Toilet Paper Tube Fabric Pumpkins

These easy-to-make pumpkins use just two main supplies you might already have: toilet paper rolls and old clothes. By upcycling both, you and your kids can create colorful and charming pumpkins to place around your home. 

Crafting Notes: The fabric used for these should not be stiff, as this will make it hard to form the pumpkins. We suggest avoiding denim or linen for the fabric part of these. The quantity and size of your shirts will determine how many pumpkins you can make. We used a large dress to make ours and it made two pumpkins.

Materials for one pumpkin

  • 1 Toilet paper roll
  • Old shirt
  • 5 inches of burlap   


  1. To make a pumpkin with a standard size toilet paper roll, cut about 1-inch off the top of the toilet paper roll. Cut out a 1 ½ square foot piece of fabric. Place the toilet paper roll upright in the middle of the fabric square. Using the leftover fabric from your clothing, wrap the toilet paper roll around the outside. You might need to use other fabric for this depending on how much you have leftover. 
  2. Starting with one corner of the fabric square, tuck the fabric into the center of the toilet paper roll and work your way around the square. Make sure to tuck and fold any excess fabric into the sides to create the lines of the pumpkin. 
  3. After all of the fabric edges have been tucked into the center of the roll, gently fold the top of the roll down into the center inside the fabric to secure the fabric. 
  4. Take your burlap piece and cut out two v’s on either end of the burlap. Fold in half and slightly twist the folded center to separate the tops. Tuck the center of the burlap into the top of the toilet paper roll to complete your pumpkin.