Easy DIY Fabric Pumpkin with Real Stem
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)))
It 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.
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 last 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))
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))
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So talented! Love this pumpkin.
Thank you Mona, it’s really easy to make….just save your pumpkin stems)) You can buy some plastic ones sometimes and even real ones off Etsy and probably eBay. I’ve even made some out of clay))
Awesome tutorial, Thank so much Jeannie! Always enjoy your teaching .
Thank you so much Kay, I appreciate it))
I just love this white fabric pumpkin you made Jeannie! It’s so beautiful!! Since you asked about your subscriber’s favorite fall decorations…one of mine is to put out some scarecrows that I love, and a few other things. One of the scarecrows I found one day in my city park trash can…brand new! It was just looking up at me like “save me!” Someone just tossed it! I felt so very happy to find it! I was adopted as a baby, and am a HUGE fan, so to speak, of second chances! Sorry to go on so long. God bless you Jeannie!
Thank you Bonnie, I appreciate your following so much. Lucky scarecrow)))