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
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
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
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