Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fabric Pumpkins Makeover

I know these fabric pumpkins are one of the oldest tricks in the book, but c'mon they are still pretty cool.  After making my twine pumpkin out a roll of toilet paper and now posting this project you're going to think I have an obsession with toilet paper.  I like to think of it as "Food Storage."  When the world is coming to an end and we are grabbing our most valuable possessions you can bet I will call out, "Honey, grab the pumpkins!"  Ok that's not the real reason I use tp but it is pretty funny if I say so myself.  Toilet paper is one of those perfect forms for pumpkins and inexpensive.  Fabric pumpkins were one of my very first craft projects as a newly wed several years ago.  Here is what they looked like then.

They aren't ugly by any means, if fact I was almost sad to do this makeover.  The original fabric pumpkins are still very festive and would probably look great in many of your homes but my style has changed over the years and they simply didn't match the rest of my holiday decor. 

Off to JoAnns I went looking for new fabrics.  Its amazing what a little fabric, hot glue, tp or paper towels, and a dowel can make.  

My inspiration actually came from this polka dot fabric I had bought back in July for a pillow.   Its graphic, orange and totally me. 


Then I found this houndstooth fabric.  It has been crying, "Buy Me, Buy Me!" for weeks but I didn't have  project in mind the first time I saw it.  


Finally with my other two fabric choices in hand I found the perfect match for my third pumpkin in this Fleur De Lis fabric.  I needed something a little darker to contrast my two lighter fabrics and I really like the idea of using Fleur De Lis for Halloween.  Don't ask me why, I just do.

Then all I had to do was paint over my dowels with acrylic paint I already had, wrap my fabric around my toilet paper and paper towel roll adding just a small amount of glue and stick in my dowels.  I didn't even glue the dowels in, it makes for easier storage and they stay on their own just fine. 

This makeover turned  my fabric pumpkins from traditional and even a little country into modern and chic and after it was completed I was glad I had.  They now sit on my kitchen table and I find myself just staring at them.  Pattern + Fabric + Toilet Paper Pumpkins =  True LOVE. 


  1. They are really cute!! And it's a commodity you have around the house! :o)

    Thanks for sharing!!

  2. This is the coolest project. I am going to make some of these. :-)

  3. I saw your idea on Sew Much Ado link party. Guess what I linked the same project...great minds think alike. Your post is better writtin than mine. To see how I made my t.p. pumpkins visit www.inforformydaughters.com

  4. Great idea using the toilet paper rolls! And yes they are cool. I hope the toilet paper wasn't the good stuff. :)

  5. Such a cute idea! And, it is so much better than going out and buying a ton of new stuff to decorate for the holidays.

  6. Really great idea using the TP an paper towel rolls. These turned out super cute! Found you on 36th Avenue.

  7. These are so cute! I'd love for you to stop over and enter my Perfectly Pumpkin Contest on Monday.

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  9. Such a cute and brilliant idea! Love the fabrics you chose! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Hope to see you back next week! =)

  10. I really like the new fabrics. I have always been crazy about houndstooth. Another nice thing is if you ever run out of tp you know where to find a roll. lol! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  11. I really love the fabrics that you used on your pumpkins. They are perfect for fall. Megan

  12. What a fun twist on the typical stuffed fabric pumpkins! Love the fabrics you picked too!

  13. Cute!!! I pinned it. Thnaks for sharing this idea. I stopped by thanks to a linky


  14. I love these! And I didn't know this trick, I must be reading the wrong book :) I love the paper towel ones, I would have never thought of that! The fabric is just perfect. I better pin these babies! Thanks for linking up to Throwback Thursday :)

  15. Thank you so much for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays.


  16. So cute, great idea!
    Just wanted you to know that I linked it on my blog
    for today's Fabric Fun Friday :)

    See it here: http://artbyjacy.blogspot.com/2012/10/fabric-fun-friday-autumn-explosion.html

    Hope it brings you some traffic, have a great weekend!

  17. I featured your pumpkins in my pumpkin roundup today. Love these!