Have you seen the cute, little pumpkins at Dollar Tree? I stopped in to get one because I had an idea in my head how I could update a dollar store pumpkin with fabric. I also discovered a great fall cut out, check out what I did with it here.
But back to the fabric pumpkin. My first step when I started thinking about fabric pumpkins was to check Pinterest for a pattern to use, why reinvent the wheel right? I discovered just what I was looking for at The Pursuit Of Happiness. Lisa created some cute fabric pumpkins with a pattern so I printed it out to use as a guide.
It was larger than what I needed so I drew out my own on graph paper. Using my tape measure I measured from the stem to the middle of the bottom of the pumpkin. Then I measured the circumference and decided I wanted 8 pieces of fabric. The pattern is included which shows the measurements.
I have a load of fabric so I pulled out some scrap burlap, plain and some with a script pattern. I cut out 4 pieces of each type of burlap. Before I got started on gluing the burlap to the pumpkin I used gold metallic wax on the stem. It gives it a nice finished look.
Alternating each piece of fabric I hot glued it to the pumpkin. Just glue along the long edge and then place the narrow edge of the burlap close to the stem.
To hide the piece of burlap on the bottom, cut out a circle and hot glue it to the bottom.
Take 3 ply twine and cut three pieces in varying lengths. Hot glue a piece around the stem in order to hide the fabric edge and let some of it dangle. Repeat with the other 2 pieces of twine.
Isn’t that an easy way to update a Dollar Store pumpkin with fabric? I am using it, in a little vignette on my kitchen table. By the way, you can learn how to make your own tray here.
Small Faux Pumpkin
Plain Burlap Fabric
Printed Burlap Fabric(suggested)
Hot glue gun & glue(suggested)
Gold metallic wax
Now It’s Time To Say Goodbye To Summer
Now it’s time to say goodbye to summer and think about fall decorating. Have you noticed little hints of it in Blogland? I love getting out my fall plates. I only have eight small bread plates but I do enjoy them. I bought them at Walmart several years ago. The plates coordinate with my cream ironstone dishes. I always feel melancholy when the seasons change. I hate letting go of summer and thinking about fall. Is it because I am getting older? Probably. In addition to getting out the plates I will put away the summer placemats, napkins and center pieces and decorate with more fall looking items. There are the pumpkins made out of wood edging and other decorations to put out to remind us the hot summer is fading away.
Even though I live in Florida I can see the seasonal changes. The days are still summer like, but the air feels just a bit cooler early in the morning. The grass and plants are looking worn out from so much heat and rain that we had this summer. The sky seems to have lost the blue intensity. The streets and highways are getting crowded because our visitor’s come down earlier and earlier to get out of the cold.
Goodbye Summer, Hello FallAnd our favorite craft and DIY stores have already put out fall items to get us in the mood. Goodbye Summer, Happy Fall Days are here. High School football games, fall festivals and the end of hurricane season is almost upon us. While the rest of the country will be pulling out sweaters and coats we will still be wearing our summer clothes well into the fall months wishing for cooler temperatures while we put up the fall decorations and stash away the reminders of summer. So now it is time to say goodbye to summer.