DIY Shabby Chic Fabric Pumpkin

The perfect shabby chic ruffled fabric pumpkin to craft for autumn using a pumpkin from the dollar tree

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How to Make a DIY Shabby Chic Ruffled Fabric Pumpkin

Have you ever seen those orange styrofoam-ish pumpkins from the Dollar Tree and wondered what you could do with them?

I have and because they're cute and only $1.25, I would buy them and then sometimes, they literally just stayed in the bag or *sigh* I would just put them out as is. Ala carte. No DIY. Not even a bow stuck with a straight pin into the little green foam stem.

I know, that's sort of a DIY'er no-no but it was either during a time of depression, for real, when I only decorated because I didn't want my guys to think I didn't care or when I really had no idea what to do with them. 

So, when I saw an idea and tutorial to make a ruffly fabric pumpkin YEARS ago, I knew I wanted to make one. 

I love the Shabby Chic style but sometimes it's hard to add it to your autumn décor - until now! This DIY Shabby Chic Fabric Pumpkin is so easy to make and costs less than $2.00! 

I bought almost everything I needed at the Dollar Tree with the exception of the fabric, but I have seen some somewhat flimsy dish towels there and I'm wondering if those would work. 

What do you think?

Or, you could just go to the fabric store and buy some muslin. I think it's under $1.00 a, technically, it would also be a dollar-ish craft item. 

I would love to say that this was my idea, but it wasn't. My inspiration came from 20 North Ora - I followed her directions almost to a T so please visit her site to see the original but below are the steps I took.

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I'm not sure if they make smaller ones, but if they do, it would be cute to make a bunch of these and put them on a farmhouse fall tray like this one

How To Make an Inexpensive Shabby Chic Pumpkin with Items from the Dollar Tree

DIY Shabby Chic Fabric Pumpkin

Easy-to-make ruffled fabric pumpkin using an orange pumpkin from the dollar tree. This is so easy to make and has a shabby chic look. The ruffles are easily sewn using a straight seam and inexpensive muslin fabric.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Hands On Time:30 minutes
Total Time:35 minutes


  • Sewing Machine - I have a very basic Brother sewing machine similar to this one and love it for basic sewing tasks.


  • Mini Styrofoam pumpkin from the dollar tree.
  • Muslin fabric - ½ yard
  • Thread the same color as the muslin fabric
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • White paint to cover the orange of the pumpkin


  • If desired, paint pumpkin first to cover the orange. I didn't and I debate whether or not I should have so this step is entirely up to you.
  • Rip the muslin from edge to edge into 1 ½ inch strips.  I made a small snip with sharp scissors 1 ½ inches apart the length of the muslin.  Use the entire ½ yard of fabric for a nice fluffy pumpkin.
  • Sew a long-running stitch, nice and loose, (nothing tight) down the center of each strip the entire length of the
    strip.  Now, gently pull one side of the thread only to create a ruffled effect as tight or loose as you would like.  I chose to make mine over ruffly and therefore pulled the running stitch tightly.
  • Now start gluing the strips nice and tight next to each other from the top of the pumpkin down across the bottom and up to the other side.
  • Add cinnamon sticks to the center for the stem and glue leaves around the stem.  I added a hand-stamped tag just for a little something extra but that is totally optional.

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Author: Mary Beth

I made this pumpkin years ago and still look forward to getting it out every year. 

Do you have something that you can't wait to get out every year to decorate for fall? 

DIY Shabby Chic pumpkin on farmhouse style tray. Autumn Decor at

If you make one of these, I would LOVE for you to share the pic with me - feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email at marybeth @ the how to home (dot) com 

hugs, mb new logo March 2016

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  1. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says:

    Love these! (can I admit to you that I don't like most of the fabric pumpkins out there?) But these are fab!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Steph ~ something about this just hit was so easy, quick and inexpensive to make and the results were just so darn cute! I think I may make some more just because! Have a wonderful weekend. mb

  2. debbiedoos says:

    Fabulous job MaryBeth. I just Love your shabbychicness lil pumpkin copy. So happy you joined the parties. Have fun!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Lindy...and thanks for the invite ~ I would love to link this up at your party. : )

  3. lori@vintage charm restored says:

    That seriously is one of the cutest, prettiest pumpkins ever!! I love it!! ~ Lori

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Lori! I want a whole patch of them. : )

  4. Oh I absolutely LOVE it, it's so sweet. Love how you've used the leaves and the cinnamon clever thing!

  5. Julia Stansel says:

    I usually don't get into pumpkin stuff because I don't celebrate halloween. I love fall stuff but most of the anything pumpkin is more geared toward halloween. But I absolutely love your fabric pumpkin. Just looking at it made me feel good. I could smell the cinnamon stick and feel the softness of the muslin just from the wonderful photos you took. I can see these decorating up my Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing and the wonderful job you always do. Your dedication to creativity is inspiring! As always looking forward to more!!!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Julia ~ I always appreciate your comments and your support! Have a wonderful week. mb

  6. Holly Lefevre says:

    I love this! So sweet!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Holly! : )

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  8. HI! I was just wondering if you could give me the link to the instructions to make this little beauty? I would love love love to make some for my home! Thanks in advance!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Ashley,

      I saw this on 20 North Ora and that is where the tutorial is. Here's the link:

      Much success and thank you for stopping by! mb

  9. Carlene @ Organized Clutter says:

    Super super cute!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. Have a wonderful week, mb. : )

  10. Steph @ The Silly Pearl says:

    So very smitten as well! I'd take a million photos too!

