Add boho vibes to your fall decor with these Shibori fabric pumpkins! Make these simple hand sew indigo tie dye pumpkins. Beachy coastal blue fabric pumpkins. For more fall projects see my Fall + Thanksgiving page.
Since moving to the beach I find it odd to decorate with traditional fall decors. These days I am surrounded by palm trees, not the golden fallen leaves I had in North Carolina. I felt it was fitting to change up my fall fabric pumpkins with one of my favorite patterns. Shibori!
What is Shibori Dyeing?
Shibori is a Japanese version of tye-dyeing that has been around for centuries. There are a lot of different ways they make the patterns but the most common type is wrapping the fabric tightly with thread. Similar to the way we do tie-dye today with elastic bands.
I wanted my pumpkins to have that perfect shibori dyed patterned look to them. I found the most beautiful handmade shibori fabric on Etsy. So I quickly snatched up a bundle with a variety of shades and patterns.
These fabric pumpkins no-sew or semi no-sew and are very simple to make. I used a hot glue gun to bind the long fabric sections instead of doing too much hand sewing. Let’s get started.
How to Sew Shibori Fabric Pumpkins
- Shibori Fabric
- Fiberfill Stuffing
- Strong Polyester Thread
- Hot Glue & Gun
- Grapevine Wreath Cut to Stems or Faux Pumpkin Stems
- Crochet Thread; Natural (optional only needed for tall pumpkins)
Pumpkin Fabric Sizes
- Large Tall Pumpkin 16 x 13 inches
- Medium Pumpkin 12 x 21 inches
- Small Pumpkin 10 x 25 inches
There are two ways to sew these pumpkins. If you want a slim tall pumpkin you sew/glue the long side of the fabric together. If you want the short and wide pumpkin you sew/glue the short sides together.
Fold the fabric in half with the “wrong side” or back of the pattern on the inside. Hot glue (or sew) the short end sides together.
Hand stitch one end in large stitches.
Pull the fabric tight and wrap the string around the end a couple of times and tie it off. Stitch through the thick fabric a few times to make sure it doesn’t open up.
Turn the fabric “right side” out or the pattern side out and hand stitch the other end with a large stitch just like the first end. Stuff the pumpkin with fiberfill.
I like to stuff as much as I can to make it look full. Smooth out any lumps. Pull the thread to close the top. Hold it tight and stitch across the top to pull all of the sides to the middle.
Add a generous dot of glue to the top and push the stem into the gathered seam. Hold the stem until the glue dries and that’s it!
How to sew a Tall Shibori Fabric Pumpkins
When I ordered the fabric they all came in different sizes. I used the largest one to make the tall pumpkin.
Fold the fabric in half with the “wrong side or back of the pattern inside. Hot glue (or sew) the long end sides together. Repeat with the same steps as above.
To make the tall fabric stuffed pumpkin look like it has ridges I tied 4 strings of natural crochet thread long ways around and tied them in a knot at the bottom.
FYI:I did not tie crochet thread for the ridges on the smaller pumpkins. They gather and make their own ridges when stitched tightly.
I am so thrilled with how these turned out. They go perfectly with my Boho Raffia Fall Wreath.
If you are looking for a nontraditional way to celebrate the changing of the season these beachy pumpkins are a perfect choice! See my other fun Boho Patterned Fabric Pumpkins and my friend Erlene has some Tropical Tall Fabric Pumpkins you should check out too!