DIY Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

Are you ready for Day 4 of 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips?!

I sure am, this is my very favorite project of the whole bunch and I'm so excited to share with you!!

If you are popping in here for the first time and you're wondering what's going on, let me catch you up real quick! 

National Thrift Shop Day was August 17th and to celebrate each year, I post a thrift shop flip project every day for 7 consecutive days. We are now on Day 4! You can catch up on days 1 through 3 at the end of this post!

So back to today's project, we are making DIY embroidery hoop pumpkins!!! 😍

DIY Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

DIY Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin supplies
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Supplies You Will Need:
  • Embroidery hoops
  • White fabric (I used the fabric from a cheap pillow insert)
  • Paint (orange, black, white, pink, brown, and the color of your choice for the pumpkin eyes)
  • Silk leaves
  • Floral wire
  • Hot glue
  • Stuffing
  • Dried pumpkin stems (optional)

You should be able to easily find a couple of embroidery hoops at most any thrift store. I also used the fabric from a pillow form... also thrifted. I adapted this pattern from Hudson Holidays to fit.

I had one that I was using the stuffing out of and thought there must be something I could do with the fabric from it once the stuffing was all gone! It looked like this:

pillow form

So, since I was starting with white fabric and I wanted to make a pumpkin... I needed to dye my fabric. You could totally just use orange fabric to start if you want to skip this part but I really liked the way this turned out.

To make your own dye, put water in a container large enough to hold your fabric pieces. Make sure its enough water to submerge the fabric into. Squirt in some orange paint and stir it up until its the color you want.

making DIY dye with water and paint

Cut a piece of fabric that is large enough to go in the embroidery hoop you have chosen. Submerge the fabric in the dye. It won't take long at all, just squish it around to make sure it all gets dye on it.

dye the fabric

Lie it out flat to dry. I left mine overnight outside to dry.

dry the dyed fabric

Next, cut a piece of cardboard to fit the back of the embroidery hoop. This will be the backing for your pumpkin. 

cut cardboard for backing

Glue the smaller, inside piece of the embroidery hoop to the cardboard. Allow that to dry.

glue the embroidery hoop to the cardboard bacing

Once that is dry, place a ball of stuffing on top of the cardboard.

place stuffing on the backing

Then lay the fabric piece over that.

lay the fabric over the stuffing

Finally, place the top embroidery hoop piece over that and tighten the screw.

place the top embroidery hoop piece over the fabric

Now fold the fabric over the back, pull it tight, and glue it down to the back of the cardboard. Don't skip this step, this will secure it nicely in place and ensure that the cardboard isn't popped off the back with the pressure of the stuffing and tight fabric!! Hold it with clamps while the glue dries.

glue the fabric on the back of the cardboard

Now the boring part is done. You have a cute, squishy little pumpkin shape!

DIY Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins

Let's start painting our pumpkins!!

Start with some stripes of orange. Mine is called Adobe Red but any darker orange will work. These are sloppy stripes, don't try to get the edges crisp, it won't be as cute in the end 😉

paint orange stripes

Now go over those with lighter orange. I used Harvest Orange. Again, very sloppy and don't cover the whole stripe this time. Lightly go around the outside edge of the pumpkin with the darker and then lighter orange too.

paint the stripes with light orange

Next comes the face. Use black to paint the eyes, nose, and mouth. Leave the edges sloppy still... I mean you want a circle shape for eyes, but you don't want crisp lines. It should look like a bad smokey eye makeup job!! 😂

use black to paint the eyes, nose, and mouth

Use white to add to the eyes, and make little teeth! (Now you want crisp edges.)

use white for eyes and teeth

Choose the color you want for eyes and paint a circle of that color. I mixed New Shamrock with white for the eye color and then straight New Shamrock for the iris stripes.

paint the eyes

Use the end of the paintbrush to add the pupils. Add cheeks with pink and a dry stencil brush. Dip it in the paint, wipe it off on a paper towel, and then use circular motions on the pumpkin cheeks just like you put on your own blush!!

You can also use some black paint and make a little line along the sides of the stripes and add some eyebrows. Just dip your paintbrush in the paint and wipe it off on a paper towel so it is very dry.

add pupils and cheeks

Use the end of the paintbrush again and some white paint and make little highlight dots on the eyes. Two dots on the side of the pupil and one larger one in the iris. This gives him life and makes him not so flat looking!

add white dots for highlights

Use some brown and a little green around where the stem will go.

add brown and green where the stem will go

I saved and dried some pumpkin stems last year so I used those. You could use a little twig or piece of dowel if you don't have actual stems.

dried pumpkin stems

Pick out some silk leaves. If you don't have these, you could print some out or paint some on paper.

silk leaves

And wrap some floral wire around a pencil to form tendrils.

make tendrils from floral wire

Glue all that to the top.

add the stem, leaves, and tendrils

I also added a little glittery dollar store pumpkin I had. It reminds me of a little crown!

glitter pumpkin embellishment

Add a hanger and cover the back with fabric if you desire.

add a hanger and cover the back

Oh. My. Gosh!!!! Aren't they so cute!!??

DIY Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins

Which one do you like best? I'm torn... the grinning one is so cute and makes me smile but the little frightened one is adorbs too!!

how to make embroidery hoop pumpkins

Don't let these intimidate you, they are easy to do! Just give it a shot, maybe practice on paper first 😊

DIY pumpkins from embroidery hoops

cute embroidery hoop pumpkin DIY

tutorial for embroidery hoop pumpkins

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins

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DIY Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips
To catch up on Days 1 through 3:


For Day 5 here is a sneak peek!!😉

7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips