Fall is in the air! A good time to share all things Halloween and Autumn inspired. Although this tutorial is published as a “Halloween” pot holder, keeping your fabrics fall colors, these pumpkin pot holders can last all season! so here it is, an edited version of the super cute and easy sewing project to try out this fall from Coral + Co. Modern Sewing:

Here is an easy DIY Halloween Pumpkin Pot Holder Tutorial to whip up quickly for Halloween.  These are super can and can be used as hot pads or trivets to place hot food on.  You can use a few different fabrics and make the Pumpkin potholders reversible for a little extra fun

My favorite detail of these is the stitching that makes the little pumpkin stripes and is fun to sew.  I will show you some of the great features on my Sapphire 9650 that I used to make sewing up these Halloween Pumpkin Potholders even easier.

What You Need:

  1.  1 Fat quarter of orange fabric or scraps from a few different coordinating fabrics (I used Riley Blake Crayola Colors Box for the range and craps from my stash for the rest.)
  2. 2″ wide by 12″ long strip of fabric for the handle (I used Riley Blake)
  3. 2″ bias tape maker (*optional)
  4. Fabric marking pens (my favorite are iron off Frixon)
  5. 3 layers of batting or Insul-Bright Heat Resistant Batting

What to Do:

  1. Cut out an 4 oval pumpkin shape from your coordinating fabrics.  Mark 2 top sides with pumpkin stripes.
  2. Make pumpkin stems with bias tape maker.  Cut into 6″ strips.
  3. Fold pumpkin stem in half and pin to front of pumpkin.
  1.   Place top and bottom fabric pieces right sides together, then place 3 layers of batting under the wrong side of the bottom fabric piece.
  2.  Sew around pumpkin using 1/4″ seam, leaving a 4 – 5″ opening at the bottom to turn right side out.


  1.  When sewing seam around pumpkin I recommend using a walking foot to prevent the batting from shifting.   Mine is an interchangeable walking foot from Husqvarna but it you don’t have a Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine you can also use the Distinctive Brand Walking Foot that fits nearly any sewing machine.
  2.  Place the batting on the bottom part of the sewing machine, against the feed dogs allowing the feed dogs to compress more of the bulky batting.
  3. Use a larger needle and a bigger stitch.
  4. You can also check out this post for some really useful sewing machine features to use when quilting.

Continuing to Make:

  1. Flip the pumpkin right sides out.
  2. Tuck the raw edges of the open seams in 1/4″.
  3. Trim the batting approx 1/4″ so it it even with the tucked under seam.
  4. Pin to hold closed.
  5.   Topstitch using a 1/8″ seam around the edges making sure to catch the raw edges of the turned under fabric to close seam.
  6. Using a long stitch (I set mine to 5), straight stitch down the markings for the decorative pumpkin lines.

Joan Mantini

About Joan Mantini

After several years of being the Facebook page owner at Beginner Sewing, I noticed there was a desperate need to have a single go-to spot for members to be able to find answers to their common questions, get some useful tips & tricks, as well as find reputable places to purchase sewing products online. Taking my role as a trade publication editor by day, and combining it with my knowledge of frequently requested beginner sewing advice, I created www.beginner-sewing.com. An outlet that gives new sewists a free digital magazine geared for entry level sewing as an extra bonus!

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