5-Minute Pumpkins

Make your own velvet pumpkins in minutes – the kids can definitely do this one.

Make mini pumpkins too.

To make these you will need: a square piece of orange velvet (the bigger the square, the bigger the pumpkin), a 3 to 4-inch stick, stuffing and two rubber bands (one thin, one thick).

I like to use a crooked stick – it adds character.

Fold your square in half – right sides in – and sew closed on one side.

Place stick inside of top opening and secure with a thick rubber band.

Most of the stick should be inside of the velvet – as this will be your pumpkin's stem.

Turn inside out.

Fill with stuffing. Be sure to push the stuffing up so it surrounds the stem and gives your pumpkin a good shape. Once you have the size you want, secure tightly with a thin rubber band.

Trim the end and push it up into the pumpkin. To make this work best, I created a cavity in the stuffing so the knot would rest up inside of the pumpkin when sitting on a flat surface.


I made a tray of these pumpkins while my kids were at school yesterday – they noticed them right when they walked in the door.


  1. Pumpkinbear  August 30, 2011

    Fun! I bet that would look cute with all kinds of fabric.

  2. Resa  August 30, 2011

    You even managed to pick creepy looking sticks. I love this.

  3. Julie  August 30, 2011

    Come over and see the haunted house we made out of an empty diaper box last night! Your pumpkins tie in nicely…we may need to make a few soon!!!

  4. Gooseberry Patch  August 31, 2011

    LOVE this super-simple idea…thanks for sharing today!

  5. Kristin  August 31, 2011

    What a easy and fast way to decorate for the season! Love it!

  6. louise  September 1, 2011

    Love these!! This would be a fun project to do with the kiddo as well. He’s been wanting to ‘help’ me sew a project. He’s 2. So this one stitch and then the rest putting together, fun fun fun! Thanks!

  7. Georgina  September 1, 2011

    I love it!!!

  8. Rachel  September 1, 2011

    Ooh pretty! Thanks for the how-to, I’ll be linking.

    • camilla  September 1, 2011

      Thanks Rachel! Have a great day, Camilla

  9. linda  September 1, 2011

    That is adorable! I love things that the kids can make that are truly cute!

  10. Jenni  September 1, 2011

    I like your blog. I think we were seperated at birth…

  11. Selena  September 5, 2011

    They have a fantastic look!