Country Bumpkin Halloween Bandana Pumpkin

Country Bumpkin Halloween Bandana Pumpkin

To this day, my most popular project ever…of all time…is the vintage bandana bowl covers I made in 2015. Unsurprisingly, I snap up soft, worn bandanas whenever I see them at secondhand shops- but usually only use the red and blue ones for bowl covers. So, when I was digging through my fabric stash, I realized I had a glut of black and orange bandanas…and an idea started to form.

Vintage orange and black bandana to be repurposed as fabric pumpkins for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It’s starting to look like Halloween…

Now, these easy, low-sew fabric pumpkins are not a new idea and are all over the blogosphere. In fact, Martha Stewart might be the originator of the idea…but anyway, I don’t think anyone has ever used bandanas for them. So here goes nothin’… This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Before I get into the tutorial, I should mention that I also gathered up embroidery floss in matching and contrasting colors.

Vintage orange and black bandanas and embroidery floss to be repurposed as fabric pumpkins for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

These’ll work nicely!

NOW. To create a Halloween bandana pumpkin, you need a rectangle of fabric that is twice as long as it is wide (14” x 7”, 13” x 6.5”…you get the idea). So I cut out my bandana rectangle– unironed and patterned unevenly, because it really won’t matter in the end!

Repurposing vintage orange and black bandanas into DIY fabric pumpkins for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And the tutorial begins…

Then, I folded the rectangle over on itself, short ends together and “good” sides of the fabric facing together (on the inside). And then I stitched along those short edges on my sewing machine so that it formed a fabric tube/cylinder.

Repurposing vintage orange and black bandanas into DIY fabric pumpkins for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A bandana tube!

After that was done, I ran a wide running stitch along one edge of the fabric, all the way around the “tube”.

Repurposing vintage orange and black bandanas into DIY fabric pumpkins for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just through one layer, y’all- basically you stitch in a circle.

I gathered the fabric (that’s why you use a wide running stitch) and pushed my needle through the ruffled fabric a few times before knotting off the end. This will hold the fabric together.

Repurposing vintage orange and black bandanas into DIY fabric pumpkins for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

From a tube to a pouch…

Now it was time to turn my tube-turned-pouch inside-out (or, right-sides-out) and stuff FULL with fiberfill. Then, once again, I ran a wide running stitch along the raw edge.

How to create a DIY country fabric pumpkin with an upcycled bandana for Halloween and autumn / fall by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Fill the pouch with fluffy goodness!

I gathered the Halloween bandana fabric like I had before, tucking the fiberfill in and stitched the opening closed before knotting off the thread.

How to create a DIY country fabric pumpkin with an upcycled bandana for Halloween and autumn / fall by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Starting to take shape!

Now comes the fun part- turning my bandana sphere into a bandana pumpkin! This is where the embroidery floss comes in handy…and other tutorials recommend a regular embroidery needle for this, I highly recommend a doll needle for the extra length. First, I pulled a long strand of floss (triple-knotted at one end) through the center and pushed it back into my bandana sphere at the top (like a loop).

How to create a DIY country fabric pumpkin with an upcycled bandana for Halloween and autumn / fall by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Time to get ridge-y with it..!

I pushed the doll needle all the way through the other puckered end and pulled the floss super tight, squishing the bandana sphere, and then came up with my floss and needle and did the same thing again from top to bottom- but with the floss over to the side, creating pumpkin ridges.

How to create a DIY country fabric pumpkin with an upcycled bandana for Halloween and autumn / fall by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Pull it tight, but don’t pull your knotted floss into the pumpkin!

I’m telling ya, the doll needle made this SO much easier than an embroidery needle…I tried it with an embroidery needle and nearly lost it inside my Halloween bandana pumpkin!

Anyway, I went in-out-over with my floss and needle about 6 or 7 times before knotting off the end. THERE- a perfect little bandana pumpkin!

How to create a DIY country fabric pumpkin with an upcycled bandana for Halloween and autumn / fall by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Oh my gosh- how CUTE!

