Oh my gosh, I am so happy to have my computer finally up and running again. It's been a very challenging couple of weeks for me with out my studio or my computer! I had to come up with something to satisfy my creative urges so I got out my sewing machine and these pumpkins are what I came up with. A few weeks ago Deb over at Hummadeedledee spoke about a tutorial for making pumpkins out of sweater sleeves. You can find that post here. I thought it was such a cute idea but I wanted to something a little different. Now I want to share them with all of you because I think they are so darn cute and I know you will want to make some too!
This is the basic shape for a medium sized pumpkin pumpkin. The total length is 16.5 ". The width is 5.5", the stem length is 5" and it's 2 " wide. The bottom tab is 1.5 ". It doesn't have to be exactly like mine, but you get the idea. You can change the look of each pumpkin by playing with these dimensions.
You will need six of these.
Sew right sides together. Then clip your seams all around.
Cut 6 pieces of twine a little longer than the length of the pumpkin, and tie a knot in the end.
Insert the knotted end inside the pumpkin...
and then wrap a rubber band around the short stem on the bottom.
Now turn the whole thing right side out.
Fill your pumpkin with beans...
so that you have a layer about 1" deep filling the bottom of your pumpkin.
Now stuff it!!! I like to use a lot of stuffing. (It seems to look the best)
Now pull your twine up to the top, placing each strand in the center of each panel.
Wrap a rubber band securely around the base of the stem.
Pull on each string so the pumpkin takes it's shape.
You will probably have to fiddle with the fabric by pulling on it too. This will help take out some of the wrinkles at the top of your pumpkin. Just keep playing with it until you're happy with the way it looks.
I put a small rubber band at the top to help hold all the strings in place. Cut off the excess twine.
The next part is an old macrame knot that I learned from my mom back in the 70's but it works great for all kinds of things. Start by leaving a long piece that will eventually become the vine.
Bring the twine down the stem and make sure it touches the pumpkin, then go back up to the top and start coiling the twine around the stem from top to bottom. Keep your coils fairly snug and close together. You will have to keep moving the long piece at the top out of your way.
When you get to bottom cut your twine and put the end inside the loop you created at the bottom.
Now pull on the long piece at the top. It will pull the loop up through the coil and bring the end you just cut up with it. You can cut off any excess that didn't pull up.
Make sure you hold the long piece out of the way and carefully cut off all the extra fabric and twine that is sticking up.
Unravel the long piece that is left to make the vine.
I use FolkArt "CountryTwill to paint the top of the stem. It matches the color of the twine really well once it's dry.
And that's it!!!! Pumpkins galore!!! I hope you enjoy making some for yourself. There are so many lovely fabrics out there to choose from. I'll be back in a few days to share some before and after photos of the house! See you then!