Pumpkin Craft Week: DIY Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins

These DIY Sock Pumpkins are so cute! These are not everyday Sock Pumpkins – designer Kathleen George dresses up her Sock Pumpkins with a variety of ribbons and trims. Use Kathleen’s Sock Pumpkin tutorial to make a collection to display in a basket, a bowl, or to give as gifts. They would make darling Halloween gifts for teachers and neighbors!

Love these Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins! Fun-to-make gift ideas for teachers & neighbors, too. CraftsnCoffee.com

To make Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” & 4” balls
  • Stretchy orange tights or socks
  • Heavy-duty thread
  • Ribbons, trims, soutache, rickrack, an assortment in orange and black
  • Grosgrain ribbon, ½” in green
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; rubber bands; cloth tape measure; Exacto® knife; nail scissors or needle tool; craft pins

To make Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins:

Form the pumpkin:

1. Mark the center top and bottom on a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

2. Wrap three rubber bands around the ball, dividing it into six equal sections. Use the tape measure to double check that the six sections are equal.

3. Run a sharp pencil next to each rubber band to mark off the sections. Remove rubber bands.

4. Cut out 3/8” wide, v-shape grooves along each line using the Exacto knife. Smooth the sides of each groove using your fingers.

5. Press the bottom of the ball on your work surface, flattening it slightly so it won’t roll.

6. Make a ½” hole at the bottom of the ball with the sharp point of the pencil.

Cute sock pumpkins! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add ribbons and trims both between the sections and in the middle of sections.

Cover the pumpkin:

7. You will cover the pumpkins in fabric tubes cut from the socks or tights. The tube length will vary according to size of ball and stretchiness of the fabric.

8. First, cut across the ankle, removing the foot. Push the ball into the leg. Hint: holding the ball in the palm of your hand while inserting the ball will make this easier.

9. Leave an extra ½” at the open end. Gather the tights together at opposite end and cut across the tights 1” above the gathers. Remove the ball.

10. Use this tube as a pattern for other balls and socks/tights of the same size and style. If the balls and socks/tights are different, repeat the above to cover each.

11. Insert a carved ball into the corresponding tube of orange fabric. Place white craft glue into the hole at the bottom of the pumpkin. Secure the fabric at the bottom by tucking the open edges of the tube firmly into the hole using a tool such as the pointed end of nail scissors or a needle tool. Use straight pins to secure inside the hole as well, if needed.

12. Gather the tube up tightly at the top of the pumpkin and wrap firmly with heavy-duty or upholstery thread to secure. The extra fabric will serve as the pumpkin stem. Trim to 1 ½”.

Love the trims on this Sock Pumpkin. Lots of cute pumpkin crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kathleen used 3″ and 4″ balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam for her sock pumpkins. Depending on the size of socks or tights you use, you could go even bigger, or smaller.

Decorate pumpkins with trims:

13. Glue and pin a variety of orange and black trims around the pumpkin. Glue some right into the grooves and run others down the center of the pumpkin sections. Refer to the photo for inspiration.

14. Tie a 4” piece of green grosgrain ribbon around the base of the stem for leaves. Clip leaves at an angle.

Kathleen also designed this cute, Row of Sock Pumpkins from a man’s tube sock. This could be a fun Halloween craft for the kids to help out with — they’d have a blast making the funny faces.

recycle Halloween crafts made with socks

Sock Pumpkins all in a Row designed by Kathleen George

Pumpkin Crafts Week isn’t over yet! Are any of the pumpkin crafts shared so far on your “must-make” Halloween craft list?

Lots of great pumpkin crafts on Crafts 'n Coffee! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Happy pumpkin crafting.


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10 Responses to Pumpkin Craft Week: DIY Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins

  1. Cathy Jareolin says:

    These are such Cute little pumpkins. I love the Patchwork ones! However I don’t think I could do it! Maybe I will give them a try They are so Pretty! Thank you for sharing these DIY Pumpkins!! 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      You can do these! They’re all easy, and super fun to DIY, too. If you have an extra hour or two this weekend, I hope you’ll give them a try and let us know how they turn out! Thanks for stopping by! Sharon

  2. These are so cool! I love getting my daily dose of inspiration from you!!

    • Sharon says:

      And I’m so glad to see you stopping in, Barb. Especially as we gear up for the craftiest season of the year, right? Time to get those glue guns blazing! Sharon

  3. Angie Dyer says:

    These are so cute! Can make in several sizes and decorate to suit your mood!

  4. LisaM6 says:

    Great use of socks. The row of pumpkins is too cute. You can tell fall is coming with Winter Storm Warnings and night time weather in the 30’s. Enjoy your fall.

    • Sharon says:

      Noooo, are you serious? That doesn’t seem fair — you were just sweltering a week or two ago. I hope the winter chill holds off a little while longer for you. Sharon

  5. charylb says:

    The pumpkins are awesome and it gives me an idea for my Christmas centerpieces too! I was going to modge podge them with wrapping paper but maybe material would work better. That way I can re-use them!

    • Sharon says:

      Absolutely you could use fabric. And you could make several smaller ones to use as ornaments, too. You’re gonna be busy . . . Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

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