Introduction: How to Make Fabric Country Pumpkins

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In all the years I've sold crafts throughout the U.S., these adorable Fabric Country Pumpkins are my biggest selling fall craft. Nobody buys just one.  They are just too cute!!!  They really give a room a nice autumn feeling.

For this project you will need: different autumn fabrics, raffia, sticks from trees, buttons, scraps of fabric, fake leaves, stuffing, jute rope, beans, rice, or sand, hot glue gun, and basic sewing needs.

Step 1:

These fabric pumpkins can be done in any size.  Just play around with a pattern to get the sizes you want.

We are going to make a small one. First you will need to make your pattern for the pumpkin. You will be using an 8 1/2" X 11 1/2" size piece of computer paper. Write on it "Country Pumpkin", "Cut One".  There... you have your first country pumpkin pattern.  Now pin the pattern piece to one layer of fall fabric. Cut it out.

Step 2:

Pin the short sides of your pumpkin piece PRETTY SIDES together.  Stitch down the seam using the pressure foot as your guide.

Step 3:

Hand stitch the bottom closed.

Optional: (I usually put a dab of hot glue at the bottom where I stitched on the bottom inside of the pumpkin so that no stuffing or rice will get through my hand stitching.)

Step 4:

Turn your pumpkin to the pretty side.  Fill it 1/3 of the way with rice, beans, or sand.

This helps your pumpkin to stand up nice.

Fill the rest of the pumpkin up with stuffing.

Step 5:

Hand stitch the top opening closed.  As you are doing this put your stick you are going to use as your handle in the hole.  Now you can finish hand stitching it, and knot it good and tight.

Optional: At this point you can add jute rope to your pumpkin as seen in the last photo on this page.

Hot glue the leaves and raffia to the stick.

Step 6:

Hot glue or hand sew on scraps of fabric and buttons.

Step 7:

Your adorable country pumpkin is done.