This week, we are lucky enough to be working with the brand new A Walk in the Woods fabric collection by Jennifer Heynen. I created a pair of sweet fabric pumpkins using not only Jennifer’s adorable new fabric, but her accompanying new pattern booklet, too. This was such a fun and easy project, even for a beginner sewer like me, and I love the festive feel they add to my home decor. As a matter of fact, these were such a breeze to create, I think I may make a few more for gifts for friends and family.
Jennifer’s pattern booklet instructions are super simple to follow, and I’ve taken a few step out photos of the process to share, too. The booklet includes two patterns for pumpkins, one 8″ and one 5 1/2″. To begin, locate the patterns in the instruction booklet, cut them out, then follow the instructions for cutting out the required fabric pieces.
For the pumpkin forms, you will need 5 sections cut out in each size. Be sure to fold your fabric together, with wrong sides facing, and place the long edge of the pattern piece along the fold before pinning and cutting.
For assembly, place two pumpkin pieces together, with right sides facing, and pin in place. Stitch along one side, leaving a 2 1/2″- 3″ opening for turning. Back stitch at the beginning and end of each seam.
Note: * a 1/4″ seam allowance should be used for all piecing.
Add another piece to the pumpkin, pinning and sewing the entire side this time. Continue adding pumpkin pieces until all five of the pieces are sewn together, including the 2nd side of piece 5 sewn to the 2nd side of piece 1.
Clip along the curved raw edges, being careful not to clip through any stitching.
Turn so the pumpkin body is right side out, and fill with fiberfill. Hand stitch the opening closed.
Layer one leaf onto one leaf reverse and top with the interfacing leaf. Pin together and machine stitch around the edge, leaving an opening at the bottom. Clip the curved raw edges, then turn your leaf right side out. I added a bit of top stitching to my leaves. Tuck the bottom raw edges under, and hand stitch the leaf openings closed.
For the stems, fold the stem in half with right sides facing, and stitch along the short end. Pin the round top to one side of the stem and sew around it as well.
Clip the raw edges around the top of the stem, then turn it and fill with fiberfill.
Lightly hand stitch the leaves to the top of the pumpkins. Hand stitch around the bottom edge of the stem and pull the thread so the raw edges turn inward. Position the stem onto the center of the pumpkin and stitch in place.
Tie ribbon around the stem of each pumpkin, and enjoy!
Be sure to join us all this week as we share projects featuring Jennifer Jangles new for fall fabric collection, A Walk in the Woods and her new pattern book!
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