Add some fun farmhouse style pumpkins to your home with these simple DIY fabric pumpkins made out of drop cloths! This easy craft project takes 5 minutes and there’s no sewing required!
I love adding simple seasonal decor to my home during the fall!
It’s such a fun time to decorate and what better time to use up some of my left-over materials from other projects?!
These farmhouse-style drop cloth pumpkins were one of those projects – I had the ribbon left over from prior projects, an old drop cloth in my fabric bin and some twigs from the back yard!
If you’re looking for an easy project with big impact, this one is a great option.
These DIY fabric pumpkins would look good on a table, shelf, mantel – I even put one in my bedroom on the dresser!
And if you’re not a fan of the drop cloth farmhouse style, wrap them in fabric from an old sweater or flannel shirt.
The sky’s the limit with these – you get to puck the fabric, ribbon and stick!
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I hope you have fun with these!
How do you make a simple fabric pumpkin?
While these DIY fabric pumpkins are no-sew in nature, there are lots of fun sewing options too.
I’d recommend checking out this tutorial if you’re wanting to make some that require a bit of sewing.
Otherwise, the tutorial listed below is one of my favorites for a simple fabric pumpkin that’s completely customizable to match your style and decor!
How do you cover a pumpkin with fabric?
While I wouldn’t recommend covering a REAL pumpkin with fabric, there are many ways to create the look of a fabric pumpkin.
You could get a low-cost pumpkin from the dollar store and mod-podge fabric onto it.
You could also use the tutorial below to wrap fabric around something that resembles a pumpkin!
DIY Fabric Pumpkins No Sew Tutorial
For a printable copy of the materials and instructions, scroll down.
- Fabric (20″ square per pumpkin – I used a drop cloth)
- Toilet Paper Rolls
- Wired Ribbon
- Sticks (about 6″ long – I got mine from our backyard!)
How to Make a DIY Drop Cloth Pumpkin
STEP 1: Cut the fabric.
Start by measuring off and cutting out a 20″ square of fabric from your drop cloth.
I used a flexible tape measure to mark with a pencil and then drew a line with a ruler along those marks before cutting it out with my fabric scissors.
STEP 2: Prep the toilet paper roll.
Next, unwrap about 10 feet of toilet paper from the roll.
Then, grab the paper in your hand to crumple it up a bit and re-wrap it with it bunched up to give it some “umph” and tuck in the end.
STEP 3: Wrap with the drop cloth.
Next, set your toilet paper roll in the center of your drop cloth square and tuck the ends into the hole on the top.
I grabbed one corner at a time, being sure to gather up the fabric before tucking it in.
If needed, use a pencil to help get the fabric pushed down all the way into the roll.
STEP 4: Add the stem.
Lastly, add a fun stick stem to your DIY fabric pumpkin!
I tried three different arrangements for this – one with the stick wrapped in ribbon, one with a bare stick but two ribbon ties, and one with just one ribbon tie.
For the simplest route, tie a 6″ piece of wired ribbon around your stick and then push the stick down into the pumpkin.
Cut off the ends of the ribbon at an angle for added style.
Or, for a little more color, try wrapping your stick in a solid ribbon, pushing it into the roll and then tying a patterned ribbon around that.
Either way, you end up with a super cute DIY fabric pumpkin without sewing!
I love the texture the canvas drop cloth gives these and the style fits in so nicely with our modern farmhouse decor.
Have fun with this one – try different fabrics and ribbons to change it up.
As promised, here are the printable instructions:
- Cut out a 20" square of fabric from your drop cloth.
- Unravel about 10' of toilet paper from your roll and then bunch it in your hand as you re-wrap it giving it some depth. Tuck in the end.
- Set your toilet paper roll in the middle of your fabric square and tuck each corner of the fabric into the hole on the top of the roll. Be sure to gather the fabric around each corner before tucking it in. Use a pencil to help push it into the roll if needed.
- Wrap a 6" stick in wired ribbon and push it into the top of the roll.
- Tie a 6" piece of wired ribbon around the wrapped stick and cut the ends off at an angle.
Happy Fall decorating!