Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fabric Pumpkins

I decided to participate in U-Create's September Create with Me Challenge: Fabric Pumpkins. Here's more info on Create with Me and past challenges.

I participated this time because they seemed easy enough, and I needed some more fall decor. The tutorial for the pumpkins was from Holly Brimhall.

The first step wasn't too hard to understand. The second step I had to reread several times and try it out myself before I understood it. You lay your stem upside down on the right side of the fabric with some excess of the stem hanging off the fabric. Then place your other piece of fabric on top of that with the right side in.

Then when you sew them together, sew probably 1/2 in. in from the side to make sure you didn't miss any parts. My first pumpkin had some holes in it because I tried to sew so close to the edge. Also sew in a circular/pumpkin shape and then trim off the edges before turning inside out. I didn't do this so well with my first pumpkin (the yellow one) that its shape turned out interesting.
Oh and after I put my stuffing in, I added a plastic sandwich bag of beans to weight down. In her tutorial, I think she makes a pretty fabric square filled with rice to weight, but I'm lazy - who is going to see the beans anyway =D

Here are my finished creations. I added some flower wire and wrapped the ends around my finger. I need to look for some big fat ribbon to make it better and then find a good spot to put these guys.
I really like them even though they're not perfect. I just went through all my fabric and coordinated colors and patterns as best as I could. The polka dot and the yellow fabrics are actually napkin/towel place mats.

I have 4 other pumpkins cut out, ready to go, but I ran out of stuffing. Next time I will make my stems shorter too.

I found some ribbon at Wal-mart and bought some more stuffing to make a couple more. The ribbon totally makes them look a hundred times better!

 I now have 5 pumpkins instead of the 4 and put them on our mantle. I think I'll finish making the other 2-3 that I have ready to sew and place them in my kitchen.

Here's the link to see others who participated in the challenge: http://www.u-createcrafts.com/2010/09/september-pumpkin-gallery-create-with.html

Loved seeing how others did them to make them their own and what fabrics they used.

Katie's Nesting Spot

7 crafty contributions:

Sarah said...

Great job! Those turned out really CUTE!

Megan said...

you are so crafty. good job!

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

These are adorable! You did such a fabulous job!

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Lori@Paisley Passions said...

They turned out great!! I am loving that all the pumpkins people are making this season aren't just round. I love the different shapes! Thanks SO much for linking up (and linking back!)to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :)

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Thanks for sharing with us at A Crafty Soiree Maryanne! It was fun to see you at my "party" I really like the nontraditional orange colors you used for your pumpkins and all the fun fabrics. Please join us next time too!

malia said...

awww... adorable! thanks for sharing at a crafty soiree. we'd love to have you link up some crafty goodness tomorrow!