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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Little Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

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Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. We were busy putting in a patio in our back yard while also keeping a close eye on the weather channel - Hurricane Irma is out there and it's still uncertain what path she is taking.  The next few days we will be preparing for the worst but, for today I am going to share a cute little fabric pumpkin I've been making.


Vintage, Paint and more... pumpkins for the decor made with cotton fabric


A couple of years ago I made some little pumpkins out of drop cloth fabric that I just loved.  You can see them here.

Vintage, Paint and more... punpkins made from drop cloth in a farmhouse basket

 Well, when I pulled them out this year I got to thinking about how cute they would be made with different types of fabrics in different prints.  While making them I also changed the pattern up just a tiny bit to get a more constructed look to the pumpkin itself.  So, today I thought I would share the tutorial of how to make these adorable little pumpkins.





Little Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial


Vintage, Paint and more... using a lid as a pattern to make a circle

I started with a pattern.  For this, I used a large lid I had - it measures 12 inches in diameter.  You could honestly use all sizes of circles and come up with all sizes of little pumpkins - a cute little pumpkin patch.  I may have to try this myself later.


Vintage, Paint and more... fabric circle used to make a fabric pumpkin

This is what it looks like after cutting it out.

Vintage, Paint and more... basting stitch used to make fabric pumpkins

I then used a basting or running stitch to gather the edge around the circle.  You want to pull this rather tight as you go along but loose enough to be able to fill with fiberfill later.


Vintage, Paint and more... fabric pumpkin with gathering done

This is how it looks when I was ready to fill it with the fiberfill.....


Vintage, Paint and more... little fabric pumpkin with stuffing placed in it

And how it looks after being filled with the fiberfill.


Vintage, Paint and more... pumpkin showing the opening closure

Next, I pulled the thread and closed the opening as tight as I could.  The tighter the better so there is no space left open after adding the stem.  Tie off your thread.


Vintage, Paint and more... showing the stitching done to make the sections of the pumpkin


Using a needle threaded with a long double thread insert it into the hole in the middle of the pumpkin and push it through to the back.  Pull it tight making an impressed area in the pumpkin.  When it is tight make a tack stitch to anchor this thread so it won't pull loose.  Then wrap it around the pumpkin and pull it tight again making another impressed area - tack this thread also.  You are making the sections of the pumpkin now.  Continue in this manner until you have the number of sections you want - I made six on mine.  They do not have to be even - I feel that the unevenness makes for more interest in the pumpkin itself.  



Vintage, Paint and more... bottom of pumpkin when all stitiching done

This is how the pumpkin looks on the bottom when all the sections are done.  You can see the tacking stitches in the center of the pumpkin.

Bintage, Paint and more... top of finished pumpkin showing the closed opening

This is how it looks on top when all the sections are done.  You can kind of push the fiberfill around a bit and shape your pumpkin if you feel it's a bit lop-sided.

Vintage, Paint and more... adding twine wrapped wine corks as stems to little pumpkins


Next, you need to add some stems.  I used wine corks I wrapped with twine for this.  After wrapping them I simply hot glued them into the center of each pumpkin.  Then I tied a length of twine around the bottom of the stem for some added cuteness.  You could also add some moss or burlap leaves for a more rustic look.

These are so simple and easy to make.  You could make a whole patch in a day.  I used a couple of cotton fat quarters I had on hand - it takes about half of one to make one 12 inch pumpkin.  But, I was thinking how cute would they look with fleece, flannel, sweaters, velvet, corduroy, flannel, really anything you have on hand.  I think I am going to have to try some of these other fabrics myself.  


Vintage, Paint and more... a step by step tutorial to make little pumpkins from the fabric of your choice


I love these little pumpkins and made a few in grays and blacks to go in my living room.  What do you think?  Maybe you will try your hand at a couple to add to your fall decor?  I love to hear from you so tell me about it in the comments below.

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31 comments:

  1. Those turned out so cute Cathy. I love how you used a wine cork for the stem and added a few cute extra bits

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    1. Thank you Michelle. The stem was a problem for me until I remembered I had those wine corks - but, when I finished I really liked them also. thank you for stopping by.

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    2. They really work beautifully ;-) Did everything work out okay for you guys with hurricane Irma?

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  2. I love your pumpkins very much.
    I have plenty of materials and I 'll try to make some.
    Keep going.

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  3. I've always loved these! SO cute!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thank you Jess - I would love to do that.

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  4. The cloth pumpkins are simple to make and cute enough to me used for many decor projects. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much Miriam. I agree they could be used in many different ways. Thank you for stopping by.

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  5. I have been seeing cloth pumpkins a lot lately and love them! This is too cute and I had no idea how to make these until now. Thank you so much for the tutorial! Found your post through the vintage Charm linky. pinned:)

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    1. I know I have seen them a lot lately and love making them. So glad the tutorial will help you to make your own.

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  6. Cathy, I love this idea because you can use whatever fabric in different colors and patterns to fit your own fall decor. Great instructions. Thanks for sharing at Happiness is Homemade.

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    1. Thank you Carol. You can make a whole pumpkin patch with all different colors and fabrics - so cute. Thank you for stopping by.

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  7. Love your little fabric pumpkins, and the DIY Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & sharing.

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    1. Thank you Theresa and thank you so much for pinning.

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  8. Hi Cathy!
    Giving you a feature tomorrow at Sweet Inspiration!

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  9. Just love these. Featuring when my party opens up tonight!

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  10. I liked your tutorial very much and want to try and make a few myself. The wine cork stems are adorable. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Kathy. Hope you have as much fun as I did making them.

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  11. Little fabric pumpkins are so cute. I just made some last week and I now have been bitten by the fabric pumpkin bug. Yours are adorable, I will need to try out your method.

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    1. Thank you Debra. I love these and have to try some different fabrics now. Thank you for stopping by.

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  12. Love your pillows and thanks for the tutorial!!!!

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  13. So very cute and clever. I love these little pumpkins. Great tutorial!

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  14. Thank you Gwen. And, thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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  15. Oh goodness, I have been over the hills in love with all the fabric pumpkins, these are so cute and you make it look so easy!!!
    Would love to have you join us on #omhgff or #omhgww
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Karren Haller

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  16. Great tutorial, Cathy & such a lovely fall vignette! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm--pinned!

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  17. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the To Grandma's house we go link party! I will be featuring it tomorrow morning when the new party starts!

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  18. Love your fabric pumpkins. I am featuring you at Thursday Favorite Things tomorrow.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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