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How to Make DIY Sock Pumpkins + Video Tutorial!

Learn how to make easy DIY sock pumpkins! All you need to make this cute fall craft is a sock, a needle & thread, doll needle, stuffing, and yarn. Great for budget-friendly fall home décor.

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A basket of handmade sock pumpkins with the words, "DIY Sock Pumpkins with Video Tutorial!"

If you love inexpensive DIY home décor ideas, I think you’ll love these pumpkins. Buy a 3-pack of socks for a few dollars and you can make a whole basketful of cute sock pumpkins.

Even better, grab some of your favorite socks that have developed holes (we’ll be cutting away the heel and toe so those holes don’t matter!) and re-use them to create these little pumpkins.

Since you can get two pumpkins per sock (using crew length or longer socks), each pair of socks will net you four pumpkins. It’s quick, easy, and affordable! Plus, since socks come in every color you can imagine, it’s a snap to match colors to your established fall home décor.

I’ve got a full video tutorial for you, plus step-by-step instructions, photos and printable instructions. Everything you need to craft your own sock pumpkins!

Supplies You Need for Making Sock Pumpkins

Sock pumpkins are a great way to repurpose old socks that have developed holes, but you can also buy brand-new socks if you like. I chose a pack with multiple coordinating colors in this pretty textured knit.

Socks and small decorative pumpkins made from socks.

Besides socks, you’ll need a few other basic sewing supplies.

Here’s the complete supply list:

  • socks – this pack of socks is what I used
  • a needle and thread
  • polyester filling
  • a lightweight to medium-thick yarn (I like using a fingering, sport, or worsted weight)
  • a larger doll needle (about 3″ long) or a plastic yarn needle in a pinch (a little harder to work with, but can be done)
  • dry twigs to use for the stem
  • glue gun
Socks, sock pumpkins, orange scissors, and a needle and thread.

What Kind of Socks to Use?

You can really use any kind of sock, but I use women’s crew socks to make my sock pumpkins and here’s why: once you cut away the heel section and the toe (cutting the toe is optional) you’ll have two pieces of sock that are nearly the same size and already a great ratio for turning into pumpkins.

DIY pumpkins made from socks arranged in a metal basket.

You can use ankle or no-show socks too, but if you are buying new socks, I would skip these as you’ll only net one pumpkin per sock.

As for longer socks (like knee-high socks), these are great because you can get three (or more) pumpkins per sock. You’ll just have to figure out how many cuts you want to make in the leg of the sock.

Something else to keep your eye out for are socks where the pattern goes all the way around the sock (even on the foot part). These aren’t as common since typically the foot of the sock is knit flat, but they look so great for pumpkins.

This 3-pack of textured knit women’s socks from Target has the textured pattern wrapping around the entire sock and is perfect for DIY sock pumpkins–and you can buy different colors too!

Brown and white DIY sock pumpkins arranged in a decorative basket.

Ready to get started? Find my tutorial video and complete instructions ahead!

How to Make DIY Sock Pumpkins Step-by-Step

Follow the instructions, and/or watch the video! You can also print the instructions for later at the end of the tutorial.

Cut a Crew Sock in Two Pieces

If you are using a crew sock (roughly the same amount of fabric in the leg section and the foot section), cut out the heel area and the toe. You can technically leave the toe in if you want, but the shape of the pumpkin would be a little different and I don’t like having the big seam for the toe showing.

Cutting a crew sock into two pieces.

Note: If you are using a shorter sock, you will cut away the heel, cuff, and toe and have one piece of sock for a pumpkin. Longer socks will yield more than two pumpkins as you can cut the leg into multiple pieces.

Sew the Sock Closed

Select one of the pieces you are left with and using a needle threaded with a doubled and knotted thread, sew a gathering stitch all the way around the tube of the sock. Leave about 3/4″ seam allowance as you stitch the gathering stitch (I’ll show you why in a minute).

Sewing gathering stitches around a crew sock.

Note: to prevent my thread from slipping out of the sock I pull the thread through almost all the way and then I bring my needle between the two strands of thread and pull tight, forming another knot on the inside of the sock. This extra step before I start sewing prevents the knot from slipping through the knit fabric of the sock.

After you sew a gathering stitch all the way around the tube, begin to push the fabric and pull the thread to gather the sock together. When you’ve almost closed the gap, push the edges into the tube to hide, finish tightening the thread and take a couple stitches to secure the gathers.

Two images showing how to sew a sock pumpkin.

Knot your thread and bury the knot as you pull your needle and thread out of the sock.

