DIY Velvet Pumpkins vs Stuffed Pumpkins for Fall Decorating

DIY Velvet Pumpkins and Stuffed Pumpkins

Last year was the first time I saw velvet pumpkins and they are very beautiful.  They are so pretty and pricey.  I instantly knew they were different than other stuffed pumpkins and it took me a while to figure out why.


DIY velvet pumpkins for fall decor. The pumpkins are neutral coloured for neutral fall decor.


Velvet pumpkins, of course, are made using stretchy velvet and real stems, but they snuggle into the other decor differently as well.  The biggest difference is the stuffing, instead of using polyfill stuffing, velvet pumpkins are filled with stuffing pellets.  The pellets give them the weight they need to achieve that distinct look.

DIY velvet pumpkins with candles for fall decor.

Velvet Pumpkin Supplies

Stretchy good quality velvet

Stuffing pellets

Pumpkin Stems  

Gold Metallic Paint

Hot glue, needle, and thread.


Stuffing pellets for DIY velvet pumpkins.

Cutting the Fabric

Cut the velvet twice as wide as it is tall.    The fabric for these three pumpkins was cut  16 by 8 inches, 14 by 7inches, and12 by 6 inches.

(Note:  If you willing to use more fabric, you can cut a circle of fabric,   Then stitch along the outside edge of the circle, eliminating the bottom gathering and the seam.  The seam doesn’t bother me and as I am always about cost I prefer to use less material, but I wanted to give you a choice.  The rest of the tutorial is the same.)

Sewing the Pumpkin

Fold the fabric good side together,  sew along one side with a sewing machine forming a tube.  Turn it right side out.

With a needle and thread weave the needle through the bottom edge of the velvet, making the stitches about 1/4 inch.  Pull tight to close the bottom opening and then sew closed.

Sewing the bottom of a DIY velvet pumpkin.


Fill with the pellets no more than 2/3 full.  Fold the top closure and sew together.

A sewn top of a DIY velvet pumpkin being closed.


Once sewn twist the top into a swirl and then sew with a few stitches to hold the swirl in place.


Twisting the top of a DIY velvet pumpkin fall craft.


Add the Pumpkin Stem

The pumpkin stems are spray painted gold. Let the stems dry.

Add the pumpkin stem using not glue, making sure to get glue along the edges of the stem and attach to the pumpkin hiding the gathering stitches.


Gluing pumpkin to DIY velvet pumpkins.


DIY velvet pumpkins i fall decor.


Stuffed Pumpkins

There are two differences between how I make typical stuffed pumpkins and the velvet pumpkins.  Typical stuffed pumpkins are filled with polyfill and have cording sewn and pulled through the centers to simulate the sections.  I love the stuffed ones every bit as much but they don’t snuggle into vignettes the same way.

DIY Velvet pumpkins with real stems for fall decorating.

As they are stiffer they tend to lean onto the other decor then into the other decor.  I hope the above picture illustrates what I am referring to.

The stuffed ones are much better for filling baskets or standing up individually.  Here are some satin stuffed pumpkins with silver stems I made for last fall.


DIY stuffed satin pumpkin to compare with velvet pumpkins.


I am going to see what type of pellet stuffed pumpkins I can design using satin and velvet for Halloween.  I think they will be quite beautiful in blacks, purples, and oranges.

Happy Pumpkin Season


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Close up of DIY velvet pumpkins wit real stems.

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10 thoughts on “DIY Velvet Pumpkins vs Stuffed Pumpkins for Fall Decorating

  1. Thank you for this tutorial, Leanna. I had no idea about the use of pellets rather than polyfill. I have some stretchy velvet in my stash and must give these a try. I love that you used real pumpkin stems and I must follow your drying tutorial so I have some for next year. Pinned 🙂

    1. I ended up buying and preserving pumpkins last year to get the stems and didn’t want to waste the nice fresh pumpkin. I was honestly tempted to just go “remove” some from the pumpkin bin, but my conscious got the better of me. Enjoy your weekend.

    1. I like both types as well Debra, and have the pumpkin bin to prove it. The pellets add the weight. I considered using dried lentils or rice, but don’t like storing foodstuffs in the basement.

    1. Hi Cindy. I have so many pumpkins it’s ridiculous, but of course I had to figure out a DIY version of the new velvet pumpkins. The cost is just too high for the average person. Glad you like them.

  2. Love this material saving tutorial. And I love the gold stems and feathers. I thought about splurging on expensive feathered pumpkins, but just couldn’t justify it. Now I am inspired to make them. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I know Sharla, I couldn’t justify it either. Especially for something seasonal. The seam in the back isn’t a big deal and by doing it this way you can get higher priced velvet. Thank you for writing to let me know. I appreciate it.

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