Friday, September 27, 2013

Simple Fabric Pumpkins {tutorial}

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

I was wanting to add some new items to my fall décor this year and really liked the idea of some fabric pumpkins. Most of the ideas I found through Pinterest involved a lot of cutting and sewing, but then I found THIS tutorial from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. Hers was by far the easiest way to make some adorable pumpkins. I used my sewing machine instead of hand stitching, and decided to switch up how I finished mine off, so I thought I’d do a tutorial as well in case you, like me, would rather not go out in some crazy rain to find sticks to use as stems.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

I pretty much made a pumpkin patch’s worth because I planned on using three to decorate the registration table at a mom’s group I’m a part of. But then I liked the way this looked across my buffet that I made a few more.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

I love the combo of jute, raffia, fabric and burlap. My materials for a patch’s worth were: 1/2 yard burlap, 1/3 yard each of two coordinating fabrics, 1 roll of jute, 1 package of green raffia, 1 roll of green florist’s wire, batting and plastic grocery bags.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

I cut sevearl different sizes of fabric—the ratio of width to height determines the shape of your pumpkin (a more square piece makes a taller pumpkin, a wider rectangle makes a shorter/squatier pumpkin). As you can see, I didn’t bother ironing my material first and it didn’t matter at all.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial
(don’t you love my chipped polish?)

1. Folding fabric in half with short ends and right sides together, sew the side opposite the folded side.
2. Still wrong side out, sew a gathering stitch around one open edge of the tube (see picture below if you aren’t familiar with a gathering stitch).
3. Pull your thread tight until your opening is closed and tie off the threads.
4. Turn your material right side out and the gathered closing will be the base of your pumpkin.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

For a gathering stitch, set your tension to the highest and stitch length to the longest setting and sew. Be sure and leave lots of extra thread when you clip it so you have enough to hold onto.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

The gathering stitch doesn’t work well on the burlap because it’s a much thicker material. Instead, I clipped one of the burlap strings close to the seam and pulled it tight.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

5. Sew a gathering stitch around the remaining opening but don’t pull your threads tight yet.
6. Fill your pumpkin with batting. For my larger pumpkins, I followed Jamie’s advice and used plastic grocery bags as filler, wrapping them in batting.
7. Pull the treads tight. On some of the pumpkins the thread broke or it didn’t completely close the opening, so on those I wrapped the remaining thread around the gathered material and tied it off.
8. On the ones that it did close perfectly I just tied the threads off and it looked really nice.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

9. Use the jute to wrap around the pumpkin as though you’re tying ribbon around a gift. Section it in half, quarters and then eighths, pulling tight so the sections are well defined.
10. Tie off the jute.
11. To make a raffia stem take a handful of it and then fold it in half.
12. Slide the fold under the jute knot and the slip the ends through it for a knot.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial
13. Tying it this way means the raffia will stick up, more stem like.
14. Trim the stem to your desired length.
15. Wrap some florist’s wire around a stick or something round to make curly vines.
16. Tie the jute ends around the middle of the wire. You can just tie it in a knot or do a bow.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

And then you have some super cute pumpkins! This was a great, simple project that adds a lot of fall pop to my home.

Go HERE for past fall-related projects and decorations.

Thanks for stopping by!

9 comments:

  1. These are cute. =) I like the way you did the raffia stems.

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  2. Oh I love these!! I'm going to *try* and make some of these with my son!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  3. These are so cute!! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial. When it goes live, you can find it here:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-simple-fabric-pumpkins/2013/09/30/
    --Anne

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  4. So So adorable.. I love this combo too.........thank you for sharing

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  5. so cute, I have a ton of remnants that would look cute as pumpkins. However, no Halloween fabrics. I still think a hot pink chevron or any design would work. Thanks for the tutorial and pinned.

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  6. Love these, have just made some and it's so easy and quick. They look great....
    I did get frustrated with thread breaking when gathering so used some old upholstery thread that was in my sewing box and worked perfectly.
    Thank you for the tutorial

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  7. This Tutorial is very nice and original! I cited it in my Web Site: http://lunadeicreativi.com/blog/20-zucche-di-halloween.
    Bye bye, Lory

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  8. My goodness! Very cute. :) Although I have to admit I would probably buy one before making one. My skill level doesn't exceed maybe 5 steps. Ha!

    Marlene
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