Sunday, October 17, 2010

Simple Sewing: Pretty Pumpkins

The Season's Pretty Pumpkins From the Garden in White and Sage Green

Made From Fleece and Sparkled Wire

To make these pumpkins using white fleece fabric,   trace around plates or bowls of different sizes and cut out the circles.

There is a pattern for a small pumpkin at the end of the tutorial.

Knot your thread and put several stitches at at time on to your needle, sew around the edge of the circle and pull up the threads, stitching in one place several times to secure the thread.

Fill with fiberfill, cotton, wool, tissue paper, paper towels or anything you like, including scented potpourri.
You can use a cinnamon stick for the stem, or make one with fleece by cutting triangles in different sizes. The stems can be made of brown fabric or a print, if you like.

 Fold the triangle in half with the right sides together and stitch one side and then across at the top, and make several stitches in one place to bind off, and turn the piece right side out, so that the stitches are on the inside of the cone.

 Stuff the stem slightly and insert it, securing it with glue or stitching it to the circle.
Use sequin fabric if you like, and make the wedges of the pumplin stand out like the Fairytale pumpkins by moving it with your fingers.

Sage green or seafoam green pumpkins made of cotton fabric. Try a tiny print for this project. They make great centerpieces for a table or can be used on the front porch, a fireplace mantel or as a bright spot somewhere in your home. To make them scented, spray the stuffing with a spice scent before adding the stem, or use an autumn type dried potpourri. Similar pumpkins made of velvet can be seen here on Rachel Ashwell's blog.

McCalls Craft Pattern 6178

This pattern shows how to make the pumpkin decorations with the sequin fabric. It has sections, or gores, which are sewn together, and then ribbon is tied around the sections. The vine tendrils are made by twisting pipe cleaner, or what is called chenille wire, into a curlique. The leaves aer made of more sequinned fabric backed with iron-on fabric stiffner. Glittered felt does not need to be sewn, so if you wanted to make the leaves more quickly and with less sewing, you could cut them out of felt instead.  My sequinned pumpkin is just a circle, sewn the same way as the fleece pumpkins. If you can't find chenille stems, thin wired ribbon in green or silver might look good also.

Here is a pretty, gilded apple, made with some of that sequin fabric. It would work in any fabric, especially lame, metallic, satin, velvet, taffeta.

This was a popular craft a few years ago, which is made by wrapping fabric around a carton of string or anything that has a hole in it to tuck the fabric in, such as a roll of bathroom tissue. I used crochet thread.
Just put the string on the center of a square of fabric that is large enough to pull  around the ball,
and tuck all four points inside the hole,
and loosen the fabric a little all around, just to make it look more rounded and full.

Cut leaves and stem from fleece or felt, and roll up the stem so that it looks like a cinnamon stick--or just use a cinnamon stick. Set the leaves over the hole and tuck the stem in on top so that the leaves are secured inside the ball.

Here are some more Sparkled Pumpkins, and don't forget to look at  editor Chez Fifi's blog for similar ideas.  I buy the magazine once in awhile just because inside it will never be a discouraging word.

Another magazine I have recently seen up close is Creating Vintage Charm, which is full of instructions for pretty perks in the home and is published by a homemaker. She included free images for arts and crafts, and many free secrets of the trade in the most popular crafts today, all light and bright and beautiful. Her magazine is one of those that does not have ads or fillers. Many magazines have about one thing I am interested in, but every page is a masterpiece in Creating Vintage Charm. The paper is higher quality than even the new Victoria classics issues.
This magazine is the kind you can keep on your coffee table or in a guest room and is suitable for everyone.


Anonymous said...

these are adorable!

LadyLydia said...

A slight correction if you are a beginner: pull up the threads only slightly, stuff, and then pull up the threads tightly to close the opening and secure the end.

Anonymous said...

These are nice, and unlike real pumpkins they won't go bad. With a yard of fabric you might be able to make all whole pumpkin patch. These could be achieved by anyone even someone sewing for the first time and need not cost much. And how nice it is that you don't have to be "rich" to add seasonal touches throughout a home. And children really like to see the house decorated, even if they don't make comment to such.

Batting could be glued to the core of those thread rolls before you add the decorative fabric. I saved a whole bunch of those because I kept thinking they could be made into something, but hadn't come up with anthing yet. These would make a nice size little pumpkin to fill a basket, or to give as a gift.

Have you seen the fall leaf themed items in Dollar Tree, china plates, china bowls, placemats, vinyl tablecloths and kitchen towels? Also the Walmart near us which discontinued their fabric section, now has some precut fabrics in serval fabric types for around five dollars.
You are spoiling us with all your recent posts. Keep them coming. I am excited about seeing what you will be putting up for Christmas. God has truly blessed you to bless us.

Carolyn said...

Those are pretty pumpkins- great project!
I love the new Victoria Christmas that you have too(previous post).
Thank you for the link you did to my blog on one of your previous posts-that was very kind and I am pleased you enjoy my blog.
Thanks again,


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