Have you made anything with minky fabric? This soft and dimpled, fleece-like fabric is so cozy and perfect for baby blankets (my daughter would have adored it when she was little). I decided to try making no-sew pumpkins with minky fabric and not only did it work, but these Minky Pumpkins might be the easiest ones I’ve made. Instead of real pumpkin stems, I added stems made from burlap, and I like the contrast between the rustic burlap and super soft, minky fabric. These DIY, No-Sew, Minky Pumpkins are so simple to make, and really fun to have around!
To make No-Sew, Minky Fabric Pumpkins, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” balls
- Minky fabric in orange; optional: I also used a tiny amount of light brown and butterscotch
- Burlap, ¼ yd.
- Thick, white craft glue or low-temp glue gun
- Optional: Wired jute
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; straight pins; bamboo skewer; butter knife
To make No-Sew, Minky Fabric Pumpkins:
1. Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut a small slice from the top and bottom of the foam ball. Roll the cut edges on a tabletop and use your fingers to gently compress and round the edges to make a pumpkin shape. Carve a small, 1” – 1-1/2” wide hole at the top of the pumpkin to accommodate excess fabric.
Note: For a pumpkin shape that is squatter and less round, cut larger slices from the top and bottom of the foam ball.
2. Use the bamboo skewer to score vertical grooves all around the pumpkin, dividing the ball into 7 – 8 sections. Make the sections different widths, just like a real pumpkin. Go over the score lines with a serrated knife, creating deeper and more distinct grooves.
3. Cover each section with minky fabric:
- Cut out a rectangular piece of minky fabric to roughly fit one of the scored sections, plus a ½” seam all around. Pin the fabric piece in place, and using the score lines as your guide, trim the fabric piece to fit the pumpkin section. Be sure to leave an extra ½” all around for the seam allowance.
- Using the knife, tuck the fabric seams into the scored grooves. Work back and forth between the sides, till the section is completely tucked in.
- Hold the knife straight up and down for a cleaner line.
- If needed, pin the minky fabric 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.
4. To make a burlap stem:
- Cut a strip of burlap 12” long and 2-1/2” wide.
- Trim along one long edge of the strip, so that the first 10” length is 2” wide, and leave the remaining strip 2-1/2” wide.
- Roll up the strip, starting at the 2” end, and glue ends to hold in place.
- Make small snips in the extra ½” of fabric, creating tabs. Place stem in center flaps. , to create flaps.
- Place stems in center top of pumpkins, with tabs flaring out. Glue in place.
5. Optional: Coil a length of wired jute around a pencil. Glue and insert one end into the pumpkin.
If you’d like to see lots of other ideas for no-sew pumpkins, be sure to check out the links in the post for my No-Sew, Patchwork Pumpkins with copper stems. It’s a whole pumpkin patch of crafts, and you’ll find pumpkins made with sweaters, velvet, burlap, socks, old shirts and lots more!
These Minky Pumpkins really are fun, and I can see why little kids love a little minky. Have you ever made anything with minky fabric?