For me, nothing says French Country more than classic ticking and toile! I chose two different toile fabrics and a matching ticking for my pumpkins, but you could use any fabric to create them! I think that the addition of real dried pumpkins stems gave them a special look, too. I had actually been saving them since last fall, hoping to come up with the perfect project for them. And I think I found it!
Here's what you will need:
- Fabric of your choice cut into circles. The amount will depend on the size of the pumpkins that you wish to create. Take into consideration that the finished pumpkin will be about half as wide as the original circle. A 24 inch circle creates about a 12 inch pumpkin.
- Household objects to use as a guide for cutting. I used several different trays.
- Dried beans...about 1 cup per pumpkin.
- Polyester fiberfill to complete stuffing the pumpkins Amount will be determined by the size of the pumpkin.
- Dried pumpkin stems
- Heavy-duty glue such as E6000
- Needle and thread
And here's what you will do:
- Use the needle and thread for a gathering stitch around the outer edge of your circle. I found that I needed to knot the thread to the fabric at the starting point so that it would stay in place when I gathered it.
- Pull the thread part way and create an opening. Fill the opening with the dried beans. I found that it was easier to pour them with a measuring cup.
- Finish filling the pumpkin with the fiberfill. You can make your pumpkin as fat as you wish.
- Pull the gathering thread as tightly as possible and finish it off with several stitches across the opening to be sure that it is closed as tightly as possible.
Now just finish off by gluing on the stems. I followed the directions on the E6000, adding the glue to both surfaces and then waiting 2 or 3 minutes before putting them together. I held the stem in place for maybe 5 minutes to make sure it would hold then let it dry overnight.
And here they are! You may notice that the ticking pumpkin appears more segmented that the others. That's because I pinched up the segments and sewed through them with big stitches. Then I added them to the vignette on my coffee table for the perfect little bit of fall frenchiness!
And be sure to check out our FRENCH COUNTRY FALL HOME TOUR to see some frenchy fall touches in my home as well as twelve of my fellow Francophiles who share their beautiful homes all dressed for fall! You will not want to miss this one!
And stay tuned because I have more super-easy fall projects to share with you!
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