Add whimsy to fall decor with colorful fabric pumpkins adorned with Dritz® elastic.
Wouldn’t these little lovelies look great on tabletops and mantels? Why, you could even substitute them for pillows and toss them on a chair or couch. Use colorful fabrics, ruffled Dritz® elastics and easy sewing to whip up a whole patch of these whimsical pumpkins. Halloween crafting is fun!
Here are the sewing supplies needed to make a stuffed fabric pumpkin that is approximately 13″ tall with a circumference of 24″ (size of the purple pumpkin shown):
- 1/2 yd fabric
- Dritz® 5/32″ natural twist cord – 1 yd
- Dritz® 5/8″ ruffled elastic – approximately 1 yd, color of your choice
- Buttons to match fabric
- Dritz® Wash Away™ Wonder Tape
- Dritz® Liquid Stitch™ fabric glue
- Dritz® Beeswax
- Sewing machine
- Hem gauge
- Ruler or tape measure
- Needle & thread
|1) Cut fabric to a rectangle that is 24″ wide by 18″ tall.
2) Using your hem gauge, press and stitch a 1/4″ hem across the top of the 24″ edge.
3) Fold the fabric in half widthwise with right sides together, and stitch the two 18″ sides together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
|4) Change your machine to a basting stitch, and stitch the remaining unfinished side together. Gently pull the bobbin thread to gather as snugly as possible. Tie the top thread and bobbin thread together at each end to hold.
5) Switch back to a straight stitch and stitch across the gathered edge to secure.
|It should look like this now.
Turn it right-side out, and stuff it with fiberfill.
|6) Thread a needle with a piece of thread that is slightly longer than the circumference of the hemmed opening at the top. Use the beeswax to prevent your long thread from tangling. Then leaving a 2-3″ tail of thread, begin weaving the needle in and out of the creased hem, working all the way around.|
|7) Pull the two loose ends to gather the opening as tight as it will go. Tie a knot to secure.|
|8) Pinch the gathered edges together and stitch it closed.|
|9) Cut a 1-yard piece of cording and unwind the three strands that create the cord. Set two sections aside, and unwind the third strand into its three strands. Tie two strands together by their ends.|
|10) To shape, place the pumpkin on top of the knotted center of your cording. Grab the two strands and bring them to the top of the pumpkin. Strands should start wrapping around at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions.
11) Twist the strands around each other and pull to cinch. Position the strands at 1 and 7 o’clock and wrap around, back to the bottom. Flip the pumpkin upside down.
12) Repeat the twisting and cinching in the 5 and 11 o’clock position.
13) Tie all the layers of cording together at the bottom and trim excess. Fluff and adjust cording as needed.
|14) Cut the elastic into four 9″ pieces. Make a loop with a 9″ elastic piece, by securing the ends together with a tiny piece of the Wash Away™ tape. Repeat for all four pieces of elastic.|
|15) Lay all four loops of elastic on top of each other, rotating each to make a circle. Stitch the layers together.|
|16) Embellish! We glued our elastic bow onto the pumpkin using Liquid Stitch™ fabric glue.
We then used various buttons as our centerpiece – the cluster of buttons shown here was also glued on using Liquid Stitch™ fabric glue. You can choose to glue or hand stitch your embellishments depending upon which is easier for you to do!
Ta da! You now have some fabric pumpkins to use in decorating your home for fall! Use colorful fashion fabrics and these little guys can stick around until Thanksgiving.
What do you think of our fabric pumpkins? How will you embellish yours and where will you use them throughout your home? Do tell!