To finish them off, I just needed “stems”. And, umm, while you were taking a sip of coffee, I made a few more. Sorry- they’re super easy and addictive to make! But back to the stems- I wanted a rustic look to complement the bandanas and literally grabbed some sticks from the yard. Can I check “yard work” off my to-do list now?

How to create a DIY country fabric pumpkin with an upcycled bandana for Halloween and autumn / fall by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Easiest stems in the world…

I lopped off 1” and 1½” stick stems and simply hot-glued them to the center of each Halloween bandana pumpkin- super easy and fits perfectly!

How to create a DIY country fabric pumpkin with an upcycled bandana for Halloween and autumn / fall by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da! Country bumpkin Halloween pumpkins!

Aren’t they adorable?? I think the bandana fabric is just divine, and you can get at least 2 pumpkins out of each bandana, which makes this a really affordable DIY craft project, as well. Now I can fill a bowl or small vintage crate with my bandana pumpkins and they’ll look wonderful for autumn and Halloween.

Want more fantastic DIY/Repurposed Halloween Ideas? Check out my full collection here!

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!Repurpose and Upcycle a vintage orange or black bandana into a low sew easy to make DIY fabric pumpkin for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. These have got to be the coolest pumpkins going around!!! Can’t wait to make them! Thank you for sharing them 🙂

  2. These are so cute! Pinning to my fall board!

  3. These little guys are truly stunning!

  4. These pumpkins are beyond cute – I love love them!! This looks like something I could whip up in a jiff. Thanks for a great tutorial.

  5. Super cute Sadie!

  6. These are so cute!

  7. have just posted your gorgeous pumpkins.
    Thank you.

  8. love these pumpkins have never done a fabric one this has been added to my to do list thanks for sharing pinned and shared

  9. These are sew cute! I love the idea of using bandanas and you make it look so easy! Pinning!

  10. These are so adorable! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. I made a mountain of stuffed pumpkins this fall, all of them from cut material. I considered making some from dollar store tea towels because they are pre seam sealed. I had not though of bandanas. What a terrific idea, next year I will do this for sure. Thanks for Sharing Leanna

  12. Those are so doggoned cute, just might have to make up a few to give for gifts. You make it look so easy with your excellent tutorial. Will be good reason to get my sewing machine going again. Think bandannas make perfect little pumpkins over and above other fabrics, even classy velvet ones.
    Think next year making bandanna pumpkins will be one of first things made to start season off with a bang. Wouldn’t bunch of little ones make perfect banner?
    Will have to write these ideas down to remember for future seasons.
    Have happy, lovely Fall weekend

  13. what a great way to use bandana’s…..I have always loved the pattern on them. I love these!

  14. Very cute project Sadie, and I thought the salad bowl pumpkin was cute, you did it again girl… Pinned!

  15. Super, super cute. I bet red and light green bandanas and a different stem would make for darling little apples. Love that scale, too 🙂

  16. These are fantastic! You need to write a book…100 crafty things to do with bandanas…although, I’m sure you could come up with more! Another clever idea for the books! 😉

  17. Ok, these are seriously the cutest! Love the bandana idea!

  18. These bandana pumpkins are as cute as a button!
    Would love to have you drop by and share on the Friday Features Linky Party
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!:)
    Karren

  19. embellishology says:

    These are so cute! Adding to my list of things to make for fall!

  20. Charming and EASY, my kind of project!

  21. Sarah, These are adorable! Very clever to use bandanas! Love them.
    Pinned and shared 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle!
    ~Laurie

  22. These are adorable. Great idea to use bandanas.

  23. The little pumpkins are so cute!

  24. I absolutely love these!! Had to pin! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party-

  25. crochetistheway says:

    These are so awesome! I’ve got to give it a try with some fabric glue or something… My machine has quit. Thank you for such a clear tutorial!

