Friday, September 30, 2016

DIY Vintage Fabric Pumpkins

Hey Ya'll 
Happy Fall to ya!
I hope that all is well with everyone and that the fall crafting bug has bit you too. I don't know why it has taken me so long to get this project done. I been wanting to do it for so long but I just never seemed to get around to it.
Well.. I finally did it and it's one of my favorites and it was so..sooo.easy!
It all started by saving last years pumpkins stems for the one we carved.
These pretty awesome fabric scraps I found in the scrap bin at work.
I have seen pumpkins done in all kind of wonderful fabric like velvet, ticking, burlap..and so on but I didn't have any that just screamed pumpkins to me.
Lol..I don't know why these did...
I really just thought the fabric had such a vintage feel. Especially, the green one, it reminded me of the drapes that hung in our babysitter Mrs. Hall's home.
I think that's one of the most important parts to doing true DIY's with vintage feel. It's finding fabrics in maybe unsuspecting placing and saying that would look great as..whatever your fancying. I suggest keeping an eye out at Goodwill and consignment type stores. Most the time there is some real funky kind of fabrics there that just need to be recreated.
As you know with me the main thing is to do it on the cheap! 

Yes..I'm sure I'm cheap!
The subject of me being cheap leads me to show you what I used as stuffing for these pumpkins.
I used my scrap fabric. 
You know it's got places or been cut to giblets to the point there's nothing to save. I find that it's the perfect stuffing for alot of the vintage-y crafts. It will be pretty heavy and lumpy.
I don't know why I find that to be about perfect for imperfect craft.
If it was something done way back in the day that's what they would have done.
Don't ya think?? 
Basically, lay your fabric out.
Then find something big and round for your pattern. I used my Rada Pizza Stone for the big green pumpkin.

I also got my thread and a pretty big needle and scissors.
You'll need to do some basting.

Baste stitch all the way around your circle edge.
Then gather. 
This is where it went a little wrong. When I started gathering. My thread broke. I could tell this was not going to be my option.
I needed something stronger that would hold.

So I pulled out the good ole dental floss.
It's very strong and it will work fine.

Gather and Stuff
After you stuff, Stick your stem in and pull the fabric tight around it.
I also tide some raffia around the stem. It sort of hides the gathers and just adds to the look.

That's about all there is to it.
I hope you'll give this DIY Fabric Pumpkin Project a try.
As always, thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.



  1. Love these! They turned out so cute. Using dental floss is genius.

    1. Thank you.I don't know why it took me so long to do these.

    2. Thank you.I don't know why it took me so long to do these.

    3. with the double posts..If I comment on my phone(I like to look at my bloggy stuff at work)it always double posts. I've tried various methods to fix it but it's still happening. Most the time I go in an delete the double but I just thought I'd offer up an explaination for this. Love ya

  2. Super cute! Love the colors you chose and using dental floss was genius! I'm with you and love to make things on the cheap. Have a great weekend!

    Hugs, Vicky

    1. Hey Vicky, Thank you. I wasn't totally sure it would looks quite right in other folks eyes but I liked them too and floss is the way to go when you need strength. It's also cheap in comparison to heavy duty threads. I hope the Autumn season is transitioning wonderfully for you.

  3. What a great idea! Now I have to save pumpkin stems so I can do this next fall : )

    1. Jo, You should! It's such an easy project, so many options too. Depending on what your eye likes you could do plaids or ticking. Burlap could be super cute too. Sorta' just do with something you can find or just like. I hope you're starting to feel Autumn move in. It's such a fun season.