This post is a tutorial for a DIY fabric pumpkin with a real stem. It looks kind of lonely right now on my hearth, but more will come later)))
DIY Fabric Pumpkin
The pumpkin was easy to make and I used a jersey-like material that had a two-way stretch. Stretchy, thin material is easier to work with, but you can make fabric pumpkins out of a lot of different materials. Just don’t pick anything too thick or stiff. The material I used came from Hobby Lobby.
One of my goals for making this fabric pumpkin was to try to determine exactly what size the pumpkin would turn out to be. It was a question I really couldn’t find an answer to. I had not paid that much attention when I made fabric pumpkins a couple of years ago.
Anyway, a 24″ x 24″ piece of fabric yielded a pumpkin about 10-11″ in width and 6″ in ht (not counting the stem). And the amount of stuffing used would make a difference too probably. Less stuffing would make it spread out more I think.
Hand Quilting Thread
Watch the Video
Last year I started saving my pumpkin stems before discarding the pumpkins. Here’s a link to how to do that. Just be sure to place them somewhere so they can dry. Remove as much of the pumpkin flesh as you can without losing any of the edges of the stem. Maintaining those pointy edges keeps the realistic look of the pumpkin stem.
Save Your Pumpkin Stems!
If you’re interested in making your own velvet pumpkins next year with real stems, don’t forget to save those old stems now!
Painting Pumpkin Stems
Here’s a tutorial on how to paint your pumpkin stems once they have dried. The options are endless! You can buy real pumpkin stems too from Etsy or other places. I have not found a good source for plastic or faux stems, but I even tried making some one year with clay and they turned out pretty good too! But real ones are my favorites.
Enlist your friends this year to save their pumpkin stems for you! You could always gift them with one of your unique fabric pumpkins in return))
Paint Dried Pumpkin Stems
Want to learn how to paint dried pumpkin stems? It’s easy! It only takes a little preparation, but you have to start months ahead of time)))
Have fun! I can’t wait for cooler weather and fall so I can start doing a little fall decorating. The heat of summer just wears you down, doesn’t it!
What’s your favorite fall decoration to do? I’d love to hear about it! Just leave a comment))