I’ve admired velvet pumpkins for years. There is something so awesomely luxurious about them. I love velvet. It makes me remember my grandmother… or rather, her formal sitting room… the one children were forbidden (unless on vary rare special occasions) to enter. It had plush velvet couches that a child could draw on simply by running a little finger along the fabric… like magic! No wonder velvet holds such fascination to me… still to this day!
So, I was super when a friend suggested we make our own velvet pumpkins. Being a novice at sewing, I was relieved to discover that not much sewing is needed. Velvet pumpkins are, in fact, quite easy to make!
Give them a try… you’ll love it.
wool fiber filler
1/2 cup of rice
On Guard essential oil
needle and thread
green felt leaf
** optional ** I added a few drops of On Guard essential oil and now my pumpkins fill the room with such a wonderfully spicy aroma. It’s autumn in our house for sure!
Put the velvet (velvet side down) on a flat surface like a tabletop or the floor.
Cut out a circle with scissors. The circle size will determine the size of your pumpkin. Make things easy by finding something in your home that is the right circular size to use as a stencil. I used the lid from my largest pot. Mark around the outside of the stencil with a marker. As your fabric is velvet side down, you will not be able to see the marker on your finished pumpkin.
Make your pumpkin any size you wish. Small pumpkins are adorable but larger ones are cool too. Making many pumpkins in various colors and sizes looks wonderful.
With needle and thread, sew a simple straight catch stitch around the outside of your fabric, leaving a length thread on either side.
When you gently pull the thread tails at the same time, your fabric will gather and close. Pull these threads until a small pouch has formed.
Fill your pumpkin with rice and a essential oil or a little cinnamon if you wish to add the scent of fall to your creation.
Fill the rest of the pumpkin with wool or other fiber filling.
When the pumpkin is nice and plump, close it firmly by pulling on the thread tails until the mouth of the pumpkin closes. If you think the pumpkin could be a little plumper, add more wool to it by loosening the mouth, adding more fiber and puling it closed again.
Tie the two thread tails together in a simple double knot. Trim the thread.
To give your pumpkin an indent, cinch the middle by passing the thread through the middle of the pumpkin, looping it and threading it back through the middle again. Tie the thread tight, cinching the pumpkin in the middle for that lovely ‘pumpkin’ shape.
Cut the stick stalk into about an inch and insert it into the mouth of the pumpkin.
Make the curled spirals of pumpkin vine by winding brown wire around a stick. Pull off the twirly brown wire carefully so that the curls remain in the wire. To elongate the twirls a little, pull gently on each end of the wire. Insert the twirls of vine into the mouth of the pumpkin.
Stick a green felt leaf (or paper if you don’t have felt) onto the stalk of the pumpkin.
Each pumpkin should take you about 10 minutes to make so there’s plenty of time for you to make a whole barrow full!
Here’s a quick cheat-sheet if you want to Pin this project for later or share it with your friends.
The kids and I have made napkin rings for our Thanksgiving table.
Our Thanksgiving table will be nature-inspired and these twig and oak napkin rings will look wonderful.
Home Is Where The Heart Is
Home is where the heart is So let this heart beat strong May everyone who enters here Rest in knowing they belong May the sound of joyful laughter Echo sweetly through each room From the moment sunrise floods the Earth To the rising of the moon Then into the quite moments Of each evening may you hear The whispers of the angels Singing softly in your ear
We used twigs we found outside, felt leaves (make them or purchase them here), wooden napkin rings from the craft store, felt acorns (make them or purchase them here), hemp string from the craft store and glue.
Measure the twigs against the napkin ring and cut the twigs about double the length of the rings. You’ll need quite a lot and, luckily, kids love to help.
Glue the twigs all around the outside of the wood napkin ring. I find glue from a hot glue gun works best as I’m not so great at waiting for school glue to dry.
Glue the end of the hemp string in the middle of the twigs and wrap the hemp string around the napkin ring. Glue the end in place.
Glue a felt leaf onto the hemp string.
Glue the felted acorn to the felt leaf.
We love our nature-inspired napkin rings. Our Thanksgiving table will be orange and yellow with felt leaves, acorns and straw flowers strewn across the tablecloth.
We have introduced a new tradition this year. I’ve asked everyone, kids included, to prepare a poem or reading about being grateful or something that inspires gratefulness.
Kitty has a lovely poem prepared, I haven’t found mine yet and Teddy is going to recite the blessing he says before lunch at school every day :
For the golden corn For the apples in the trees For the golden butter For the honey from the bees For fruits and nuts and berries that grow along the way Dear Father Sun and Mother Earth We give our thanks this day. Blessings on our food and Peace be on the earth.
We are so excited to have our dear friends with us for this special day.
We are having Thanksgiving at The Sunny House this year. Of course, this is a GREAT excuse to get crafting. We have the whole week off from school and have LOTS of projects on our list.
We can tick off a felt leaf garland that we made today. Isn’t it awesome?!