Stuff the Sock Pumpkin

Stuff the sock with several handfuls of polyester filling, leaving a 3/4″ gap or so at the top to finish closing the pumpkin.

Two images showing how to stuff a handmade pumpkin.

Sew the Pumpkin Closed

Repeat the gathering process, this time around the top of the sock.

Two images showing how to sew a sock pumpkin closed.

Stitch around at about the 3/4″ mark and then pull the stitching closed while tucking in the seam allowance.

Take a few stitches to secure, knot and bury your thread.

Sew In Grooves

Now, thread a doll needle with a single length of yarn about 3-4′ long and tie a thick knot at one end.

Bring the yarn up through the center of the pumpkin, hiding the knot as you do so.

Two images showing how to sew grooves into a fabric pumpkin.

Wrap the yarn around and down the side of the pumpkin and bring it back up through the center. Pull as tight as you want to form the grooves of the pumpkin.

Repeat to make more grooves.

Two images showing how to sew grooves into a fabric pumpkin.

When finished, take a few hidden stitches in the center to secure, then knot off your thread and bury it as you stitch the needle and thread out of the pumpkin.

Add a Stem

Heat a small glue gun and prepare a small twig for the stem. I usually break off an inch or two. Add a little glue to the bottom edge of the twig and insert into the top of your pumpkin. Let dry.

Two images showing how to hot glue a twig stem to a handmade pumpkins.

All done! Repeat to create more DIY sock pumpkins and embellish them as desired.

A brown knit pumpkin made from a sock with a twig stem.
Handmade pumpkins in a metal basket.

More Pumpkin Tutorials to Try

DIY pumpkins made from socks arranged in a metal basket.

DIY Sock Pumpkins

Learn how to make easy DIY sock pumpkins! All you need to make this cute fall craft is a sock, a needle & thread, doll needle, stuffing, and yarn. Great for budget-friendly fall home décor.
Prep Time 5 mins
Project Time 20 mins

Supplies
  

  • a needle and thread
  • polyester filling
  • light to medium-thick yarn I like a fingering, sport, or worsted weight
  • a larger doll needle about 3″ long or a plastic yarn needle in a pinch (a little harder to work with, but can be done)
  • dry twigs to use for the stem
  • glue gun

Instructions
 

Cut a Crew Sock in Two Pieces

  • If you are using a crew sock (roughly the same amount of fabric in the leg section and the foot section), cut out the heel area and the toe. You can technically leave the toe in if you want, but the shape of the pumpkin would be a little different and I don’t like having the big seam for the toe showing in the finished pumpkin.

Sew the Sock Closed

  • Select one of the sock pieces you are left with and using a needle threaded with a doubled and knotted thread, sew a gathering stitch all the way around the tube of the sock. Leave about a 3/4″ of a seam allowance for your gathering stitch (I’ll show you why in a minute).
    Note: to prevent my thread from slipping out of the sock I pull the thread through almost all the way and then I bring my needle between the two strands of thread and pull tight forming a small slip knot on the inside of the sock and prevent the knot from slipping.
  • After you work your gathering stitch all the way around the tube, begin to push the fabric and pull the thread to gather the sock together. When you’ve almost closed the gap, push the edges into the tube to hide, finish tightening the thread and take a couple stitches to secure the gathers.
  • Knot your thread and bury the knot as you pull your needle and thread out of the sock.

Stuff the Pumpkin

  • Stuff the sock with a few handfuls of polyester filling, leaving a 3/4″ gap or so at the top to finish closing the pumpkin.

Sew the Pumpkin Closed

  • Repeat the gathering process, this time around the top of the sock.
  • Stitch around at about the 3/4″ mark and then pull the stitching closed while tucking in the seam allowance.
  • Take a few stitches to secure, knot and bury your thread.

Sew In Grooves

  • Now, thread a doll needle with a single length of yarn about 3-4′ long and tie a thick knot at one end.
  • Bring the yarn up through the center of the pumpkin, hiding the knot as you do so.
  • Wrap the yarn around and down the side of the pumpkin and bring it back up through the center. Pull as tight as you want to form the grooves of the pumpkin.
  • Repeat to make more grooves.
  • When finished, take a few hidden stitches in the center to secure, then knot off your thread and bury it as you stitch the needle and thread out of the pumpkin.

Add a Stem

  • Heat a small glue gun and prepare a small twig for the stem. I usually break off an inch or two. Add a little glue to the bottom edge of the twig and insert into the top of your pumpkin. Let dry.
  • All done! Embellish your sock pumpkin as desired!

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