Now the minute fall is in the air the internet is full of fabric pumpkins. And why not! They are so adorable. You can make them big, medium or small. Actually any size at all. It is an easy thing to make and takes minimal sewing. This is my version of the fabric pumpkin for fall.
Once again I pulled a selection of material from the fabric samples my neighbor gave me. I never thought I would be able to use them but I have made a couple of things such as the fabric pouch, and the Pumpkin Patch garland and now this project.
You can get two pumpkins from one fabric sample by cutting it into rectangles of 6” x 12”. I ended up making 8 little pumpkins so the more I made the better I got. I decided to keep 4 for myself and put 4 in the booth for my Pumpkin Patch.
The other pumpkins in my pumpkin patch are the ones I made a couple of years ago from landscape wood edging and one from the plant caddy which will be posted later . Plus I also have another one that I don’t know what it was in its former life. That post is coming up soon.
But let’s get to this project. Sew a straight line along the long edge that was cut to prevent raveling. With right sides together, sew a ¼ inch seam along the 6” side.
I found the best thing to do is to use the embroidery floss and gather the bottom, pull taut and do an overcast stitch so it is secure. With the first few I used sewing thread but I think the embroidery thread is better. Then turn right side out. Now this is where I may have done something a little differently. Instead of using batting to stuff the pumpkin I decided to use the shredded paper from my shredder. It works perfectly!
After the pumpkin is stuffed, use the embroidery floss to do a running stitch on the opening, pull taut and sew closed.
Time to make the pumpkin look like a pumpkin. I put the top of the pumpkin on my lap, take a length of twine and wrap the pumpkin like a package. What I did was tied it tight on the first wrap, and pulled it tight on the top. Leave the ends of the twine.
Take the green felt and cut 2 leaf shapes. Nothing fancy unless you want to be fancy. I dabbed a little hot glue on the tip of one leaf and glued the other one to it. The dowel was sawed about an inch and a half or so. I eyeballed it.
We’re on the final stretch. Place the leaves on the top of the pumpkin. Take the dowel and jam it into the pumpkin top. Dab hot glue at the base. Wrap one tail of the twine around the dowel. I glued it at the bottom of the dowel, wrapped it and glued in the middle and at the top.
Don’t worry if you run out of twine, cut a piece and hot glue to the spot and keep wrapping. Put glue on the top of the dowel and finish it off. Don’t worry about the other piece of twine, think of it as a tendril from the pumpkin patch.
And that is my version of the fabric pumpkin for fall. Fabric pumpkins are so darn cute, aren’t they? I’m glad I finally tried it, I hope you will too.
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