Fall is my favorite time of year. Last week-end, my Sisters in Stitches & I got together to sew. One of the projects was stuffed, fabric pumpkins that my older sister organized for a group project. This week-end, we finished the pumpkins, so that we can each display them in our Fall decorations.
Here is my collection of pumpkins displayed on a table runner of Fall leaves that I made last year. The l'il pumpkins were such fun to make and very simple. My sister had cut out rectangles of several different orange fabrics. These were folded in half and stitched along two sides. The bottoms received boxed corners. The pumpkins were turned right side out and pellets added to the bottom to weight them before stuffing. Whole cloves were also placed in the bottom to scent them. After stuffing them, a running stitch was placed around the top edge, pulled tight, and tied around a cinnamon stick for a stem. Embroidery floss was wrapped around the body of the pumpkin and tied to create the ridges. Twisted floral wire and silk flowers were hot glued, along with the cinnamon stick. We each made five or six pumpkins, then exchanged with one another, so that we each had a pumpkin that the other sister had made.
We have already planned a sewing day in October and are planning another group project. Of course, we also each have Christmas projects and quilts that we are trying to finish, so the day will be filled with lots to do.