Do you celebrate halloween ?
As a rule we don’t really , but we do put up some funky decor including these super cute fabric pumpkins .
Want to make your own ?
You will need :
- Fabric – A fat quarter is enough for a small pumpkin , Scraps – For the stalk.
- Scissors/Rotary Cutter (whichever you like to use best)
- Straight edge (ruler)
- Embroidery Floss or wool
- Perle cotton
- Self-healing mat
- Polyester Fiberfil (to stuff your pumpkins with)
- Sewing clips or pins
- Vanishing marker/pen
- Embroidery needle.
Let’s get making !
The size of your fabric should be twice as long as it is wide… i.e. a 6″x12″, or a 9″x18″, etc.
Once you’ve cut your fabric, fold it in half so that the wrong side of the fabric is on the outside.
Stitch along the edge as above.
Now , turn the tension on your sewing machine to the highest number ,and select your longest stitch – we are going to gather the top edge – DON’T backstitch and make sure to leave nice long thread tails.
Separate the bobbin and the top thread and pull one thread SLOWLY , until they meet in the middle. Tie the thread tightly together.
Turn the pumpkin right side out , and give it a good stuffing with the polyfil.
TOP TIP : You can put lavender inside at this stage to help combat moths coming indoors at this time of year if you want .
Using strong thread , perle cotton doubled or embroidery floss sew around the top of the open edge of the pumpkin and pull tight , tuck the edges in and pop a few stitches in the top to hold it nice and firm.
Now for the tough bit , using wool or a strong embroidery thread wrap the outside of the pumpkin 8 times , pulling the wool or thread nice and tight as you go , it pays to knot well ! This will give the pumpkin it’s outside appearance .
Now for the stalk. Grab a scrap and draw a shape , stitch it on the sewing machine , turn right side out and stuff well. Stitch onto the top of the pumpkin with thread ( perle cotton is great to go through all those layers)
Ta da !
One pumpkin !