Hard to believe it's October already yet here it is. Even though I'm not a Pumpkin Spice fan, I do love to decorate with pumpkins from Halloween through Thanksgiving. I've had fabric pumpkins on my to make list and finally made some!
|October Lettering Doodle|
Everything's new when it's the first time you do it right? My twist on these was to add leather leaves.
- Fabric of choice: I used my never ending fabric dropcloth from the HW store, and some black and white swirl fabric from my stash
- Embroidery thread and needle
- Leather Scraps
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Jute Twine and Cotton Cord
Trace your pattern and cut out your fabric:
Using embroidery thread, do a loose running stitch around the edge of your fabric, and then pull to gather together.
I didn't care about the contrast in thread color because I knew I'd be covering up any exposed stitching. You'll have a little sac ( which reminded my of my favorite Taiwanese dumplings).
Stuff your dumpling, I mean pumpkin, with fiber fill until you are happy with the size etc. I kind of rolled mine around to make sure the fiberfill was even. Then pull you stitching tight and tie off.
I chose to do this step before adding my stem but I suppose you could add the stem and then do this. For the stems, I used a cedar branch I'd cut during the Summer that was now thoroughly dried.
A while ago, for no specific reason, I bought a bag of leather scraps at Michaels or JoAnns. Now I knew the reason! I grabbed some coordinating colors and cut leaf shapes from them.
I glued in the stem and attached the leaves and then used twine to wrap around the bottom of the stem and cover up my glue schlubs. I then added some ribbon and charms from my stash to finish.
I used the same process for the black and white fabric pumpkin, only instead of wrapping the stem with twine, I used cotton cord and maple leaf charms insttead of hearts.