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Stuffed Pumpkin Craft

The other day, I was given the opportunity at a ladies’ meeting at my church to make such a cute little pumpkin craft. In fact, it came out so well, that I decided to share that craft with you! Now, don’t think, “I’m not a crafter or seamstress. This craft is out of my league.”

This pumpkin craft is for YOU! It is fairly simple. I used items I already had at home. So, let’s begin!

Step 1:  Choose your cloth.

For my first pumpkin, I chose a patterned cloth. For the two I made this week at home, I dug into my closet and found an old pillowcase.

Step 2:  Gather the rest of your supplies.

Here are the rest of the supplies you will need:

  • cotton stuffing (I got mine from an old pillow.)
  • tea bags (Boil four tea bags in hot water. Place cooled tea in a bowl.)
  • scissors
  • needle and thread
  • hot glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • two small sticks (I grabbed these from outside.)
  • twine
  • two fall leaves

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Step 3:  Cut the material.

Since I was using an old pillowcase, I decided to cut it in half. In other words, I cut one side of the pillowcase free of the other. I used just one side. I then cut that one side in half–length-wise.  Basically, the length was 2 feet and the width was around 10 inches.

Step 4:  Dye the cloth.

Why did I need the tea? Well, I decided that I wanted a farmhouse decor look with my pumpkins. I boiled four tea bags to get a dark color tea. Next, I took my two strips of cloth  and placed them in the tea that I had cooled and put into a container. I let them soak for about 30 minutes. Then I wrung them out, rinsed them quickly, and wrung them out again. I placed them in the dryer for about 10 minutes. You could easily let them air dry if you aren’t in a hurry.

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I posted a picture of the two cloths I dyed against the pillowcase side that I didn’t use. This was so you could see how dark the dye took to the cloth. It turned out a lovely tan color with a hint of rustic to it.

I then folded each piece in half. Short side to the other. Fold the cloth with the wrong side facing out.

Step 5:  Sew the sides.

Now don’t let this step scare you. This hand sewing isn’t difficult. I used a simple straight stitch along the long side (bottom) for a gather. Make sure to leave a “tail” when you start the hand-stitching. You will use this to pull the gather for the bottom of the pumpkin. Tie a knot at the end of that side. Then sew another straight stitch along the short end to the top. Tie this end off as well. You will not gather the short side. You WILL gather the long side you sewed and tie it so that it looks like the picture below.

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Step 6:  Stuff the pumpkin and gather the top.

Turn the material inside out, so that the right side is facing out. (Remember, you sewed two right sides together and gathered the bottom to a point to make the bottom of the pumpkin.)

Stuff the pumpkin about 3/4 the way full of pillow stuffing. Sew around the top using a straight stitch for gathering. Gather the top loosely. Fill the rest of the pumpkin with some more stuffing until it is plump. Finish gathering and tie off the thread. Make sure to leave a hole to place the stick.

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Step 7:  Begin making the indents of the pumpkin sides.

Cut four pieces of twine about 1 to 1 1/2 feet long. Lay the pumpkin down, bottom side up, and place one of the twine pieces over it. Make sure to lay it so half the twine in on either side of the pumpkin. Flip the pumpkin over as you gently pull the twine tight around the pumpkin. Tie the twine at the top of the pumpkin. Keep doing this with each piece of twine to form the  sides of the pumpkin. You can use a small piece of twine to tie the pieces of twine together at one point at the bottom of the pumpkin if you wish.

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Step 8:  Glue the stem in place and decorate.

After you finish making the sides of the pumpkin with the twine, gently push the stick into the center of the pumpkin. Glue the stick into place. Then wrap the excess twine from the sides around the bottom of the stem. Glue the leaves in place.

You are done! You now have made a cute farmhouse type decor for fall.

I hope you enjoy this craft. I would love to see your creations if you decide to make this craft! Comment below or tag me @dyertyme on Facebook or Instagram with your pumpkin picture.

Have a great day!

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