Tuesday, July 24, 2012

DIY Magical Pumpkins

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.  
Supplies:
Scissors
fabric
string
fabric marking pencil
heavy quilting thread
needle
fiber fill
hot glue gun
stem of choice (shell, real pumpkin stem, stick)
tendrils (wired ribbon, grapevine)
leaf(s)

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

26 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Cute pumpkins Sherry! Gives me hope that it really will cool off soon:@)

Debra @ Common Ground said...

You're driving me crazy here! Come on Fall!!!!
love these little guys, xoxo Debra

Ivy and Elephants said...

Now that is a beautiful pumpkin. I absolutely love the shell added as a beautiful element. Great job Sherry! Love it!

Paula

The Summer Porch said...

The name of your blog suits you to a tee Sherry! Filled with charm. I love your magical pumpkins... sigh!
Have a great week.
Hugs Rosemary...xx

La said...

Hi Sherry!

These are so cute. I like the way you used the seashell as a stem.

Have a wonderful week! La

Kathy said...

I just love this! Especially the shell! Thank you for sharing! I'll PIN this! Kathy

Shine said...

Love your pumpkins!!! I made a few of these last year, but I really like your white one....new idea!! Have a great evening!!~~Shine

jomymother said...

Just discovered your blog. The pumpkin ...beautifully done! Thanks for sharing.

Miss Kitty said...

Hi ! I saw your post over at Masterpiece Monday...such cute little pumpkins! Thank you so much for sharing out to make them.

Red Couch Recipes said...

These are really fabulous and simple to make too! Joni

Kerry Rossow said...

Although I am still in denial that summer will end, I am sooo going to tackle this adorable project...next month!
Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

Custom Comforts said...

Wow ~ is it time already for pumpkins? The summer is coming to a close much faster than I'd like. Your pumpkins are really cute and look pretty easy to make. I'll have to try those.
Cindy

Linda said...

Those are really cute...I love the seashell as a stem!!

SavannahGranny said...

Sherry, This is such a neat idea. Turned out beautifully. It is time to start working on the fall decor. Can you believe it and it is still so hot. Thanks for sharing. Ginger

LrSchwtz said...

I love this tutorial. What a beautiful decoration. Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Sherry,
These are so adorable! I'm not much of a sewer, but I think even I might be able to do it! Thanks for sharing.
Patti

Holly said...

This is a great tutorial and beautiful too!

Natasha in Oz said...

I love this idea! Your instructions are excellent too-thank you!

Now, if only I could sew....

Best wishes,
Natasha.
xo

Janet said...

I'm definitely going to try making one of these adorable pumpkins!
Blessings,
Janet!

Heaven's Walk said...

Perfect for autumn, Sherry! I'm definitely going to try this soon! Thanks for the great tutorial! :)

xoxo laurie

Jo's This and That said...

Cute!

Sharon said...

I just found your blog, and I became a follower immediately! I love the simple sweet pumpkins! Thanks for sharing! Hope to see you pop in to visit my new blog too! Have to go now...so I can pour through the rest of your blog!

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

Such a cute idea to use shells as stems. Thanks for the inspiration. So cute!

Shorely Chic said...

these.are.amazing!! I am going to repost on my blog linking my readers to you, I hope you don't mind!

WhisperWood Cottage said...

Great tutorial! Love the shell!! Thanks for linking up to The "Autumn D├ęcor" Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!

Rosella said...

This is so great! I've been wanting to do this with some burlap that's was left over from our daughter's wedding last Fall. Can't wait to try making these.... Thanks for your tutorial - love your creative stem!

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