Pumpkins – pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, Pumpkin Snowmen, pumpkin crafts – I love them all. The No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins I made last year are one of my favorite pumpkin crafts, but the No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins I made this year are high on the list, too. I used rich orange, purple, and plum fabrics for my new, No-Sew Pumpkins, which completely changes the look. (I’ve been known to call them “plumkins” instead of pumpkins.) Oh, and did I mention the copper pumpkin stems? Love them!
Here are the original No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins, in a light and bright orange and aqua combo.
And here they are side-by-side. I can’t pick a favorite, can you?
To make these No-Sew Plumkins, you can follow the original tutorial. Feel free to change up your fabrics to change the look.
Don’t be afraid to paint your stems, too. I spray painted the stems copper, and you could also use a brush-on craft paint. Once they’re painted, you can touch up bare spots with a metallic paint pen.
I’ve been asked where I find my pumpkin stems, and I have several sources. When I need them in a hurry, I order them via Amazon, etsy and e-bay. If you search these sites, you should be able to find several sources for dried, pumpkin stems. I now know to save my stems from my pumpkins, so I’ll have stems ready to go the following year.
I’ve also found stems at garden centers, where they’ve fallen off the pumpkins. I’ve purchased leftover (and highly discounted) pumpkins in December, just for the stems. I’ve been known to dig around in the big boxes of pumpkins found in front of big box stores, looking for orphan stems. (After asking permission, of course.) I guess that’s my version of dumpster diving!
I’m not yet done with these No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins, and I’ve another idea or two that I’m mulling over, and you’ll be the first to know if I they work out. I hope you’ll try this tutorial, too, and let me know how it goes. Feel free to change up the fabrics and make them your own. For more inspiration, check out this line up of No-Sew Pumpkins for pumpkins made with sweaters, velvet, old shirts, burlap, and even socks!
I have a little more news from the pumpkin patch I’d love to share, but I am sworn to secrecy till next week. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
In the meantime, happy pumpkin crafting!