Velvet Pumpkins – How To Make

Velvet Pumpkins – How To Make

‘Velvet Pumpkins – How To Make”  If you sew at all, these little velvet pumpkins will be easy to make and they look so pretty!  There are at least two ways to stuff them using poly fiber fill or, my favorite, using the little plastic pellets and the patterns below.  (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sale from these links at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

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Sewing The Pumpkin

Cut 6 pumpkin pieces of one size from velvet or velour fabric.  Place two of the cut pieces, right sides together, matching the edges on one side and pinning.  Sew a 1/4″ seam leaving 3/4″ open at the top.  Trim threads.

Place another pumpkin piece, right sides together, matching an edge to one of the pieces you have just sewn together.   Pin together and sew, leaving 3/4″ open at the top.  back-stitch one or two stitches.  (This helps hold the seam together when the piece is being filled or stuffed.)

Continue sewing the remaining sections together in the same way, until all 6 sections have been sewn together.  Then, match the 2 loose edges together, pin, and sew a 1/4″ seam, being sure the bottom end is completely closed.  (You don’t want the pellets slipping out of the pumpkin!)

When all the pieces have been sewn together, you should have a shape that looks like this.

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Filling With Plastic Pellets

Turn the velvet pumpkin right side out and fill with poly fiber fill or plastic pellets.  I tried a few different ways to fill the pumpkin with these pellets, straight from the bag, using a funnel, but found the easiest and less messy way was to fill a small glass and pour into the pumpkin shape.

 

 

 

 

When your pumpkin has been filled to the top,  hand stitch the 3/4″ opening at the top of the seam and knot the thread.  Repeat for each section.  Before finishing the last section, be sure you have extra thread to sew a gathering stitch around the top, which will be used to pull the pumpkin closed.  (The easier way to do that follows.)

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Then, tie the knot, run a gathering stitch through each section, about 1/4″ from the top.  Pull that section up tight and hold with your thumb and forefinger.  Run the needle through the fabric where your gathering stitch is and pull tight.  Take a couple of stitches to securely hold this section.  Velvet Pumpkins - How To Make on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Repeat this process until the top is completely closed.  (I figured this one out after wrestling with it for awhile!  It is much easier this way!)Velvet Pumpkins - How To Make on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

At this point, you can glue a dried stem, or attach any stem you can dream up, but I decided to make a stem from felt for this little pellet filled pumpkin. 

 

 

 

The Stem

 I knew what I wanted the end product to look like and after a while, I came up with this hand stitched felt stem.  Embroidery floss was used to stitch the three sections together.  The seams are supposed to mimic the lines and indentations in real pumpkin stems.  Using the pattern at the top of this post, you can make your own, too.   Making the pumpkin with the plastic pellets and the felt stem, it is virtually childproof!Velvet Pumpkins - How To Make on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

The downloadable pattern explains how to sew the felt stem together.  It is then, just stitched to the top of the velvet pumpkins.  

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How To Create A Beautiful Autumnal Mantel Display

How To Create A Beautiful Autumnal Mantel Display

 Beautiful Autumnal Mantel 

October 6, 2016

   To those who are observant, the inspiration for beautiful displays is all around us. Let’s walk through just ‘How To Create A Beautiful Autumnal Mantel Display’.

    Lots of times, inspiration is the beginning of a creative project.  This mantel display with pumpkins and gourds was no exception.  Although I liked what was on the mantel before, I really love this display.

   The summer mantel decor was taken down in the beginning of September and the angel, birds, and the fall berries, nuts, and silk leaves were added to the brass urn.  This made a nice understated arrangement.

 

   On our trip through Southern Indiana, I saw a really nice autumn arrangement at a restaurant where we stopped.  With my phone, I took a picture from across the room.  It’s nice to have a camera ready to record ideas, isn’t it?

   The picture was pretty grainy and not very clear, but you can make out most of the items in the display.   It just looked lovely.   My eye was drawn to it and I was inspired.  

    As we made our way back to Kentucky, I began to think of what fall flowers, pumpkins, and gourds we had stored away in bins.  

  The angels and the birds were removed from the display.   I really liked the blue in the vases against the oranges of the pumpkins so I decided to leave them.   Even though there was not a brass urn in the inspiration piece, I decided to leave it, too. Remember, you shouldn’t follow an inspiration exactly!  It’s an inspiration, not a replica.

