No-Sew Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin for Easy DIY Fall Decor

by Dagmar Bleasdale on October 22, 2015

no-sew toilet paper roll pumpkin,

If you checked out my fall home tour I posted yesterday, you saw these no-sew fabric pumpkins I made. I promised you the easy tutorial for them.

No-Sew Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin for Easy DIY Fall Decor

Maybe you don’t have the budget to buy fall decor, or you love to make easy DIY projects — then these pumpkins are perfect for you!

Did you figure out what I made them with?

These cute DIY pumpkins take five minutes to create, and they are made with toilet paper rolls!

No-Sew Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin for Easy DIY Fall Decor

A couple of days ago I wanted to make fabric pumpkins, but I don’t sew, so I had to come up with something easier.

I saw toilet paper roll pumpkins on Pinterest, but I didn’t like how boxy they looked.

The hole in the middle of the roll is perfect to just tuck in the fabric, but I wanted to add something to the width of the pumpkin to make it rounder.

I decided to upcycle plastic bags, and that worked perfectly!

No-Sew Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin

Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Supplies:


  • toilet paper rolls
  • fabric, burlap, or an upcycled T-shirt or blouse (adult size)
  • ribbon or twine
  • upcycle plastic bags or remnant fabric
  • scissors
  • tape
  • stick or pine cone

Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin Tutorial:

I didn’t buy anything for these pumpkins — I had everything I needed already at home.

I used a cotton blouse I was going to donate — the orange color was perfect for these pumpkins. I planned to use twine to make the ridges of the pumpkin but happened to have orange fabric ribbon that worked even better.

Cut the fabric. I just cut the top off the blouse, and then cut it into two pieces (the front and the back).

If you are using remnant fabric or burlap, just make sure you cut out enough fabric that will cover the toilet paper roll, plus more to push into the center.

006aWrap a few plastic bags around the toilet paper roll and secure the ends with tape.

008aYou could cut your fabric into a circle, but I found that the square size worked nicely — it gave me two corners I could make a knot with.

For the first pumpkin, that created “leaves” for the pumpkin, and for the second one, it gave me two corners to tuck into the inside of the toilet paper roll.


Then, wrap the ribbon or twine around your pumpkin — as if you were wrapping a gift.

Find the center of the ribbon and put it on the top of the pumpkin. Then wrap both ends around the roll, cross them on the bottom, and wrap them again to the top.

014aCross the ribbon on the top again, then on the bottom again, and finally secure the ends on the top with a knot to create eight sections on the pumpkin.

017aFinally, find a short stick and push it into the center of the pumpkin.

022aDIY toilet paper roll pumpkin, DagmarBleasdale.comDidn’t these turn out so cute? I love how easy these pumpkins are to make — and that they are made with upcycled plastic bags.

DIY toilet paper roll pumpkin, DagmarBleasdale.com062a

I loved making these so much, I created many more DIY pumpkins that evening — I covered ceramic apples I had with the left-over fabric from the blouse and a white vintage tablecloth, and made some with vintage Jello molds.

For those, I just knotted the fabric on the top and used one end as the “stem,” or I tucked both ends in and used a little stick for the stem.

I decorated a whole table with them:

fall decor with DIY fabric pumpkins

How adorable is it that the blouse corner with the button ended up being the “leaf” of this orange pumpkin? If you are reusing clothing for your pumpkins, just have fun and experiment with the fabric to create the shape and look you want.


Think of what you have at home that is kind of round and has a hole in the middle you can tuck the fabric into — that way you don’t have to sew to make fabric pumpkins.

I could think of many more things that we have that would work for more pumpkins — like jars, upcycled cans, and candle holders.

If they are too skinny initially, like a can, simply add a ton of plastic bags to create round pumpkins.

My brown paper bag pumpkins are the absolute easiest DIY pumpkins you could ever make: simply stuff paper bags with plastic bags and twist the top of the bag into a stem – done!

Are you inspired to make your own no-sew toilet paper roll pumpkin? It’s a super-easy project you could also do with your kids this fall.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamie August 6, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Those are adorable!! I am so glad that it’s getting closer to that time of year! :) Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty


Linda at Mixed Kreations October 29, 2015 at 5:07 PM

Very thrifty and so cute! I love that they can be made from things you already have at the house. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!


Dagmar Bleasdale October 31, 2015 at 9:53 PM

Thank you for your comment and pin, Linda!


Tiffany October 29, 2015 at 12:53 PM

Hi, Dagmar ~ These pumpkins are so cute and simple (my kind of decorations)! :0) I can’t wait to make a couple to fill in the holes of my fall decorations. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party! Hope to see you again on Sunday night!


Kate October 29, 2015 at 10:06 AM

These are adorable! So simple and thrifty, two of my favorite qualities for a diy! Thanks for sharing!

Reply October 29, 2015 at 6:33 AM

I absolutely love this Dagmar! They are amazing, you are so creative! Who would have thought of doing this with toiletpaper!!! Not me! I love your fall display, it’s beautiful!


Dagmar Bleasdale October 31, 2015 at 9:54 PM

Thank you so much, Katrin!


Jennifer October 23, 2015 at 8:24 PM

Hi Dagmar,
I had seen those pumpkins on Pinterest and wanted to make them but was dragging my feet going to Joann’s to get some scrap fabric. You took it a step further by using an old shirt. I have some old flannel shirts of my father’s laying around. I am going to pick the most fall like one and cut it up and use that. Thanks for the great idea! Have a happy Halloween and Thanksgiving!!


Brenda Young October 22, 2015 at 9:11 AM

These are super cute, and oh so simple Dagmar, love them Pinning for sure!


Dagmar Bleasdale October 23, 2015 at 1:53 AM

Thanks so much, Brenda!


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