Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Fabric Pumpkin Craft

Yesterday my mom and I went over to a friends house and they showed us how to make these really cute fabric pumpkins! :-) They are relatively easy to make and we were so pleased with the end result.
To begin, cut out a circle of fabric. You can use a pizza pan as a pattern for a larger pumpkin or perhaps a plate for a smaller pumpkin. Next you take take 6 strans of embroidery thread and a needle and start to run a gathering stitch about an 1/8 to a 1/4 of an inch from the edge of the fabric. You won't need to tie a knot at the end of this thread, but you should leave a portion out to use later when gathering. After stitching all the way around the edge, gently pull the thread to gather the fabric up a bit and then put stuffing inside the opening. You'll want to put in enough so that the sides of the pumpkin will stand out nicely. Now, carefully pull the threads again until only a small hole remains. It might be helpful for another person to smash down the cotton as your doing this to prevent the thread from breaking. If it does break, don't worry! Just try to find where the thread broke, thread your needle and go at it again! (This happened to me once. :-) ) Once it's all gathered up into a ball, tie a knot in the thread (twice) and then wrap the remaining thread around the pumpkin like you would a package. Pull the thread to the bottom of the pumpkin, (turn the pumpkin over) twist the threads and bring them back up to the top dividing the pumpkin into 1/4 's. Continue doing this until the pumpkin is divided into 1/8's. Now tie the threads off and trim off the excess thread. Now you can add decorative leaves, a small (real) stick, and or a pretty bow made out of ribbon or even a curled up wire or small ribbon (applied with hot glue) to add a finishing touch. This project is so fun and easy to make and I hope you'll be able to try it!

Praise the Lord of the Harvest!



Rubies&Sapphires said...

These are SO cute! Very autumn, Chloe! I liked them so much that I decided to make some of my own. = ) That's what I'm working on today. You did a really good job with writing out the directions. I also loved the pictures of the ones you and your mom made. They really turned out beautiful!
I broke my thread while gathering too - more than once! I have trouble getting all six strands of embroidery floss through the fabric. = / But I think my pumpkins are turning out nicely anyway! = ) I have to go get back to working on them!


Chloe said...

Hi Terah!!!
I'm so glad you got to make some of the pumpkins! :-) I thought that they were really fun to make and so pretty and decorative for fall. :-) Did you see the felt coasters on ? Mom and I have started on making some of those, and they are turning out really cute too! :-)

Your friend,

Rubies&Sapphires said...

Hi, Chloe!

Yes, I did see the coasters. Cute! :-) I'm glad you and your mom are getting to make some autumn decorations! I can't believe it's already November. It's so much fun to decorate for the Holidays!!!

Have you ever checked out a site called Bibilical Womanhood? The link is
After you get there, you can click on a link to their blog, "Crystal's blog." Anyways, I recently found this, and I've found a lot of encouraging articles and stuff. Maybe you already know about it. But I just thought I'd mention it in case you don't, and you wanna check it out. I've printed up some of the articles and posts, and our family has had some neat discussions about them! :-)

Say hello to your family for me!

<>< Terah K. ><>

Anonymous said...

I read in the Family Fun magazine for Sept/Oct 2009 to use dental floss for thread. I haven't tried it but hopefully it won't break and will work nicely.