Tuesday, October 23, 2012

How To-zday Pumpkins~*

Stuffed pumpkins!  Can you live without them?  Of course not!

Okay, technically you can, but would you want to?

Luckily for you, I have the how to prepped & ready to meet all your stuffed pumpkin needs.  In my case, the need was to fill in a corner on our mantel.  Your need might be for a centerpiece or an ornament or a Thanksgiving party favor, or any other instance when a stuffed squash would come in handy.

Trust me, they'll come in handy.

Like the owls from last week, a good stuffed pumpkin starts with rectangular pieces of fabric of your choice. Orange would be obvious, but anything you 'appen to 'ave lying about will do.  In my case, I had a bit of plain light brownish and a bit of curvy orange stripey-ness left over from the garland.

Cut two rectangles in each fabric, whatever size you want {smaller is easier than larger for reasons that will become clear as we go along}.  Also, as with the owls, this is simple enough to be sewn by hand if you don't have a machine.


Stitch up the two long sides of the fabrics {right sides together}.


On one of the short sides, baste the two pieces together {basting, in sewing, means long, loose stitches}.  Knot the thread on the side you start sewing, but leave long pieces of thread and do not tie off the thread at the end .


Gently pull the long threads, scrunching the fabric down toward the side you knotted.  This does not have to be perfect, so don't worry about gathering evenly.



Once you've gathered it to your liking, sew over the gathers to prevent them from loosening up again.


Trim the seam allowances, then turn the little bag you've created so the right side of the fabric is facing out.


Stuff your pumpkin with whatever you have that is soft, smushy & lying around.  I had left over stuffing from the owls.  Don't over stuff-- leave a few inches at the top, and stuff it "loosely," don't pack it in.



Baste the top closed-- don't worry about the raw ends.  I sewed this bit by hand.


Like you did for the bottom of the pumpkin, gather the top of the bundle then sew the gathering closed.


Now here is the tricky bit.  Using a hand needle & a loooooong thread with a knotted end, push the needle down from the top of the bag, through the center, and out the bottom {being careful not to stab yourself in the process}.  This moment here is why a smaller pumpkin is better, especially for your first squash experience.


Once you've pulled your needle out the bottom, pull tight {but not so tight you snap the thread}.    Tie off your thread, then repeat in the opposite direction {bottom to top}.  Each time you do it, you'll be able to pull the pumpkin a little tighter which gives it a nice pumpkiny shape. Repeat until you are happy.


The rest is easy-- just embellish!  I used my glue gun, a stick from the front yard, a scrap of fabric cut in a leaf shape, and some raffia covered wire left over from this project.




Ta-Da!  Cute huh?



Next week, we are finally off the mantel & on to the wall {lol}.



Heads up: it will require you to have a beautiful mother with a green thumb, a surplus of hydrangea blossoms  & an eagerness to send you home with a bushel full, or a reasonable equivalent of same~*

So, what are you gonna make today?


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