Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween. They are great for autumnal home decor. Playing with different fabrics in this fabric pumpkin project will create a wonderful effect for your home.
These adorable little fabric pumpkins are one of the charming projects from Helen Philipps’ book, Modern Vintage Gifts. Great fun to make, they look lovely clustered together and can be made in any size you like and in any sort of fabric you like, providing the perfect autumnal and Halloween decoration.
You Will Need:
- Printed fabric for pumpkin 7in x 14in (18cm x 35.5cm)
- Sewing thread to suit fabric
- Polyester toy filling
- Green felt for stalk 13?4in x 2in (4.5cm x 5cm)
- Long needle
- Crochet cotton or yarn
- Hot glue gun or strong fabric glue
How To Make Fabric Pumpkins
1. Take the pumpkin fabric rectangle (Fig 1), fold it in half so right sides are facing and then sew a 1?4in (5mm) seam down the side (Fig 2).
2. Using a sewing needle and matching thread, sew a running stitch along the bottom edge of the pumpkin (Fig 3). Pull up to gather the edge tightly and then fasten off.
3. Turn the pumpkin out to the right side and stuff firmly, adding a lot of stuffing so it is very well filled. Sew another line of running stitch along the top of the pumpkin and pull it tight to gather as before (Fig 4). Fasten off securely.
4. Take the long needle and about a 30in (75cm) length of crochet cotton. Beginning at the base of the pumpkin, push the needle right through the centre and back out at the top, then down and up again through the centre, forming a ‘segment’ each time (Fig 5). Make seven segments and then fasten off underneath the pumpkin.
5. To make the stalk, roll up the green felt and secure the edge of the roll with a little glue (Fig 6). Glue the stalk to the centre top of the pumpkin using a hot glue gun or strong glue.