Remember when I was cuckoo for sunflowers a month ago? I made a Sunflower Pillow, a Cake Mold Sunflower and styled my Back Entry Bedspring with sunflowers? Well, I think since we just jumped into October, my
focus fixation has switched to pumpkins…which is right on schedule, don’t you think? Embrace Autumn with this Fabric Pumpkin How-to!
It all started with the give-away pile of sweaters Happy Girl had left in her room when she headed college-way. Gold, brown, cream, and to top it off an ugly orange terrycloth robe. Hmmm…those look like pumpkin colors.
I know that fabric pumpkins are anything but new in the Pinterest world, but truth be told, I’ve never taken a stab at making any, and felt like this was the year to play around with them. So I perused Pinterest and made a whole board committed to pumpkin-making. You can check it out here: “Pumpkin and Fall Inspiration”. And while you’re there, please follow me!
There are so many different ways of making fabric pumpkins and so many great tutorials out there, I wasn’t intending on showing you how I whipped them up, but guess it’s just habit to take pics while I’m doing something, and figured maybe my way would motivate someone else out there to give it a try. (Because honestly, I have a problem with focus sometimes and didn’t actually read anyone’s tutorial very thoroughly before I just jumped in and started experimenting.) And for that very reason, I’m going to go with more pictures, less words!
If you’re like me and need a paper version to look at, rather than keeping your computer screen on, I created a downloadable, printable PDF you can grab at the end. It’s in my free subscriber resource library.
Fabric Pumpkin How-To
Here are some essential sewing basics you’ll need to create these Fabric Pumpkins:
- I cut off 6 1/2 inches of the sweater sleeve. I turned the right sides in and did two basting stitches on the sewing machine close together at one of the ends. I pulled the threads a little tighter just to pucker the seam a little, so it wasn’t quite so square-ish at the bottom.
- Turn right sides out.
- I stood the little sweater sleeve up and placed some pillow stuffing in the bottom 1/3. I then placed about 1/2 cup of dried garbanzo beans in. ( you could also use kitty litter or any other type of heavy filler). I added more stuffing over the top to almost fill the sleeve.
- With some embroidery floss, I did a simple running stitch around the top edge, pulling the two ends tight and knotting when I was done.
- I was left with a little pouf, ready for it’s ribs.
- With a large eye upholstery-type needle I used a long length of jute twine to poke all the way through the pumpkin from the top gathered spot to the sewed bottom. I left a tail of twine out so I could knot the first rib.
- I continued around the pumpkin, poking all the way through till I created all the ribs I wanted. If you tighten gently, the chubby shape of the pumpkin will begin forming before your eyes.
- I finished off by knotting off my twine. You can choose which end you like better for the top, and then hot glue a piece of stick for a handle. You could also glue a little spanish moss by the handle for added texture.
I tried different things for the ribs, embroidery floss, vintage seam binding, and ended up liking this thinner craft twine I picked up from Target the best.
The tighter weave sweater and the softer fabrics worked best. The looser weaves showed the stuffing too much for my tastes. When I had used up all the sleeves of the sweaters, I started sewing a little sleeve of fabric instead, which worked just as well. The height of your sleeve is usually shrunk by about half once you start creating the ribs.
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Once you’ve figured out the small version pumpkin, you can create larger ones with other fabrics, or feature them en masse on a wreath. See my larger versions with doorknob handles in “Fall Colored Brights in the Bedroom”. Or follow my how-to and create a stunning wreath, “Fabric Pumpkin Harvest Wreath”.
Are you in the mood for harvest yet? I hope this Fabric Pumpkin How-To got you in the mood to fill your home with autumn beauty!
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