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DIY Pumpkin Tea Towels

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Decorate your kitchen for fall with these gorgeous DIY pumpkin tea towels.

When decorating for the season, don’t forget to add touches of fall to your kitchen. And what is easier than adding some amazing pumpkin tea towels.

Tea towels are so fun to make. I have made custom fabric for DIY tea towels and created a stencil for decorating bakery tea towels.

So it just made sense to have fun making more tea towels for Day 3 of the 5 Days of Pumpkin Crafts series. This time, the pumpkin is stealing the show!

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Round pumpkin design sewn into a tea towel hanging on a console table.

DIY Embroidered Pumpkin Design

I wanted these tea towels to look like embroidered teat towels, without having to have an embroidery machine. I guess that makes this DIY embroidery!

At first I thought about couching a cord onto the towels like I did for this DIY spiderweb throw pillow. But the cording added more weight than I wanted for a kitchen towel.

Tall pumpkin design sewn into a tea towel with purple thread hanging on a console.

If you like hand embroidery, you could definitely do that for this design also, but I never got the hand for it. So I turned to my sewing machine.

Most sewing machines have a selection of decorative stitches. These stitches can be sewn in a pattern to create an embroidered look. And it worked perfectly for this pumpkin line design.

Since I was initially planning on using couching for the pumpkin tea towels, I created the design so it was a continuous line. You start at one point and sew in a circle until you finish at the center at a stopping point.

DIY pumpkin tea towels with two different shaped pumpkin designs sewn on them laying on a wood background.

Embroidery with decorative stitches

You can use any decorative stitch your machine has, the one I chose is similar to a blanket stitch but with lines going out both sides instead of just one (but a blanket stitch would also look awesome for this design).

If your machine does not have any decorative stitching, you can compete the design with a zig-zag stitch. Use a scrap of fabric to play around with the zig-zag width and stitch length until you find something you like.

Homemade tea towels with pumpkin designs on them hanging from the draws of a white chippy console table.

And have fun with the colors too. I didn’t want to purchase thread, so instead of two different orange pumpkins, I have a coral colored one and a purple one.

I think the purple gives a nod to Halloween without being spooky. And the colors work well with my homes decor.

Coral colored DIY embroidered pumpkin on a white tea towel.

5 Days of Pumpkin Crafts

To get your home fully decorated for fall, I am sharing a new pumpkin craft tutorial every day this week! Yay for all things pumpkin!

Here are the other amazing pumpkin projects in case you missed any:

Two DIY pumpkin tea towels with a simple pumpkin design sewn into the fabric laying on a wood background.

How to Sew Pumpkin Tea Towels


For my towels, my local store was out of the smaller size so I bought these larger 33″x38″ flour sack towels. Then I cut them in half to make smaller ones.

Flour sack towels in a package.

Prepare the pattern

The large pumpkin sewing design is printed on two 8 1/2″x11″ papers.

Pumpkin tea towel sewing design printed out on two sheets of paper.

Cut along one of the papers on the gray line. Then line the two pieces together matching the triangles.

Secure with a few pieces of tape.

Printed paper sewing pattern taped together at the center.

Lay the design under your tea towel and center.

Using the fabric marking pen, start tracing the design onto the tea towel. If you are having a hard time seeing the design, use a light table or place the design on a window to trace.

If you are planning on sewing right away, use a disappearing fabric marking pen. If not, you can use a fabric pen that disappears with water so it does not disappear before you are done sewing.

Tea towel laying over the pattern being traced with a fabric marker.

I like to trace all the top and bottom loops of the pumpkin then connecting the two lines together in the middle.

Continue until you have traced the entire design.

Pumpkin design completely traced onto the tea towel with a purple disappearing fabric marker.

Attach fabric stabilizer

You will need to use stabilizer while sewing the design to keep the fabric flat. Tear away stabilizer is easy to remove after you are done sewing.

Cut a piece larger then the pumpkin design (at least an inch larger on all sides).

Cutting out a piece of tear away stabilizer to fit over the pumpkin design.

Place the stabilizer under the tea towel where the design is drawn on. Pin it in place.

Fabric stabilizer pinned to the back of the tea towel with pumpkin design drawn on it.

Sew the pumpkin design

Choose a decorative stitch that will work the pumpkin design. I used a design that looks like a blanket stitch but on both sides.

Start sewing at the circle on the pattern.

Setting the sewing foot on the start of the pumpkin design.

Do your best to follow along the lines you drew.

Make sure you allow the fabric to move front and back with the decorative stitch, while carefully guiding it in the arcs of the pumpkin.

The design will be one continuous sewn line for the pumpkin and a second for the stem. Continue around the design until you reach the arrow on the pattern. Then back-stitch a couple times to secure.

Sewing a pumpkin design on a tea towel with decorative stitch on a sewing machine.

Change thread colors and start the stem on the second dot in the pattern. Follow the line to the arrow.

Stitching the stem of the pumpkin design for the DIY tea towels.

Making curves with decorative stitching can be hard.

Make sure to stop at the end of a completed decoration with the needle down. Then lift the sewing machine foot and pivot the fabric to line up with your drawing lines.

Stitch another full decorative stitch or two, then repeat as needed to get around the curves.

Closeup of the sewing foot raised over the sewing design with the needle down in the fabric.

Remove the stabilizer

Remove the tea towel from the sewing machine and clip the threads. Now you can tear away the stabilizer around the stitches.

Tearing away the stabilizer around the back of the pumpkin design.

I found it was easy to grab my seam ripper and with a very light touch, it cut away the excess stabilizer. Make sure not to cut your stitching.

Expert Tip:

Place the side of the seam ripper with the bead on it in between the fabric and the stabilizer and let it guide you along the stitching without cutting it.

Using a seam ripper to remove the tear away stabilizer from the back of the tea towels.

Once all your stabilizer is removed, your pumpkin tea towels are ready to display and use!

I love the large pumpkin design sewn into the fabric. They are soft and beautiful and I did it myself! Which I think is always the best 😉

Two DIY tea towels with large pumpkins stitched into them hanging on a console table.

These DIY fall tea towels would make an excellent gift. Wrap them around a warm loaf of pumpkin bread and whoever is lucky enough to receive that will love you forever.

Or at least I would! Now I guess I need pumpkin bread.

Happy sewing!

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Wednesday 20th of October 2021

You could use wash-away stabilizer so you wouldn't have to cut it away.


Sunday 24th of October 2021

That would definitely work, do you have a wash-away stabilizer you like? I haven't found one I am super happy with yet.

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