Last week, while digging through my fabric stash, I came across a pile of chenille fabric scraps – complete with fringe – that was a bedspread in a former life.
Getting completely sidetracked from what I was supposed to be doing, I immediately thought about the gorgeous chenille pumpkins I’d recently seen at Laurie Anna’s Vintage Home in Canton, Tx. Talk about inspiration! I was so inspired by everything I saw in her store. I purchased several other things but kept those pumpkins in the back of my mind as a possible project.
Fabric pumpkins are hardly a new concept. I remember my Mom making them when I was younger. But I fell in love the lumpy, imperfect chenille pumpkins I’d seen at Laurie Anna’s so I set about to make a few for myself. So if you’d like to try it yourself…here’s what you do.
Begin by giving your white chenille a nice, hot, tea-bath to stain the white a more distressed color.
Spend a few minutes getting lost taking pictures of chenille in it’s tea-bath and thinking how cool the reflection and the light from the window looks in the water.
Cut a piece of chenille half as wide as it is long. For instance 8×16, 10×20 etc. I think this particular piece was 8×16.
As an experiment I left the fringe along one edge, not knowing how it was going to turn out but not wanting to waste it.
Fold fabric in half bringing short sides together.
Sew a seam in short side of folded fabric leaving upper and lower edges open. Sew with dark brown thread only if that’s what you have in your machine and you’re in too much of a hurry to change it out.
Using a large embroidery type needle & quilting thread, begin sewing a long basting stitch along the lower edge.
When you’ve basted along the entire lower edge, pull thread to tighten & close hole. Whip stitch several times to secure.
Turn right side out. This is now the bottom of your pumpkin.
Stuff your pumpkin with poly-fil stuffing.
Still experimenting with the fringe, I began closing the upper edge of pumpkin by tying the chenille fringe together. I tied 6-8 together until my pumpkin was closed. This was VERY random and not perfect AT ALL!
Next I began the process of making the “lines” along my pumpkin. I used another large needle with a very large eye and threaded it with jute twine.
This was such a “figure-it-out-as-you-go” process.
Using a very proper technique, I tied the twine to the chenille fringe to secure it and pushed my needle through the center top of my pumpkin…squishing the pumpkin to reach the needle…
…and pulled it through the bottom center of the pumpkin.
Still squishing the pumpkin in the center I repeated the process of pulling the twine through the center of the pumpkin and wrapping it around the outer side to form 6-8 “lines”.
At one point my twine became too short so I just knotted two pieces of twine together and kept on going. Again, a very proper technique. Below is the view of the bottom of the pumpkin.
Here I’m experimenting with a real pumpkin stem. I only had the one stem so I decided to try using burlap instead.
Threading another one of the large eye needles, I twisted up a piece of burlap and secured it with a string from the burlap.
The first pumpkin ended up a bit too round and too perfect.
I wanted one that was big and squishy and lopsided.
So for the next pumpkin, I cut the chenille much longer than it was wide. This one was approximately 16×48.
I think. I meant to write this down but forgot.
I repeated the entire process to make my bigger lopsided pumpkin and loved the result.
For the larger “stem” I wrapped the burlap around an empty spool and hot glued it in place.
I’m really glad I experimented with the fringe. It sort of mimics the feel of leaves and vines around the stem.
This was such a quick project. Honestly, it took longer to write this post than it did to make both of these pumpkins. Very easy and fast.
These pumpkins are probably the extent of my Fall craftiness. But I’m claiming points for the HUGE cuteness factor in this, my one and only, Fall craft.
All the inspirational credit for that cuteness goes to the creative people at Laurie Anna’s. Their pumpkins come in several sizes and three different colors, a dusty pink, aqua and a tea stain similar to mine. Contact Laurie Anna’s for more details. Other helpful instructions were found here.
What’s your favorite Fall craft for this year?
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