I always thought fabric pumpkins are pretty cool….I decided to try and figure it out and looked and looked for directions. I remembered seeing something one time on making them and since I couldn’t find the directions went off of memory and got creative.
If you know how to make a fabric yoyo, you can make a pumpkin. What you will need….
- Fabric of your choice in assorted colors / patterns.
- Pot lids in various sizes (the bigger the lid, the bigger the pumpkin). If you don’t want to use a pot lid or you can make a template using the thumb tack, string and a pencil method.
- Leaves; you can use silk or make some from green felt.
- Wood dowel or small piece of branch for the stem.
- Wire (optional) to make the vine (thicker gage)
- Embroidery floss.
- Needle and thread.
- Hot glue.
Trace a pot lid onto the fabric using a pencil. After you are done, cut the circle(s) and your ready to make your first yoyo. Using a needle and thread stitch around the edge of the fabric using a basting stitch, when you get to the end, gently pull it to gather it into a pouch leaving an opening big enough to stuff. After you have stuffed it to the firmness you want, finish pulling the edge closed and stitch together to hold the in place.
Get your embroidery floss ready (do not separate strands). You will then take the embroidery needle and push it up through the bottom of the pumpkin and pull it out of the top to start making the pumpkin shape; you’ll want to make sure you pull it tight enough as you go around to keep the shape. You can tie it off either at the top or bottom of the pumpkin.
Next, grab your leaf (leaves) and hot glue it in place. You would then cut a piece of dowel to the size you want for the stem and paint it green or brown or use a piece of branch and hot glue it to the center of the pumpkin. If you choose to, you can add a stem by using the wire; cut the desired length and bend it in a spiral shape using needle nose pliers or a pencil and hot glue it in place.
These are great for fall decorations or make a set and give them as a gift. I sell them at craft shows and the little ones are a big hit.
I hope you enjoyed my pumpkin tutorial. Please feel free to share a pic and/or leave me a comment.
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