Pumpkin Pincushion Tutorial

Finished pumpkin pin cushions
Over the Halloween weekend, my mother and I got together and made ourselves some cute pumpkin pincushions.  It was a fun, simple craft that we enjoyed while watching scary movies and munching on popcorn.  Here’s how you can make your own pumpkin pin cushion.


Fabric scraps in a color(s) of your choice
Sewing machine
Button cord or another type of strong thread
Long, doll needle
Craft glue
Felt scrap in a color of your choice
A pumpkin stem

Wow, that’s a lot of stuff!

Pumpkin pin cushion template
Folded pattern
1.  Draft

Using your paper, pencil and ruler, draft a football shaped pumpkin section.  I used   4 1/4” long by 1 3/4” wide for the small pumpkin and 5 3/4” long by 2 1/2” wide for the large pumpkin.  Cut out your pattern.  You may want to fold your pattern in half vertically then in half again horizontally then trim a little bit to make  sure that your shape is symmetrical.

Pumpkin sections
2.  Cut

Using your pattern, cut six pumpkin sections from your fabric scraps.  We made one small and one large cushion so we cut six sections of each size.

Sewing and clipping the pumpkin sectionsSewing the pumpkin
3.  Sew, Press and Clip

Pin two pumpkin sections together with right sides facing one another.  Using a very small stitch and a 1/4” seam, begin sewing approximately 1/2” down from the top of the sections to approximately 1/4” up from the bottom of the sections.  Be sure to backstitch as these stitches will be stressed when the pumpkin is stuffed.  Press then clip at the curve.

Continue sewing pumpkin sections together in the same manner until all six are connected, forming a deflated ball.  Finger press the seams to one side.

Sewing the pumpkin sectionsInverting the pumpkin
4.  Invert

Turn the pumpkin right side out through the opening.

Stuff the pumpkin
5.  Stuff

Stuff the pumpkin with as much fiberfill as is possible.  It is important to have a really tight cushion.

Close the pumpkinForm the pumpkinForming the pumpkin navel
6.  Close and Form

Cut a 24” length of button cord and thread your doll needle.  Knot the end of the thread.  Sew straight stitches around the edge of the opening making sure to catch each of the sections.  Pull tightly on the stitches and close the opening while tucking in the edges.  Secure with a knot.

Insert the doll needle into the area that you closed and pull it through the pumpkin at the point of the closure on the other side.  Pull the cord tightly and begin to flatten the cushion a bit to form your desired pumpkin shape.

Insert the needle back into the pumpkin and through the other side.  Pull tightly again and continue to create dimples and form the pumpkin to suit your preference.  Secure with a knot and cut the thread.

Finishing the pumpkin navelFinishing the pumpkin stem
7.  Finish

Cut your felt scrap to resemble the navel that can be found on the bottom of a pumpkin.  Make sure that it is large enough to conceal any exposed stitches.  Apply a small dab of craft glue and adhere to the pumpkin bottom.

Glue your pumpkin stem to the top of your pin cushion, let it dry and you’re done!


Brandy said...

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Unknown said...

Best tutorial for pumpkin pin cushion! Thank you!