Saturday, September 8, 2018

How to make Velvet Acorns and Pumpkins

 
 
 
 
Do you ever wonder what happens to old Prom dresses
 
and Bridesmaid dresses from ages past ?
 
Well I like to repurpose the fabric...and there is a lot of fabric! Plenty for
 
all kinds of projects perfect for pumpkins.
 
Oh yes, you will get some side eye looks, but you are being a smart shopper!
 
I can  always find a dress at my local thrift store well under $10.00.
 
Sometimes as a bonus a velvet dress will be lined with satin.
 
If it shrinks when I wash it I don't mind. New VELVET is $35.00 PER YARD!
 
I even like it with wrinkles...but if you don't remember to iron on the
 
BACK side of these delicate fabrics.
 
 
 
I think we have all seen Velvet Pumpkins, I feel like they are everywhere now.
 
I started making the ACORNS because I had so many tiny scraps leftover from the pumpkins.
 
 
FOR THE PUMPKIN
 
You will need:
 
Scrap of Velvet or Satin-  a 10''-12'' circle is a good start
 
Natural stem or other
 
poly-fil stuffing
 
Carpet or Heavy Duty thread and heavy duty needle
 
Weighted material such as poly-pellets or Rice -about 1/4 c.
 
Hot Glue Gun
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cut large circles from your velvet. They don't need to be
 
perfectly round.
 
 
Thread your needle with Heavy Duty thread. Sew using
 
a running stitch, 1/4 '' in from the raw edge. 
 
 
 
Pull thread tight. Use a funnel or rolled up paper
 
to add  about 1/8- 1/4 cup  Rice or Polyfil Pellets into
 
your pumpkin, then add stuffing.
 

Pull thread tight and tie off with a knot. Don't cut the thread yet.
 
Now cross from one side to the other
 
pulling in even tighter to camouflage your raw edges.
 

 
 
 
 
 I have been saving pumpkin stems for a few years now.
 
If you come across any make sure they are washed, bleached and thoroughly dried
 
before attaching to your pumpkin. You can use a chop saw and sandpaper
 
to reshape or flattened where needed.
 
If you don't have a stem you can use  a stick, dowel, cinnamon stick,
 
wood spool just about anything.
 

Pick a stem and hot glue in place,press firmly until it sets.
 
 
 
 Stem is glued in place
 
 
 
 


 
 
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Don't throw away any scrapes yet!
 
We are going to use them for the Acorns. 
 
 
 
 
FOR THE ACORNS
 
You will need:
 
Scrapes of velvet or Satin
 
polyfil or pom-poms
 
Thread/ needle
 
Hot Glue Gun
  
 
 
Natural Acorn Caps, washed and dried 
 
 
 
 
Small circles cut to about the size of a Quarter.

 
Gather with a running stitch. I used a pom-pom!
 
 
Pull tight and add knot. 
 
 
Warm up the glue gun, pick out an acorn cap.
 
 
Add glue to cap, pinch your velvet piece and press
 
firmly into cap. The cap will get HOT!
 
Be very careful, use a small amount of glue.
 
 
Aren't they cute?
 
 
 
I threw some satin in the mix. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you want to make your Acorns into tiny ornaments.
 
You can  pull ''threads" from a scrap of burlap.
 
Make a loop, tuck in cap before you glue in the velvet piece.
 
 
  
 
 
 
 It's fun to make different color combinations.
 
 
 
This blue velvet was my favorite.
 
 
Added a couple to a bowl.
 
 
 
Gold Satin Pumpkin with Acorns
 
 
 
 
Note: If you plan to make these for craft shows,
 
I recommend that you bring your glue gun to the show.
 
You may come across a customer
 
 that wants to know how you made these and pulls them apart!
 
Yes, it happens be ready : )
 
 
Thank you for staying until the end! This seemed like a long one-
 
Have a wonderful day!
 
So glad you are here!
 
xo Lisa S
 
 

29 comments:

  1. I like the acorns. They look giant size .

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    1. Michele,
      Thank you, well we do have some pretty big 100 year old Oaks here...and lots of fat squirrels.
      xo Lisa S

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  2. Beautiful! I never thought of using prom dresses before! What a great idea and you're right, velvet that way is MUCH cheaper than buying off the bolt!

    Tania

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    1. Tania,
      Thank you so much! I 'm glad to share my tip for buying velvet. Thanks for visiting. xo Lisa S

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  3. So, so cute! I love your pumpkins and acorns, and the idea of using a prom dress to get the velvet is genius! Thank you so much for sharing at Celebrate it!

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    1. Teri,
      I appreciate you so much! Thanks for stopping by-
      xo Lisa S

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  4. These are really pretty, don't think that I have the patience to make them though #inspitememonday@_karendenbid199@gmail nis

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    1. Karen,
      Thank you so much!
      They are so easy to make and a little bit addictive.
      You can't make just one :)
      xo Lisa S

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  5. These are so pretty! I tried to make them once and they turned out not very pretty, nothing like yours! I love the acorns! I'll be featuring you this week as part of Thursday Favorite Things! Angelina @ Petite Haus

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    1. Angelina,
      I am thrilled! I appreciate you so much. Thank you for adding me to your feature. xo Lisa S

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  6. Love these, Lisa and your first display is my favorite! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

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    1. Thank you for visiting. I am so grateful to you for hosting. xo Lisa S

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  7. These pumpkins and acorns are adorable!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party!

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    1. Queenbeebaker!
      I love your parties, thank you so much for hosting.
      xo Lisa S

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  8. Beautiful pumpkins and acorns! I am featuring this post today at TFT. Thanks for sharing!
    https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/pumpkins-galore-and-more-at-thursday-favorite-things/

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    1. Amber
      I am so grateful to you! I love your parties.
      xo Lisa S

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  9. Gorgeous Lisa. The acorns are spectacular! Featuring when my party opens up tonight.

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    1. Carol,
      You always say such nice things! Thank you for the feature.
      I'll be right over to visit.
      xo Lisa S

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  10. Great idea and totally adorable! Thanks for sharing with us at the To Grandma's house we go link party!

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    1. Tarahlynn,
      Thank you for the sweet comment!
      Thank you for hosting.
      xo Lisa S

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  11. I love this! I guess I will need to start saving pumpkin stems for making this next year. So cute that you made acorns too!

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    1. Thank you so much.
      Yes, save them. You can replace the natural stems on fake
      pumpkins too and they look amazing. XO Lisa S

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  12. I've admired these velvet pumpkins for a while, It's good to know how to make them. The acorns are super sweet too.

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  13. Thanks for the details on how to make these luxurious Autumn decorations! So lovely!

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    1. Miss Kitty,
      I appreciate your sweet comment!
      xo Lisa S

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  14. Those are so cute! What a great tutorial too. Pinned. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Hello Fall party.

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    1. Thank you so much Mother of 3 !
      The HELLO FALL party is awesome.
      xo Lisa S

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  15. This fall project is lovely with the use of velvet fabrics. I have three velvet pumpkins that I purchased last year, and I absolutely love them. They are some of my favorite fall decor items! Your little acorns are just too cute.

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