DIY Fabric Pumpkins For The Dollhouse

Last year I didn’t make a single Fall craft. Heck, I barely eked out a Christmas craft! The holidays simply flew by too fast.

Well, that’s not happening this time around because today we are making mini fabric pumpkins for our dollhouses!

How To Sew Miniature Fabric Pumpkins For The Dollhouse!

Supplies Needed:

How to make miniature fabric pumpkins (supplies).
  1. Scraps of fabric.
  2. Pom-poms or Polyfil.
  3. Brown chenille stems.
  4. Embroidery floss (pick colors that coordinate with your fabrics).
  5. Green ribbon.
  6. Basic sewing supplies (needle, thread, scissors, etc.).
How To Make Fabric Pumpkins For Your Dollhouse:
  • Cut a rectangle of fabric that is twice as long as it is wide. I cut several pieces with varying lengths to make different sized pumpkins.
DIY miniature fabric pumpkins (supplies).

The long strips will make big, round pumpkins, and the short strips will make squattier ones.

  • Fold the fabric in half (right sides facing each other), and sew the seam opposite the fold. Knot and snip off the thread.
Sewing fabric pumpkins for the dollhouse.

When you’re done, you should have something that looks this:

Sewing a miniature pumpkin for the dollhouse (side seam finished).
A fabric tube.
  • Open the tube and sew a running stitch around the bottom edge. (The bottom is whichever end is most unsightly😉).
Sewing a gathering stitch around bottom edge of fabric.
Don’t knot or cut your thread! Leave the ends long and loose for gathering.
  • Pull the loose ends of your thread to gather the fabric and close the bottom. Sew a couple more stitches for extra security, then tie a knot and cut the thread.
Pull the ends of the thread to close one end of the fabric.
  • Flip the fabric right side out.
Making miniature pumpkins (flip right side out).
Yay! We made a cloth barrel!

I know this doesn’t look very pumpkin-y right now, but that’s because we haven’t stuffed it yet. Once we fill and tuft it, this will look just like the fabric pumpkins you see at Hobby Lobby (but miniaturized😉).

Since I have a hoard of pom-poms that need to go, I’m filling my pumpkins with pom-poms, but feel free to use whatever stuffing you have on hand. Polyfil, cotton balls, or even fabric scraps are excellent substitutes.

Pom-poms or Polyfil make excellent stuffing for mini pumpkins.
  • Before putting the pom-pom (or stuffing of your choice) in the pumpkin, wrap a chenille stem around it and snip the stem to an appropriate height.
Use a pipe cleaner (chenille stem) to make a stem for your pumpkin.
If you’re using polyester stuffing, roll a small piece in your hands to form a firm ball so you can attach the chenille stem.
  • With the stem sticking upward, push the stuffing into your pumpkin.
Stuff your mini pumpkin with polyfill or a pom-pom.
  • Sew a running stitch around the top to close it just like you did for the bottom.
Sew a gathering stitch around the top of your mini pumpkin.

Because I’m a perfectionist, I’m folding over and hemming the raw edge as I sew to give my pumpkin’s top a clean finish. You don’t have to do this, though. It’s totally optional.

  • Once you’ve worked your way around, pull the ends of your thread nice and tight to close the top.
Pull the thread to gather the fabric and close the top of the pumpkin.
  • Sew another row of stitches around the top for security, then knot the thread and bury the ends inside your pumpkin.
Having trouble keeping the thread taut while tying your knot? Try using a surgeon’s knot! A surgeon’s knot is a version of the shoelace knot (minus the bunny ears). Just add an extra pass-through when starting your knot (go “under the bridge” twice). Then, pull tight and finish the knot however you like.

Making a doll-sized fabric pumpkin.
Oy! Our mini pumpkin isn’t looking too good!

Don’t fret if your pumpkin is a bit misshapen at this point. It just needs a little squeezing (and maybe some squishing) to re-adjust the stuffing and make it sit flat.

Gently squeeze the mini pumpkin to reshape it.
Much better!

Now we need to give our pumpkin a few segments. This is where the embroidery floss comes into play.

  • Cut a long string of embroidery floss, thread it through your needle, and tie a knot at one end. I used all six strands on the larger pumpkins and about three strands on the small ones.
  • Dive down through the top of your pumpkin (next to the stem) and pull the needle out the bottom.
DIY pumpkins for the dollhouse (threading the floss).
  • Give the floss a slight tug to bury the knot inside.
  • Loop the floss around and stick the needle back through the pumpkin’s core.
Wrao the pumpkin with embroidery floss to make sections.
  • Pull the floss tight to make an indention and create your first segment.
  • Continue wrapping the floss around until you have 6-8 slices. I divided my pumpkin in half first, then into quarters, then in eighths.
Keep your mini pumpkin's slices evenly spaced.
  • When you’re done, make a tiny stitch at the bottom and bring your needle back out the top.
  • Tie a knot in the floss and snip it off.
  • Use the blunt end of your needle to shove the knot back inside the pumpkin.
Knot and cut the floss. Bury the knot inside the pumpkin.
DIY mini fabric pumpkin for the dollhouse.

Our mini pumpkin is looking pretty fabulous! It just needs a leaf.

  • Making the leaves is super simple. Just cut a small piece of green ribbon and sew it to the top of your pumpkin.
Use ribbon to make pumpkin leaf.
  • Give your pumpkin’s stem a little bend, and you’re done!
Miniature fabric pumpkin for the dollhouse.

These tiny fabric pumpkins are perfect for decorating your doll’s front porch and even make a cute centerpiece on the dining table!

Decorate your doll's front porch with these miniature fabric pumpkins!
Image of Tinkerbell with miniature pumpkins.

I made an assortment of pumpkins by playing with the dimensions and using different types of stuffing (though most are filled with pom-poms).

1:6 and 1:12 scale fabric pumpkins.

In this picture, the small pumpkin is about 3/4″ tall (cut from a 2″ by 1″ strip of fabric) and has a pom-pom inside. The larger one is closer to 2″ tall and is stuffed with Polyfil.

Now go have fun sewing some pumpkins for your own dolls—or even yourself!

Sew miniature fabric pumpkins for your dollhouse.

I’m not kidding–this is exactly how people-sized cloth pumpkins are made. I just shrunk the measurements and switched out a few of the supplies (such as chenille stems instead of real twigs or cinnamon sticks).

Cute. doll-sized fabric pumpkins.

Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you do make these mini pumpkins (@pixie.dust.dolls). I’d love to see your take on them!

6 Comments

    1. Author

      Thanks! Yes, I’m super excited to finally have some time to craft😁. Hopefully, I can work on more this week–just need to decide which ones🤔.

  1. That was fun to watch. I never knew that pumpkins could be so stylish.

    1. Author

      Thank you! Yes, that shirt is super cute. Right now, I’m all into checked patterns—they’re so cozy looking!

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