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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Plaid Pumpkins

 I've seen all kinds of pumpkins and I just had to try and make some.  I found a fabulous velvet one that I bought at HL, but I wanted to try another clothe one. So I dug out those sameple fabrics that I ordered to see if they would work on my chair. This is what I wound up with.

These are the two samples that I really liked, so they are they ones I thought I would use.

 A circle and some stuffing, then I ran a basting stitch all the way around the edge.

 Then pull the threads together and create a ball.  Adjust and tuck all the edges in.  Since this was upholstery fabric, it was a little difficult to work with.

 Next I glued a couple of leaves off of a greenery bundle and a twig that I found in the yard as the stem.

 All done.  The same procedure was done for the smaller buffalo check one.

 Kind of fun and really quite easy to make.  I do think a smaller check would have worked out better and also a thinner fabric.  Upholstery weight is really thick and so I didn't get the soft folds I wanted.

So have you tried to make any of the pumpkins you see all over blogland.

I am joining the following parties:
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Alison at Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Heather and Vanessa At The Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Kate at Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Jane at Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
Becca at Home Is Where My Story Begins for Home and Family Friday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace At Home
Wendy at The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday  
Jen at Tatertots and Jello for Weekend Wrap Up Friday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
Amy at Positively Splendid for Saturday Seven


  1. Marty, these are adorable! I love your fabric choices! You had better watch out, I'll bet Kim, at Savvy Southern Style , will want these for her bedroom! So cute- thanks for sharing how you made these!

  2. So cute Marty!! Your bookcase display looks beautiful!!

  3. Very cute Marty! I hadn't seen that type of stuffing before this week when I changed out a pillow cover and that's what was inside. It's really soft. Did you buy it somewhere or did you pull it from another pillow?

    1. I havn't seen this kind before either. It did come out of another pillow.

  4. Adorable, Marty! Those plaid pumpkins are amazing. Your bookcase looks *so* pretty.

  5. They look cute on your bookcase, Marty! Like you, I've been working with what I already have for fall decor, is not always perfect but the satisfaction of diy it and low cost makes it all worthy!

  6. love them, Marty
    I have some scraps so I definately will me making a few per your instructions.

  7. Very sweet Marty....I am thinking of trying a velvet one...just gotta get out to a store!!

  8. Cute Marty. The leaves and stem are realistic looking.

  9. Very adorable, you did a great job. Creative too. Love the stems.


  10. They look great! I'm also thinking of trying a velvet one.

  11. Very cute, Marty! I made some cloth ones last year & used a roll of TP for the center with just a little stuffing around it to soften it. Then you can just stuff your fabric into the TP tube along with your stem -- no sew & heavier-weight fabric would work fine. Pumpkins just look great no matter what fabrics you use -- they are just so cute!


  12. Beautiful inspiration, Marty! Thank you fro sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

  13. Wow Marty those pumpkins are so adorable. I will have to try and makes some on my own thanks for sharing and thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! Happy fall and Blessing Maggie

  14. Fabulous! I love the idea and your fabric choice is perfect! Thanks for sharing.
    I hope you're having a great Thursday :)

  15. Marty, these are sooo cute! I need to make some in the yellow that goes with my buffalo checked curtains. :) Love 'em!

  16. Those turned out great, and they are the perfect accessorie for fall. Nicely done!!

  17. What darling and chic pumpkin! They look so nice together!

  18. How clever -- have seen the velvet ones but would have never thought to do this!

  19. So cute, Marty! And they look really easy to make.

  20. Your pumpkins turned out wonderful Marty! I love that you used the samples you had for the fabric. Perfect shades and textures. Thank you for joining TTF this week. Have a fantastic weekend!

  21. Hi Marty,
    Your plaid pumpkins are so cute! Love the twig stems. What a great craft for scraps. I found you through 2805's linky party and I'm your newest GFC follower. Hope you can stop by for a visit sometime and follow back. Have a great weekend!
    Tuula :)

  22. Marty,
    Those pumpkins are adorable!!! NO SEW!!! You inspire us in so many wonderful ways! Pumpkins look great on your bookcases!!

  23. So cute, I love the plaid upholstery fabric ( even if it was difficult to work with!)

  24. Super cute Marty! Thank you for joining HSH!