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15 September, 2013

Easy No-Sew Shirt Pumpkins

I’m excited to join some very talented bloggers again today for the fall edition of our No-Sew Decorating Showcase!  Once again, I have put away my sewing machine to create my project…no-sew shirt pumpkins!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Shirt PumpkinsThis one is so super-easy and fun that kids could even join in! Here’s what you will need:
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Jute twine
  • Rubber bands
  • Fiberfill for stuffing
  • Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • Foam brush
  • Pencil
  • Scrap of burlap

Ozzie Our first step was to check the closet and the thrift stores for some fall-colored shirts. Our CEO Ozzie chose this one because she thinks the colors look like her! And don’t feel bad about cutting it up…I have plans for the rest of it, too, so stay tuned!

First I have to ask you to forgive the long tutorial. It’s really not hard…the teacher in me just likes detailed instructions. lol Just read it through first and I think you will agree that it’s easy. Here’s what I did:

1. Cut a section of the shirt sleeve so that it is straight on both ends. One end will be wider than the other.

2. Cut 6 lengths of jute twine that are a little longer than the sleeve section.

3. Turn the sleeve inside out, tie all six of the strands together with one knot and insert the twine so that the knot protrudes from the wider end.

4. Gather up the sleeve end and secure with a rubber band.

5. Turn the sleeve right side out.

6. Stuff the sleeve with the fiberfill until it is rather plump.

7. Gather up the sleeve end and the twine pieces, spacing them as much as possible, and secure tightly with another rubber band.

8. Now you are ready to adjust your pumpkin and make it take shape! Just tug on each of the twine pieces until you have achieved the look of pumpkin sections and then tie them off two at a time. You can also pull up the sleeve end to help smooth the pumpkin.

9. Using another length of twine (I waited to cut it until I was through, so the length will vary), tie a knot around the rubber band, leaving several inches of twine at the end. Begin wrapping the twine around the fabric. This will be your stem.

10. Wind the twine back down and then tie a knot with the other end.

 Now you are ready to add the extra touches! You will have six or more twine ends to work with, so you can finish them off in several different ways. Important…do NOT cut them off! Your pumpkin will look like an apple if you do! lol

11. You may choose to unwind some of them and even separate them even further to create the look of corn silks (Hey, I know this is a pumpkin, but I think it looks cute!)

12. You can create tendrils by covering the pumpkin with aluminum foil and coating several of the twine ends with Mod Podge. Then wind them around a pencil and let them dry about 15 minutes. Remove the pencil at this point or it will stick!

13. Reshape the tendrils, let them finish drying, then remove the aluminum foil.

14. You may also add leaves. I cut them from burlap and coated them with Mod Podge to prevent them from raveling. When they are dry, just attach them with hot glue.

15. And there you have it! You can vary them…some with tendrils, some without, etc, for a different look.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Shirt PumpkinsAren’t they fun? Since much of the supplies came from my stash, they were practically free! And I didn’t have to sew a stitch to create them! You will be seeing them again in my fall home tour on September25th, so be sure to come back then to see what I did with them!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pumpkins 4 Ways You might also want to check out some other fun and easy ways to create pumpkins using découpage, sweaters, Halloween socks or duct tape! I love me some pumpkins…can you tell? Just click here and you will find links to full tutorials for each one.

No-Sew Decorating Showcase Fall Edition
Be sure to head over to visit each of these talented bloggers in our Fall No-Sew Decorating Showcase to see what they have in store for you…all created without sewing a stitch!

Amy at Atta Girl Says - No-Sew Burlap and Utility Cloth Place Setting

Ann at On Sutton Place - No-Sew Reversible Burlap Banner

Barb at The Everyday Home - No-Sew Fall Table Runner

Yvonne at Stone Gable - No-Sew Fall Pillow

Remember to pin it!


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my no-sew shirt pumpkins! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures, The Everyday Home for Home{work} Wednesday , Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays , Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays , My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday , French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday , Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special, Tatertots and Jello for the Link Party Palooza, Fox Hollow Cottage for Primp Your Pumpkin, The Lettered Cottage for the Fall Craft Ideas Party, Sand and Sisel for the Autumn Abounds Linky Party, At the Picket Fence for the Pumpkin Linky Party
See you next time! À la prochaine!
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  1. This is such a great no sew project, Debbie! I love it! And I can make as many pumpkins as I want. Great idea!

  2. These are just the cutest little things! And, you've got the cutest little helper too :)

  3. These are adorable! I love the tendrils and burlap leaves! LOVE!

  4. Fantastic, and great instructions - thank you!

  5. Great idea - love how easy this is - I have also been making some fall pumpkins!

  6. Debbie, how do you keep coming up with these clever ideas? These little pumpkins are adorable. Love the fall shirting textiles. '-)

  7. Thank you so much for the tutorial, it wasen't long and it was perfect and easy! I think I'm trying this one and I'm gonna check hubby's shirts that he doesn't want...I love them! Have a nice week.

