Tutorial: Cross Stitch Your Halloween Pumpkin!


I thought I would try a new approach to this years pumpkin carving day. Why carve when you can stitch! It was not super easy but after lots of trial and error I can save you the trouble (and bandaids) and your experience should be pleasant, relatively quick and pain free!

Total Project Cost: $5.25


  • A Large Pumpkin

  • Big ole knife

  • Spoon

  • Drill with 1/8" bit

  • Masking tape

  • Scissors

  • 11 yards of black silk cord

  • 3 ¾" yarn needle

  • Embroidery Needle

  • Pattern

  • Sharpie

Step 1: Use your big ole knife and spoon to cut and gut your pumpkin like you would if you were carving it.


Step 2: Map out your pattern on some grid paper. I used 4"x4" grid squares. I stuck with a pretty basic skull and highly suggest using a pattern that is simple and under 40 cross stitches. I used my sharpie to mark the spots where I would need to poke the holes.


Step 3: Tape your pattern carefully onto the pumpkin face doing your best to keep it as flat as possible.


Step 4: Use a hefty embroidery needle to mark the spots where you will drill your holes.


Step 5: Remove the pattern 


Step 6: Use the drill to make sure the holes are big enough and go all the way through the pumpkin.


Step 7: Thread your yarn needle with the black silk cord. Knot the end and use your pattern to begin stitching your pumpkin. (I’m assuming you already know how to cross stitch.) Some tips: To help you find the holes when stitching from the inside out, I used a smaller drill bit and pushed it through the hole from the outside in so that I could identify the hole and push the needles through. 


Then it’s just stitch, stitch, stitch until you are done! 

And how darling does this look?! You will have the coolest pumpkin on the block. 

I hope this was helpful. If you have questions you can tweet me: @ShannonDowney, hit me up on instagram @badasscrossstitch or email me badasscrossstitch@gmail.com 

If you try this, I would love to see your results so be sure to tag me or shoot me a picture if you would. 

Happy Stitching!