Last Halloween, on our way out of our local pumpkin patch I noticed some pumpkin stems for sale in a basket. The whole way home, my mind was racing with things that could be done with those cute pumpkin stems. Sadly for me, I had to wait a whole year to get my hands on them. I knew just what I wanted to do with them… Fabric Pumpkins to use as decorations around the house. I couldn’t wait to work on this project!!
Have you ever had something on your mind for a whole year? It’s excruciating! You think about it, then rethink it and then over think it. Then, when the time finally comes to execute the idea, you have anxiety that it won’t turn out the way you’ve had it in your head for the last year! Lucky for me, these little guys turned out exactly the way I had hoped!
I love how the rich fall colors and heavy textures (tweed, crushed velvet, corduroy, etc.) came together around the stems. The pumpkins add a great punch of color to my fall decorations and I love that I can reuse them every year! The pumpkins are so easy to assemble and didn’t break the bank. I found the stems at a few different pumpkin patches. Some places charged a minimal fee and others let me have them for free. Plus, I happened to hit Joann’s when they were having a massive sale, so I got all the fabric 50%+ off. I considered using scrap fabric but I really wanted to use some heavier fabrics that felt more lux to me. So, I splurged a little and am so happy I did. I love my new decorations!
Here’s how I made them:
Fabric – various fall colors, patterns and textures between 1/3 and 1/2 yard
Foam beads or batting – I used both because I ran out of beads
Pumpkin Stems – available at most pumpkin patches
1. Fold the fabric in half and then half again.
2. Starting at the corner where the folds meet, measure out between 2-4 inches along one crease and draw a quarter circle ending 2-4 inches along the other crease.
NOTE: For thicker fabrics, you will want to make smaller circles, hence smaller pumpkins, as when you get further in the process the fabric won’t bunch as much and you won’t be able to close the seam around the stem. Then, you’ll be forced to pull the string out and start all over. Not that I know from experience. Fine… fine… I know from experience. I pulled the string out of two pumpkins and started over because I couldn’t get the seem to close. Do as I say not as I do!
3. Cut the fabric along the line you drew.
4. Open the fabric with the exposed side facing down.
5. Fold the edges down about 1/4 inch. You can press it to keep it in place. But, I just held it down as I went along.
6. Thread the needle with a length of about 10-12 inches of thread. Do not knot the thread.
7. Using a basting stitch, run the needle all the way around the very tip of the folded edge, leaving about 2 inches of thread where you start the stitch (see below).
Notice the 1-2 inches of thread I left out where I started the stitch.
8. As you continue along, start pulling the fabric to bunch it together, making sure you don’t pull the exposed thread where you started through.
9. Once you get all the way around, your fabric should look like this.
10. Fill the fabric with beads or batting.
11. Once the fabric is full, gently pull the threads from both sides to tighten. You want the hole to be slightly bigger than the size of the stem you will be using.
12. Apply hot glue across the bottom and around the edges of the bottom of the pumpkin stem.
13. Nestle the pumpkin stem inside the fabric then quickly but gently tighten the thread so the fabric forms around the stem. Carefully press the fabric into the stem to attach it to the glue.
14. Gently tie the thread into several knots, then trim the excess thread.
You’re done! A cute and festive pumpkin!
Aren’t they so cute?!?
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