For most of my life September was the beginning of a new school year- as a student and then as a teacher. Thus the hustle and bustle of a new year was the priority, meaning that fall crafts were nonexistent for me. By the time things settled down, fall and halloween were forgotten and the focus became Christmas. Since I am no longer teaching, the thought occurred to me this year to change that-- so I have made my first attempt at creating fall at the Sturge home. Inspired by a colleague, Sarah Gill, who has mentioned making more fabric pumpkins and a magazine Crafts N Things, I spent Saturday in my Pumpkin Patch. After the fact, I realized that I should have taken pictures of the process, but I will attempt to provide instructions for them and borrow from another crafter.
Fabric Pumpkin Pattern
Cut out a fabric rectangle on the bias that's twice as long as it is wide. (We used 5-by-10-inch, 8-by-16-inch, and 11-by-22-inch pieces for our three pumpkin sizes.)
Fold rectangle, right side up, so short sides meet; stitch along that edge with 1/4-inch seam allowance. With doubled thread and running stitches, sew along 1 end; pull thread to cinch fabric closed, and stitch to secure.
Turn pouch right side out; stuff with batting. With doubled thread and running stitches, sew around open end; pull thread to cinch fabric, and stitch to secure.
Thread long needle with floss. Wrap floss around pumpkin, pulling through the core several times, to add ridges.
For stem, cut out 2 stem-size pieces of fabric. Stitch pieces, right sides facing, leaving base open. Turn right side out; stuff with batting. Secure open end to pumpkin with slip stitches.
However, as with many of the project ideas I borrow, I added a different stem, a leaf, and some vines. This is what I ended up with below.