Pumpkin crafts and new, no-sew Cowhide Pumpkins

I’ve rustled up a few Cowboy Pumpkins today! No-sew pumpkins are easy enough that I like to experiment with different looks, like the Minky Pumpkins I made last year. One of my experiments was a pretty big craft fail, but that craft fail led me to this version of the Cowhide Pumpkins. Craft Ideas published the Cowboy Pumpkins last year, and now that the magazine is gone, I decided to share them here, too. Cowhide Pumpkins might be unexpected, but that’s half the fun!

DIY No-sew Cowboy Pumpkins

Aren’t these fun?

To make Cowboy Pumpkins, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” balls
  • Fabric, ¼ yd each faux leather and cotton in a cowhide print
  • Pumpkin stems
  • Thick, white craft glue or low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; straight pins; bamboo skewer; butter knife
 DIY no-sew Cowboy Pumpkins

You’ll use faux leather and cowhide-print cotton.

To make Cowboy 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 fabric:

  • Cut out a rectangular piece of 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 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.

4. Glue a pumpkin stem to the top of the pumpkin.

DIY no-sew Cowboy Pumpkins

A few week’s ago, the remnant bins at my local Joann’s had samples of faux leather.

If Cowhide Pumpkins aren’t your style, no worries. I have lots more no-sew pumpkins — just find your favorite from the links below. And, if you make your own riff on these, let me know. I’d love to see your no-sew pumpkins!

Easy Pumpkin Crafts DIY

First row, left to right:

Pretty Plaid Pumpkins

Minky Fabric Pumpkins 

No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins  (orange & aqua)

Second row, left to right:

No-Sew Silk Pumpkins

No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins (copper stems)

Third row, left to right:

No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins

Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins  

Sweater Pumpkins

Fourth row, left to right:

No-Sew Burlap Pumpkins

Prairie Point Pumpkin

Cowhide Pumpkins

I have an idea for another variation on these no-sew fabric pumpkins, but I’m not sure I’ll get it done this year . . .

Happy pumpkin crafting!


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12 Responses to Pumpkin crafts and new, no-sew Cowhide Pumpkins

  1. Jamie says:

    Those pumpkins are beautiful. I would love for you to stop by diyhshp.blogspot.com and link this up to my More the Merrier link party.

  2. Wow… amazing results.
    GREAT post. You’ve inspired me to give this a try.
    ~ Cobs. 🍁 🍂 🍁🍂 🍁

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Thank you! These were a lot of fun to make, and I can’t wait to hear more about your Cowboy Pumpkins. Please share a photo! Happy crafting! Sharon

  3. Howdy, cowpokes and cowgirls! What a jim-dandy pumpkin arrangement. Made from only the best materials, namely cows and cowhide. Couldn’t ask for a cuter project! Thank you!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Thanks for your cute comment! You just inspired another idea, Angie. How about adding in a few pumpkins made from bandannas? Wouldn’t that be fun and fit right in to the country western theme? Craft on! Sharon

  4. LisaM6 says:

    Yeehaw, them pumpkins are right pretty. Really like them. They would fit into the landscape here about. I so want to try these. Will see if time will allow me to. Volleyball both middle school and college with Farmers Market makes it tough to have time to craft for fun.

    • Sharon says:

      I reckon these could be right popular at the Farmers Market, pardner. After all, you’re in cowboy country! I hope you find the time to make a few — they’re so easy. And then let me know if they sell! Happy crafting! Sharon

  5. annehaun says:

    Thanks for the roundup of pumpkin crafts – so nice to have them in one place!

  6. These are breathtakingly gorgeous! I love that they can be left out year round if you want to. I can see them being done with suede or even colored leather for making a display of a few of them.
    You always bring us such fabulous tutorials and inspiration! I know my wishlist will never end because of that! 😁

    • Sharon says:

      Aww, thank you! You and all my readers always share such creative ideas, too, and I thank YOU for the inspiration! I’m seeing lots of light blue pumpkins and how fun would it be to DIY some “blue suede pumpkins”? Add those to the list, Barb! Happy crafting! Sharon

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