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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 mins
30 mins
Total Time:35 mins


  • 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.

Author: Mary Beth