I got to work popping off every pumpkin stem I could find and dried them out in a special place to await the next pumpkin season. The leaves began turning a couple of weeks ago up here on the mountain and I got to work making a wagon full of these little pumpkins. I love that they are super easy and quick to make and will last all through the fall months...right up to the time you put up your Christmas tree!
To make them you will need...
1 yard of velvet, corduroy, of faux suede fabric (yields three large pumpkins)
matching embroidery floss
crushed corn cob bedding (found at pet supply stores)
1. Lay your fabric out and trace around your template using a marker.
2. Cut out circle.
3. Using matching embroidery floss (all six strands) stitch a running stitch around the outside edge of the pumpkin about a 1/4" from the edge. Leave a tail about 2" long when you begin...do not knot. You will need this "tail" to cinch the pumpkin closed.
4. Once you have stitched around the pumpkin...gather the fabric into a pumpkin form leaving the opening about three inches wide to allow for stuffing. Do not remove the needle...you will need this in a minute.
5. To stuff your pumpkin, pour in the crushed corn cob to about a inch from the top. shake lightly to get the cob mixture into the edges of the pumpkin. Don't fill it all the way to allow some "play" in your pumpkin form.
6. After filling the pumpkin, cinch the opening closed as tight as you can by pulling on the two strings. There will be a whole about the size dime in the opening.
7. Tie the two strings into a knot and using the needle stitch the opening shut all the way. Pull the opening tight to get all your gathers into one small spot.