot glued them, like so:

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To attach them, just put a bunch of hot glue on the bottom of your stem, and on the top of your pumpkin and hold down for a few seconds.

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There ya go. You’re done.



I’m horrible at explaining things, so feel free to email me with any questions!

# kristanlynn


  1. Very cute! They look great. I've never sewn burlap before but this makes me want to try it!

  2. Love them! Thanks for the tutorial! :D

  3. Super cute, I just know there are going to be some white burlap pumpkins at a few weddings this November :)

  4. I love these! They are adorable!

  5. i love this! I want to try for sure :)
    p.s. hi from your newest follower!
    xo dana

  6. these are so cute. is the fold long end to long end or folded up matching short ends?

  7. that is adorable! i loooove this idea so much!

  8. These are so cute! What an excellent job, I love them. If I had a sewing machine, I might give them a try!

  9. what a neat idea for using odds and ends of burlap..thanks for posting

  10. how cute! burlap is so perfect for fall! great tutorial :)
    happy crafting,

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    Theresa @ DearCreatives.com

  12. Oh my goodness! These are so cute! I heart anything burlap. New follower here from the blog hop!

  13. These are adorable! Thanks so much for the tutorial. Going to pin this right now! Stopping by from followers fest, already a follower :)

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  15. so awesome! adding this to my DIY pin board!!

    found you through follow fest & am a new follower! so glad to find you.
    wild and precious

  16. I love it

    Stopping by from the blog hop.

    I'm a new follower.
    hope you can check me out at

  17. Ugh, these are the cutest things ever! I wouldn't be able to make them, would end up with a needle in the eye. But I will oogle your pretty pictures.

  18. These are adorable!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Wonderful job you have made, i have a lot of free time and i like to try to do new stuff every week because in this way i can make something productive and not get boring.