  8. I didn't think it was long at all and I perfectly understood it. The teacher in you did a great job! :) I can't wait to pull out some of our older flannel shirts and start making some pumpkins. And you are right, the boys would love this project, too. Thanks for being a part of our little No-Sew Group. It would not be the same without you. xxoo

  9. Love it...I made sweater ones like this....but not different fabrics...gotta go to Goodwill.

  10. Those are absolutely adorable!! I love them! Thanks for such a clear tutorial!

  11. Deb I love the soft plaid pumpkin, so pretty! Great idea!

  12. Thanks so much for the directions to NO SEW PUMPKINS. I will be off to the SA tomorrow to see what items I can make into pumpkins.
    Have a terrific week.

  13. These pumpkins are so cute!! Thanks for sharing how to make them.

  14. What a great idea, I could use hubby's old worn out shirts that he refuses to throw

  15. These little pumpkins are just darling! Thanks for sharing all the details!

  16. These pumpkins are just the cutest things!!! What a fabulous idea to use up the shirts in my husband's closet that I wish he wouldn't wear anymore!!! I think Ozzie picked a winner of a shirt!
    It was so fun working with you creative girls on another NO SEW project!

  17. How fun are these. I love them and you chose the cutest shirts. Great tutorial also. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire ME. Hugs, Marty

  18. Debbie, does your brain ever stop turning out new ideas? These are great! laurie

  19. Thanks for a very clever - and easy - idea, Debbie!

  20. O, I do love these punkins....:) Really cute.
    over from DebbieDoos

  21. This is such a cute idea! Oh my goodness - thanks for sharing it!

  22. Very clever pumpkins. Such a great no sew idea. Very helpful tutorial.

  23. Cute cute cute! I just love the texture of the shirt fabrics and the little tendrils and leaves at the top:)Thanks for the great tutorial and for the Scoop! Hugs, Poppy

  24. Being a person that can not sew, I'm so glad I stopped by here. Love making things that don't require sewing!! So neat, and soooo cute!
    Gonna give this a try..

  25. Absolutely adorable! I think your tutorial is great!

  26. They are perfect. I'm emailing my father to see if he has any old shirt in a fall-like colour! He 's going to think I'm crazy!

  27. Your pumpkins are adorable! Thanks for the tutorial - not too long at all and perfectly understood. I love the plaid one most of all! Found you at Met Monday.
    <3 Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  28. You are so Creative I just Love them!! I Hope the CEO has some say in it. I would make a small one for him to play with and a long elastic string with just a plain stick!! I adore when they are in your posts but the pumpkins came out really cute!!

  29. Debbie this is perfect for a no sew girl like me. You are so very clever. I will be saving this for future falls in the new house!


  30. These pumpkins are so cute! The tutorial was perfect. I'd love for you to link these up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop going on right now. Hope to see you there!

  31. So cute, Debbie! If I wasn't "all-pumpkined-out", I'd make some! Pinning for next year :)
    Cindy @ Diy beautify

  32. You had me at no sew! I'm going to add this to my growing to-do list. Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  33. The teacher in me appreciates your detailed instructions. I need to raid my husband's closet for a shirt so that I can make my own pumpkin.

  34. Saw the post on Hometalk and had to come get the details. New suscriber.

  35. Debbie, The pumpkins are wonderful and being no-sew makes them even better! You come up with the most creative and beautiful projects. I always appreciate you sharing them at the Open House party.

  36. What a brilliant idea Debbie !!!
    Saw you over at Stone Gable ( you were featured :)
    LOVE these!

  37. What a cute, clever idea. You had me at "no sew."

  38. This was fun, thank you for sharing. I'm making some as gifts. You mentioned that you had plans for the rest of the shirt. Have you already posted them? Before I throw the rest of the shirts away I was hoping for more craft fun with them. Thanks Debbie!

    1. So glad that you like them, Debbie! Here's what I did with the rest of the shirt...

  39. So cute - so easy! I had trouble making the tendrils look cute, mine just wouldn't stay rolled onto the pencil....suggestions?

    1. LOTS of Mod Podge will do the trick...and smoothing it down while it dries a little. Hope that helps! Thanks so much for trying the tutorial! :-) ...Debbie

  40. oooh I want to make one of these ! adorable!

  41. I love your fabric pumpkins. So much fun to look at and fun to make, I'm sure! Thanks for showing how. Linda

  42. Thank you for wonderful tutorial!
    Un bacio, Barbara.

  43. I have to ask, did you feel like you were writing a lesson plan? "The objective is to have the readers make a no sew shirt pumpkin." haha I'm a former teacher too. Thank you so much for the tutorial and the pictures! I need pictures! Can't wait to make some!

  44. Those are so cute, Debbie! Didn't mind at all your nice tutorial and plenty of pictures!

  45. Love these Debbie! And, I so appreciate a detailed tutorial. I can't wait to try these!

  46. Oh WOW!!! I would of never thought of using shirts love the ideas!! Georgeous and thank you God bless and remember all those that being hit hard with the hurricanes, fires and earthquakes

  47. Replies
    1. I didn't measure. I cut it straight across above the cuff and where the slit above it ends and then straight across again at the arm pit.

  48. Love the tutorial and the pumpkins! Very clever and easy peasy! Thanks so much for sharing!


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