I’ve been inspired by all the fabric pumpkin ideas, so I decided to try a couple myself. There are many different ways to do them, and after looking at a few examples, I plucked a few helpful things from each of them.
To determine the size for the two I wanted to make for the mantle, I laid down a small bouquet of silk flowers in the middle of a piece of fabric. I pulled up the fabric around the flowers, noted how much I needed to cut, and then removed the flowers and laid the fabric flat on the floor to cut a large circle. I made sure to fold under a layer of fabric so that I could cut two the same size, all at once.
Next I hand sewed long basting stitches around the outside edge of the fabric, about 1/2 inch from the edge, and cinched them together, leaving a hole big enough to put the filling into.
For the filling, I took a few plastic bags and stuffed them inside, and then folded some fiber fill around to help smooth it all out.
Then I finished it off by pulling the ends of the threads as tightly as I could and sewing a few stitches by hand across the top of the opening in a zig zag motion to secure it.
For the stem, I found a couple of large pieces of mulch from around one of our big trees and just poked them into the hole, between the threads.
The final touch was a little bit of jute string which I wrapped around the “stem” and tied with long strands that were kind of curling, like little vines.
Glenn thought my pumpkins looked a little flat, so I spent a few minutes plumping them into a more pumpkin-like shape.
In the end, although they may not look exactly like pumpkins, I think you can tell what they are intended to be.
I like them.
I even made a couple of tiny ones for the ottoman. Aren’t they cute?!
Let’s call those little ones “gourds”, ok?
Feeling inspired to do a little fall decorating, the girls and I picked up several handfuls of acorns from off the ground at the park last week and poured them into a bowl. They’re so earthy and pretty.
I also snipped a few stems of Russian Sage and put them in a couple of vases. I love their purple and blue flowers. They smell wonderful and still look good even after they dry out.
What are some of the things you do to decorate for fall?