Well, once again, I didn't get a pumpkin patch planted but I can sew my own!
Last year, I came up with my own pattern and made them in four sizes. I decided to share my secret with you and help to remind myself how to make these cuties.
I started by looking at a real pumpkin. Pumpkins look like they are made up of sections so I isolated the shape of one section and decided it looked like a leaf or a football. Using old file folders for my pattern pieces, I folded a piece of folder in half in one direction, and then in half the other direction. This way, if I create one arch, my pattern will be a perfectly symmetrical leaf.
My wanted to make four different sized pumpkins. My pieces are about 6" x 2 3/4" for the small, 8 1/4" x 3 1/4" for the medium, 10 1/2" x 4" for the large, and 12" x 5 3/4" for the extra large.
For this post, I've chosen a beautiful velvet. I like to trace my pattern on the back of the fabric using a Sharpie marker.
When I made the pumpkins last year, I cut 8 pieces from the same pattern.
Apparently, this year I had a distraction and only cut 7. The good news, 7 worked too. That's nice to know in case I don't have enough fabric for 8 pieces.
Since my pumpkin looks more like a ball at this point, I needed to figure out a way to make my pumpkin more of a pumpkin shape and find something to use as a stem and tendrils.
I decided that hemp twine could accomplish both issues. For this step, you'll need hemp twine and a large upholstery tufting needle. You don't need a ruler, this is just to show you the size of needle I'm talking about.
Cut a length of hemp twine long enough to tie around half the pumpkin leaving enough for long tails. This is why you need the long needle. The eye is large enough for the twine and the needle's long enough to go through the pumpkin.
Once you've put the needle through the pumpkin, remove the needle from the twine, pull tight at one of the seams and tie a knot.
Move to the opposite side of the pumpkin and do the same thing.
Then, tie the two together in a knot.
Move to the opposite two sides and do the same thing.
Continue tying each section until you've gone around the whole pumpkin and then tie a few knots creating the length of your stem.
Grab the two sections of tails, one in each hand, and twirl the pumpkin away from your body. This will put a twist in the twine.
Keep spinning until you end up with a tight twist like this. Hemp has a little bit of a waxy or sticky quality to it; this will help the twine hold it's shape.
You'll notice you have straight ends of different lengths. Use the tufting needle and wrap the individual straight ends tightly around the needle and hold them in place for a few seconds. This will create little tendril curls.
And there you go, your own little pumpkin made from scraps of fabric.
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