DIY- Stuffed pumpkins


Okay, this was a funny post for me. First of all I was very excited to finally start posting some Fall posts. I was tired of the summer by the time this post got written up. The second thing that was funny about this post was that I was at a blank when it came to picking a title for it. I just had no idea what to call this post, so finally I decided to call it stuffed pumpkins. When my daughter saw the title she laughed and I said ” I know, but that is all I could come up with and anyway it is stuffed with cotton.” so we went with it. The result was that it got a lot of views from just the curiosity of what the heck is a stuffed pumpkin…is it like a stuffed Turkey at Thanksgiving?” This is just proof that those off the wall titles get views just because of curiosity. I mean, do they even have stuffed edible pumpkins?, what would you even stuff in it. I would probably stuff my pumpkin with chocolate M&M’s (not getting candy for this) because I love them. Hope you all enjoy this repost, Halloween is just around the corner.


YES! Finally…time for some fun Fall crafts. I have been waiting all summer for this. Now don’t get me wrong, I love summer but I love the cooler months more. Hiking weather is coming up now, so I am looking forward to that too.


To get in the Fall mood I picked up this old magazine one day while out thrift shopping with my family. It only cost a quarter and it was filled with all kinds of fun folk art projects. I am not getting anything for promoting this second hand find of mine, just thought I share with you all where my inspirations came from to make little stuffed pumpkins to decorate my home with.


The magazine had all kinds of whimsical pumpkins like this one from an artist named Carly Smith.


Or this one, isn’t it cute? I have always had a thing for rag dolls, even had one I slept with when I was a little girl that a family friend made for me. The artists who made this one was Trudy Honeycutt.


These were cute and I have a lot of buttons so I am covered in the eye department. It was hard deciding which style of pumpkins to try my hand out. They were all so cute and this magazine came with patterns for some of these projects.


In the long run, I decided to stick with a very simple design…circles. I mean, I can at least sew a circle. Remember crafts are about having fun not being professional and perfect, at least they are to me. And folk art is right up my alley with it’s rustic and whimsical design styles. But first I had to dye some cotton fabric I had. Pumpkins can be any color if you are a creative artist but I wanted the traditional color of orange for mine.


Then I drew out my pattern pieces. Just simple round shapes and bottoms to add to the shapes so my pumpkins could sit up a little.


Next I traced and cut out fabric pieces then pinned together and sewed.


After stuffing the pumpkins with plastic pellets and cotton (use rice or beans to weigh done if plastic pellets aren’t available) I painted on their faces. It helps to draw in their faces with fabric markers first then go over in more detail with puffy paints and acrylics.


I needle felted some leaves (still trying to work on that new skill of mine and yes, my fingers are a little sore)


You can make leaves with regular felt too. Just cut out some leaf shapes and glue scrap fabrics to the centers using tacky glue for added detail.


To give your leaves a more pronounced shape, fold and sew the ends together.


I added some twigs to the centers of my pumpkins then glued leaves and grapevine twigs around that. I am always about the detail in my crafts. It’s the little details that make your crafts pop and stand out. Plus adding something from nature gets you outside exploring and enjoying this planet of ours.



I thought these little guys came out really cute. I kept my little pumpkins non-scary of course. I wanted smiles to greet me in my home this Fall season.


When creating your shapes for pumpkins think of what they look like out in a pumpkin patch. They grow in all shapes and sizes. That’s the fun part about going out and picking your own pumpkins from a pumpkin patch, just the uniqueness of them all.


This one is kind of wide and sideways just like a pumpkin sitting in a garden.


And I didn’t stop there when it came to stuffed pumpkins to decorate my home with. I added some of these fabric pumpkins as well.


For instructions on how to make these visit this site and watch away. Love YouTube university, what we call it in our home.This is an old design that has been passed down over the years. A simple and easy sewing project that introduces sewing skills to the little ones. Remember with all that you create please include any children in your life, that includes all ages and all levels. Happy Fall crafting everyone.




49 Comments Add yours

  1. They are so cute 🙂 I pray you are recovering well 🙂

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    1. Thank you and Yes, I am feeling better everyday so the prayers really helped…I can’t thank everyone enough. I am so blessed and so thankful. The surgeon did not remove my whole thyroid so that is good news so far. My voice is no longer mine. The tumor was pretty big and entangled around the voice box nerve so the surgeon had to carefully remove it from around that. He said it may take a month for my voice to return normally and if it doesn’t he can work on fixing that as well but later. It is hard getting used to breathing, talking , eating and speaking because the tumor was pressed up on my windpipe as well. Everyday I get better at everything and again I feel so blessed that I had a very skilled surgeon and that I am healing now. I have learned that there are a lot of bloggers out there that have illnesses that they deal with everyday so I will keep you all in my prayers. I never knew the thyroid could cause so many problems in our bodies, even though small it is very important. Hope you are out enjoying your weekend and the Fall season, I love this time of year.

