One of the best things about autumn is all the festive décor that goes along with it, from harvest-themed table arrangements to spooktacular jack-o’-lanterns and gouls perched on porch steps. These fabric pumpkins are a quick craft to help you get into the fun of the season. You can make them from items already laying around your home, and they can be easily taken apart and recycled, eliminating the need to store them in the off season. In my book, any decoration that I don’t have to lug up into the attic at the end of the season is a win.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- fabric scraps about the size of a cloth napkin (Bandanas, cloth napkins, old T-shirts or dish rags all all materials you can use.)
- mason jar (Any size will work, but you’ll need to adjust the size of the other supplies to compensate.)
- piece of newspaper
- toile-paper or paper-towel roll
- brown paper bag
- 1 or 2 recently fallen pliable leaves with the stems attached
Lay out your fabric square on your work surface, and place the mason jar in the center.
Insert the toilet-paper or paper-towel roll into the center of the jar. If the tube is too tall, trim it down to just slightly shallower than your jar.
Open your sheet of newspaper and crinkle it up into one long roll. Form the roll of crinkled paper around the base of your jar and tuck the end in where it overlaps to hold it in place.
Take one corner of your fabric and stuff it into the cardboard tube. Continue stuffing the fabric being care full to bunch and pleat the fabric all the way around. Once all the fabric edges are stuffed in you can fluff the fabric and paper until you have the shape you want.
Roll up the brown paper bag to make a stem. This doesn’t need to be perfect—the crinkles add character. Once you have a stem, stick it into the center of the fabric and work it down as far as you can. If the stem is to tall, trim of the excess paper to a length you think looks good.
Push the stems of your leaves into the center next to you paper stem.
And there you have it: a super-simple fabric pumpkin. For a greater effect make a few more with varying jar sizes and fabric and group them together in the center of a table or on the mantle.