Easy Embroidered Pumpkins – Preparing the Fabric

embroidered pumpkins with title "part one - fabric prep".

If you love crunching leaves, cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes, you will love this quick and easy embroidery project. It’s a great way to practice or learn embroidery stitches.

This basic design can be adapted to any shape you like. Why not have a flower or umbrella for spring and a tree or stocking for Christmas?


You only need a few basic embroidery supplies for the project.

You can draw your own pumpkin shape or get a printable template. The printable template is part of the FREE Epida Studio embroidery template collection. Sign up today to get it.


Outline the shape

Cut out the pumpkin template. Centre on the fabric and trace with a water soluble marker or chalk. Be sure to test the marker first to ensure that the lines will come out of the fabric.

tracing the embroidery template onto the fabric.

Do not use pencil or permanent marker because these lines will not be covered by stitches.

pumpkin outline marked on fabric.

Mark the stitching lines

Mark a straight vertical line in the centre of the pumpkin shape.

marking a straight line for embroidery.

Don’t worry about having the exact centre point. A close estimate is good enough.

Once the centre line is marked, draw parallel lines at half inch intervals on both sides of the pumpkin.

marking stitching lines for easy pumpkin embroidery.

If you have a quilting ruler, it is easy to measure the half inch spaces.

pumpkin marked on fabric for easy embroidery.

The marked lines will be for the foundation embroidery lines, and filling stitches will be added in between.


Once the fabric has been marked, put it into the embroidery hoop.

fabric in embroidery hoop ready to be stitched.

The design should be centred in the hoop as much as possible.

For the sample project, I used a 7″ plastic hoop for stitching and a 6″ wooden hoop for framing. You can use the same hoop for both stitching and framing.

Now you are ready to begin stitching the foundation lines.

Elizabeth DeCroos - Epida Studio.

Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.

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