Guest post from Debra Worth
I love decorating, but sometimes the decor ideas I see are either two expensive or too involved. I love these simple fabric pumpkins that have dressed up my table for the last few years. They are very easy and quick to make. They would be a good family project if you had older kids (the hardest part is tightly wrapping yarn).
DIY Simple Fabric Pumpkins:
Here is what you will need:
A square of fabric (I used about a 12″ square for the pumpkins pictured above)
A handful of fluff
About 12″ of sturdy, but thin, string
Yarn that matches the fabric of choice
A paint brush (for the mod podge)
A yarn needle
1. Lay your square of fabric on your work surface print side down.
2. I use enough fluff to cover about 1/3 – 1/2 the fabric.
3. Gather up the fabric. Very tightly tie a string at the base of what will be the pumpkins stem. Leave tails on each end of the string that are at least twice the height of the stem as you will be using them in a bit. Be careful to make sure you get all edges of the fabric. Run a line of hot glue over the string to secure the base of the stem.
5. In order to not have a massive stem, you need to trim away some of the extra gathered fabric.
6. Wrap the ends of the string you used to tie the base of the pumpkin around the stem. Make sure to wrap tightly. Tie at the top, trim of extra string, and use a bit of hot glue to secure in place. (Note: I do not have it very tight in the photo, it needs to be tighter).
7. Next you are going to wrap the stem, tightly, with your pretty yarn. Do not cut the string ahead of time as it is hard to estimate how much you will need. Leave an inch or so tail, that you will wrap up along with the gathered fabric. While pulling the yarn tightly, wrap up the stem. Go slowly, and cover thoroughly.
8. Wrap until there is just a tiny tip of fabric, trim that off.
9. On the very tip of the stem add a drop of hot glue. Cover the hot glue with a spiral of the yarn. Cut the yarn so that you have a several inch tail.
10. Use a yarn needle to weave the end of the stem yarn into the stem.
11. Paint the stem with mod podge to finish.
12. When the mod podge is dry you can display.
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