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Fabric Covered Pumpkins in Five Easy Steps (Real or Fake!)

Use a cool and modern fabric to make these unique fabric covered pumpkins! You’ll love this easy, no carve idea made with Mod Podge.

Skills Required: Beginner. You’ll cut strips of fabric and apply them to the pumpkin with decoupage medium. It can get slightly messy but you don’t any craft skills to make them.

How to Cover Pumpkins with Fabric

One of my favorite DIY trends in the past couple of years is all of the different ways people are decorating pumpkins without having to cut into them and dig out all that goo. I’ve seen people use thumb tacks, paint, nail polish, and even old tights to decorate them and it’s all so fun!

However, sometimes I like to go back to basics with my crafting, so I decided to try fabric covered pumpkins with the most reliable craft product in my arsenal, Mod Podge, of course!

After applying some Mod Podge, fabric and a little paint to some pumpkins I came up with a super fun aztec variation that has totally brightened up my house.

I love this tutorial because the possibilities for colors and design are endless since any fabric and paint combo can be applied to the pumpkins to make them unique. This is easy enough that it would make a fun fall craft for kids.

Here is how you make these fabric covered pumpkins!

Piece of fabric, pumpkin, and paintbrush

How to Cover Pumpkins with Fabric

Gather These Supplies

  • Small pumpkin
  • Acrylic paint – to coordinate with fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush
  • Fabric (a light cotton fabric goes on super easy!)
  • Scissors
Gallon bottle of Matte Mod Podge

Cut Fabric Into Strips

Cut fabric into 3-4 inch strips using scissors. Working in one area of the pumpkin at a time, apply a medium layer of Mod Podge to the pumpkin.

Painting a layer of Mod Podge on a pumpkin

Apply the Fabric

Immediately after applying the Mod Podge press a strip of fabric into the pumpkin, working from the stem to the base and smoothing out any bubbles as you go. Cut off any excess fabric that may remain on the base to avoid too much bulk at the base.

Continue working around the pumpkin, applying fabric and Mod Podge until the entire pumpkin is covered and the fabric is smooth. Allow pumpkin to dry for 20 minutes.

Attaching a strip of fabric to a pumpkin

Seal the Pumpkin

Once pumpkin has dried, apply another generous layer of Mod Podge over the entire pumpkin, continuing to smooth any bubbly places that might pop up. Let dry completely.

Painting a layer of Mod Podge over the top of the fabric

Paint the Stems

Paint the stem of the pumpkin with an accent color using craft paint for a fun bit of added interest!

how to cover a pumpkin with fabric

So fun, right? I love the texture of my fabric covered pumpkins, and especially love the pop of color at the stems. They are the happiest little cuties to see when I walk into my kitchen and they have given me a major itch to cover every gourd in site with the cutest fabrics I can find!

diy fabric covered pumpkins

So friends, never stick your hand in a goo-filled pumpkin again or risk losing fingers by carving that Jack ‘O Lantern! Hallelujah.

fabric covered pumpkins

What is your favorite way to decorate pumpkins without carving them? How would you customize these fabric covered pumpkins? Give me all the ideas! And, be sure to visit us as we blog about style, food, and the things we love over at the Pretty Life Girls!

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