Autumn Arts and Crafts | Easy DIY Fabric Pumpkins with Homemade Stems

Are you sick of me babbling on about autumn? Well too bad! My basic fall-loving self can’t shut up about the topic and today it actually felt like the right season. In honor of this tremendous occasion, which will likely be forgotten soon when the temperature rises back up to the 80s, I decided to post my latest project: easy-to-make fabric pumpkins with Model Magic stems.

You’ll just need a few things to get started…

Materials

  • Model Magic
  • Scrap or remnant fabric
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Poly-Fil
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun
  • Silk floral leaves

Let’s start with the stems, a step which I forgot to photograph. Whoops! Roll out two thin tubes of brown Model Magic, twist them together, and trim the end with scissors. Then position them into the stem by curving it in a few places. Leave the stems to dry for at least three days before attaching them to your pumpkins; this gives them enough time to solidify permanently.

Now, onto the pumpkins. Cut your fabric into a circle of any size. Start a running stitch across the perimeter of the circle, adding an extra knot at the start as you’ll have to pull this tight.

Pull the thread primarily tight and start filling the pumpkin with Poly-Fil. Whenever you think it’s full, add a quarter more. The fuller the better!

Finish sewing the perimeter and/or tighten the thread so it bunches together into a tiny fabric pumpkin butthole. (Don’t judge me, you know that’s what it looks like.)

Wrap your pumpkin in twine, pulling it tightly to create the weird little pumpkin bumps. Is there a technical term for this? You get what I mean. Double knot it and trim the edges.

Finally, add your steam and leaves using hot glue.

I have enough material for more than a dozen, but eight was enough for my mantel. (Or rather, my dining room bar. We don’t have a mantel here but damn it, they’d look good on it if we did.)

I’m thinking about a slightly edgier pumpkin craft next… Autumn arts and crafts time isn’t over yet, basic babes!

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5 Comments

  1. Lee Farringer
    October 5, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    Love then can’t wait to try them.

  2. October 17, 2017 / 11:19 am

    This is a brilliant idea! I like to decorate my home at Halloween, and these look Halloween and classy at the same time 🙂

    • October 18, 2017 / 12:54 am

      Thank you! Halloween is so much fun to decorate for… Looks like you have some festive content over on your site as well! Checking it out now. 🙂

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