Monday, October 29, 2012

poppin' pumpkins

I originally shared this post on See Vanessa Craft for her 20 days of crafty Halloween. 

Growing up, Halloween was always a big deal at our house. Mostly because my little sister's birthday falls on the holiday. The first Halloween I was away at college, my mom sent me a giant box of decorations and candy. My dorm-mates loved me that year. :) Unfortunately the plastic spiders and fake webs are long gone, but I think I've come up with a much better way to help decorate our home this fall.

Since I always have embroidery hoops on hand and my fabric stash is out of control, I planned to use those elements but wanted something more than the usual flat hoop art. Something fun and a little unexpected to add a little interest. I scanned my craft room and landed on the giant bag of stuffing in the corner. I came up with with these fun 3-D pumpkins that I can use decorate my home for all of autumn. Perfect for us since our horizontal surfaces are always riddled with cats.

embroidery hoop {or 3 or 5...} - any size you'd like
cardboard {larger than your hoop}
masking tape
poly-fil stuffing
twine/thread/embroidery floss
writing utensil

Trace the interior piece of your hoop onto some cardboard and cut it out. You'll need this to help hold the stuffing in. Then use masking tape of some kind to secure the cardboard into the hoop. You could glue this in if you wanted, but the tape holds it together well.

Layer the stuffing, batting {it keeps the finished pumpkin from looking lumpy}, fabric and the outer hoop. You'll need to trim the batting down so it's just big enough to cover the stuffing so your outer hoop will fit. I found the batting and fabric was too thick. 

Once you get everything arranged and looking how you want, tighten down the screw on the hoop and make sure your fabric is nice and taught. At this point I flipped it over and taped down the corners of my fabric.

Cut 3 peices of twine, embroidery floss or thread and feed them through the top and bottom of the hoop. Arrange the twine so it creates pumpkin segments. Tighten the screw as much as you can and gently pull the twine from the back so it makes an indention and the stuffing puffs up in between.

To finish, just turn the pumpkin over and tape down the remaining fabric edges and string ends. You can also glue this down if you've already got your glue gun warmed up.

This is optional, but you can cut a couple of shorter pieces of twine and tie them together. Then loop them over the screw at the top of the hoop and it looks like part of the pumpkin vine, and camouflages the screw a bit.

Hang on your wall and admire! I absolutely love the way they look.

How do you decorate for fall?

xoxo, christa


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