How to Create Denim Pumpkins with Recycled Jeans
There are always certain things that that I just can't throw away. An old pair of jeans is on the top of that list! I've been collecting these blue jeans for years because I wore them every day for my restaurant marketing job. Now I get to wear yoga pants and be creative every day – WINNING! But seriously, jeans are so versatile when it comes to upcycling. The fun back pockets, seams that are already sewn, and even the buttons and zippers can be repurposed to create new projects. Today I am sharing How to Create Denim Pumpkins with Recycled Jeans, a no-sew project. We're going to let the blue jeans do all the work! And I am using two of my favorite products from Fairfield World™, Poly-Fil®, and Poly-Pellets®.
No-Sew Blue Jean Pumpkins for Upcycled Fall Decor
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Here's what you need to make Recycled Denim Pumpkins:
- Poly-Fil® from Fairfield World™
- Poly-Fil® Poly-Pellets® from Fairfield World™
- Blue Jeans, recycled or look at the thrift store
- Fabri-Tac™ from Beacon Adhesives
- Rubber Bands, two for each pumpkin – Dollar Tree
- Zipper Sandwich Bags, one for each pumpkin – Dollar Tree
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars Mixed Media Shears
- Wine Corks, one for each pumpkin
- Gingham Ribbon, one 12″ length for each pumpkin
Here's how to create No-Sew Blue Jean Pumpkins:
To begin Denim Pumpkins with Recycled Jeans, gather all supplies. Layout the jeans on a flat surface. Measure and cut the jeans into 14″ (large pumpkin) long and 12″ (small pumpkin) long sections. I love the Fiskars Mixed Media Shears for cutting heavier fabric like denim. Remember how I told you these were old jeans? Well, these jeans are boot cut, so the legs are approximately 10″ wide. YIKES! Not very stylish, but great for pumpkins!
Turn the sections of jeans inside out. Gather leg opening at one end and secure tightly with a heavy duty rubber band.
Find the inside seam and carefully cut the threads to create an opening that is approximately four inches long. This hole is how we will stuff the pumpkin. The inside seam is two layers of denim fabric sewn together with the stitching inside. The outside seam of jeans is a double-lapped seam and has two rows of exposed stitching.
Gather and secure the opposite end of the blue jean leg with a rubber band. Make sure that you pull the rubber band as tightly as you can when wrapping around the jean fabric so the ends are super secure.
Carefully turn the pumpkin right side out through the stuffing hole.
Fill small plastic zipper sandwich bags to approximately half full with Poly-Pellets® from Fairfield World™. Remove the air and zip closed. Place one bag in the bottom of each pumpkin and spread out evenly over the gathered end inside. This will give the pumpkin a sturdy base to sit on. Poly-Pellets® is one of my go-to supplies when sewing stuffed items. Small plastic pellets that you use to weight a stuffed item, create a weighted toy, make bean bags, or even as vase filler. They are so versatile and the bag has a spout with a screw-on lid.
Stuff the pumpkins with Poly-Fil® premium polyester fiberfill from Fairfield World™. Tear off chunks of stuffing and place in all of the nooks and crannies created by the folds in the denim fabric. Use a chopstick to move the filling around and get it in all the places. With Poly-Fil® you can stuff really firm or a little bit squishy, it just depends how much filling you use.
Apply a line of Fabri-Tac™ fabric glue from Beacon Adhesives to the inside edge of the seam opening. Carefully pinch seams together and secure with binder clips for approximately an hour, until the glue is dry.
To finish Denim Pumpkins with Recycled Jeans, fluff the pumpkins with your hands until you get the shape that you want. I like that the pumpkins are lop-sided and quirky because it gives them character. Attach a wine cork to the top center of each pumpkin with Fabri-Tac™ and then set aside to dry. Measure and cut a 12″ length of gingham ribbon, tie in a bow, trim the ends, and glue to the base of the wine cork stem.
Quick and Easy No-Sew Denim Pumpkins with Recycled Jeans
I hope you have enjoyed my Denim Pumpkins with Recycled Jeans and you will try out this tutorial soon. It was a quick and easy project. I created four denim pumpkins from two pairs of recycled blue jeans in just about 30 minutes.
Decorate your Denim Pumpkins with Recycled Jeans to showcase your unique style. Buffalo check, twine, sunflowers, felt leaves or even acorns from the yard. The possibilities are endless!
If you enjoyed this Denim Pumpkins with Recycled Jeans project, then check out some additional projects on my blog. I created Coastal Inspired Denim Pillows again by letting the legs of the jeans do all the work. For more Autumn inspiration check out my Embellish Pumpkins with Lace project that was a crafty success story! For a quick and easy sewing project check out my Tooth Fairy Monster Pillows stuffed with my favorite Poly-Fil from Fairfield World!
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12 thoughts on “How to Create Denim Pumpkins with Recycled Jeans”
These jean pumpkins are absolutely the CUTEST! Love the idea of recycling jeans and those wine corks?! GENIUS! Thank you so much for sharing! Pinning!
Thank you, Christine!! The wine corks happen to be sitting on my desk!!
These denim pumpkins are so cute! I love that they are no sew and made using some recycled items.
Thanks a bunch, Blanca!!
These are too cute Beth and I have a whole bunch of denims that will probably never fit this ever expanding body of mine again 😀
Thanks, Michelle! They are quick and easy with NO sewing!
These denim pumpkins are crazy adorable for fall decorating! Love how neutral they are too! Super cool casual vibe!
Thanks a bunch, Donna! Super easy to make using the leg of a pair of jeans, too!
These are the cutest pumpkins!! Pinned!
Quick and easy to make, too Cindy!
These jean pumpkins are adorable. Great job.
Thanks a bunch, Janet, they were fun to make!