How to make a Folded Fabric, Prairie Point Pumpkin

It’s the first fall craft of the year, and it’s a pumpkin craft at that! You all know I love fall and pumpkin crafts, right? We have DIY pumpkin crafts of all kinds here on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and today Debi Schmitz is sharing yet another way to celebrate this bright orange gourd. Debi has used a favorite technique – folding fabric squares into points, often called prairie points, to DIY her Folded Fabric, Prairie Point Pumpkin. If you’re a “pumpkin everything” kind of gal, you’ll want to try Debi’s Prairie Point Pumpkin.

DIY a Prairie Point Pumpkin

Prairie Point Pumpkin by Debi Schmitz.

To make a Folded Fabric, Prairie Point Pumpkin, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” ball
  • Real pumpkin stem, cleaned and dried
  • Burlap, 1/6 yd in natural
  • Cotton fabric, 1/3 yd each of three different prints/colors
  • Flat head pins, 7/8”
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; clear acrylic ruler; iron & ironing board; three rubber bands; permanent marker; optional: rotary cutter & cutting mat
 DIY Prairie Point Pumpkin

Debi added her fabrics in rows, similar to the segments on a pumpkin. I wonder if you could also add them at random?

To make a Folded Fabric, Prairie Point Pumpkin:

1. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut a ½” slice from the bottom of the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

2. Carve a hole about 3/4″ deep at the top of the ball to accommodate the stem. Check to be sure the hole will fit the stem.

3. Cut fabrics into 2-1/2” strips, and cut the strips into 2-1/2” squares. Optional: If you have a rotary cutter and cutting mat, this will go faster.

4. Make the prairie points:

  • Fold a fabric square in half and press.
  • Open up the square, fold in the opposite direction, and press again. Do not open the square.
  • Fold each outer corner to the center. Press to help hold the point.
  • Repeat, pressing and folding each square into a point.
  • Hint: We used this technique to fold paper strips to make the Pink Pinecone Ornaments. If you’d like a little more instruction, you might find these diagrams helpful!

5. Wrap three rubber bands around the ball, creating six equal sections. Using a marker, draw a line along each rubber band. Remove the rubber bands and repeat, dividing the ball into 12 equal sections.

6. Pin and glue a 2” x 18” fabric strip around the bottom edge of the pumpkin, gathering the fabric as you go.

DIY a Prairie Point Pumpkin

Pin and glue a strip of fabric around the bottom edge.

7. Pin six fabric points around the stem opening you carved in the top of the ball. Center each point on one of the vertical lines, and be sure they overlap to cover the ball.

DIY a Prairie Point Pumpkin

Start with a row around the top, and center each point on one of the vertical lines.

8. Repeat at the bottom of the pumpkin, matching the colors used at the top of the pumpkin.

DIY a Prairie Point Pumpkin

After you add the row around the top, you’ll work from the bottom up.

9. Add another row of fabric points around the bottom of the pumpkin, overlapping the first row by about 3/8” and offsetting the points. Be sure to use the same colors in each pumpkin section. Repeat, adding rows till you reach the first layer. Pin the final layer of fabric points under the layer around the top.

DIY a Prairie Point Pumpkin

Continue to add rows, matching the fabrics for each section. The last row will be pinned under the first row at the top.

10. Cut a piece of burlap to cover the top of the pumpkin and glue in place.

11. Cover the bottom of the pumpkin with a piece of burlap.

12. Securely glue the stem in place with a glue gun.

 DIY a Prairie Point Pumpkin

Isn’t it beautiful?

Last year, Debi shared a few more pumpkin crafts with us, like her Faux Pallet Wood Pumpkin.

DIY Faux Pallet Wood Pumpkin

Another favorite was Debi’s String Art Pumpkin.

DIY a String Art Pumpkin

Debi will be back for Tinsel Tuesday next week, and wait till you see what she’s made with a pile of paper, prairie points!

Are you ready for fall?!

Happy crafting!


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18 Responses to How to make a Folded Fabric, Prairie Point Pumpkin

  1. Sara Tann says:

    Loving all these ideas especially the folded fabric pumpkin. There’s just something about it that’s just so homey and draws me in. Love the ideas!!!

  2. natashalh says:

    Oh, wow! This is lovely! I’ve never heard of the prairie point before but I always need projects to thin out my fabric stash!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! Debi did a beautiful job on this Prairie Point Pumpkin and you’re right, it’s a great stash buster. So glad you’re inspired! Sharon

  3. CraftyStaci says:

    I love this pumpkin! I’m definitely including it in my Friday Favorites this week!

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  6. Autumn is just around the corner and so is pumpkin season. These are so cute! Thank you for sharing, Sharon!

  7. annehaun says:

    Love these prairie point pumpkins – sounds easy enough to do!

    • Sharon says:

      So glad you like it! I think this would make an excellent TV craft and you can fold the fabric while watching Netflix! I hope you give it a try, Anne. Happy crafting! Sharon

  8. I can see this as an apple for teacher by switching up the colors! It would look great on a teacher’s desk! Thanks to Debi and you for sharing it!

  9. Erin says:

    How cute 🙂 This looks so darling.

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