Here goes, my very first post. I really hope that my attempt to tell you how I made these lovely pumpkins is clear enough for others to follow. I don’t remember where I first saw these as I know there are lots of versions out there, I seem to think that lots of people mention that it is a Martha Stewart idea.
So I thought I would try to do a step by step guide and try to keep it simple, please note, this is only about the 3rd time that I have used a sewing machine! I love doing crafty things, especially baking (there will be more of that to come later) but sewing is never something I have really got into, hopefully this will be the start of many more sewing projects 🙂
If anyone does have any questions or I have been unclear about anything please do not hesitate to contact me and I will try an explain a little better what I mean.
I made three pumpkins, each one a little bigger than the other. I got my material from a local craft shop, they did have some specialised Halloween material which would look really good but I wanted to use something a little different and went for some blue and green patterns. So the measurements for the material that I used were as follows 6″ x 12″, 9″ x 18″ and 12″ x 24″. You can make them any size you want, the rule that you need to follow is, what ever your width is double up for the length.
1. Fold your piece of material in half, right side inside and sew down opposite side to fold. Use back stitch if hand sewing or use a machine if you wish.
2. Next you need to sew across one end of your material (doubled over) using running stitch, this will become the base of your pumpkin. Before you secure your thread at the end, gather up your material, you have to hold on to your thread and kind of scrunch up the material. Don’t forget to secure your thread now.
3. Turn your material right side out and fill with stuffing. Make sure it is filled well – don’t skimp on the stuffing. I received a little help from my beautiful niece Honey for this step.
4. Now you need to do a running stitch all the way around the open end. As before pull the thread tight and gather up as in step 3. For this I used embroidery thread as cotton snapped easily and you need to be a bit tougher once your pumpkin is filled with stuffing. Finish this off with a couple of stitches to hold it in place.
5. Now you have your basic pumpkin shape comes the bit I struggled with until I got going with it. Thread your needle with wool, turn your pumpkin upside down, put your needle in the centre. You are now aiming to get the needle through all the stuffing and out the other end. You then need to pull it over the side and repeat this step until you have all the separate sections. Make sure you pull your wool tight from the beginning. Please be careful when doing this part as I did end up with a pumpkin/needle related injury!
6. For the stalk you need to cut out 2 pieces of the below shape. With the right side inside, sew around the arch leaving the bottom open. Turn your stalk right side outside, stuff and then sew up the end.
I read several tutorials on how to sew the stalk on and then ended up doing it a different way which worked best for me. I suggest you have a play around.
Well thats it. I hope it was easy to follow for those who want to have a go.
Thank you for reading.