These No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins are gorgeous, especially when topped off with real pumpkin stems. I bet you’re already familiar with tucking fabric pieces into STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. It’s the same technique Kathleen George used when she made the Satin & Brocade Tucked Fabric Ornaments, and the Fresh & Fancy Foam & Fabric Eggs. What’s different here is that Kathleen also shaped each section in the foam ball to create the pumpkin form. Here’s how she made the No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins.
To make No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins, you will need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4”, 5”, and 6” balls
- Soft fabric, such as velvet or ultra suede in cream and tan
- Acrylic quilt batting
- Dried pumpkin stems (Kathleen purchased hers on Etsy)
- Velvet floral leaves
- Thick green floral wire
- Low-temp glue gun
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; rubber bands; cloth tape measure; table knife with think blade; Exacto® knife; craft pins; optional: teaspoon
To make No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins:
Form the pumpkin:
1. Cut a small slice from the top and bottom of a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam using the serrated knife.
2. Mark the center top and bottom of the ball with a sharp pencil.
3. Divide the ball into 6 equal sections by stretching three rubber bands around the ball. Use a tape measure to be sure the sections are even.
4. Run a sharp pencil along side each rubber band to mark off the six sections. Remove rubber bands.
5. Use an Exacto blade with a very sharp cutting edge to cut out a ½” – 5/8” V-shaped groove along each line. Use the back of a teaspoon or your fingers to smooth off all the sharp edges and enhance the pumpkin shape.
6. Score a deep pencil line down the center of each groove.
Complete the pumpkin:
7. Using the pattern for the fabric, cut out six pieces of fabric for each pumpkin.
8. Using the pattern for the quilt batting, cut out six pieces of batting for each pumpkin.
9. Glue batting pieces to the center of each section using just a few dots of glue.
10. Center a fabric piece over one section and pin in place; the pins are only temporary. Position the edge of a thin bladed table knife on the fabric over the scored line (about ¼” from the edge of the fabric piece) and gently push the fabric straight into the groove, letting the foam hold it in place. Tuck in both sides of the fabric piece. For a clean edge, keep the knife at a 90º angle to the foam.
11. Repeat, tucking in all six fabric pieces. If there is excess fabric, tuck the entire pumpkin first, and then carefully go back and snip off excess fabric with a sharp pair of nail scissors. Add a dab of white glue, or insert a pin, if needed to hold a few loose ends in place.
12. Glue a dried pumpkin stem to the top.
13. Snip velvet leaves from the pick, and glue onto the pumpkin.
14. Curl a length of floral wire around a pencil, and then insert one end into the top of the pumpkin.
Pumpkin Craft Week is almost over, and I’ll wrap up the week tomorrow with a few favorites.
Happy pumpkin crafting!