When designer Patty Schaffer came across two plaid shirts in the colors of a fall day at a thrift shop, she knew she could make something beautifully seasonal from them. The results are these Pretty Plaid Pumpkins. Patty found real pumpkin stems at the garden center where she works, and you can find them, too, at your local garden center, nursery or pumpkin farm. Now, let’s go plant a patch of Pretty Plaid Pumpkins.
To make Pretty, Plaid Pumpkins, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” and 6” balls
- Plaid shirts in seasonal colors (Patty found hers at a thrift store)
- Pumpkin stems
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; straight pins; wooden bamboo skewer; butter knife
To make Pretty, Plaid Pumpkins:
- Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut a slice from the top of your foam ball. Press the bottom of the foam ball on the tabletop so it’s slightly compressed and will stand and not roll. If needed, gently compress the edges at the top and bottom to make a pumpkin shape.
- Use the wooden bamboo skewer to score vertical grooves all around the pumpkin, forming its sections. Make the sections uneven, just like on a real pumpkin.
- Cut apart plaid shirts along the seams.
- Cover the balls with fabric:
- Cut out a piece of fabric to roughly fit one of the scored sections, plus a ½” seam all around. Place the fabric piece over the section to test the fit, and trim as needed. Do not cut off the extra ½” seam allowance.
- Center the fabric over the corresponding section, and use the butter knife to press the fabric down into the grooves.
- Hold the knife straight up and down for a cleaner line.
- If needed, pin the material down in the groove. Push the pins in far enough so they are hidden in the groove.
- Repeat, till all sections are covered.
- Trim away excess fabric and threads with nail scissors.
- Hint: As you go, double check the plaid to be sure it’s going in your preferred direction.
- Hot glue a real pumpkin stem to the top of the pumpkin.
I think these are so pretty, and I am scheming to make a few of my own. If they work out as planned, I’ll share them soon. In the meantime, here are a few more pretty pumpkins so you can pick the perfect one for your own pumpkin patch: No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins, No-Sew Burlap Pumpkins, Sweater Pumpkins, and Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins.
Next week is Candy Corn Crafts Week, an annual tradition here at Crafts ‘n Coffee. It’s one of my favorite series, and I can’t wait to get started. You’ll see more of me next week, as I’ll have a candy corn theme craft every day next week, Monday through Friday.
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.