I’ve been drooling over all of these fabric pumpkins floating around that so many of my talented friends are making. I wanted to try it myself and if you know me…I wanted to try it for free. I knew I could come up with something with all of the supplies that I have lying around. So, here goes…
I started off with some plastic sacks from the grocery store. You know the ones that (if you’re like me) you have piled a mile high in your pantry?
I then took some old batting that I had in my craft closet and scrunched it up, kind of pumpkin shaped. You could also use rice or dry beans.
Don’t worry if it’s not perfect because once it’s in the sack and tied tight you can adjust the shape. I tied mine tight at the top and then squished the shape into something more pumpkin like.
You will then need to cut strips of fabric, or I used old jean material from my son’s old ripped up jeans that didn’t fit him anymore. I knew I kept these for a reason!! If you want a solid pumpkin with no strips then there is not need for cutting. After I cut the jean material, I used fabric glue to hold it in place. I’m sure other types of glue would work as well, but fabric glue sticks fast and works great on fabric. I picked mine up at Walmart for a project a while back and had some left over. I cut my jeans with imperfect edges to make them a little more shabby.
After I had all of my strips in place and the bag was totally covered, I used burlap twine that I had from a previous project to tie the tops shut. I left enough extra to be able to tie a bow. I also wanted some burlap twine running down the sides and front so I tied another to the top and then wrapped it around the sides and tied it again at the bottom. I then cut off the extra twine on the bottom of the pumpkin. When I was finished covering my pumpkins and tying on the twine, I twisted the top of the sack until it was very small and then cut it off down inside the top of the pumpkin (above the part that was tied to hold in the fabric). For the linen fabric pumpkin, I did not use glue… just wrapped the linen fabric around it and tied it at the top.
I just love the way they turned out and what is better than using what you already have. Who knew what a little stuffing, old kids jeans, and some grocery sacks could do?! I used some old rusty bolts that I brought home from my dad’s farm for the stems. I just shoved them down into the tops. I sure am loving these pumpkins and they look great on my outdoor farmhouse table! These old dried up palm branches that we cut off of our palm tree also work great for Fall vase filler!
Thanks for stopping by!
I hope that I have inspired you to make some fabric pumpkins of your own. Tis the season!