An idea for your fall décor: DIY pretty, no-sew Plaid Pumpkins

When designer Patty Schaffer came across two plaid shirts in the colors of a fall day at a thrift shop, she knew she could make something beautifully seasonal from them. The results are these Pretty Plaid Pumpkins. Patty found real pumpkin stems at the garden center where she works, and you can find them, too, at your local garden center, nursery or pumpkin farm. Now, let’s go plant a patch of Pretty Plaid Pumpkins.

Pretty Plaid Pumpkins -- no-sewing required! And, they're made from old shirts. Love these!

Pretty, DIY Pumpkins for now right through Thanksgiving!

These look so pretty on Patty’s sideboard. DIY and display these pumpkins right through Thanksgiving!

To make Pretty, Plaid Pumpkins, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” and 6” balls
  • Plaid shirts in seasonal colors (Patty found hers at a thrift store)
  • Pumpkin stems
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; straight pins; wooden bamboo skewer; butter knife
How to turn old shirts into Pretty Plaid Pumpkins on

Patty found this plaid shirt at a thrift store. This pumpkin wears it well!

To make Pretty, Plaid Pumpkins:

  1. Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut a slice from the top of your foam ball. Press the bottom of the foam ball on the tabletop so it’s slightly compressed and will stand and not roll. If needed, gently compress the edges at the top and bottom to make a pumpkin shape.
  1. Use the wooden bamboo skewer to score vertical grooves all around the pumpkin, forming its sections. Make the sections uneven, just like on a real pumpkin.
  1. Cut apart plaid shirts along the seams.
  1. Cover the balls with fabric:
  • Cut out a piece of fabric to roughly fit one of the scored sections, plus a ½” seam all around. Place the fabric piece over the section to test the fit, and trim as needed. Do not cut off the extra ½” seam allowance.
  • Center the fabric over the corresponding section, and use the butter knife to press the fabric down into the grooves.
  • Hold the knife straight up and down for a cleaner line.
  • If needed, pin the material down in the groove. Push the pins in far enough so they are hidden in the groove.
  • Repeat, till all sections are covered.
  • Trim away excess fabric and threads with nail scissors.
  • Hint: As you go, double check the plaid to be sure it’s going in your preferred direction.
Such a cute, no-sew pumpkin! Easy tutorial is on

Ddi you notice this pumpkin is in the fall header at the top of the page?

  1. Hot glue a real pumpkin stem to the top of the pumpkin.

I think these are so pretty, and I am scheming to make a few of my own. If they work out as planned, I’ll share them soon. In the meantime, here are a few more pretty pumpkins so you can pick the perfect one for your own pumpkin patch: No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins, No-Sew Burlap Pumpkins, Sweater Pumpkins, and Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins.

No-sew, and they're made from old shirts! Tutorial to make these Pretty Plaid Pumpkins is on

I’m working on making a few of these pumpkins with different fabrics, and I’m scouting around for the stems right now.

Candy Corn Crafts week starts Monday on! Next week is Candy Corn Crafts Week, an annual tradition here at Crafts ‘n Coffee. It’s one of my favorite series, and I can’t wait to get started. You’ll see more of me next week, as I’ll have a candy corn theme craft every day next week, Monday through Friday.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

Happy crafting!


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10 Responses to An idea for your fall décor: DIY pretty, no-sew Plaid Pumpkins

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  3. CraftyB says:

    Wow, and no sew, too! This is a great project for fall!

  4. Angie says:

    Love these pumpkins! Not only is it for fall and autumn, but I keep thinking of Cinderella too!

  5. Katiria says:

    That real pumpkin stem ads the perfect touch.
    Wait, candy corn?! mmm… can’t wait till next week!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Yes indeed, candy corn! I saw some beautiful fabric pumpkins last week that had large, twisted branches for stems — they were so cool! I’m on the lookout for something similar for the pumpkins I’m making, but I’m not sure I’ll find something suitable. Thanks for stopping in, Katiria.

  6. Ok! It is official! I am just going to set up an auto delivery with Styrofoam to send me a box filled with all the Styrofoam products I need to complete each week’s projects! That way I know that I will have what I need and can get started immediately!! Hmmmm. That is a really good idea!! Maybe they need to consider doing a weekly or monthly package that you pay one price for the products needed! If they decide to do this I should get a free box of goodies for being such a smarty pants!! LOL TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      What a fun idea — a “Craft of the month” club, and you can be the first member, Barb. Only right now, it’s all virtual, sigh . . . I’m so glad you like these Pretty Plaid Pumpkins, and I hope you get to try this one. I’m working on my own set and it’s an easy DIY, yet they turn out so pretty. Craft on, Barb!

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