Making felted pumpkins tutorial

To make felted pumpkins you will need: wool roving, yarn, pantyhose, embroidery floss, embroidery needle, and scissors.

You can also make little day of the dead skulls too, by making white felted balls adding black felt eyes and stitch nose, mouth and decorative designs like flowers and x’s with colorful embroidery floss.

By the way, one of my favorite sources for wool roving is Outback Fibers.


14 Responses to “Making felted pumpkins tutorial”

  1. Thanks for the tutorial, Judy. One question, does the yarn for the base ball have to be wool?

  2. your welcome Diana, you can really use any left overs for the center. I think wool is always going to be best because of its natural felting abilities, but when I have run out, I have used other fibers.

  3. Jane LaFazio says:

    YOU ARE THE BEST! such a great tutorial, so gosh darn organized and professional and polished! you rock! love it! you should be on QATV..oh that’s right, you have been about 100 times! 🙂 and well-deserved, my friend.

  4. Darling! And the tutorial was excellent. I might have to try these. 🙂 Thanks, Judy!

  5. Bee says:

    The pumpkins are very cute and your tutorial is excellent! Thank you!

  6. Alma Stoller says:

    a really great tutorial Judy.
    When you create the sections on the pumpkin, are you using embroidery floss or pearl cotton?



  7. Hi Alma, in the tutorial I am using pearl cotton to make the sections.

  8. jojo says:

    Too cute! Well done!

  9. Jan says:

    Hi there–mine are in the wash now. You don’t mention drying them–do you do the stitching when they are fresh out of the wash? Or do you put them in the dryer, or let them air dry?

    Can’t wait–too cute!

  10. Hi Jan,

    I let the balls air dry. You can put them in the dryer, but take them out of the panty hose before putting them in the dryer.

    They are easier to stitch when they are dry too, when damp it is harder to push the needle through.

    have fun!

  11. Jan says:

    Thanks…that’s what I did as it made the most sense. They’re looking good and ready to stitch as soon as I get home from an appt. this morning.

    I love the way they feel.

  12. Prairie Fire says:

    Thank-you so much Judy! I am going to do the pumpkins with our homeschool group next week and was thinking it might be fun to do the Day of the Dead ones with the teens. Do you have any tips on the embroidery for those?
    Many thanks,
    Jennifer in Canada

  13. Hi Jennifer,

    I will post some photos on a new blog post of the skulls, so you can see some of the stitches I used to make them.

    You might also want to check out Jane LaFazio’s papermache day of the dead skulls she has been doing with a group of kids. The link to her blog is on the left sidebar of my blog under “spark your imagination”.

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