Pumpkins are a must have at Halloween and I don’t think you could ever have too many of these cute little fabric ones…
Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.
Orange fabric 50×50 cm (18 cm diameter circle, 28 cm diameter)
Black net fabric 20×20 cm (18cm diameter)
Buttons – black and green, 5 in varying sizes to make a pumpkin stalk and one small button for the base of the pumpkin.
1- Cutting out the pumpkin
Cut out a circle in Orange for your pumpkin. This can be any size you choose, I opted for two sizes: 28 cm diameter and 18 cm in diameter.
2- Adding detail to the pumpkin
Now to add the net detail (I only added net detail to the larger pumpkin). Cut out a circle of netting fabric 18cm in diameter. Place the net piece onto the pumpkin with half on the pumpkin and half off, pin in place and cut. Take the cut off piece and place it on another part of the pumpkin and cut off the excess and sew around the edge of the net to secure.
3- Sewing the pumpkin
Do a tacking stitch the whole way around 1 cm from the outside edge using 2 strands of sewing thread. Tie a knot in the end to start to hold the thread in place but do not fasten off at the end. Put stuffing into the pumpkin and pull the thread from the tacking stitch tight to close. Add more stuffing as it tightens when required. Complete a few stitches to secure the thread.
4- Sewing pumpkin edges
Take three strands of black sewing thread and cast on at the top of the pumpkin, then sew into the pumpkin in the middle of the base pulling the needle back up through the middle to the top of the pumpkin, pull the thread so it tightens slightly and make a small stitch to secure. Repeat 4 more times.
5- Now stack your 5 buttons from smallest to largest sewing each one as you go to secure. Now sew the stack to the top of the pumpkin to cover the hole in the top. Sew the final button in place at the bottom middle of the pumpkin.
I have thought about doing a Pom Pom Halloween pumpkin for a while now and this year I have finally got around to making one. I wasn’t too sure how well it would turn out but thought I should at least give it a go and see how it went! I must admit I was quite surprised with how well it came out – although I think the next one I do will be a bit bigger, I think it will look even better in a bigger size. This little guy will look great mixed in with a few bigger ones! What I love about this is you could put whatever face and eye detail on you like making each one completely different.
Pom Pom Halloween pumpkin
Making the Pom pom:
Cut out two cardboard circles, I drew around a juice bottle to get the size I wanted, then I drew around a 2p coin in the middle of the bigger cardboard circle and cut it out. The bigger the pumpkin you want – the bigger you should make the size of the cardboard circles. Place these two cardboard circles on top of each other.
Next cut a long length of wool in orange. Hold on to the loose end on the cardboard circle then wrap the wool around the cardboard.
Once you have first few rounds completed and the two cardboard circles are not going to move you can actually wrap around a few threads together at the same time to speed up the making a little bit, I did this with three threads together.
Continue this process until the circle in the centre of the cardboard is completely filled, towards the end you might find you need to thread the wool onto a needle to get it to go through. You want to make sure this centre is tightly filled otherwise it will easily fall apart.
Next take 8 30cm lengths of green wool and wrap around the centre of the Pom Pom strands between the two pieces of cardboard making sure it is tied tightly – this is what holds the Pom Pom together.
Now cut the threads – making sure they are longer than the Orange wool (by about 2cm) as these make up the stalk.
Next remove the cardboard and there’s your Pom Pom!
Eyes – Make 2
Cut out small white circles in felt for the eyes, then using black wool sew the felt into the Pom Pom making the centre pupil of the eye at the same time. To do this tie a knot into one end of the black wool, thread the other onto the needle and pull through from the back to the front, then sew back to the back and sew into the centre of the Pom Pom and then back out into the eye to secure it to the pumpkin.
Now the felt eye is fixed, sew from front to back on the white felt a few times to make the pupil. Fasten off and repeat for the other eye.
In black felt cut out a mouth into the style you want, and sew onto the Pom Pom using black wool.