DIY fabric pumpkins (plus a giveaway winner)

Before the Christmas train officially leaves the station next week, I thought I’d share a quick tutorial on the fabric pumpkins I made a few days ago to go along with my Thanksgiving decor.

I started with an extra napkin I had left over from the one-hour napkin curtains I made a few years back. You don’t have to use a napkin for this project; you can use just about any piece of scrap fabric you might have lying around.

I also grabbed a handful of polyester fiberfill that I stole from an old pillow in the basement.

Fabric-and-polyfil

I laid out the napkin, good-side down, and put a ball of fiberfill in the center. Starting at one corner, I began wrapping the fabric over the fiberfill, creating folds as I went along.

Fitting-fabricAt the halfway point, I hand-stitched the top to secure the folds I’d created so far.

Sewing-fabric-around-pumpkinNext, I took a limb from the backyard and trimmed off a small piece to serve as my pumpkin “stem.”

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I jammed the stick in the open hole at the top of the pumpkin, then continued folding and stitching the fabric together around it.

Sewing-around-limb

To hide the wonky-looking stitches at the top, I took a piece of burlap garland, folded it in half, cut a small hole in the center, and fit it over the stem.

Cutting-burlap

Finally, I ruched (just a fancy word for bunching up) ;) the burlap by pulling a bit of twine, threaded through a fat needle, through the length of the garland.

Bunching-burlap

Done!

Finished-pumpkin

I made a second pumpkin out of some scrap fabric so I could display a pair of them on the rocking chair on our front porch.

To prevent my pumpkins from getting weather-damaged, I sprayed them with a coat of NeverWet®.

NeverWetThis product repels liquid, keeping surfaces dry and clean. I love this stuff because it dries clear without any noticeable finish, and essentially turns my “indoor” fabric into “outdoor” fabric.

Pumpkins-on-porchWhat do you think of my makeshift Thanksgiving pumpkins?

Now before I say, “Sayonara,” I wanted to announce the winners of the Xcluder Rodent and Pest Barrier Kit:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Special thanks to Rust-Oleum® for providing, at my request, the NeverWet I needed to complete this pumpkin project. 

Thrifty Thanksgiving tablescape

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and, for once, I’m trying to get ahead of the decorating snowstorm that hits our home during the holiday season.

Today I thought I’d show you the thrifty Thanksgiving tablescape I whipped up using some yard stuff, some yard sale stuff, some new stuff and some craft stuff.

My vision began with a cream-colored, tab-top curtain. I got a set of four of these panels for $1 at a yard sale. I cut off the tabs, folded one of the panels in half and cut it down the middle.

Yardsalecurtains

Then I hemmed the raw edge of one of the halves by folding it over and sewing a quick straight stitch all the way down the length of the panel.

Sewing-hem

After hemming the panel half and ironing it flat, it magically transformed into a table runner ready for some stencils. :)

Royal-Design-Studio-stencil-Falling-Feathers

I used the Royal Design Studio Falling Feathers Fall Stencils along with some fall-colored craft paint to create my Thanksgiving table runner.

Falling-Feathers-and-stencil-brush

I’ve found that using a good stencil brush, offloading excess paint from the brush, and using an up-and-down pounding motion to apply the paint helps create crisp, defined edges.

I also stenciled a few wooden tags I picked up in the craft section at Walmart. They are meant for labeling canning jars, but I think they also make great name tags at place settings. ;)

Stenciling-wooden-tags

After everything dried, I put together my Thanksgiving tablescape.

Wooden-tag

Falling-Feathers-tablecloth

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For the centerpiece, I used my DIY driftwood candle holder, made out of a stump from our backyard. Learn how to make your own here.

Driftwood-candleholder

Falling-Feathers-closeup

Dining-room

What will you be DIYing (besides the food) this Thanksgiving?

Special thanks to the folks at Royal Design Studio for allowing me to review the Falling Feathers Fall Stencils at no charge. As always, all opinions (and sweat equity) are 100% my own. 

From scrap wood to laundry room sign

After all the garage organization that’s been going on around here, I have been long overdue to take a break and get my craft on. The driftwood candle holder I built last week didn’t quite cure the itch, so I tackled another quick project I wanted to share with you today.

About two years ago (probably more), I bought an adhesive vinyl sign for our laundry room. It was just a few bucks on eBay. I never put it up because I didn’t like the idea of just slapping it on the wall. I wanted it framed by or mounted on something. But what?

Well last week, while puttering around the garage, I stumbled upon the perfect solution.

Reclaimed-wood

This board used to serve as a shelf on one side of the garage. But I have other plans for that wall (coming soon), so it was fair game for this project.

I feel about raw boards the same way a painter must feel about a blank canvas … so many amazing possibilities. ;)

Adhesive-vinyl-on-wood

I started by positioning the vinyl sign on the wood to see where I would need to trim it. Luckily, the width was perfect. I only needed to cut a bit off of one end of the board, which I did using my miter saw.

Cutting-board-on-miter-saw

Next I went to town on the board with my orbital sander. I rounded the edges, too.

Orbital-sander

I applied my driftwood recipe to the piece to bring out the grain and give it an aged look.

Driftwood-technique

To complete the driftwood finish, I added a coat of liming wax, buffing it to a soft sheen.

Finished-driftwood-sign

After that dried, I basically just lined up the vinyl on the wood and carefully peeled off the backing.

Laying-out-vinyl-adhesive

It turned out nearly perfect, which is extremely rare with any project I am involved in. ;)

I added two small screws and some wire to make it hang-able. Of course, you could go all fancy and use saw-tooth hangers or Command™ strips. I didn’t have either of those handy so …

Hanging-hardware

Here’s the final result:

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Laundry-Room-sign

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Laundry-Room-loads-of-fun

What do you think of my on-the-fly, DIY laundry room sign?