I am smitten, I tell ya, smitten with pumpkins. I wanted to make some pumpkins this year for decor and didn’t want the traditional orange…not that they aren’t cute but I was in the mood for something a little different.
My inspiration came from 20 North Ora – I followed her directions almost to a T so please visit her site to see the original but below are the steps I took.
Mini Styrofoam Pumpkin from the dollar store
Muslin 1/2 yard
Thread the same color as the muslin
Hot glue gun
Package of leaves from the dollar store
- Rip the muslin from edge to edge into 1 1/2 inch strips. I made a small snip with sharp scissors 1 1/2 inches apart the length of my muslin. I tore strips from the entire 1/2 yard of fabric. I wanted a fluffy pumpkin!
2. Using a sewing machine sew a very long running stitch (nothing tight) down the center of each strip the entire length of the strip. Now, gently pull one side of the thread only to create a ruffle effect as tight or loose as you would like. I chose to make mine over ruffly and therefore pulled the running stitch tightly.
3. Now start gluing the strips nice and tight next to each other from the top of the pumpkin down across the bottom and up to the other side.
4. Add cinnamon sticks to the center for the stem and glue leaves around the stem. I added a hand-stamped tag just for a little extra but that is totally optional.