How to Make Plush and Pretty Velvet Pumpkins:
It's getting to be that time of year again! Here is an early Fall Project
you can make now, and use through Thanksgiving.
You can find so many tutorials for making these pretty velvet pumpkins, it didn't seem necessary to write another one in great detail with step by step pictures. I'll leave a link at the end of the post to more examples on Pinterest for DIY pumpkins and as you will see there are dozens. And they are mostly the same. I have a bit different way of making them and I'm going to share that with you along with some finished pictures of course!
It's tough finding velvet anymore! I guess there just isn't much demand. The type of fabric the companies use who make these commercially, and sell for big bucks, is silk velvet. You can order it online, but since I wanted the pumpkins now, there was no time to order. One of the fabric stores had a nice stretch velvet in cream, off-white which was mainly what I wanted anyway, and that is what I used.
Close up of Stem and Ruching Details.
Inside my pumpkin is one of those cheap dollar pumpkins. Those things are pretty ugly. They are easy to spot because they have bulky seam running across them. Unless you decorate them in some way to cover it, they always look odd. However, used as the inside center of my new velvet pumpkin they work great!
Here is my method of a less floppy pumpkin. But it is equally as plush!
1. Start with a cheap faux pumpkin, and cut a circle from your fabric to cover the whole thing, plus some extra for the bulk that you are going to add. Remember you can always cut it smaller, but you can't make it bigger once it is cut.
2. Some of the more expensive velvet pumpkins have plastic (doll making) pellets inside. This is not my choice if there are kids or dogs around who might get them.
The best alternative that I found is to use beans instead. I used dried lentils and dried black beans. Both were equally good for this purpose. You can find large, very inexpensive bags of beans at both costco and bj's.
3. Put your faux pumpkin in a plastic bag; I used a gallon size zip lock bag. Then cut off the top and tape the edges of the bag up around the pumpkin to a more round shape so that the bag will lay more flatly against the pumpkin.
4. Now fill up the inside the plastic bag, around the pumpkin, with the beans. Move them around so that you have a layer of beans all around the pumpkin.
Then tie up the plastic bag with a baggie tie.
5. Take the circle of fabric, and sew a simple basting stick about 1/4 inch from the edge all the way around. Use a double thread so you when you pull, it will be less likely to break.
6. Gather the thread around the edge, making a sack or bag for the pumpkin. Leave it open enough so that the pumpkin will fit inside.
7. Put the bean-bag-pumpkin inside the center, and continue pulling the gathering thread until it is closed and then sew it from side to side to close it tight. Now you will have a lovely ruching at the top which you can adjust after you tie off the thread.
8. Now you can play with the beans and pinch the velvet and beans to make ribs.
9. Hot glue, or regular glue, a real pumpkin stem on the velvet pumpkin. Be sure that has been thoroughly dried. (Do not store real pumpkin stems you collect and dry in a plastic bag unless they are very, very dry, or they will mildew.)
So now you can see that by doing your pumpkins this way they have a little different look. I like to make pretty ribs, and have them stay that way.
The stem is real, but I dry brushed some lime green on it instead of leaving it all brown.
You'll notice that my pumpkin is not floppy. It holds it shape exactly. If you want a floppy version, most of the tutorials I found make them so. Some used polyester batting inside and nothing that holds the shape like the faux pumpkin and the beans. Those can be nice as well, it just wasn't the look I was after.
Click on the picture below and you can find dozens of tutorials for making velvet pumpkins.
See Y'All Soon~