How to Make Velvet Pumpkins for less than $2 each!!!

8 tips to beautifully decorate your home for fall / pumpkins / fall home tour

After seeing lots of velvet pumpkins everywhere on Pinterest and on some of my favorite blogs I decided I need to have some for my house!  They were so expensive… I saw some for $27 each!!!  For the same 4″orange  pumpkin I made!  Some pumpkin sets were over $150!!! There was no way I could talk Jason into letting me spend that.  So when Bennett needed fabric for his sewing class at school (can you believe he is in middle school…crazy!!!) I ordered a couple 1/2 yards of velvet in lots of colors from  I order both stretch velvet and antique velvet.  Nothing was more than $5 a 1/2 yard.  Each 1/2 yard makes about 10 pumpkins 3″-4″ pumpkins.   Another way to get cheap fabric cheap would be to hit up some thrift stores for some cheap old velvet Christmas dresses!  What a great way to recycle a dress no one would wear except to one of those ugly outfit Christmas parties.  Doing simple math I figure it cost me about $1.50 to make each pumpkin…(About 50 cents worth of fabric and $1 worth of beans).  I already had the thread and glue sticks.  I was able to  make 1 pumpkin a quarter while watching the Eagles game Sunday night and I was cheering the whole time, the Eagles were awesome, the defense was on fire ( former cheerleader, sorry):).  A quarter is 15 minutes ladies ( not counting commercials;).  Talk about multi- tasking… hanging out with your significant other AND getting your fall decorating done.  Win-win!

Velvet Pumpkins

8 tips to beautifully decorate your home for fall / pumpkins / fall home tour

Here’s what you need for 1 velvet pumpkin:

– Fabric – (any kind you like) large enough to trace a plate size circle.  I found some beautiful velvet fabric on Amazon, 100% SILK VELVET SOLID FABRIC 45″W CLOTHING,DRAPERY,DRESSES 30 COLOR BY THE YARD (CORAL/ORANGE)

-a bag of beans – I used blacked eyed peas because they were on sale but any beans would work

– some thread that matches the pumpkins ( I used embroidery thread because its thick and strong but you can double up any thread)

– a pumpkin stem ( I cut the stems off of the tops of my kids pumpkins…shh don’t tell them yet they haven’t figured it out yet:)

Supplies from home:




-plate (the bigger the plate… the bigger the pumpkin)

-glue gun and glue sticks (I used about a 1/3 of a stick for every pumpkin

To Make Velvet Pumpkins:

1) Pick out fabric and trace a plate size circle on the back of the fabric

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

2) Cut out the circle

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

3) Knot your thread and sew around the circle and pull thread taught so it bunches

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

4) Leave enough room at the end to put in the beans without them coming out and leave enough room for the stem!

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

5) Pour in the beans

6) Once you have sewed around the whole circle put the stem in and pull thread as tight as it will go and triple knot the end and cut off excess thread

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

7) Glue gun between stem and fabric to ensure everything stays in place!

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

Here is the finished product!!!  I hope to make enough for every room in my house.  Doing the math there are 5 more Eagles games before Thanksgiving… at 4 pumpkins a game that’s 20 pumpkins!!!  Watch out fall decorating!!!:)  I will have pumpkins everywhere!!! And I can use them next year!!!

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

They also look great on a fall holiday tablescape!  Velvet pumpkins make a great gift for your guests to take home on thanksgiving or a fancy holiday fall dinner:).  I love how the green velvet pumpkin looks next to the red leaf place card!!!  I used a chalk marker to write the name.

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins-for less than $2

Here are the pumpkins one year later…they are all still in great shape and stems look great!

How to Make Velvet Pumpkins for under $2

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Learn how to make a simple velvet pumpkins for less than $2 each and in only 15 minutes! #diy #velvetpumpkins

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  1. Tara, these are adorable, and so much better than paying $27 per pumpkin! That’s pure craziness. I love how you made them while watching a football game. Ahh, it makes me realize that fall is right around the corner. 🙂

    1. Thanks Jenny! They are so easy to make and I am excited to make some more pumpkins now that football pre-season has started:). I planted a pumpkin plant this year so I would have more pumpkin stems.

  2. What a lovely idea, they look great. As I see you made these last year I am now wondering how the stems lasted? Will you need to replace them for this year or did they survive?

    1. Hi Julie! I updated the post about my velvet pumpkins and added a picture for you to see. The stems are still in great shape and look the same as they did last year:). Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I hope you have a nice week. Take care, Tara

  3. Great idea to pick up cheap fabric items at Goodwill Debby! Have fun making some new ones! Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my velvet pumpkins. Have a nice weekend and take care, Tara

  4. Hi Tara they are beautiful I was wondering what could I use instead of the pumpkin stem? I don’t buy real pumpkins lol

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