To the untrained eye this simply looks like a post about fabric pumpkins.
But it’s not.
It’s a post about finding a solution to an obvious problem.
It’s about facing pumpkin adversity and coming out the victor.
It’s about trying, failing, getting up, dusting yourself and your pumpkin off….
….and getting back into the game.
Can you tell I’ve been watching a little football lately?
I wanted to make a fabric pumpkins with some of the fabrics from my new fabric line.
Just between us…..can I tell you how much I loved typing the end of that sentence? 🙂
To begin my pumpkin making journey, I researched tutorial after tutorial on Pinterest.
I tried gluing and half-sewing and gathering and adding twine and jute and pulling and twisting….
….and all I ended up with was kind of a lumpy, bumpy mess that looked like a pumpkin’s distant relative who showed up to pumpkin family reunions with a combover.
When you stuffed the pumpkins and tried to close them, you could never get them tight enough to form the pumpkin shape. It didn’t gather right and stay together and everything just ended up looking messy.
But it’s always darkest before the dawn.
And so it was that as I stood in the middle of the gatehouse, surrounded by scraps of fabric and thread and glue and general pumpkin melee….
…I had a light bulb moment.
That of course I had to share with you.
Here’s the superhero of DIY fabric pumpkin tutorials.
DIY Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial
Step 1: Trace a circle
I used an over-sized plate, flipped it over and traced a circle on the fabric.
I used a pencil to lightly trace the circle.
You can use different plates for different sized pumpkins.
2. Trim stray threads
Flip over your circle and trim away any spare threads.
Step 3: Stitch a hem
Do NOT stress about this step.
I have officially proven that your hem can be messy and your pumpkin can be perfect.
Simply fold over the edge of your circle about an inch and stitch.
Step 4: Insert wire
Here’s the lightbulb moment.
Here’s the step that made it all happen.
Step 5: Twist to form base of pumpkin
Thread the wire all the way through the hem and twist ends together.
Make sure fabric is evenly gathered on wire.
Step 6: Stuff
Stuff the pumpkin with fiberfill.
Step 7: Twist the pumpkin closed
Twist the wire as tightly as possible to close the pumpkin.
Then curl the ends.
Step 8: Cut out leaves
In a contrasting fabric, cut out the leaves and top stitch a pattern.
Step 9: Glue leaves and stem
Glue the leaves and the stem to the center of the pumpkin.
Here’s my solution.
Here’s my fabric pumpkin.
Here’s my superhero.
Able to leap hay bales in a single bound.
PS Have an amazing day.
PPS You will never guess where I am and what I am doing today.
But it’s a dream come true.
Details to come soon. 🙂