Well, you can make your own velvet harvest for a fraction of the price and have a blast creating them too.
This is such an easy project, you may wonder why you never tackled these before.
The real pumpkin stems on these soft creations add a fun touch of realism similar to the effect created by my felted wool acorns.
You can find dried pumpkin stems on-line and even via a few Etsy shops.
NOTE: Avoid using fresh stems because they'll decay over time and damage the fabric. Be sure to save you stems (and your friends' and neighbor's stems) this year for use next year. Later this month, I'll share a post on how to dry stems for crafting.
You can use a circular guide to cut a large circle of fabric or you can just eyeball it.
The circle doesn't have to be perfect so it's totally OK, to jut cut if freehand if you prefer.
Double your thread and knot it on one end.
Use a doll-making needle to gather the edges of the circle all the way around.
Once the hand stitching is in place, gently pull the thread so that the fabric gathers into a small opening.
Keep the needle on the thread.
Stuff the pouch with the cotton filling or fiberfill.
The gathers will loosen during this step but just keep pulling the thread to narrow the hole opening after each handful of stuffing is inserted.
Once the pumpkin pouch is nice and firm with stuffing, gently pull the threads once again to close the opening as much as possible.
With one hand, hold the thread taut to keep the opening narrow. Use the other hand to carefully stitch the the area closed and pull all edges in together and closer to the center of the pumpkin.
Don't use too much glue or it could seep out from under the stem and possibly show on top of the fabric.
Once the stem is in place and the glue is dry, carefully tug around the base to increase the pleats and also help conceal the edges of the dried stem.
Carefully squeeze the fabric to gently shift and smooth any lumpy areas.
Trust me when I say, the more you make the more you'll want to make.
It's easy to make a bundle because you can whip them up so quickly.
There are so many fun ways that these soft pumpkins can be displayed.
Consider filling a large basket with your harvest and use them as a table setting.
Or you could pile them up in gorgeous copper pots and place them strategically around your home for a wonderfully whimsical harvest display.
While I love the look of all the jewel tones, you could also make multiple pumpkins all in one color (white?) for a stunning monochromatic presentation.
So this year, don't just carve your pumpkins with knives and tools.
Consider making them instead.
As you can see, you don't have to be a real farmer to produce a colorful, bumper pumpkin crop.
I hope you're inspired to make your own velvet harvest that you'll be able to enjoy all season long. ♥
WANT MORE INSPIRATION?
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