How To Make Sock Pumpkins The Easy Way

Sock pumpkins are incredibly easy to make and add a nice touch to your fall decor. Make cute sock pumpkins in any color or pattern to fit your particular style. This is a cheap and easy fall decor craft. Let’s learn how!

Sock pumpkins can be made with a leftover sock that wasn’t eaten by the dryer, or you can purchase cute fuzzy socks just about anywhere. I’ve found them at Dollar Tree but it’s hit or miss there so Amazon has a cute pack of fuzzy socks and you can even keep a few pairs for yourself.

DIY Sock Pumpkins Supplies

  • Socks (obviously)
  • Rubberbands or twine/yarn or needle and thread – more about this in a minute
  • Polyfil
  • A stem (a stick from the yard, a cinnamon stick, or rolled fabric)
  • Fall items to decorate the pumpkins if you’d like
  • Yarn or twine to make the sections
  • Glue (I like to use a hot glue gun)
  • Needle with a large eye (optional, there’s another way below!)

How To Make Sock Pumpkins

Here are the step-by-step instructions for how to make pumpkins with old or new socks and I’ve included photos to make your life even easier. Decorative supplies can be used if you’d like and can be found at craft stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

  1. Turn your sock inside out and cut off the toe. (unless you like the toe, then you can leave it on for the first pumpkin. You can get two out of one sock!)
  2. Tie off the bottom with a string or a rubber band.
  3. Turn the sock right-side out and stuff it as full as you want it with Polyfil (aka stuffing).
  4. Tie off the top of the pumpkin at the top and trim the excess sock.
  5. Thread the needle with yarn or twine (or even dental floss) and sew up through the center and create sections, pulling tightly with each section. If you don’t have a needle, you can use the same method you would when tieing a ribbon around a gift box to create the sections. (images below)
  6. Add your stem and secure it with hot glue.
  7. Add decorations like fall leaves if you’d like.
cutting a sock to make sock pumpkins
This is how I cut the sock to get two pumpkins.
making sock pumpkins
The first pumpkin I use the toe if the sock has no pattern on the toe.
making a pumpkin out of a sock
For the second pumpkin I turn the sock inside out and tie it off then turn it back so the yarn is hidden inside.

Stuff with Polyfil.

sewing sock pumpkins
You can make sections with a needle and thread.
tying yarn around a pumpkin
You can also create sections by twisting around like ribbon on a gift box.

Ideas For Pumpkin Stems

We have so many trees behind our property so I frequently use a broken stick as a stem. Other options are cinnamon sticks, rope, or even rolled fabric or craft paper.

Fall sock pumpkin
Rolled fabric pumpking stem.

To make a pumpkin stem with fabric or paper, simply roll a piece up and then glue it to the top.

If you’re at the pumpkin patch, sometimes you can find a stem on the ground or buy real pumpkin stems on Etsy. They also have faux pumpkin stems that are really cute and would be a great option if you plan to sell fall crafts on Etsy or other marketplaces.

Fall Decorations for Sock Pumpkins

Faux leaves and florals make easy decorations but you can also cut leaves or shapes from felt.

sock pumpkin
Rolled burlap for a stem and fall leaves.

How To Decorate With Sock Pumpkins

These cute DIY pumpkins can be used to create fall shelf decor, decorate a Fall place setting or use in your fall centerpiece. You can also add a sock pumpkin to your Fall tiered tray decor.

Before you go, be sure to check out how to make sweater pumpkins or an inexpensive DIY felt wreath as well!

Happy crafting,


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