Orange & aqua for Halloween? It’s a little unconventional, but I adore my orange & aqua No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins. I was inspired to DIY my pumpkins after Patty Schaffer shared her Plaid Pumpkins. I used Patty’s no-sew pumpkin tutorial with a few tweaks of my own, and in an evening had my sweet little trio of No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins. Check out a few other favorite, no-sew pumpkins in today’s mini round up. Who knew there were so many ways to make a pumpkin? (I’m also announcing the winners of the magazine giveaway today.)
To make No-Sew, Patchwork Pumpkins, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6”, 5” and 4” balls (or other sizes of your choice)
- Fabrics, coordinating colors and prints
- Pumpkin stems
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; straight pins; wooden bamboo skewer; butter knife
To make No-Sew, Patchwork 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. Gently compress the edges at the top and bottom to make a pumpkin shape. Note: I cut a larger slice from the top of my smallest ball, and compressed the ball a little more, so that it would be less round.
- 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. Go over the score lines with a serrated knife to make them more distinct and deeper. My largest pumpkin had 10 sections, and the smallest had eight.
3. Cover the balls with fabric:
- Cut out a rectangular piece of fabric to roughly fit one of the scored sections, plus a ½” seam all around. Pin the fabric piece in place, and trim to fit the pumpkin section. You should be able to feel the score lines underneath the fabric, and use these as your guide. Be sure you cut an extra ½” all around for the seam allowance.
- Using the knives, tuck the fabric seams into the scored grooves. Work back and forth between the sides, till the section is completely tucked in.
- 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.
- Glue a real pumpkin stem to the top of the pumpkin.
What do you think of orange and aqua for pumpkins? What colors would you use? Or, would you rather DIY one of these other no-sew pumpkins? We’ve used fabric, burlap, sweaters, shirts and socks to make this pumpkin patch.
Update: New this year — No-Sew Pumpkins with copper stems!
I want to thank everyone who followed Candy Corn Crafts week last week. I hope you enjoyed the sweet crafts! Five readers will each receive the magazine Halloween Tricks & Treats, and they are Donna Baker, Jessica W., Lisa M6, Barb Macaskill, and Anne Haun. Please contact me to arrange for the shipping, ladies.
Happy pumpkin crafting!