Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and Waverly are celebrating National Sewing Month (September) and Waverly’s 90th Anniversary with the Waverize It ! challenge.
During September 1-22, Jo-Ann and Waverly are hosting a Waverize It! Facebook contest open to all consumers. The grand prize for the Facebook contest is $1,000 in Waverly fabric and a $250 Jo-Ann gift card ! I know my crafty fans out there are excited about this AWESOME news and are going to want to create something fantastic and enter!! To enter, go here.
Even though I am not eligible as a blogger for the Waverize It! Consumer Contest, I AM eligible for the Waverize It! Blogger Contest. I had an excruciating time trying to decide what to make with the two yards of “BUTTON BLOOMS” Waverly Fabric that Jo-Ann and Waverly sent me a few weeks ago to create my project. There are just SO many wonderful things to make and the fabric is so pretty & goes with so much.
The colors of the fabric had a fall-feel to me with the yellow, orange, green, turquoise and black colors and since the contest is running in September, what better thing to create than some fall-themed decor for my house. I decided to make Plush Patchwork Pumpkins. I’m actually going to end up with 3 different sizes (small – about 6 1/2″ high, medium -about 7 1/2″ high & large – about 8 1/2″ high).The instructions are the same for all three pumpkins. You just scale to fit any size you want. There are no rules. A very large pumpkin would look great in an entry way or as a centerpiece on your table.
Here’s how I did it :
- Fabric (Scraps can work great here)
- Coordinating thread
- Fiber fill
- Hand sewing needle
- Embroidery floss or yarn
- Large embroidery needle
- Cinnamon sticks
- Hot glue
These are the fabrics, felt & cinnamon sticks I was going to use. The top right colors of fabric were not big enough, so I had to switch to the 3 patterns below. But really there was no way I could go wrong with any of these combos.
Next, you want to cut 6 pieces of fabric for the sides of your pumpkin. I decided to use 3 different patterns for a “patchwork” look, so I cut 2 of each print. My Waverly “Button Blooms” fabric was my main fabric, so I coordinated the other two prints to match.
Take two pieces with right sides together and stitch up one side, from the flat bottom to the point with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Open and add another piece to either side, right sides together, stitch one side.
Continue adding pieces, making sure pieces line up completely to the point, working your way around the pumpkin until all pieces are sewn together. Using a chopstick or turning tool, turn the piece right side out.
Stuff your pumpkin with a generous amount of fiber fill. You want the pumpkin to be firm when squeezed, but not overstuffed. Using a needle and thread, handstitch the opening shut.
Thread a long length of embroidery floss or yarn through your embroidery needle. (Depending upon the size of your pumpkin, you will probably need somewhere between 1 1/2 and 2 yards).Poke the threaded needle down through the bottom of your pumpkin, close to the center. Poke the needle back down through the pumpkin and tie the two tails of thread that now are hanging from the bottom center of your pumpkin in a nice, tight knot.(This will give your pumpkin a tufted appearance).Do not trim your thread yet! Bring your threaded needle up and around the side of your pumpkin, moving from the bottom to the top, poking the needle down directly through the center of your pumpkin, as shown. Pull tightly to further tuft your pumpkin. Repeat this step for each of the six sections of your pumpkin. When each section has been tufted, secure the threads with a knot on the pumpkin. Trim.
Make a leaf template and cut a leaf shape from felt.
Affix it to the top of the pumpkin with hot glue.
Embellish further with a cinnamon stick stem and a pretty bow. Simply repeat the above instructions for the other two size pumpkins and you’re done. Easy peasy !!
I should warn you. Once you discover for yourself how easy these are to make, you will find yourself wanting to create an entire patch of these pumpkins. Plus usining cinnamon sticks gives your craft (a room) a nice fall smell.