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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fun Festive Fabric Pumpkins!

Well, I admit it, Fall is upon us.  
While I'm not thrilled about the impending snow storms and the inevitable snowed-in days, I do love fall!
The cool weather, the colors, the leaves changing and falling off the trees, and the fun Fall decor!

Here is my first craft of the season.
Cute, festive, stuffed pumpkins!
Cute right?!  I whipped up two of these babies during an episode of What Not To Wear.

Want to make some of your own?  Here we go!

Start with whatever fabric you're going to use.  Make the width twice as long as as the height.
I made mine 11 inches by 22 inches. 

Next we're gonna ruffle the top and the bottom (the two long sides.)
On the sewing machine use the longest stitches and the highest tension.  Start sewing without pulling the fabric tight and the machine should do the ruffling  for you.  
(if it doesn't then just pull on one of the strings when you're done sewing to make it ruffle up.)

What we're going to do next is sew the two shorter sides together (11 inch sides) right sides together.

Now you'll have a tube with a ruffly top and bottom.  
Gather the bottom together and hand stitch it closed.

Next fill it full of stuffing. . .

Then gather the top and stitch it closed.
This is what it looks like at this point. . . a big round lumpy {almost} pumpkin.

The next step is whats gonna give it that pumpkiny look.
I just used some regular thread and a long needle. . . start at the bottom, and bring your needle up through the middle and then down around to the bottom and up through the middle again as many times as you want - I did it 5 times.
(does that all make sense???)

Now for the stem.  Super easy.
Cut two stem shaped pieces.  They don't have to be perfect. . . what stem is perfect???

Sew them right sides together, flip right sides out and stuff.  Now sew the bottom closed.  It doesn't matter what it looks like, the bottom wont show.

Last step, pull out the hot glue gun and glue on the stem and if you want to a couple fake leaves.
And Voila!  There you have your cute stuffed pumpkin!

Now all you have to decide where to put them!
On the kitchen table. . .

Maybe on the entryway table?

No matter where you put them they will look fab and make a great fall decoration!

Thanks for stopping by. . . Enjoy this beautiful season and happy creating!


Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Really creative! Nice job!

devin said...

oh my goodness! those are just too cute to even describe!

i WILL be making some tomorrow! thanks for the idea!

Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

Oh this is fabulous. I love cloth pumpkins. I think I am going try these with some scrap material. Thanks for the tutorial.

Kristin Renee' Wynegar said...

these are sooo cute! I love this idea!

Amy said...

These are very cute. I love the fabrics you chose- not so over the top fall! visiting from sew much ado. :)

Amy Meyer said...

Super cute pumpkins! I also love the fabric you chose! Great job and thanks for the tutorial!


Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

So very cute!! :)

Joy said...

cute! i have been wanting to make me some just havent found the right fabric yet!

Crystal said...

Very cute! I have no talent (lol) but i love seeing what others can do. New follower from FF

emilyc @ Sew Super Sweet said...

So,so cute! I love this time of year!

Stopping by from New Friend Friday at the Trendy Treehouse/Girl Creative.

Happy Friday!

Tere said...

Very cute! I've been wanting to make some of these so thanks so much for the tutorial! Come link up at terelauritsen.blogspot.com

Crafty Girls Workshop said...

Hey stopping by from New Friend Friday. I love your pumpkins! I'm linking to you on my Fun Friday links on my blog. Thought you'd like to know. Thanks for sharing!


ruthhill74 said...

Those are so cute and easy! I just found you from crafty girls Friday link Friday. I am your new follower. Here's my blog if you fancy a look:

Stacey said...

Love them, but you lost me at sewing machine! I can't sew to save my life! Cute though!

Micki said...

Thank you SO much! I've seen a couple fabric tutorials, but they're all too two-dimensional. This is the one I've been looking for forever and I can't stop making them :) Thank you!

Carolina said...

I love that you used gathering - so much easier than cutting a bunch of small pieces!

I linked to your project over at Pumpkin Week:


Sherry said...

Love how easy these pumpkins are to make. I've already made a few and am sharing your blog with friends.

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