November 2, 2015
Yesterday, I pulled the sewing machine out again and made two of these little velvet pumpkins! Aren’t they beautiful? They were so simple to make if you know how to sew! There is a way to make these by just cutting out a circle and gathering it, but having the separate sewn sections in them takes them up a notch. Don’t you think?
When I was in the fourth grade, my mother’s sewing machine was made available to me for a 4-H project. I got a blue ribbon for my apron and that began my love of sewing. Reading from the 4-H directions, the sewing machine directions, and a little coaching from my mother, I conquered the basics of sewing.
my mother gave me a ‘Featherweight’ portable Singer sewing machine. Featherweight, it is not!
I carried that sewing machine onto the plane with me to Ft. Lauderdale, where I was headed to The Art Institute. In the Atlanta airport, I had to switch planes to go on to Ft. Lauderdale. I had to carry that ‘Featherweight’ Singer, in the original case, from one end of the Atlanta airport to the other!
Yes, it also went with me to Adak, Alaska and Guam when I was stationed in each of those places. I still have it today, but use my new Singer instead. It is definitely an antique. It doesn’t have all the fancy stitches, but it still works well.
Although I have never had a lesson, there is so much out there today available for everyone. Learning to sew has come in handy so many times. If you don’t know how, there are lessons offered at the fabric store and there is a video on-line for everything imaginable. You will never regret learning to sew!
Last year, I asked Dave to cut the stems from the Jack-o-lanterns and they were dried in the kitchen window. When they were completely dried, I put them away with the Halloween decorations. Those are the two stems in the pictures above. I wish I had more, but there are other ways to make stems and that is what we will have to do for the rest of the pumpkins this year!
These two pumpkins were stuffed with polyester fiberfill. The plan is to make some smaller ones today and fill them with the poly beads. The bag of poly beads, which I bought a couple of weeks ago, would not even begin to fill these pumpkins. The larger pumpkin is about four and one-half inches tall and eight inches in diameter. The wine colored pumpkin is about four inches tall and seven inches in diameter. That is why these are stuffed with the fiberfill!
Tomorrow I will have patterns up for all the different sized pumpkins. There are six sections in each one. They sew together so quickly, it surprised me. Along with the pattern, there are a couple of tips for sewing up the top of the pumpkins, too!
Update! Patterns for the Velvet Pumpkins DIY and a felt stem pattern are here