  26. Love these! What a fanastic idea …. Now I need to go shopping!
    Thanks for sharing!

  27. Using bandanas is a great idea! Pinning this idea.

  28. Hey Sarah! I love your bandana pumpkins. Cute new take! Pinning. I spotted this post on the Funtastic Friday Link Party and Merry Monday Link Party.

  29. Thank you for posting at Inspiration Galore Project Pty, your beautiful turquoise clutch was my featured for this week pty. Love the bandanas pumpkins.

  30. These are really cute. The pattern is visually interesting but doesn’t over power the pumpkin 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Linky Party

  31. Katie Gambone (Button-jar.com) says:

    So smart to use bandanas! They look great!

    Katie
    button-jar.com

  32. Your bandana pumpkins are just adorable. I bought some ticking that I am planning to use for pumpkins. I love your tutorial and plan to use it. Thank you for sharing it with us at Vintage Charm.

  33. These are absolutely adorable! I’ve got some old scarves in these types of shades, so maybe I should have a go at this! – Tasha

  34. Sarah,
    Your bandana pumpkin are so creative, and your tutorial is excellent. We would love for you to share them at our new linky party, Monday Social. http://botanicbleu.blogspot.com/2016/09/monday-social-2.html You can link up Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook photos, as well as photos from your blog. This is a great forum for finding addresses of social media sites and for sharing your addresses for others to find.

    Judith

  35. Teddee Grace says:

    I’m really dense when it comes to sewing. You lost me when you started making the running stitch. Is is around the open end of the tube? Really cute idea. I’ll be shopping for a doll making needle and adding real stems I gathered from a local pumpkin farm.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Hi, Teddee- I totally understand! Yes, the running stitch goes along one of the open ends…then you cinch it, stuff it, and do the running stitch along the other open end before cinching it closed, too! Does that help?

  36. I SO pinned this! SO adorbs!! LOVE them! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  37. These are really cute Sarah and l love your tutorials! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend!

  38. These are adorable and love how easy you create yours. I make these different but like your way better. I pinned!

  39. I think these are the cutest pumpkins I have seen by far!

  40. Yes very unique pumpkins the bandanna’s fabric is really cool for your creations, so cute

  41. So cute! I’m putting together my church’s annual fall festival and we need lots of pumpkins for decor so this would be so great for me to do to ensure we have pumpkins to use for years to come!

  42. These are adorable! I’ve never seen them done in this pattern before, and it’s perfect! Pinning to try! 🙂

  43. THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!!! Love them 🙂

  44. Hello! I was wondering how large of a pumpkin I can create with the bandana? They are so cute!!

  45. These are super cute! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday. 🙂

  46. Sarah, these are adorable! This was our most clicked link at last week’s Snickerdoodle Party. You’ll be featured on all the hosts’ blogs at today’s party.

  47. SO cute for Halloween decorating- my favorite yet – the fabric is perfect. Well done,

  48. Now these pumpkins I love! I’m as country as they come. I love how simple it is to make too.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you next Fri. at 12 AM EST when we open our doors.

  49. Thanks for linking up to Monday Social. Come by at 4:00. You’ve been featured.

  50. Your adorable bandana pumpkins are featured at Monday Social today.

  51. Crystal @whattreasuresawait says:

    This is such a great idea! I always love your projects! Thanks for linking up!

  52. Oh, these are just so unique and cute! Thank you so much for joining us at Dishing It & Digging It. Hope to see you back again this week!

  53. So,cute! I am gong to use wine corks for the stems.

  54. Adorable and clever idea

  55. These are great, I have to make some asap. Fill a basket and add some artificial vines…great display idea.

  56. Really cute!

  57. These are so cute, thanks for sharing.

  58. You could potentially toss some potpourri inside, or use a chunk of cinnamon stick for the stem, to throw some scent around the house too 🙂

  59. Those are so cute I want to make some right now! instead of dinner. The kids won’t mind, right? LOL! Have a great week!

  60. I love these, making them out of tea towels and an old skirt with a fun stripe pattern. I am going to use them as my thanksgiving centerpiece and then give them to guests to bring home! Thanks for sharing!

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