Published on November 26th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
Stuffed Pumpkin Decor
Have I mentioned that I am loving pumpkins for my decor this Fall?
I mean, I’ve shared several ideas already, but I hope you are ready for one more darling looking idea.
So many times I feel like home decor isn’t kid friendly.
This stuffed pumpkin decor does have a bit of hardness (the cinnamon sticks) but they are basically soft and the littles can carry them around.
I remember many holidays my minions would carry around some bit of decor.
It made them feel so much happier that they could touch and feel instead of being told “No” all the time.
I mean, Christmas glitter, what little could keep their hands off of all that pretty sparkle?
I liked to have a few stuffed animals around the house they could touch, it helped so much with saying “No”, but here, you can play with this.
So, here are some items they can touch.
These stuffed pumpkins take a little bit of sewing, but they are so worth it.
I am going to take you step by step through them and show you how to create your own set of darling soft pumpkins.
First, you need fabric.
I buy Fat Quarters. They are in a lot of stores now. Squares wrapped up that measure between 14 and 18 inches.
They run between $.99 and $1.99 depending on where you buy.
Open your fabric, and fold into a square.
From one corner, cut a curve, so that you end up with a round circle.
It doesn’t have to be a perfect circle, just rounded.
I love to use DMC floss because it’s thick enough to pull on and cinch without breaking.
Make sure you use the whole piece, it does need to be strong.
Stitch a running stitch all the way around the circle.
Leave a tail about 3-4 inches at both ends.
When you have the stitching complete, cinch it.
Uncinch a little of the opening, and add fiberfill to the pumpkin.
You need to get a good ball in there, but don’t stuff it too hard.
I added in my cinnamon sticks to help me put a needle through to the bottom straight.
Once you are done stitching, you can cinch the hole closed, and tie the ends around the sticks to help keep them in place.
With a fresh piece of thread, put the need from the top to the bottom, trying to get the middle point each time.
You want the thread to loop around the outside of the pumpkin.
It will pull in and make the lobes of the pumpkins.
Do this four times, in a + pattern.
Then using a new piece of thread, add another + pattern to make 8 lobes. Cinch the thread to pull in a little tight to make the lobes stand out.
Once you are done, and happy with your pumpkin shape, knot your thread, and add your sticks.
I also added a bit of hot glue around the sticks to make sure they stayed in place.
Since I had the glue gun out, I glued a bit of twine around the pumpkins to look like vine. I love curling a bit around and gluing it down.
Then I added a few velvet leaves that I had.
They look great all piled up. What basket wouldn’t want a great big pile of these beauties sitting there?
They also look great spread out, with leaves thrown around them.
Whatever your choice, these are a great fun craft for Fall or the holidays!