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      1. This is good to hear and I will keep thanking God for it. Yes there are so many wonderful, inspiring blogger’s. Their stories are helpful to so many.

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      2. Yes, Thank you God and God bless everyone. I hope some of the people I follow are feeling better too.

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  2. Oh my goodness so cute…
    Ive pinned these..finally switch my pinterest to my blog one…like starting from scratch tho lol I’m the queen if screen shots vs pins…but now I will be pinning!

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    1. I still need to figure out pinterest. Everyone in my family tells me I would love it and that I should go on there but my daughter and I haven’t figured out how to set that up. I have seen it before and there are some really cool things on there. I don’t do Facebook either. I could probably spend all day on a computer with all the cool things online everyone is doing.


      1. Instagram is great and quick to share all things crafty..we have FB for family and friends and I set ome up for the blog but most followers are from instagram. Im learning as I go too

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      2. Oh my gosh, me too, I am learning a little bit at a time when it comes to everything online, there is so much. I would never get any housework done or other projects in life that come up if I spent all day on the computer and I know I could spend hours online. There are also a lot of really great people that I have met online, it is fun reading about others and sharing things they do too.


      3. Your blog looks amazing btw..mine is a work in progress cause yup it all takes time..i enjoy it its a hobby but yes I cant keep up or dedicate enough time to it all lol.

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      4. Thank you, that is so sweet. It is also a hobby of mine. I am glad I started because I have really met some great people on WordPress.

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  3. I love these!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!!

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    1. You’re we;come, so glad you like them. I bet your little girl and you will have fun making some yourselves.

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  4. They look so cute. I wish I was able to do stuff like that.

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    1. Thank you and I know you can make these, even if it turns out a little crazy in the beginning. I used to not be able to sew and I wanted this tiny little bear that was $50 but couldn’t afford it of course so I bought a pattern of a bear and basically taught myself. My first bear was a mess, the arms were hanging down because I didn’t knot the thread right and you could see stitches everywhere. It was like a Frankenstein bear but I was still proud of it because I tried. Then I kept sewing until I finally got a bear that looked like a bear, but it took a lot of bears to get to a somewhat decent level. Try the fabric pumpkins from Youtube (hope the link I provided works, forgot to check the post) those are very easy and looked so cute around the home.

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  5. mel says:

    Those are fabulous halloween decorations and super cute too!

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  6. Yes it is pretty beautiful. All the blossom trees and spring flowers. It’s horrible when it gets into summer though.

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    1. A lot of my plants die during the hot summer months, my garden looks so sad by the time October hits. All our cacti do well though and their flowers are amazing.


  7. As usual your creativity amazes me !! Even if you say you get the ideas somewhere else….you still have figure out your own way to get it done 😉 When I read “stuffed pumpkins” I was thinking you’d “serve” us something cooked 🙂 !! But this is even better …just love them and the color orange…….don’t have to tell you how much that is “us” 🙂
    Hope you’re feeling a bit better today and can soon set the wipe board aside!!
    It’s certainly not easy……but you’ll be your “old self” sooner than you think and this all will just be a memory and make you cherish life even more 🙂
    Get well soon and all the best !!

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    1. Thank you, I have put the wipe board away because I was getting tired of writing novels, seems I am not a one word type of girl. My husband and kids were giving me raised eyebrow crazy looks because I kept writing and they kept waiting. I have been a little out of it with labeling my post and you know why. I laughed later about the stuffed pumpkins, it would have been simpler if I would have said fabric pumpkins. But hey, it got a laugh out of my daughter and I. Wonder what stuffed pumpkins would taste like. I told my husband today it will be awhile before I get down breathing and swallowing because of my surgery and I get these crazy hiccups out of nowhere. I told him I feel like Shrek from one of our kids favorite movies. My husband laughed and asked why and I said because of these crazy loud hiccups out of nowhere that just show up. ..didn’t Shrek do that and he said “No , he farted a lot” so I can at least be thankful that isn’t happening but these hiccups are a little annoying.

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  8. I bet you have really nice summers. I know what you mean about time, wish there was more time to do all the things I like to do to, plus I would love to be able to read more and that includes all reading online and books.


    1. So true, I like the cooler temps.


  9. lanature76 says:

    very cute! There is originality and it is wonderful. It is always healed by your blog😊

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    1. Your comment makes me so happy to read, thank you. Hope you and your family are doing well and the weather is better. Also that you are creating lots of beautiful jewelry.