    Those 3 pieces and the clock on the wall gave the foundation for the display.  I began to place the larger pumpkins and gourds on the fireplace mantel around those items.   

    Next, the smaller pumpkins were placed around larger pumpkins and the five sunflowers were added.  *The cork frogs helped to vary the height of the sunflowers to the right of each of the vases.

   When placing objects in a display, remember the negative space around those items.  If you begin at the left of the mantel, your eye goes up and down, back up and down again across the entire mantel.  The negative space around the items is interesting, too.  If everything had been placed at the same height, it would be less interesting and the space around the items would be flat.

    The large pumpkin on the right is bigger around but only about 4″ high.  It was leaned against the wall to give more interest.  You can imagine it would not do a whole lot visually if it had been placed upright.  Several of the smaller pumpkins and gourds were tilted and supported by the Spanish moss.

      The display ended up having a triangular composition as indicated by the broken lines.  I think it actually looks better than the inspiration piece.

     Monday, I had picked up a bunch of sunflowers and some curly things that would give a unique look as filler.   The curly part had wire in it so it could be manipulated, but the whole thing together was just too much.  If the pick is too big, you can disassemble it to spread it throughout the entire display or arrangement.

   After removing the floral tape and the paper-wrapped wire holding them together, you can see three stems were left intact.

   Those picks of  ‘curly things’ were added all along the display.  You can see that if the two original picks had been used whole, they would have been overwhelming.

    At first, the plan was to use a few silk mums, but getting them to stand up was an issue.  I thought about styrofoam, floral foam, and thought a small piece of either of those would not be sturdy enough to hold the flower.  Then, I had an idea.  We have quite a few wine corks accumulated.  In an earlier post on “How To Make A Valentine Heart From Wine Corks”, I also shared that I had used wine corks to create small lifts to raise potted plants to the right level in a more decorative container.

*    Fifteen of the wine corks glued together with Tacky Glue worked perfectly! After gluing them together, wrap a rubber band or two around the corks until the glue has dried.   You can see it holds the flower upright firmly.  Dang!  I am going to use that trick again!

 

   To hold some of the smaller stemmed flowers, gluing five corks together worked just as well.  I even stacked these smaller ones on top of the others for a little more height!

 

   The cork “stem holder, or frog,” was placed toward the back and to the right of the vase.  It was heavy enough to hold the flower even though I bent it over and leaned it forward.  This worked perfectly!

   Covering up the “cork frog” and the stems of the curly thing with Spanish moss was easy.  The moss was tucked here and there all across the mantel. 

   The space under the urn seemed lacking.  A couple more of the smaller gourds were traded out with some of the other small pumpkins and moved around until I was happy with their placement.

 

   The stems with small flowers were placed throughout the display to add just a little more interest.

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   Maybe this will inspire you and now you know another method of “How To Create A Beautiful Autumnal Mantel Display!

 

 

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How To Make Beautiful Acorns For Displaying Now!

How To Make Beautiful Acorns For Displaying Now!

September 6, 2016

Acorns Autumn Decor

    Need some Autumn acorns to decorate your home?  Then, you’ll love this post on “How To Make Beautiful Acorns For Displaying Now!”  Last year, I saw these on a young lady’s blog.  There are really some clever people out there.

 

   Since then, there are several pins on Pinterest with variations on this idea.  Some have been covered with burlap, fabric, or yarn, some painted brightly, some glittered, and a host of other ideas have been used.   

   Liking a traditional and classic look, I chose to paint the plastic eggs black.  Don’t they look to have an understated elegance?  Wrapping them with jute just gives them an interesting textural element.  What is better than classic black?

   You won’t believe how incredibly easy this little project is!  It came together in no time at all. 

How To Make Beautiful Acorns For Displaying Now!

   First, you need plastic Easter eggs.  Over the years, I have accumulated plenty of them.  Take them apart and place on a piece of cardboard or a surface, where you can spray paint.   As you can see in the picture, a variety of sizes were used.  Using a variety of sizes makes things more interesting.

   You will also need Aleene’s Tacky Glue.  This glue works quickly.  If you try using regular white school glue, you will drive yourself crazy! How To Make Beautiful Acorns For Displaying Now!

   You will also need whatever type of string or yarn you choose.  If you plan to make stems, you will need a stick. 

