Monday, October 17, 2011

Plush Pumkins... just right for the season!

This weekend I made a few "Plush Pumpkins" and they are so much fun to use in decorating for October/November! I've seen them made with velvet (and they are beautiful) but velvet is expensive, so I opted for "nobby fleece" (a remnant) and Crushed Panne (on sale at Joann's for $2.99 a yard). Basically, you make them like fabric "yo-yos" (just bigger): cutting a circle, sewing a running stitch around the perimeter of the circle, then pulling and gathering, closing it almost all the way. Fill with a little rice or dried beans for weight in the bottom, and poly fiberfill. Next, pull it tight, leaving just a little hole for the stem (I used sticks from the yard) and leaf (cut from fabric scraps). Hot glue the stem, leaf and raffia in place. That's it - easy peasy pumkins!

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