Easy Embroidered Pumpkins – Stitching the foundation lines

embroidered pumpkins with title "part two - foundation stitches".

This pumpkin embroidery is a quick and easy project. It is great for fall decor, and you can use the same technique to stitch other shapes for other seasons.

You can see how to prepare and mark your fabric here. Once the fabric is in the hoop, you are ready to begin stitching.

This embroidery can be stitched with any fabric and thread that you have on hand. Just use a thread weight that is balanced to the fabric. If you use a fine thread on a heavy fabric, it will be difficult to see. If you use a heavy thread on a lightweight fabric, the fabric will not be able to support it, and it will be distorted.

The foundations lines are stitched right on the marked lines. There are three different stitches, so stitch every third line with the same stitch.

Use lengths of thread about 18″. Thread a crewel needle (pointy end, long eye) and knot the thread.


Back Stitch

The first stitch is back stitch. Choose one of the lines (it doesn’t matter which).

Bring the thread up

Bring up the needle just under 1/4″ away from the edge of the pumpkin shape on whichever line you choose.

bringing the thread up for back stitch in pumpkin embroidery.

Stitch back

Stitch back to the end of the line.

stitching back on the pumpkin embroidery.

Bring needle up ahead

Bring the needle up ahead of the stitch you just made.

stitching ahead for backstitch in pumpkin embroidery.

Stitch back again

Stitch back into the edge of the first stitch. Use the same hole that you used to bring the thread to the front.

stitching back in easy pumpkin embroidery.

Stitch the entire line

Continue in the same manner, stitching ahead and then back until you get to the end of the line. When you reach the end, weave the thread in the back of a few stitches, then trim.


Stitch every third line with back stitch.

pumpkin with three backstitch lines embroidered.

Wrapped Running Stitch

The next stitch used is wrapped running stitch.

Stitch running stitch

Stitch along a line in running stitch.

stitching running stitch in pumpkin embroidery.

Make the stitches just under 1/4″ long.

running stitch in embroidered pumpkin tutorial.

Bring the thread to the front

When you get to the end of the line, bring the thread to the front of the embroidery.

Weave under stitches

Slide the needle under the stitches one at a time from the same direction. The needle does not go into the fabric, just under the stitches.

wrapping the running stitches in pumpkin embroidery.

Finish the line

Weave under every stitch until you get back to the end of the line where you began stitching. Take the thread to the back. Weave the end of the thread in the back of stitches and trim.

embroidered pumpkin in progress.


Repeat on every third line.

embroidering the foundation lines on the easy pumpkin embroidery.

Chain Stitch

The last stitch is chain stitch. This will be used on the remaining lines.

Bring up thread

Bring up the thread at the end of one of the lines. Take a stitch in the same spot. Wrap the thread under the needle, as you pull it through. Don’t pull the needle through to the back of the fabric. Just take a stitch down and up.

taking the first chain stitch in pumpkin embroidery.

The thread will loop around itself.

Next stitch

Put the needle into the same hole you just came out of. Take a stitch, wrapping the thread around in the same way.

chain stitching in pumpkin embroidery.

Finish the line

Continue stitching along the line in the same way. When you get to the end of the line, take the needle to the back of the fabric. Weave the end into the back of the stitches and trim.

chain stitch line in easy embroidery.

You’re done!

The foundation stitches are done.

embroidered pumpkin with foundation lines stitched.

The next step is to stitch the filling stitches.

Be sure to share a picture of your embroidery #epidastudio to inspire others.


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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