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DIY Velvet Pumpkins

Today I want to show you how you can make these DIY Velvet Pumpkins for your home for very little money!

If you are into Instagram or follow a lot of blogs then you have seen these gorgeous velvet pumpkins. There is a company called Hot Skwash that sells most of the ones you probably have seen but they are waaaaaaaay out of my budget.

What do we do when we want something but cannot afford it, we make it ourselves! So that’s what I did. I made this whole table full of pumpkins for less than $50!

A wide view of my dining room with a dark stained table and buffet with all my velvet pumpkins on top with greenery.

Let me show you how I created this masterpiece!

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DIY Velvet Pumpkins

I found this great Etsy shop that has tons of different colors of stretch velvet. I first went to Joann’s but they didn’t have much at all. So I recommend saving your gas and just ordering from the Etsy shop.

You will also need fiberfill, shredded foam, and rice or beans. I used rice but you could use beans if you prefer. Any kind of beans will do;)

The other thing you need is a strong thread and a needle.

Step 1 – Cut out your pumpkin from the fabric

Gather a few different-sized items to cut out your circles. I used two different-sized plates, a bowl, and a large platter.

Velvet with a bowl on it and a sharpie mark around to cut out.

I used a sharpie to outline the circle and then cut it out.

The cut piece of rust colored velvet.

Step 2 – Sew your pumpkin

Stitch up your circle with a needle and thread. Make sure you knot the end of your thread about 4 or 5 times. If you don’t the knot will slip through the fabric when you pull it tight. Trust me on this one, LOL.

This is called a basting stitch. It’s super easy, just over and under really for those of us that aren’t seamstresses (ME!). I had to ask my Mom what the stitch was called.

The stitching on the edges of the cut out circle of velvet.

Stitch up about 80-85% of the circle then pull tight.

The pumpkin that has been stitched up about 80%.

Step 3 – Fill Your Pumpkin

Put rice in first. I used a couple of tablespoons for the smaller ones and a couple of cups for the larger ones. How much you put in really doesn’t matter, just as long as it has a nice base.

The velvet with 80% of it stitched up and rice in the bottom.

Next, add some fiberfill on top of the rice.

The velvet with a little bit of fiber fill on top of the rice and 80% stitched up.

The next step is what gives these pumpkins the same look as the Hot Skwash pumpkins.

Take a bit of fiberfill and in the center put some shredded foam. Then put it in the pumpkin. You should put two or three handfuls of this in.

Fiber fill with cut up foam in my hand.

Make sure you fill your pumpkin very full.

Step 4 – Finish sewing up your pumpkin and add the stem

Finish sewing up your pumpkin making it really tight.

The velvet pumpkin with foam and fiber fill all stitched up and tightened.

At this point, I went from side to side and sewed up the hole.

The remaining hole has been stitched up on my rest colored velvet pumpkin.

The best stems to use are real ones. You can snap them off your pumpkins and dry them out then glue them on the top. I didn’t have any real ones so I got these from Amazon. For the larger pumpkins you will need larger stems and for the smaller ones a smaller stem.

My stems have a part that goes down into the pumpkin then I added a dab of hot glue to make sure it didn’t come out.

The Finished DIY Velvet Pumpkins

Here are the finished pumpkins! I love having a ton of them, it’s like an installation of pumpkins!

A top view of my velvet pumpkins with greenery.
A view of my velvet pumpkins and the decor above on the buffet.
A view of my dark table with rust and champagne colored velvet pumpkins with greenery.
The dining room with the table full of rust and champagne colored velvet pumpkins with greenery.

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The dining room with the table full of rust and champagne colored velvet pumpkins with greenery.

DIY Velvet Pumpkins

Yield: 19 Velvet Pumpkins
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $50

Learn how to make these DIY Velvet Pumpkins for much less money!



  • Circular objects such as plates and bowls
  • scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue


1. Trace using the sharpie a circle using whatever item you choose and cut it out.

2. Using the needle and thread sew up 80% of the circle in a basting stitch. Then cinch it up tight.

3. Add Rice to the bottom.

4. Add fiberfill on top of the rice.

5. Put some shredded foam inside some fiberfill and add it to your pumpkin. Do this two or three times depending on the size of your pumpkin.

6. Finish sewing up the pumpkin.

7. Sew up the remaining hole.

8. Add the stem and put a bit of hot glue to hold it into place.


Make sure you put a large knot into the end of your thread to prevent it from slipping through the fabric. I knotted it around 4 or 5 times.

The pumpkins with greenery and a view of the accessories on the buffet with text overlay.

As a licensed Real Estate Agent and an avid home decorator, I strive to give my clients the very best I can when it comes to staging, selling, and decorating their homes. I have lots of experience with paint color choices and love to DIY my home so I can have everything just the way I want it. I share my ideas and projects with the world in the hopes that I can help others have their homes just the way they want as well.

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