    Next, paint the eggs with your choice of color.  I used Krylon Colormaster Paint and Primer in Black Satin.  This paint is for use on metal, wood, plastic, and more.  The keyword here is ‘plastic’.  I will say that this paint worked beautifully. (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sales form this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

  Follow the instructions on the can and paint outside or in a well-ventilated space. Make sure to use at least 3 light coats of paint instead of one heavy coat.  Heavy coats of paint usually result in ugly drips, which you do not want.  Patience is a virtue.  Aren’t they already beautiful?

    They dry in only 10 minutes with this paint, but it is suggested you wait 1 hour to handle.  Since I was making dinner, that was easy enough to do!

    At first, I applied the glue to the string and laid it on the egg, starting at the point of where the two pieces of the egg come together.  You want to cover the most rounded end of the egg, not the pointed end.

How To Make Beautiful Acorns For Displaying Now!

    Forget that!  It is much easier to just apply the glue to the egg in a line on that seam where the egg snaps together, lay the jute string over the top of it and hold it for a minute or so.  Then continue applying the glue next to the jute already applied, laying the string in the glue, and holding until almost the entire cap of the egg is covered.  

   If you are planning to attach a stem, you will need to leave an open area the diameter of your stem at the very top.   Having a river birch tree in the front yard gives us plenty of sticks to use for crafts.  One of those was used for the stems on these.  For each of the stems, just cut a small piece with the garden shears.

    In an afternoon, you could easily make a bowl full of these DIY acorns!  Who would believe they are plastic Easter eggs?    How To Make Beautiful Acorns For Displaying Now!

    Need some little Autumn touches for your home?  Hopefully,  this post on “How To Make Beautiful Acorns For Displaying Now!” will inspire you, too!

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Need a Beautiful and Easy DIY Autumnal Wreath?

Need a Beautiful and Easy DIY Autumnal Wreath?

 

September 4, 2016

Autumnal Wreath

    Need a Beautiful and Easy DIY Autumnal Wreath?  Well, you are in luck!   Don’t you think so many of the wreaths decorated asymmetrically look a little more professionally done?  Maybe a little more artistic and designer?

   Well, my mother lives in an apartment at a complex for seniors.  She was in need of a wreath.  Yesterday, as I was waiting for my daughter to show up for a dress fitting, (altering one for another wedding,) I put together this wreath for her.

   Believe it or not, it only took one bush of flowers, one stem of leaves, and one stem of hickory nuts and tiny pine cones.   You can see below.

    The first thing to do is separate the individual flowers.  That will make it easier to place them on the wreath to get an idea of where you want them.

   The leaf stem was a nice large size and it was cut into three pieces.  when working with the leaves, obviously, you don’t want the backs of the leaves facing forward.  At the base of the leaf, where the leaf stem connects to the main stem, turn the leaf around to face the way you want it.    You are the master here!

   

        Place the leaf sprays on the wreath and play with it, until you find a pleasing arrangement.   As you can see in the picture, I removed one of the leaves from the stem and used it to elongate the spray at the bottom.

 

   The leaf I removed looked like this, kind of crumpled and not very pretty.  It wouldn’t be much of a background for the flowers.   I ran it under the faucet with the water on low for just a couple of seconds and manipulated and flattened it.

   (A word of caution here, don’t completely saturate it.  The dyes will bleed.  A little won’t hurt, but you don’t want a major loss of dye.  The silk leaves are also very delicate when wet, handle them gently!) 

   Then, I laid a folded dish towel on top of it and allowed it to dry flat.

   What a difference, huh?

   One thing that drives me crazy is to see an arrangement where the human hand has not touched and manipulated silk flowers and stems to make them look more natural.  You know you have seen those, too!  They look like someone took them right out of the store and stuck them in a vase or on a wreath, stiff and unnatural!

   

    These mums had such big flower heads, I cut the stems to about four or

five inches.  Regardless of the flower,  you want the stems long enough to weave into the wreath a little to give more places to secure with the hot glue.  

   The stems being a little longer also gives you the option to bend the wire stem and turn the blossoms to the side or the front.

    The bush of mums included red blooms, too.  Those really didn’t show up so well with the leaves, so they were not used.  Remember to always use an odd number of flower blooms.  An odd number almost always looks more pleasing to the eye. One of the yellow blooms was not used either. 

