With only two weeks left, I thought this would be a good time to share a project that could be completed pretty quickly, and also transition from Halloween right into Thanksgiving. I love some of the spooky Halloween things out there (like, why don’t I already have a dragon for my front yard?!?), but things that work for both make more sense with my lackadaisical fall decorating.
These pumpkins are great scrap busters, and a few scattered in the center of the table not only looks festive, but they smell amazing!
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To make one of these, you’ll need:
two 3 x 5” from fabric #1
two 3 x 5” from fabric #2
(or one each from four different fabrics)
12” green floral wire or green pipe cleaner
handful of fiberfill
orange embroidery thread
Sew the long side of two fabric pieces with right sides together with a 1/4” seam. Do the same with the remaining two pieces. With wrong sides together, sew both sides of those sections together so you’ve created a tube.
Using doubled thread, hand stitch a long basting stitch 1/4” from one end. Think I need to replace that needle? Sheesh.
Pull the thread to gather tightly. Take a few stitches through the center of the gathers, then knot and trim thread.
Turn right side out.
Stitch 1/4” from the upper edge, again by hand with doubled thread and a long stitch. Leave the needle hanging.
Twist the wire around the cinnamon, 1” from the bottom. Bend the wire up.
Stuff the pumpkin with fiberfill. Stick the cinnamon stick in the center. Pull the thread to gather the pumpkin around it. Tie the thread and remove the cinnamon stick.
Tie a knot in the embroidery thread. Push into the top and out the bottom, making sure it’s going through fabric and not just fiberfill. From the bottom, wrap the thread up the side along one seam. Push down through the top and out the bottom again. Pull lightly to squish the pumpkin just a little.
Repeat until each seam is covered with one row of thread. Knot the thread.
Push the cinnamon stick back into the center.
Twist and tuck the bottom of the wire until it’s under the gathered fabric.
Curl the ends of the wire around a pencil or a stick.
And make a bunch more - ooohhh, and grab some of those cinnamon pine cones to go with them!