Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Stuffed Pumpkins for you to make


Here are the cutest little pumpkins you can make in a jiffy!  Make a few for yourself and a few to give away.  I had some of my friends come over and we made them together.  You will see us in action in the photos posted.  I wanted to share this idea with you because they are so simple and really look nice.  I am putting several of mine together in a nice old wooden bowl on my dining room table.  These pumpkins are sure to get you into the Fall spirit. I made a few for each of my daughters and they loved them!  Let me know how you do and add a comment about your experiences.  Enjoy the process!

Directions for pumpkins:
1.  Find some suitable fabrics to use - soft, fall colored fabrics or get bold and use some crazier fabrics or recycle some old clothes you no longer need or that have some special significance.

2.  Gather together your nested bowl sets for the templates for the circles, some heavy duty thread (doubled on your large needle and knotted), scissors for cutting, some old branches off a fallen tree(I cut mine to size on my husband's band saw - use with care!), some miscellaneous silk leaves, acorns you find on the ground, fiberfill, buttons(optional), dried beans, rice or small stones, glue gun, glue sticks.


3.  Choose the size bowl you want and lay on top of fabric and trace circle with a permanent marker.

4.  Cut out circle.
5.  Sew a running stitch around the perimeter of the circle you cut out about 1/4 inch in from the edge.

6.  Add some dried beans or stones to the bottom of the gathered circle.

7.  Add fiberfill to fill out your pumpkin.

8.  Gather your circle to make the pumpkin shape, checking to make the gathered opening a wee bit smaller than the diameter of the width of your twig.  Knot so the gathering does not come undone.

9.  If you wish, you can sew a small button at the bottom of your pumpkin, inserting the needle in the top near the gathered edges in the center and go through the fiberfill, through one side of the button and then back up through the other side of the button and back up through the beans and fiberfill.  Gather slightly so the pumpkin has a "squished" look and knot the thread at the top of the gathered edge.

10.  Using your glue gun, put hot glue in the small opening at the top of your pumpkin and insert the twig you are using for your stem.  Hold in place for several minutes until the glue is cool to the touch.

11.  Hot glue leaves and acorns on the upper part near the stem.  Enjoy!


Kristi McInerney said...

These pumpkins are adorable! Great job Clare!

Ewa said...

these stuffed pumpkins look great!

Hi, I am your new follower, I found you on Mingle with us

Briana@SweetCGrace said...

New follower from the hop! Such a cute craft! I'm so in love with fall!

Robin Lynn said...

These are the cutest things! and seeing as how Autumn is my very favorite season and that I love pumpkins... well, I'll be trying some of these myself. Thanks for the tutorial!! come by and visit sometime ... BTW, I ran across you on the "Mingle" - nice to meet you! *am following*


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