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Painting diy Fabric Pumpkins

Are you ready for painting the best diy fabric pumpkin for fall? I know I am! I created this pattern because I wanted a smallish pumpkin with the shape of a real pumpkin. It’s available on Etsy so if you haven’t gotten your pattern and you haven’t made your pumpkins yet basically this will be a teaser for you! Also there is a place below where you can get all the supplies you might not have on hand to make your pumpkin through my Amazon Affiliate Link.

painting diy fabric pumpkin

Supplies for Diy Fabric Pumpkin

For those of you who haven’t made your pumpkins yet here are the supplies you will need.

  • Warm and natural batting
  • Strong thread
  • polyfill for stuffing
  • long needles-doll needles work great for small ones but 6″ needle is best
  • sewing machine with regular thread
  • Sewing supplies-thread, scissors, pins
  • Pattern and directions found HERE
diy fabric pumpkin

Supplies for Painting the best Diy Fabric Pumpkin

  • Your finished pumpkins
  • Chalk style paint -Milk Paint works great too
  • Small Stiff paintbrush
  • Paper towels
  • Waxes, glazes, water base stains
  • Saltwash paint additive
  • Pumpkin stem

Painting Your Pumpkin

Did I tell you this is messy? If you have followed the directions your pumpkin should look something like this.

Fabric Painted Pumpkins


Using the Best Diy Fabric Pumpkin Pattern we made this pumpkin with the Warm and Natural fabric and now he is ready for paint. I am using MMS Milk Paint in color Outback Petticoat. The color is now called Tangerine (New Formula Coming) but you can still find the old stock under Outback Petticoat. We might even have some if you need it!

Let’s Paint Our Pumpkins

We recommend Warm and Natural batting for making and sewing the sculptured pumpkin because it gives a textured natural look. However it takes awhile for the paint to dry because so much is absorbed into the fabric. Have patience it will be worth it! Two coats will give you a solid finish and then your pumpkin is ready for the finishing touches. We do different things on our pumpkins to make them each unique as can be seen in the photos below.

Pumpkin? A Squash or Gourd

Painting diy fabric pumpkins

Wise OWL Chalk Synthesis Paint

Painting Diy Fabric Pumpkins

Did you know that a pumpkin is a squash? But a pumpkin is also a gourd because it is used for decoration and for food. By varying the paint finishes we were able to make pumpkins and squash, mostly winter type squash.

Everyone is a little bit different after all in nature no two look exactly alike. We used real stems which makes all the difference. The orange one is a mix of Chalk Synthesis paint in Goldenrod and Republic Red. I also added a bit of Saltwash to the orange one. The green/blue one is Antique Villa with Dried Thyme and then clear and dark wax to look like it just came in from the garden!

The Pumpkin Patch

I hope you have found this post to be helpful in planning fall decor. The pattern is easy but it takes time to get the results of almost real looking. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. Fall is a great season to do home decor it lasts all the way to Thanksgiving. These pumpkins will last as long as you would like, just make sure you seal the paint as a final step.

Happy Fall y’all

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One Comment

  1. Sharon Tiedeman says:

    Love these pumpkins! Making them with warm and natural makes them so cute.

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