Fabric Pumpkin Patch-A Tutorial

Okay, so I don’t know about you but I feel like this month has been really busy! Everything from squadron events to new church activities to visiting with family and friends.  I truly don’t know where the time has gone and before I know it, Thanksgiving will be here. Since most of us are short on time, here’s quick tutorial on how to add some Fall flare to your home this Thanksgiving!

Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial

Materials:image

  • Fabric (A piece measuring at least 5″ x 10″)
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter
  • Felt
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Fiber Fill
  • Glue Gun
  • Cutting Mat
  • Sewing Machine

Directions:

  1. Cut your fabric to any size where your length is twice the width. I made mine 5″ x 10″ and the pumpkins measure approximately 3″ in diameter and 2″ tall. image
  2. The ONLY sewing you will need to do is in this next step and it’s just stitching both short ends together with right sides facing each other. When you are done you should have a fat tube of fabric with two open ends. Leave the fabric inside out while we stitch up the bottom of the pumpkin.image
  3. Choose an embroidery floss that coordinates with your fabric and cut a piece about 2 ft long. Tie a knot in one end and thread your embroidery needle with the other. Go up about 1/2″ from the bottom of your tube and begin stitching the bottom together.  Pull your floss tight once you reach the point where you began.image
  4. Push your needle from one side to the other a few times to just cinch the pumpkin together.  Then, tie a knot to secure the floss in place.image
  5. Flip it so the right sides are facing out. The bottom shouldn’t have any edges of fabric showing.  It should look nice and neat. The inside should show all of the rough edges.imageimage
  6. Next, fill your pumpkin with the fiber fill, but before it gets too full begin stitching the top closed the same way you stitched the bottom.  Before you cinch it tight, check to make sure you have enough filling inside.  The more filling you put in the better the pumpkin looks and no one wants a frumpy pumpkin!image
  7. Then, pull tight and pull your needle through the top fabric a couple times to secure it.image image
  8. Now, its time to give the pumpkin it’s shape.  Keeping your floss tight, put your needle through the bottom of the pumpkin and push it out the top. Repeat as many times as desired to give your pumpkin the detailing you desire.  I usually do this about 5 times. Pull tight and knot off at the top.imageimage
  9. Next, we are going to make the stem of the pumpkin using felt.  Cut your piece of felt to a size measuring 1″ x 5.5″. image
  10. Put a dab of glue near the edge of your felt to give you something to start rolling the felt around. imageimage
  11. Continue rolling until you get to the very end, put another dab of glue and complete the roll. It should look like this.image image
  12. Now, put a good amount of glue on one of the ends and push it down into your pumpkin. This step should hide all of those unfinished edges. imageimage
  13. Repeat as many times as desired until you have your very own fabric pumpkin patch!imageimage

 

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