DIY Pumpkins with Silverware Stems
The internet has so many DIY fabric pumpkins and for good reason. They are both easy and fun to make, cost a fraction of the glass variety and although real pumpkins are my favorite they don’t last as well.
Last year I made all kinds of pumpkins to sell, this year I only made a few pumpkins for myself. These simple pumpkins are so easy to do and you can make them as fancy or simple as you like.
Fabric Pumpkin Supplies
To make these blinged out pumpkins you will need the following simple materials:
Satin fabric or other pretty fabric
Large darning needle
Fancy handled cutlery
Metallic spray paint
Sparkly glue on beading
I posted DIY fabric pumpkins last year and these ones are made the same way except for the satin fabric and the vintage cutlery stems. If you like plaid pumpkins, harlequin pumpkins, country pumpkins go ahead and replace the material. The method is the same for all types.
If you old cutlery isn’t silver spray paint it a nice metallic colour. The thrift store did not have spoons, so I purchased old forks and using tin snips to cut the fork portion off leaving just the handle. Spray paint one side in a metallic colour, let dry, flip over and do the other side.
Seal the cut edges of your material with a zig-zag stitch or a Serger.
Fold the material in half and sew a seam along the short side.a
If your adding beading, make sure you have enough beads for the pattern you choose.
Create a pattern with the beads.
Arrange your fabric so the seam is at the back center and hot glue the beading to the front of the pumpkin. Measure the distance from the top bead to the edge. Let cool to make sure the beads are secure and flip over.
Repeat the process on the seams side. Place your first bead according to the measurement from the top but you should be able to feel where the bead is on the underside as well. Hot glue the beads into place, let cool.
Arrange the material so the beading is on the edge and glue the remaining beads both front and back. Depending on your pattern choices and likes finish off the pumpkin with extra beading between the bead groupings. Let cool.
Flip the material inside out and using a needles and thread slip stitch the bottom of your material to form the pumpkin base.
Pull the material as tight as possible being careful not to break the thread.
Add some extra stitches into the end of the material to make sure the closed end is as tight as possible. If your filling the pumpkins with beads or rice, I suggest adding some hot glue into the opening as well.
Turn the material right side out and fill with polyester, or beads, or rice.
Pull the front and back sides of the pumpkin together, gather and sew into place. Do the same with the other side. Make sure your center is tight.
Insert the cutlery into the pumpkin and glue into place.
Sew a Ribbon
Cut a piece of fabric 8 by 45 inches long. Fold in half and sew along the long edge.
Cut the ribbon ends at a 45-degree angle.
Sew one end, turn right side out and press. Fold in the open end of the ribbon, press into place and sew as close to the edge as possible. Iron the entire ribbon.
Tie the ribbon onto the spoon stem.
The Orange Satin Pumpkin
The orange pumpkin does not have beads, instead, it was given sections and then some bling on the top ribbon for flare.
Follow the sewing directions for the sparkly pumpkin, cut the material, sew the side seam, gather the bottom, stuff and close the top. Do not add the silverware stem.
Cut a piece of coordinating ribbon at least five feet long. Tie a large knot on one end. Insert a very large darning needle into the pumpkin through the hole in the bottom and out through the hole in the top of the pumpkin. Pull to tighten. If your ribbon pulls out tie a larger knot and try again until it doesn’t pull through.
Repeat this five more times around the pumpkin to create the sections. Tie the ribbon off and cut.
Add the Stem
Insert the silverware handle into the top of the pumpkin and glue into place with a hot glue gun.
Sew and tie a ribbon on top. Attach the bling to the center.