Have you swooned and drooled and stayed up nights wondering how to make velvet pumpkins? Then you’re gonna love this tutorial!
With all the yummy drinks and baked goods you’ll be making this fall, it’s kinda fun to created something that won’t be consumed in seconds by hoards of small children #amiright?
DIY Velvet Pumpkin Tutorial
1. Collect Stems. This is one of the reasons these pumpkins are so gorgeous: they start with real stems! Glean stems from a local pumpkin patch or save them from your favorite winter squash you baked for dinner last night. Stems need to be completely dried, so leave them in a dry, warm place for a week or two.
2. Choose and Cut your Fabric. Velvet pumpkins are all the rage and no wonder with so many delectable colors to choose from! I’ve also experimented with silk, wool, velvet, corduroy, wovens, and even prints. Whatever you decide, cut your chosen fabric in a circle–anywhere from 3 inches to the width of the fabric.
3. Gather the Edges–Thread a large needle with upholstery or heavy duty thread and run a basting stitch around the entire edge of your cloth circle.
4. Cinch your circle nearly closed, like a pouch. Leave the needle and thread attached, but don’t knot it!
5. Fill the cavity of your pumpkin about 2/3 full with rice, beans, or plastic pellets.
6. Stuff the pumpkin the rest of the way with fiber fill.
7. Close the hole: Criss cross the opening of your pumpkin with some tight stitches to anchor the hole.
Now, your pumpkin is nearly done, and most tutorials quit at this point. But I think the pumpkin looks too round and ball shaped at this point, so this is where I add:
The “Secret Technique” for Authentically Shaped Pumpkins
8. Squeeze the center of the pumpkin from top and bottom with your thumb and finger of your left hand and push your needle down through the center to find the bottom of the pumpkin.
9. Flip the pumpkin upside down and pull the needle through. Cinch tight, and go up and down through the middle of the pumpkin a few more times. This creates a depression in the stem area of the pumpkin, allowing the ‘shoulders’ of the pumpkin to be full and voluptuous. Now you know the secret–don’t you feel special???!
10. Tie off: When your pumpkin has the shape you want, do a few more stitches across the stem area, and tie it off.
11. Glue a stem to the middle of your pumpkin. And you’re done.
Unless you count the following steps of cuddling, petting, and cradling your adorable pumpkin in your hands, and inviting friends over to meet him. Because it’s not enough to just text a photo of your lovely pumpkin. As Nester said when she was giving away a set of Love Feast Pumpkins, “If you come to my house in the fall I’ll insist you hold one. If you were a girl who loved stuffed animals or live kittens, then that translates over to wanting to pet these Plush Pumpkins as an adult.” They must be held to fully appreciate their charm.
I made the whole pile of pumpkins in the above photos in an hour or so the other afternoon. I’ve since made a half dozen more in all sizes (try 2 inch. across if you want to cry at the cuteness!) Here’s what they looked like in the centerpiece at a autumn dinner party I hosted last week…
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