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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chevron Pumpkin Tutorial


     I am just loving all of the pumpkin decor ideas that have filled the blogosphere. My favorites are the fabric pumpkins made from sweaters or other fabrics. While there were many of these great images available, I was unable to find a tutorial that showed how to make these cuties apart from covering an existing fake pumpkin with fabric or paper.

     So when you can't find what you want, you have to come up with it yourself! {If you have one of these elusive tutorials I would love to see yours. Add your link in the comment section so we can all check them out!}

     My pumpkin had to go with my decor so I hauled out that great chevron fabric that I found at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago from this project.

     Let me show you how it turned out:





     Isn't it cute! I love how it turned out!

Let me show you how to make one for yourself or for a gift:

My pumpkin is about 8" high and 9" wide. For this size pumpkin I started with fabric that was 14"x34".


Once it was measured and cut I folded up the bottom edge about 1/2" and ironed the whole thing.



     We want to cinch the bottom for our pumpkin and we do this by stitching in and out along the bottom so we can pull our thread tight to gather it.




     Then pull it tight and stitch it closed with the wrong side of the fabric out.




     If you are going to fill yours with some kind of stuffing or with anything small like beans make sure you close it well. For my pumpkin I used old fabric and a clean dusting cloth to fill mine.

Next, sew along the side seam using a simple whip stitch.



     Then you can inside it out for your desired filling. I chose fabric because I didn't want any organic filler that would attract bugs.

this is the bottom of the pumpkin

     Now its time to find your stem. I took a stick from my "chargers"  which was found in my backyard. I later switched out this stick for one that was a little stem~ier looking. Wrap your fabric around your stick.


     Now put your stick wad into your fabric pumpkin.


     To complete the pumpkin we are going to do the same thing to the top that we did for the bottom. Fold the top edge over slightly {about 1/2 inch} and stitch again so that you can gather the top.


then, I added a few stitches to keep it closed.

     For embellishment cut a piece of felt into the shape of a leaf and attach with some twine or string.



     And then you have a cute pumpkin! We tried him out in a few places before he found his home in the kitchen.







     What do you think? I think I need to make a whole family of pumpkins, they're so cute!  I'd love to see your version. Feel free to email me your pictures {if you don't have your own blog~or share your link in the comments section if you do} and I will share them in an upcoming post!






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