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!
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
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.
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!
First row, left to right:
No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins (orange & aqua)
Second row, left to right:
No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins (copper stems)
Third row, left to right:
Fourth row, left to right:
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!