Of course, I know you are utterly sidetracked by the adorable clay fox Kitty made for her friend yesterday. This child! She’s amazing… I see her with a ball of clay and half an hour later she’s painting this fox. ‘Please can I have him, Kitty?’ I plead… ‘I LOVE him so much, I really HAVE to have him… I’ll pay you for him. Please!’ ‘No, Mom.’ She answers, ‘I made him for someone special and his soul is especially for her. You just have to be generous. You can’t keep ALL of my things.’
Seeing my genuinely crestfallen face (I have to have this fox, even if it means I’m the opposite of ‘generous’!) she added… ‘I’ll make you one. He’ll be especially for you and will have a different soul that is meant only for you.’ Gosh… okay, I think… I’d rather have a fox made with a soul that’s especially for me then.
Anyway, back to the felt leaf garland. Here it is again…
I’m loving my felted leaves. I have a Sizzix cutter and am thinking up all kinds of wonderful felt leaf projects. You can see how I cut the leaves here (and also some lovely felt leaf ornaments too.)
I’ve had some requests to sell felt leaves and so have listed a few in the shop for those of you who need them.
To make a felt leaf garland, all you need are felt leaves (make them or find them here), hemp string, scissors and a needle with a big eye.
Begin by folding the leaves in half and cutting two small incisions into the felt. Make the incisions in the middle of the width of the leaves and close together.
Thread the needle with the hemp string and thread the leaves onto the hemp though the small cuts in each leaf.
Tie loop knots in the ends of your garland and hang it in pride of place. I love how wonderfully colorful the leaves are… they are a beautiful reflection of the colors I’m seeing outside the window.
And here he is again for those of you who need to see him again. Do you really think mine will quite so wonderful?
Have you seen the other wonderful garlands in The Magic Onions Shop?
I am finally sharing how to make gorgeous felted acorn garlands. They are the cutest things ever, don’t you think? It’s no wonder so many of you have asked me for the tutorial. Drum roll… here it is!
Jazz up your home for autumn. Or make a colorful garland for your Thanksgiving table or your Christmas tree. Or make one to keep your home wonderfully woodsy all year round. I promise, once you have your ADORABLE felted acorn garland up in your home, you’ll never want to take it down.
Pin this graphic tutorial on Pinterest so that you can save the instructions forever. You’ll be happy you did later when you are looking for it!
Here’s the full tutorial with nice big photos to guide you.
Here are the materials you’ll need to make your very own felted acorn garland :
felt balls in your favorite colors (find them here. You’ll need about 40).
real acorn caps (you’ll need about 40).
5 feet of hemp string (the thinnest you can find).
a needle with a big eye
glue (hot glue is best but if you are working with children, school glue works just as well… you just have to be more patient waiting for the glue to dry.)
First pair up all of acorn caps with your felt balls, making sure the balls fit snugly in the cap. Leave the balls in the acorn caps until you are ready to glue them together.
Put a little glue into the base of the acorn caps and insert the felted balls. If you are using a hot glue gun, the balls will bond immediately to the acorn caps. If you are using school glue, you’ll need to leave the felted acorns for a few hours for the glue to dry.
Look how cute your felted acorns look. I adore all these pretty bright colors together.
I love finding doubles, which is what I call it when there are two acorn caps on one stem. When you come across a double, choose complimentary colored balls to fill the caps. These make your garland even more fun.
You can string your garland when the felted balls are completely bonded to the acorn caps.
Thread the needle with the hemp string.
Thread the needle through the center of the felted ball of each acorn. Depending on how firm your felted balls is, you might need to grasp the sharp end of the needle with a pair of pliers and pull hard to get the hemp string through the felted ball. You might even need to jiggle it a little as you pull… don’t be shy to use force if you need it.
String all of the felted acorns onto the hemp string.
When all the felted acorns are on the string, begin at one end to space them the same distance from each other. I like leaving at least the space of an acorn between them… sometimes more space looks more delightful.
End your felted acorn garland with a simple loop knot and hang it up.
I have put together a wonderful kit, available in The Magic Onions Shop, that will come with EVERYTHING you need to complete this project.
If you LOVE this garland but are not the crafting type, you can purchase it in The Magic Onions Shop… in the Garland section. If you don’t see the color combo you are after, send me a message and I’ll make it for you in the colors you choose.
You’d think we are ready for the big night but no, neither children have decided what they’ll be yet. It is our tradition to play Halloween like this… we change our minds a million times and it’s always a mad rush on-the-day to find appropriate things to wear for our only-just-decided-upon costumes. That’s how we roll!
Here are our tutorials on how to make these fun Halloween decorations :
The first of the autumn Magic Craft Boxes are on their way to excited children around the world.
The fairies get so excited when it’s time to let you know that the Magic Craft Boxes are on their way! They dart around in quite a state as we package up the craft kits, sprinkle fairy dust into each box and it on its way.
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