Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween Madness: Burlap Pumpkin

In case you didn't get over to see my guest project over at The DIY Showoff, here's what you missed:

Ribbed Burlap Pumpkin

When I first saw the orange burlap at Joann's, I knew I had to have some.  And I knew I wanted to make some fun fall decor with it.  I have insomnia some nights and one of the nights I was lying awake, starting at the ceiling, the idea hit me.  An orange burlap pumpkin!  I could see the whole thing in my mind-all the details, where I'd put it once it was done, the works.  I got so excited I got up and wrote it all down.  So here is the fruit of my sleepless night.

What do you think?  

And now I'm going to show you how to make your own!  This is a super-easy project that's both inexpensive and fast-the whole thing took me under a half hour.

To make yours, you'll need:

About 1/2 yard of orange burlap
Brown embroidery thread
Hot glue gun
A large circle to use as a guide

I wanted my pumpkin to be a good size so I needed to use a BIG circle to use.  I flipped over my hamper and traced around the top onto the burlap, then cut it out.

This will be the "body" of your pumpkin.

Cut 6 pieces of embroidery thread about a foot long and thread them through the center of the circle.  Tie the ends in a knot.

With the knot on the inside, stitch around the outer edge of the circle and pull tight, gathering it all together.

Fill with polyfil before tying the thread.

Flip over and arrange the 6 pieces of thread like so.

Pull them tight over the pumpkin and tie together at the top.  Tuck the ends into the hole at the top.

I made a little stem using a scrap of green burlap that I had.  You could use a stick or felt or fabric-whatever floats your boat, really.  Attach it to the top of your pumpkin with hot glue.

There you have it!  I love the way the thread gives the look of ribs.

Right now it's keeping my rolly-polly scarecrow company on my kitchen counter.

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  1. I like your pumpkin A LOT! One of my fave pumpkin crafts this season!

  2. This is so cute! I'm sure my 11 year old will enjoy making these with me. Thanks for your great idea.


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