Monday, October 31, 2011

DIY Scrap Pumpkin

This pumpkin takes a little more time to sew than the sew easy or sleeve pumpkin, but it is really cute. It is also a great way to use up small scraps and the odd button or piece of ribbon you might have lying around. You could also use this process with all red fabrics and short green leaf piece like this one to make scrap apples.

Scrap Pumpkin

  • Fabric scraps in fall colors
  • Green and brown fabric scraps, felt, or ribbon pieces
  • Needle and thread
  • Somthing to stuff the pumpkin with
  • Extra embellishments if desired (buttons, ribbon, lace, etc.)

  1. Cut several strips of fabric the same length to sew into a tube for the body of the pumpkin. For my pumpkin I used four strips of alternating fabric that are the same length and roughly the same width as well. However, you could use more types of fabric, less strips, or vary the widths of the strips as well.
  2. Cut a piece of green sleeve, a green square to sew into a tube, or a green circle to gather for the pumpkin top. Cut a brown strip of fabric, felt, or ribbon to use for the pumpkin stem.
  3. Sew the strips of fabric together to form a square. I then chose to stitch some scraps of orange lace i had on. You could also stitch contrasting fabric scraps on at this point.
  4. Fold the square over and stitch the long side of the square together to form a short tube.
  5. Gather the bottom of the tube, and stitch closed tightly.
  6. Stuff the pumpkin.
  7. Gather the top of the tube, and stitch closed tightly.
  8. Fold over the piece of green sleeve, and gather the unfinished end together, or gather the green circle.
  9. Fold the brown strip together to look like a stem, and stitch into the green pumpkin top.
  10. Whip-stich the green pumpkin top to the orange pumpkin.
  11. Add any extra embellishments you like.

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