Every month, I meet up with a group of friends for craft night. We drink wine, laugh a lot, and create something cute together. Last month we made velvet pumpkins and they turned out lovely! These pumpkins are great because they will take you right through Thanksgiving, and this is the perfect time of year to make them!
All you need for this project are the following:
- Choice of fabric cut into various sized circles
- Large needle and heavy thread
- Dried beans or corn
- Polyfill stuffing
- Pumpkin stems
- Hot glue gun
For the full step-by-step picture tutorial on how to make velvet pumpkins, please click here and visit Grosgrain. She has some great money-saving tips on how to pull off this craft on-the-cheap. These are easy enough for anyone to make, and I think older children would be capable of crafting these as well. Look how happy I look while making my pumpkins! I told you we laugh a lot on craft nights. 🙂
The trickiest part of this craft is gathering and drying your pumpkin stems ahead of time. My friend Kathleen visited two different pumpkin orchards and asked the managers if she could take the stems from the rotting or damaged pumpkins. They were happy to oblige. Air-drying the stems produces the best results, but Kathleen has instructions on her post on how to bake the pumpkin stems in the oven to quickly dry them.
We chatted and sewed and each of us completed about 10 pumpkins each within two hours. If you can sew a running stitch, then you have the skills needed to make a velvet pumpkin…or ten!
Here are some of the pumpkins that my friend Mandy made. She wanted all white for her decor, and I think they turned out so pretty!
I chose a combination of brown, moss green, and white velvet and they are perfect for this little nook in my home.
The real pumpkin stems are what make the pumpkin, so before you throw out your pumpkins this year be sure to rescue the stems! Allow them to air dry, and store them with some silica packets so they don’t rot, and they will be good to go next year.
Feel free to pin this project for later and thanks for stopping by! You might like to check out some of the related crafts posted below.