Autumn is my favorite season–I love the crisp air, changing leaves, and hot mulled cider. These pumpkins last forever, and with this method, you can use a variety of fabrics, mixed and matched any way you like. Anyone that can sew a simple seam on a sewing machine can put these together in an afternoon.
Step One: Make a football shape pattern. Freehand, if you like, or I fold a piece of paper into fourths,
then draw a half oval from the outer point to the fold.
Cut on the line. My football pattern is about 6.5 inches from end to end, which results in a small pumpkin about 4 inches tall and 13 inches around. Your pattern doesn’t have to be perfect!
Step Two: Cut out your pieces–I’m using 5 different pieces of fabric.
Step Three: Put two pieces of fabric right side together, and stitch one half of the football
Step Four: Take a third pumpkin section, and sew right sides together with one of the two sections previously joined.
Continue to sew sections right sides together until all five sections form a ball, but leave the last seam partially open near the top or bottom (but not too near the point), for stuffing. Being near the top of bottom will make this seam easy to hide.
Step Five: Make sure that the top and bottom seams where all five pumpkin sections meet, are securely sewn, and turn pumpkin right side out, and stuff tightly with fiber fill.
Step Six: Hand stitch the seam closed.
Your pumpkin may look lumpy and uneven, which is okay.
Step Seven: Thread a needle with a long (much longer than in the photo) piece of strong thread, knotting the ends together so that you’re sewing with a double thread.
Make a small stitch in the bottom of the pumpkin, and wrap the thread up to the top of the pumpkin, following the seam.
Take another stitch, and pull the thread as tight as you can, gathering the fabric. Make a knot in the top of the pumpkin, but don’t cut the thread.
Step Eight: Continue to gather the pumpkin at every seam, stitching and knotting at the top and bottom.
When you are finished, your pumpkin should have a definite pumpkin shape now.
Step Nine: Cut a small piece of stick for a stem, and cut out a leaf from a contrasting piece of fabric.
Step Ten: Hot glue the leaf and stem to the pumpkin