DIY Ticking Stripe & Drop Cloth Pumpkins {How to Decorate For Fall on a Budget}

It’s almost here…I can’t wait…

I can already smell the wassail bubbling on the stove…

what is it?

You guessed it!  Autumn!

My absolute favorite time of year is almost here.  In my mind, the official start of autumn is Sept. 1 and I celebrate it pretty much until Christmas.  I just love it! The crisp air, fires in the fireplace, changing colors, sweaters and boots, steamy cups of deliciousness, pumpkins everywhere, I could go on and on. :)

And speaking of pumpkins everywhere, seems everyone is busting out all of their cute pumpkin crafts already and I just had to jump on the bandwagon!  I’m sharing my ticking stripe and drop cloth DIY pumpkins today, along with a tutorial.  These little babies are so easy and inexpensive to make! When you are on a budget, it isn't always easy to find ways to decorate your home. If you love to decorate for fall but don't have a lot to spend, you will love this series about decorating for fall on a budget! This project will show you how to make inexpensive fabric pumpkins for your fall decorAlso I thought I’d like to share some of the other amazingly cute DIY pumpkins I’ve seen around, so I’ve got a great round up coming for you tomorrow. Hopefully this helps you get in the autumn mood if you aren’t as ready for it as I am!  Enjoy! {Please note, I am still taking pictures with my phone…ordering a new camera card today!}

DIY ticking stripe and dropcloth fabric pumpkins with tutorial from TheDomesticHeart.comMaterials needed:

  • Fabric of your choice; you can probably get 3-4 pumpkins of different sizes out of 1 yard of fabric; I used blue ticking stripe and drop cloth fabric
  • Chalk for marking
  • Needle and upholstery thread
  • Batting or something to stuff your pumpkin with (old t-shirts, toilet paper, newspaper, etc.)
  • Jute twine
  • Burlap scraps leaves
  • Small stick for stem
  • Hot glue gun


  1. and  2. Ok I got steps 1 and 2 switched in the picture – oops!  So step 1 is really step 2. LOL – confused yet?  So lay out your fabric first, then trace around a circular object with your chalk.  I used a dinner place for the ticking pumpkin and a large wreath form for the drop cloth pumpkin.
  2. see above
  3. Thread your needle with the upholstery thread.  Make sure you will have enough to go all the way around the circle.
  4. You are just going to sew what’s called a basting stitch.  You just weave the thread in and out of the fabric at about 1/4 ” intervals as shown in picture.
  5. Stitch all the way around, being careful not to let the free end of the thread slip through the fabric.  when you are ready to close up your pumpkin, you will grab the free  end and the end that was on the needle and pull them to gather the fabric.
  6. Fill your circle with stuffing.  It’s up to you how full you want to make them look, so have fun and experiment with it.
  7. When you are ready to close up your pumpkin, you will grab the free  end and the end that was on the needle and pull them to gather the fabric.  Tie a tight knot; you will have a tiny circle where it did not completely close; its ok!
  8. Now grab your twine.  Cut a length long enough to wrap around the pumpkin and tie in a knot.  Wrap twine around the center of the pumpkin and pull until it squeezes the sides of the pumpkin a bit.DIY ticking stripe and dropcloth fabric pumpkins with tutorial from
  9. Tie the twine in a knot.  Next take another piece of twine and wrap around,  cutting the pumpkin into thirds.  Its up to you have many “slices” you do.  I did 6, or 3 pieces of twine, but 8 would probably look great too.  Just make sure your segments are all the same size.
  10. Tie off all the twine pieces and then cut off the excess.
  11. Now you are ready for the leaves! Just cut a rough semi-circle out of burlap; it doesn’t need to be perfect.  I didn’t use a pattern, I just cut the semi-circle starting at the straight edge of the fabric.  Accordion fold the straight bottom edge and thread your embroidery thread through.
  12. Pull tight, then wrap around and tie your thread in a knot.  It should look like the picture.
  13. Using a hot glue gun, attach the leaf to the top of the pumpkin where you like, using a liberal amount of glue.
  14. Find a small stick in your yard and clean it.  Mine sticks were about 2″ and 4″ long.
  15. I hot glued a little twine to the bottom of the stick just for fun.  Then I put some hot glue inside the hole at the top of the pumpkin and stuck the stick inside
  16. Voila!  You are done!  Wasn’t that easy???

DIY ticking stripe and dropcloth fabric pumpkins with tutorial from TheDomesticHeart.comWhat fabrics are you going to use for yours?  I think some bright colors would be lovely as well – or maybe chevron?  I’d love to see yours when you’re done! I hope you enjoy your adorable pumpkins all season long!  Be on the lookout for some more great DIY pumpkin ideas!  If you aren’t following me yet, you can do so in the side bar so you don’t miss a thing!

From my {domestic} ♥ to yours,


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  1. JaneEllen says

    Never did get around to making pumpkins this way so think it’s high time I did.
    these pumpkins are so easy and so cute. will have to dig thru my fabric stash to see if I need to get more. Think some ticking would be great to start with. Will go from there. Maybe some pumpkin printed fabric would be cute. Can hardly wait to get started. Don’t know why but every year I make new fall decorations, just enjoy making fall stuff I guess. Sure glad I got your post. Little by little I’m getting in mood to make fall stuff, about time.
    Happy weekend

    • says

      Hi JaneEllen you should definitely make them – they really are quick and easy! I love fabric pumpkins because you can make them to match any decor! That’s so cool you make new stuff every year – you must have a lot of fall decor! Happy DIYing!


  2. says

    these are so adorable! What a fun fall craft, and a great way to use fabric, too! Love it, thanks for the inspiration!! Hope you have a great fall :)

  3. says

    super cute!! I love the fabric you used and the twine tied around the pumpkin! I’m sharing it today in the Create Link Inspire features crafts addition over at Nap-Time Creations… pinned, tweeted and shared on FB… I’d love a retweet of fb share to help spread the word! Happy weekend.


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