Make a cute denim pumpkin from old jeans in 10 minutes...
Is there finally one too many holes in your 8-year old’s fave pair of old jeans? Great. Make some cute pumpkins for fall!. They’ll take you LESS than 10 minutes.
The most time-consuming part of making this cute denim pumpkin craft is adding spines to your pumpkin. Spines will take about 20 minutes to add.
Without the spines, you can complete this pumpkin craft in 10-minutes or less.
Let’s get you started on making these cute pumpkins! The video tutorial below is comprehensive. But if you prefer to read, just scroll past the video.
Video: How to make a cute denim pumpkin from old jeans
Here’s what you’ll need to start this fun fall craft…
Supplies needed to make a cute pumpkin made from old jeans
- pair of old jeans
- hot glue/hot glue gun
- natural pumpkin stem(s)
- (2) rubber bands per fabric pumpkin
- colorful yarn (optional)
- upholstery-tufting needle (optional)
- needle/thread (optional)
Step-by-Step Instructions: How to make cute pumpkins from old jeans
1. Cut a section of the leg from old jeans.
Grab a pair of old jeans. They can really be any size.
Cut a portion of one leg off the old jeans. The larger the section of jeans you cut, the bigger your pumpkin will be, and vice versa.
2. Flip jeans inside out.
Take your section of the leg, and flip er inside out.
3. Cut a long slit in jeans near the seam.
Grab your scissors, and cut a slit, several inches long, right alongside the seam of the jeans.
This slit will become the opening we use to stuff our pumpkin.
4. Make a tube using two rubber bands.
With jeans turned inside out, tie off both ends with a rubber band (you can see I already put one rubber band on one end in the pictures above).
By moving the rubber bands closer together toward the center of the jeans, you will make the pumpkin smaller, and vice versa.
5. Flip old jeans right side out.
Flip the jeans right side out.
The rubber banded ends will now be inside what has become a little denim pouch.
6. Stuff pocket with poly-fil.
Now stuff the old jeans pouch full of poly-fil. Use more or less depending on how squishy or non-squishy you want your pumpkin to be.
7. Hot glue seam to close pumpkin.
Simply hot glue the opening in your pumpkin closed. Glue the unfinished/cut edge of the old jeans underneath the finished jean seam.
This will give the pumpkin seam a finished/clean look.
If you’d prefer to stitch your denim pumpkins closed with a needle and thread, that’s an option as well. I just choose the fastest route, always.
8. Put on stem now, or…
You can opt to end the project here, and simply hot glue your stem into place!
Or, if you wanna get a little fancy, and spend a bit more time, you can add pumpkin spines using butcher’s twine or yarn, as I did with two of the denim pumpkins below.
9. Create spines for your denim pumpkin.
To create your pumpkin’s spines, you’ll want to have a long upholstery type/tufting needle on hand (THIS set is a good option).
Then head over and follow the tutorial for creating the spines in either of these posts:
scrap fabric pumpkins
10. Add a stem to your denim pumpkin.
You can use lots of different things for a stem. I’ve seen people use twigs, corks, fabric, etc. I like the look of a real pumpkin stem. Simply buy some smallish pumpkins, and break off the stems.
Make sure the stems are nice and dry before using them for this craft.
Once they’re dry, simply hot glue into place!
You’ve done it! How do you like your cute denim pumpkin made from a pair of ratty old jeans? Adorable!
I hope you love it! If you try this fall craft, I’d love it if you’d share this post with others on social media (there are buttons right at the very top of this post where you can click and post to facebook, twitter, etc.
And if you’re in the mood for some other fall, cute pumpkin crafts, check out our…
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Loved the tutorial.😊