   This brings up another point.  Just because you have forty-five blooms, does not mean you have to use forty-five blooms.  Truly, sometimes less is more!  Have you seen the wreaths where someone just did not know when to stop?

   Allowing room for a bow on the bottom left, the blossoms were placed on top of the leaves, arranged and rearranged, until perfect.   A burlap bow with these Autumn flowers just seemed right.  The rich colors of Fall in combination with the rustic texture of the burlap is classic.

 

   At this point, the nut stem was cut into three pieces, too.  They were placed on the wreath and the overall look was pretty good.   

   Those were removed.  The bow was removed, and trying not to move the flowers too much, I began to glue the leaves in strategic places.  Always try to keep the glue in a spot where it will not be seen. 

   After the leaves were attached with the glue, the flowers were glued in place one- by-one.  Then, the bow was attached. 

   This ribbon was leftover from another project.  It’s a simple bow.  Two loops were made on each side, gathered in the middle and secured with a wire.  Then a small piece of the ribbon was folded into the center on both sides and glued to the back of the bow, covering the wire.

   After all the flowers, leaves, and the ribbon were attached with the hot glue, the nut stems were glued in place.   

   I have to admit, I was pretty pleased with the finished wreath.  My mother was home and a short while later, found that she was very pleased with it, too.  She was the first one in her hall to have an Autumn wreath! 

   Hope this inspires you!  Now, you know how simple it is, do you Need a Beautiful and Easy DIY Autumnal Wreath?

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How To Make Your Own Lovely Golden Thumbtack Wreath

How To Make Your Own Lovely Golden Thumbtack Wreath

August 8, 2016

Golden Thumbtack Wreath

   A beautiful little golden thumbtack wreath was featured on Pinterest and it called my name.  It had an understated elegance to it.   I could just imagine this golden wreath hanging in my home.  This post will give you tips on How To Make Your Own Lovely Golden Thumbtack Wreath!

   Although it did look rather elegant, it was made up of humble thumbtacks!  How easy would that be?  From a project a few years ago, I had three boxes of 300 thumbtacks leftover.  Unfortunately, the thumbtacks did not hold well enough for that project, and I ended up having to buy thumbtacks with a little bit of a thread to them.  

   So, I had 900 thumbtacks leftover.  I was thinking that I could use up those thumbtacks that had been sitting in the cabinet for several years!  900 thumbtacks would go pretty far in covering a wreath, or so I thought!   I ran out to the fabric store to purchase a wreath form.  

   The fabric store had green high-density Styrofoam wreaths, which worked nicely.  Not wanting to take the chance of the green wreath showing through, I spray painted it gold first.

 

  Applying The Thumbtacks

     As I started applying the thumbtacks to the wreath, it was increasingly apparent that 900 thumbtacks might not be enough.  Going back to the pin on Pinterest, I went to the blog, found Shannon’s post, and read the instructions. (Seriously!  Who couldn’t stick thumbtacks in Styrofoam without instructions?)

    Well, she had used a 6-inch wreath form!   I purchased a 12-inch wreath form!  At the time that I snapped this picture, there were 1800 thumbtacks pushed into the form!  I pushed the original three boxes of thumbtacks into the center of the wreath because I couldn’t find an exact match of thumbtacks.  The ones I purchased were a little larger and the gold was slightly off, too.  After applying them, it was not really apparent, but I didn’t want to take a chance. 

   No, I couldn’t even find any boxes of 300 thumbtacks. (I bought the packs of 300 thumbtacks about five years ago at a local pharmacy.)  The office supply store only had silver thumbtacks.  Although a silver wreath would be pretty, too, remember I was trying to be frugal and use my leftovers!   

   Kroger, the local grocery, had packs of 100 gold thumbtacks for $1.49 and that is where I ended up buying them.  You might be able to find them cheaper online.

    The end result is beautiful, but approximately 2500 thumbtacks went into this little project.   It is solid and heavier than you might imagine.  

    Fortunately, I had some rusty colored wired ribbon left over from Christmas a few years ago, which complemented the wreath, and added to the autumnal feeling.  My frugality was not lost completely. 

    The perfect spot for it seemed to be hanging in front of the black jacquard Roman shade covering a window in our home.  It looks pretty rich there, don’t you think?

    Maybe you have the perfect spot for a little gold or silver wreath like this, or maybe the smaller version.  Anyway, now you know How To Make Your Own Lovely Golden Thumbtack Wreath.

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