Last year I didn’t get much into fall decorating. We’d just moved in and I’d just as soon see the fall outside as inside, so I didn’t really bother with it.
However, as a housewarming gift we were given a sweet fabric pumpkin. I liked it on the shelf but kept wishing that there was more than one. It just seemed…lonely. I was looking at it this year and it occurred to me that they are probably really easy to make. Sure enough, it’s extremely simple construction. I made a couple quick measurements and jumped right in.
My experimental design turned out nicely. I made an uneven divide of a pretty fall patterned fat quarter and started with my fabric 8″ x 22″, leaving a 10″x22″ piece for another pumpkin. As you can see on the left it made a very short little pumpkin. If I wanted something more like the original I needed to start with bigger fabric.
Here’s what I did.
What you have at this point is a pillow, not a pumpkin. I got concentrating and forgot about pictures here, sorry. Hopefully this makes sense without them. To compress the center and create the ridges in the side I took a crochet hook, poked it through the center of the pumpkin and tied a sturdy complementary yarn to the hook. Then I pulled the hook back through the pumpkin, yarn attached, to make a pumpkin on a string. Then I pulled that end around the outside of the pumpkin and tied it to itself where I’d first threaded it through to create the first indent. Then I continued wrapping the pumpkin and using the crochet hook to pull it through until I had six pumpkin lobes and two wraps of yarn on each indent.
This is such a fun little touch of fall. I love that they’re totally customizeable, depending on what kind of fabric you use. You could even make them in brights or jewel tones. So many possibilities! Have fun!