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    1. Wow, thanks for visiting my site and linking me (hope I am getting the term right). I am still knew to all of this, but I am learning more every month. I will have to check out your site and crafts. Love Kellie’s DIY’S. Don’t you just love Halloween and Fall crafts? My kids are all grown up but I don’t care, we still carve pumpkins and decorate our home up with whimsical things.


  10. Vivian says:

    These are such fun and cute too! I remember once someone made a pumpkin for me out of a roll of toilet paper. They took the whole roll and covered it in pretty orange cloth, stuffing the tube hole with the ends of the cloth and adding decor. It was so pretty but so long ago so I don’t have it. I think your pumpkins are adorable. 🤗🍊

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    1. Thank you. I think I have seen the toilet paper pumpkin before when I was younger. I have a lot of family members (Dad’s side) that worked on arts and crafts while growing up and I know I have seen those toilet paper pumpkins, they are cute. Hope you and your family are well and happy…have a wonderful weekend.

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      1. Vivian says:

        Oh wonderful! Yes, aren’t they. I love crafts too. I love to knit and crochet stuffed pumpkins…..such fun. You have a great weekend as well. Much love and blessings!🤗

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      2. I wish I could crochet, there are so really beautiful items out there that people crochet. Whenever I am out in the world at crafts shows I love seeing all the different crochet pieces. God bless you and your family too.

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  11. Thank you for this fun post! I am definitely going to attempt to make these! 😀

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    1. Your welcome, the great thing about these pumpkins is that you can display them all the time if you like. I have fruits and veggies I use as decorations throughout my home. A basket full of colorful fabric fruits and veggies looks really whimsical on the table…something different.

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  12. daisydust02 says:

    So cute, your creativity amazes me,great job! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Daisy. I hope to have some more to share with you later. Some reason my last email didn’t go though…weird. Anyway you are also really creative, love that dream catcher you did. You might be getting this comment as a repeat. There is an echo out there or some kind of hiccup in my system. I am no computer wizard that’s for sure.


  13. simplywendi says:

    absolutely adorably beautiful! this is my favorite time of year, so much fun to look at all the autumn decorations!

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      1. simplywendi says:

        you are so very welcome.

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  14. Such a cute little DIY. Very easy and your tutorial is simple to follow.

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    1. Thank you. Makes me happy reading this. Sometimes it is hard putting the steps together. Hope you get a chance to make some.


  15. Dandelion B says:

    I LOVE VINTAGE MAGAZINES AND PATTERNS! what a great find, I have been looking for a hallowen/fall one for awhile. I use to have stacks of the Martha Stewart ones. rustic and whimsical design styles is right up my alley, very forgiving and it evokes a feeling of decades long past. I am working on “rustic” paper mache pumpkins atm. Love your stuffed pumpkins, and haha at the title, I am sure somewhere someone stuffs actual pumpkins lol.

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    1. Me too, I love folk art and how simple the designs are. When ever I am at a thrift store, yard sale or church sale I always look for vintage craft magazines. They are so fun to look through. Paper mache is so fun and messy, but I like that. I was thinking of doing a paper mache craft for one of my 12 days of Christmas crafts coming up in December. I usually have most of those post already written up and done to be pre-scheduled by now but these past two months have been a little hectic. I was able to get a couple Halloween DIY’s done to post later this month and in October. Can’t wait to see your pumpkins, your skulls came out great.


      1. Dandelion B says:

        Forgot to tell you…i found thise past weekend a felting kit…instruction book by klutz all the wool and tools at a thrift store for 3.50! Im gonna give it a try finally lol

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      2. Oh my gosh, Klutz kits are so much fun. I still look for them when I am out shopping and I am a grown woman. I don’t care, their books are so fun. Usually when I am done with them I give them to our neighbors across the street who have four little girls ages 3-12. Every month I try to do at least one needle felt project. Watch those fingers.


      3. Dandelion B says:

        Lol im.nervous to try, I keep looking at the box on the coffee table. This kit has a sponge like block go pokey onto to…any other tips?

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      4. Yes, just jab, don’t stab and go very slowly. Felt at an angle not straight up and down because this tends to break the needles. I am still breaking needles every now and then. The needles with the wooden bases seem to work better to me. I have one I got from Michael’s that is okay but not that great. It is easy to get too confident when you first start and just poke away too fast and then you hit your finger and man does that hurt. Reminds me of that scene in Aliens where that robot guy cuts his hand. The needles have little grooves in them that lock the wool in place so imagine how that feels going down into skin then being pulled out again…that freaken hurts. But the little critters you can make look so adorable once you get the hang of things. I would start with circles, little balls and maybe pumpkins. I have a post coming up Monday on needle felting pumpkins, still need to proof read and pre-schedule later, I am no expert though, just sharing the little bit I am learning as I continue with this new hobby my kids started me on with a cute little kit they bought me one Christmas. Have fun.


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