  11. Michele @ Better Organized Living says:

    Love the way you used the fabric to cover the pumpkin.

    Michele @ Better organized living.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Michele!

  12. Cathy@My1929Charmer says:

    Love your fabric pumpkin, so cute looking! Really adorable and love that you used a cinnamon stick. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Cathy ~ I always love your party!

  13. very pretty, love it. Thanks for linking, jen

  14. Athena at Minerva's Garden says:

    This pumpkin you made is lovely--I love the cinnamon sticks for the stem!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Athena! hugs, mb

  15. Love thiis idea. Thanks for sharing! I visit from @ALDERBERRY HILL LINKY PARTY. There a lot of pumpkins out there and these are very very original and elegant.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Nat ~ have a lovely week and I hope you stop by again! mary beth

  16. I love love love your Shabby pumpkins. I looked for the tutorial but can't find it. Can you direct me?

    Thanks so much

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi, Venie ~ thank you so much! I followed the tutorial by Judy at ~ the directions were so easy to follow and it's a nice quick craft to make! Have a wonderful week. mary beth

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Ana ~ you have a wonderful week as well...I hope to see you on Sunday for the weekly party. hugs, mb

  17. She's darling and so photogenic!! I just love her! Thanks fo rthe link to the tutorial! I'm now following you! =) Deanna

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Deanna ~ she is a bit of a diva....once she saw me with the camera she just kept 'strikin' a pose' : )

      Thank you for taking the time to comment and for following! Have a wonderful week. hugs, mb

  18. Mary Beth says:

    Thank you, Gabby! Have a lovely week ~ hugs, mb

  19. SouthernScraps says:

    That turned out great! So pretty.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much!

  20. Jenn/Rook No. 17 says:

    I love the ruffles Mary Beth -- so sweet, elegant and feminine!


  21. Leslie Stewart says:

    Love your pumpkin! Too cute! I'd like to invite you to share it at my Twirl & Take a Bow party at Hope you can join in on the fun!

  22. wow MB this is so cute-- etsy store! you'd make a mint!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Malia ~ maybe I should consider selling them!

      1. I will buy one! They are adorable...

  23. Your pumpkin is just beautiful!!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Gwen! I appreciate that.

  24. That is suuuuuuper cute!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Rhonda, and thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. (I love comments!) hugs, mb

  25. Thank you for this - I'm in the mood for something more neutral this year, too! Glad I found your link in the Live Laugh Rowe party!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Kathie ~ have a wonderful week and thank you very much for stopping by! hugs, mb

  26. I really like your pumpkin! What a fun way to decorate for fall! And what a great addition this would make to my mantel

    Thanks so much for inspiring me today!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment, Karianne! Have a lovely weekend. mb

  27. I am visiting from Two Yellow Birds. I love your shabby pumpkin, it would look great with my decor!
    Hugs, Penny

  28. Oh my- I just love that!!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  29. She's beautiful! I love all the pictures, and she's a great way to decorate with the season without having the tradiational colors. Love it!

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    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for the invite, Tammy ~ I would love to share. Have a wonderful weekend! hugs, mb

  31. she is a beauty thanks for sharing

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you for hosting such a fun party! Have a great weekend. hugs, mb

  32. JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose says:

    Super cute pumpkins! I never tire of seeing them, and made in so many different ways.

  33. Mal @ The Chic Geek says:

    This is so cute!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Mal ~ it means a lot to me!

      Have a wonderful weekend! hugs, mb

  34. Kimberly @ A Night Owl says:

    Thanks for linking up at Create & Inspire last week. Tonight we're featuring YOU! Can't wait to see what you have to link up this week! xo, Kimberly

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much for the feature, Kimberly! I truly appreciate it.

      Have a wonderful weekend! hugs, mb

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  38. Charmaine says:

    I love this! I have tons of muslin and this is the perfect craft for it. Did you use the same pumpkin base that Judy did?

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Charmaine,

      I did use the same pumpkin base as Judy. I saw them again this week at Dollar Tree.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Hugs, mb

  39. Kathryn Griffin says:

    They are so cute! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  41. Love this! Absolutely adorable!

  42. Condo Blues says:

    My husband hates my fake plastic pumpkins. He might approve of yours. It doesn't matter either way because I think they are adorable.

  43. Jessica @ Mom 4 Real says:

    Hi, Mary Beth! Thank you so much for linking your gorgeous shabby pumpkin up at the Primp Your Pumpkin Party! Just wanted to let you know that I featured you today! Hope you are having a wonderful week!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  44. Lori Reckler says:

    I just love this shabby chic pumpkin. In fact, I, just like you, ADORE pumpkins. Winter, spring, summer and fall I will be decorating pumpkins. I'll be visiting your blog often!!

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  46. carolyn ~ homework says:

    I have a special Halloween spotlight running today and I've featured your project.
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creation at homework.

  47. This shabby chic pumpkin is adorable; it brings a new twist to Halloween! I love the shabby chic look and I am always looking for ideas on how to decorate and make accessories, thanks!

  48. Tammy Killough says:

    Mary Beth, This is absolutely adorable! I'm so glad I found it! ~Tammy~

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  51. This turned out ADORABLE! I love it.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Gina!

  52. I missed this last year! Wow, I love your muslin pumkin and your name, Shabby Chic Pumpkin, is perfect for it! I've pinned, not missing it this year!
    Debbie 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks for the sweetness, Debbie! Have a great week.

      Mary Beth

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  55. Recreate and Decorate says:

    What a cute little pumpkin, I love it!

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