Friday, September 26, 2014

Easy-Sew Pumpkins

I made these fun pumpkins last year (before I began this blog), but I decided I should share them anyway! I used a super tutorial found here on Positively Simple.  Here a few little tips I learned while making these:

  • I found most my fabric on the discount table at JoAnn's. They had a bunch of decorator samples (about 16"x16") for $0.50 each. Score! So check there--I have seen those samples on sale often.
  • I played around with the pattern to get slightly different shaped pumpkins. On one pumpkin I made the teardrop shapes more wide, on another I made them more tall.  I loved the simplicity of this design that allowed for tweaking here and there to get the shape you want.
  • Use needle nose pliers if you have trouble pulling the needle through the pumpkin center. I was frustrated until I figured out this little hack.
  • I skipped hot gluing the cinnamon stick. I tend to skip hot-glue whenever possible. I am usually disappointed with its durability in the long run. I liked the look of just the ribbon. (Obviously this is just my opinion. :))

I made two Dora pumpkins for my daughter to decorate her room with. She adores them!

I loved how the two-tone orange turned out on this one. Both of these fabrics were from the discounted samples swatches I found.

I did some simple embroidery on felt to make this leaf and stem. The stem is stuffed with a couple pieces of felt, then whip-stitched on the edge. I sewed them into the middle instead of hot-gluing. 

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  1. I love how you add little touches like ribbon and felt to make such cute pumpkins!

  2. So darling!! I love fabric pumpkins and am looking forward to making some this year!! Pinned.

  3. I love all of the different colors! These are super amazingly cute!
    I am hosting my first ever Tuesday Link Up Party that runs all week. I hope you can come over and link up with me!! I love meeting new ladies and getting to see all the amazing content everyone has to offer!

  4. These are so cute! I definitely want to try to make these. Thanks for sharing! Stopping in from Hump Day Happenings.

  5. These are so dang cute!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Teach Me Tuesday last week. We hope to see you again there this week. Our party would not be such a growing success without you :)

    Have a great week!

  6. Stopping by from LiveRandomlySimple Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Up Party! Thanks for linking up last week! Party is NOW live, hope you can make it back and link up some more awesome content!!
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  7. Kelly, These are adorable. I made some in velvet last year but, love these fabric ones. Thanks for sharing at the party. Pinned. Hope to see you again this week! Theresa @DearCreatives

  8. These are fun! I was just thinking that I wanted to make some fabric pumpkins for a post. Thanks for the tips. I am going to check out that tutorial!

  9. Very cute! Perfect for getting in the fall mood. :)