I saw several versions of the magical pumpkin last year on the blogs. They are adorable with just about any material you make them with. The two pictured here are with white linen and burlap. They are easy to make and I'll show you how.
I'll show you the white pumpkin.
fabric marking pencil
heavy quilting thread
hot glue gun
stem of choice (shell, real pumpkin stem, stick)
tendrils (wired ribbon, grapevine)
To make my 18 inch circle I used a 19 inch square of white linen. It has fold lines in the shape of a + centered on the square.
To draw the circle I used the really high tech ribbon tied to a fabric marking pencil. (just kidding) Hold the end of the ribbon in the center of the + (which should be the center of your fabric). Then run the pencil around the whole piece in the circle shape.
To further ensure you get a nice even circle. Fold it back up to cut it.
Thread your needle with some heavy duty quilting thread and baste several sections around the outside edge. I basted three sections and had to hand baste a fourth when pulling the basting stitches.
Here I am gathering it up. This bottom left area kept pulling out of the loose weave of the linen so I just hand basted it as is and pulled it together with the rest of the stitches. Pull the sections up one at a time and secure them to the center.
Here is what it will look like and that isn't tight enough, so hand stitch it closed, even tighter. You will want to get it small enough to be hidden by the stem you hot glue on.
Here I am trying out the different shells to see which one I like and if I have the stitching tight enough.
I put a large area of hot glue on the top of the pumpkin. I added the leaves, tendrils, and then a little more hot glue on top of that and the stem. That's it!
The finished pumpkin from an 18-inch circle measures: 8 inches wide x 4 inches tall not including the stem.
So, have fun creating your own magical pumpkin!Sherry