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.
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.
I jammed the stick in the open hole at the top of the pumpkin, then continued folding and stitching the fabric together around it.
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.
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.
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®.
Now before I say, “Sayonara,” I wanted to announce the winners of the Xcluder Rodent and Pest Barrier Kit:
Special thanks to Rust-Oleum® for providing, at my request, the NeverWet I needed to complete this pumpkin project.