Quick & Easy For Your Thanksgiving Table
These fabric pumpkins are so, no-sew, easy. There are patterns available and other ways of making them, so feel free to experiment. However, the way it is done here is all in the colors of the fabric. A perfect shaped pumpkin is not necessary due to the detail and mingling of the fall colors in this fabric.
I doubled my fabric and cut out three different sized-squares. I didn't measure the squares, but you can practice before cutting. I probably used 1.5 to 2 yards of 45" wide fabric for the three pumpkins. Your fabric doesn't have to be doubled if it has any substance to it.
Take the doubled square of fabric and stuff the center with polyfil, pushing the polyfil down as you add more. Gather the fabric up in small amounts watching to make sure the shorter sides are included. Gathering the fabric up in small amounts also creates the desired effect you want to acheive at the top. Wrap a large rubberband around it and cut off the excess at the top.
Then I took some sticks from the yard, opened up the center a little with my fingers and stuck the sticks in. I purchased one large artifical leaf stem from the craft store and used wire cutters to cut three smaller stems. I wrapped them around the neck of the pumpkin, then added some ribbon to further secure the stem and hide the rubberband.
You can cut circles instead of squares. You can also sew a double row of gathering stitches around the perimeter of the circle and gather your fabric that way, then you can cut off the excess, if any, or pull out the gathering threads once the pumpkin is secured with the rubberband.
I didn't waste any fabric by cutting the fabric into squares because I used the excess fabric in the bottom of a wooden bowl used as part of my decor. The balls in the bowl were covered with leaves and nuts many years ago. I still use them and thought they complimented the table. The table runner is a plastic runner from the craft store and it cost $4.95. I already had all the materials I needed for the pumpkin except for the leaf stem purchased at half price for about $2.50. The pumpkin idea came to me when I was looking through my stash of fabric.
The funny thing is half way through the pumpkin making, I ran out of polyfil, so I finished stuffing them with plastic store bags! So keep those bags, recycle, re- purpose and re-invent. It's all part of our creative process, so stay open to new ideas and give this easy one a try.
Let me know what you think. Love to hear from you.
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